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Chapter 3 / Creating Success 196 Think Build Live Success TM | Self-Empowerment Copyright © 2009, Best Effect 3 2 1 “People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.” — Harvey Mackay (syndicated columnist and author of five business bestsellers) What does this quote suggest about the nature of success? What would it take to make that kind of decision, and then really stand behind it? How can simply deciding to be successful actu- ally start to make us successful?
Chapter 3 / Creating Success 197 Think Build Live Success TM | Self-Empowerment Copyright © 2009, Best Effect Success means different things to different people. It can involve having a certain amount of money or material comfort, the love of family and friends, good health, a fulfilling career, knowl - edge, social status, adventure, wisdom, or any combination of these or other things. While pictures of success vary greatly, we all tend to experience it in much the same way, as a deep sense of satisfaction at having accomplished something we set out to do. It leaves us feeling good about ourselves and like we are capable of further fulfilling our potential. Success, how - ever, is not a solid, fixed destination; we may reach a place we had aimed for but then find that challenges arise, or that we simply want to go further. Life is not static, it keeps moving, which makes success a process we’re engaged in throughout our lives. Depending upon our life circumstances up until this point, it may seem as though we’ve had few real choices. We may feel we’ve done the best we can with what we’ve been given, but are ultimately just being carried along by a stream of circumstance. We may see success as avail - able to others, but unattainable for us. The truth is, however, that each of us is already starring in our own success story. That story is what has brought us to where we are today—working this very moment to improve ourselves and our lives. Our success story may not be readily apparent, but when we take stock of everything it took to get us to the point we’re at right now, wherever that may be, it’s clear that we already have many of the ingredients we need to succeed. Unless we’ve led a fairy tale life, every one of us has survived hardship, disappointment, disil- lusionment and heartache. Every one of us has faced significant obstacles and challenges that we eventually overcame through the force of our will. Our will is the most powerful of all hu- man tools, and one whose only master is us. We’ve already put that will to work in improving the way we see ourselves (our self-picture ), the way we look at the world (our outlook ), the way we communicate with ourselves (our self-talk ), and the way we communicate with others (our self-expression ). Already well on the road toward success, we’re now in a position to do what’s necessary to create the kind of life we can feel truly good about.

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