Earl Nightingale is widely recognised as the father of personal development and best known for his famous speech The Strangest Secret.
Earl Nightingale believes that:
SUCCESS IS THE PROGRESSIVE REALIZATION OF A WORTHY IDEAL
– Earl Nightingale
What exactly does this definition of success mean?
Let’s break it down…
Progressive Realization = Continuously moving towards
A Worthy Ideal = A goal that is worth more to you than anything else
Therefore, a successful person is one who is continuously moving towards a goal that is worth more to them than anything else.
This definition comes from the perspective that success is a journey, not a destination.
If you are currently focused and taking action towards a goal you have set for yourself, you are currently a successful person.
The moment you stop focusing on your goal and stop taking action towards it is the moment you stop being a successful person.
It’s that simple!
You can be successful anytime you chose, it’s just a matter of focus and action.
WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT ALL DAY LONG
– Earl Nightingale
This is the basis of the law of attraction or reaping and sowing.
Your dominant thoughts are the seeds you plant in your mind that grow over time. Focusing your energy on these thoughts is like watering the seeds.
The mind is a goal striving mechanism that will always find a way to achieve the goals you focus on the most.
You need to have tunnel vision and laser like focus. Learn to manage your mental energy and focus only on the goals you wish to achieve.
Always be aware of any distractions and obstacles that are getting in the way of your success and eliminate them to the best of your ability. The most valuable resource you have is your mental focus and if you plan to achieve extraordinary results you cannot afford to waste energy on anything that isn’t helping you move in that direction.
Check out the video at the top of this article to hear the full version of Earl Nightingale’s speech The Strangest Secret and leave a comment below telling us what goals you’re working towards.