Wanna Know a Secret?

It’s that time of night once again when I find my mind wandering in various directions. It’s just a little after midnight, and I’m sitting on my deck watching the reflection of a bright moon on a very calm lake. A view like this certainly enhances concentration even though the temperature is a little lower than I like.

Tonight I’m thinking about something I read on the plane coming home from Florida last weekend. I have a couple of close friends who are currently dealing with some personal challenges. While they don’t know one another, I see several commonalities in their dilemmas. They both want something very badly, but both are uncertain as to how to achieve it. Both involve major life changes, I think we all have to face this situation at one time or another in our lives.

In Robert Collier’s book, The Secret of the Ages, the author states:

“You can have anything you want in life provided that you …

  1. know exactly what you want
  2. want it badly enough
  3. confidently expect to attain it
  4. persistently determine to obtain it, and
  5. are willing to pay the price of its attainment.”

I wonder, as I look back at his words, if this is really a secret. Sounds pretty much like common knowledge to me. However, maybe we treat it as a secret, because those steps are spoken only in whispers … maybe out of fear to attempt any one or all of them. If nothing else, it’s a fine checklist that may do nothing more than make us acknowledge the fact that maybe what we thought was a major desire, really isn’t. On the other hand, it’s certainly a great blueprint revealing what it’s going to take to achieve anything that may appear unattainable.

If it’s something you truly desire, scan the list, be honest with yourself, and set your course to achieve it. People do it everyday. Will you?

About Harry K. Jones

Harry K. Jones is a motivational speaker and consultant for AchieveMax®, Inc., a company of professional speakers who provide custom-designed seminars, keynote presentations, and consulting services. Harry's top requested topics include change management, customer service, creativity, employee retention, goal setting, leadership, stress management, teamwork, and time management. For more information on Harry's presentations, please call 800-886-2629 or fill out our contact form.

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