You can not have a positive life and a negative mind is a quote written by Joyce Meyer, as I like to start every article in this section with an inspirational quote today I choose the following one to introduce you to something I have discovered that changed my life and bring a lot of success into it along the way. I remembered when I used to live in Haiti a West Indians island in the heart Caribbean region of the world.
Whenever the situation was bad or worst, I remembered that I always have a positive life, regardless of a poor economic environment border to extreme poverty, loaded with a charge social and political instability my mind was always straight about one thing, “this situation is not for me, is not going to affect me, I can reverse it anytime”
I never knew how I will do that, but I was certain that I will do it, a couple of years further I became behave and act as I already solved my problems and start helping others, my relatives, neighbors, and friends start seeking advice from me all the time because they believed I could help them.
That was pretty strange for a society for me because I was living in a society where the elder exercising the extreme moral and social authority nobody could go beyond the customer and the tradition. With my surprise, I find my self always been invited by the elders to join them in something to see them without any right to talk just to listen, and eventually years later, they allow me to write and read the minute of those important reunions and learn from them the principle of leadership in the first lodge.
All those happened to me, and I never understood a zip of it, the only thing I knew my place rapidly give a certain influence in the community, I own the respect of every and they same way I have shown them mine. My social influence gown so important that even the local authority working with the government has to seat often to discuss our community development as they know my voice may have a large echo in the population.
All those situations happened to me without myself aware or even understand why? But over the years I had developed a passion for reading, and start memorizing some important quote that I like, one of them is “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”
This quote and the author of this quote made me started doing a lot of research about positive and negative, why some people can meet success some don’t?
My curiosity drove me to a book ” Wake up ….Live the life you love Seizing your success”
By Steven E & Lee Beard and inside this book at Page 147
I have found a chapter name: The Triangle for Success written by Dr. John Neyman Jr.
This text is amazing and answered many questions for me, maybe you can find for yourself some important piece of advice on it, who knows? with no more talking I will leave you with this text I hope you will enjoy it.
Find below the Original text: Triangle of success by Dr. John Neyman Jr.
Success is a direct result of applying the right principles to your professional life and your personal life. The question is what are the right principles to apply to do success? Over the years of studying, four primary principles of success continue to surface from the ancient writers. I call these four principles the triangle of success.
The “triangle” of success because one principle is placed at each corner of the triangle and the crucial principle is positioned in the heart of the triangle. The heart of the triangle is what promises success to the other three principles.
The other three principles at the corner of the triangles embody the essence of men and women. You will see what I am talking about as I unfold these three.
The first corner of the triangle is your thinking process, or in other ! words exercising your mind. Learning is a necessary step towards growth. Growth is imperative to achieve success. Aristotle puts it succinctly, he writes, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
Success follows the ability to analyze a subject, make sound judgments while moving toward your objectives. “You are to be a student, not a follower”, says Jim Rohn. That is exactly what professionals are, they are students. Success is the goal; therefore, continuous training, instruction, and being mentored in the process.
Those who are successful pay the price. They apply the disciplines of learning. They have placed value on education and training. I, personally, think that if you are a student, always applying the disciplines of learning, that your philosophies of life will be improving, better ideas come to your thinking, which all leads to success.
Education is something that no one can ever take away from you. It helps to develop and define who you are.
“The best of all things is to learn. Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever.”
–Louis L’Amour (1908-1988)
Your emotion is the second corner of the triangle. Passionately pursuing your objectives leads to success. This is not to say that your objectives come before people in your life, but the principle is to be well taken-success is dependent on your inner drive to achieve it.
The truth is, you will do what you want to do. If you want something bad enough you will dwell on it all of the time doing whatever is necessary to reach your goal. That is passion. Kahlil Gibran said, “All that spirits desire, spirits attain.”
Perhaps G. W. F. Hegel says is best, “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” You see what I mean when I said above that these principles surface everywhere I studied? These are the principles that made men and women great.
The reasons that they do surface is that these principles are at the core of who and what we are made of inside. You were designed with a purpose and the driving force within you motivates you to accomplish your purpose in life.
“Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.”
The third corner of the triangle is your will. Eventually, you have to step out and do what you desire. If you never decide to reach for your dream, you will remain in the stands with the majority of people in life.
Perhaps you have fear, hurt, or insecurity, holding you back; if you permit these or any others to control your actions success stands aloof. A mentor at this point may be more helpful, than, reading a book or two. At times we need someone to hold us accountable so that we will do the necessary follow through.
Depending on your temperament exercising your will towards your objectives may take a lot of courage, but courage is what guarantees that these others will work. If you don’t have the courage to start you never will know, now will you?
I can not stress it strong enough that taking action is one of the most important principles to achieving your dreams. Jim Rohn, says, “Some are always picking the fruit, while others are always, examining the roots.” Consistent action will produce results. It is the law of sowing and reaping. You reap what you sow, in other words, you get what you deserve, not what you need. Plant enough seeds and you will find growth. It is the law of ratio. Ask enough people and someone will join or buy.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
– Vincent T. Lombardi
Now, what is in the heart or center of the triangle that will enable you to succeed? Every successful person has this. Do you know? I will give you a clue it begins with a P, now you fill in the blank, P__________. It is perseverance! Perseverance is the inner strength to get back into the battle after you have been wounded. As I observe those who succeed and those who don’t, it appears to me that the difference is in perseverance.
Those with perseverance don’t stop until they reach their goal. They are relentless! Just when you thought they were down and out this time, sure as the world, they manage, somehow, to get back up again.
I love to visit Chocolate World. It is located in Hershey, PA. They make, obviously, Hershey’s chocolate. You get to take a tour to see how they make all of that chocolate and at the end of the ride, you get a piece of free chocolate and/or the opportunity to buy all the chocolate you want. But, the significant part of the tour is reading “bits and pieces” of Milton Hershey’s life (the founder). He, like so many others, failed three times in the business world, before he was successful. He had a dream and would not let go of it.
Was he ever discouraged? You know he was. Did he ever want to quit? Who doesn’t? Did others talk bad about him? I think some still do. However, those are not the right questions to ask. Better questions are: “Did he quit?” And “What kept him from quitting?” Or, “How did he persevere?”
No, he did not give up. He persevered through the hard times and some unbearable problems. How did he do that? What kept him going? The same way thousand’s of others did it. The big “P” was in the center of the triangle. Perseverance was the heart of their passion, attitude, and will.
Napolean Hill captures the three corners of the triangle when he writes, “Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.” As you add perseverance to this success formula it is one sure way to, at least, do your part to succeed. There are never any promises how life will turn out, but one thing for sure, neglect the right principles and you are removing the possibilities of success.
I will conclude with the words of Abraham Lincoln, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
Dr. John E. Neyman, Jr. is a Pastor, author, speaker, and relationship coach.