As man thinketh in his heart, so is he: and as he continues to think, so he will remain (proverbs 23 vs. 7 paraphrased). In other words, the outcome of a person’s success or failure in life is as a result of his or her ability to think. That is why your enemy’s number one target is the arena of your thought. He knows if he can control and manipulate how you think; he will be able to control and manipulate your entire life. Even the bible warns us to guard our heart with all diligence…, permit only harmonious thoughts in your mind that are compatible with your aims and aspirations.
We must be extremely careful not only about the things we capture with our eyes but also the things we think about. It is the kind of food we take in daily that determines how we grow physically, and the same applies to our mind. The things we think about, the books we read, seminars we attend, these things will help our minds to grow in a positive way. Robert Collier said “the great successful men in the world have used their imagination, they think ahead and create their mental picture, and then go to work materializing that picture in all its details, filing in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but building steadily”.
The managing director and C.E.O of Pod of Diamond Limited (Pod Taxi) Phillip Oriabure, who now has a patent on the mobile digital LED SCREEN, had a picture of what the LED SCREEN would look like; its quality, its purpose, and he materialized it. Today the Pod Taxi is everywhere in Lagos State. You can do something greater than this, but first you have to “THINK”, have a picture of what you want to do, pursue it and you will be amazed at the result you will get. Even as the sky is wide enough for all the birds in the world to fly at the same time, so also is the world big enough for everyone to excel. You have to think to excel. David Oyedepo said “if you don’t think, you will stink”. The only way your life can be different from what it is now is to change the way you think. When you maintain a strong focus on your intention and desire over a reasonable length of time, you will ultimately achieve your aim in life. All achievers are focused and detail-oriented.
Have a mental picture
Having a mental picture of what you want to do is very important; it gives you an insight of how your proposed work would look like. Before a business man goes into business he already has a mental picture of what his business would look like, the amount of profit he wants to gain. It is the mental picture that you hold that will keep the destination in your mind, while your thoughts design the route through which your efforts can be properly channeled. Have a mental picture of a successful business, being at the top of your game. Have a mental picture of your career and the effect it will have on people, have a mental picture of your dream school, the level of your success in life. It’s not just enough to have a mental picture; you need to work towards it to make it a reality.
Feed your imagination
Sometimes people get inspired when they see people doing what they love doing best, they become enthusiastic and motivated by this act. When I see young speakers delivering a speech I become inspired and want to do better than I think I have done. It applies to all fields, as a speaker who wants to be successful at what he does, has to feed his imagination with the right materials. Get the tapes, audios; books of top speakers – doing this will help you develop in that area. Kids feed their imagination with the things they hear and see on a day to day basis (cartoons, songs, posters, photos, and things all over their bedroom walls). Surround yourself with your future. Find people who are doing what you would like to do, listen to them, feed off their imagination and enthusiasm. Stay around your peers and even people above you, who you think are good and successful, learn from them. It is when you feed your mind with positivity that positive things will come out and the same goes around.
If you have got the two steps correctly, what you need to do is to take action. Don’t just fold your hands and wait for manners from above. For you to succeed you have to take action towards your plan. If you don’t take action, your dream will remain a reality in the invisible world. According to Newton’s first law of motion “all objects remain in a state of rest until a force is applied”. We should not be content with the internal – having a mental picture and engaging in positive thoughts. Effort should be made in the direction of bringing all these from the invisible realm to the physical. This could only be achieved by taking action. Thomas Edison said “success is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration”.
Concentrate your mind on what you need to do and do everything you need to do to be as successful and result-oriented as you ought to be. Great accomplishment in life are never a product of luck, but a product of deliberate and disciplined choices that is backed up with affirmative choices.