Part 2: The Secret Ritual
So yesterday, I talked about how I read and re-read Wallace D. Wattles’ “The Science of Getting Rich” and couldn’t remember a word. And came to the conclusion that there was something in that book my mind simply didn’t want to absorb, and that therefore it was critical for me to understand what the @#$$ that was.
So…I read one page at a time. Just one page. Over and over again, until I did absorb it, and then wrote out a one-sentence synopsis of what I understood the page to mean. Then and only then would I move on to the next page, and repeat. Went through all (approximately) 100 pages of the book, which left me with about four pages of notes. Then I read through those notes and boiled each page down into a paragraph. And then boiled those paragraphs into sentences. And somewhere along that process, something “clicked” in my head, and I was able to boil those sentences down into five words, a formula:
GOALS X FAITH X ACTION X GRATITUDE = RESULTS.
Specifically, the CLARITY of your long term intent. The DEPTH of your belief that you CAN and SHOULD accomplish these goals. The CONSISTENCY of the daily/weekly actions, taken in such a way that you KNOW that if you sustained those actions for a thousand days, you would reach your goals. And then the amplitude of your gratitude, your simple joy in life. To BEGIN your actions with the emotions that most people feel they cannot experience unless they achieve some external victory.
I stared at what I’d written in my notebook, and experienced an explosion of insight. I knew just why my brain hadn’t been willing to absorb this. Can you see it?
Here’s a hint: note that this is a multiplicative rather than additive equation (in other words, an additive equation would be GOALS + FAITH + ACTION + GRATITUDE = RESULTS). What do you think the difference is?
Please stop and think about it.
Most smart people will say something like “multiplying accelerates the process exponentially” which is true, and a great insight. But it is NOT what I extracted from this.
Hint #2: remember that I was VERY unhappy living in Atlanta at the time. In fact, I felt as if my life had been shattered, the plans I’d made since childhood in tatters. I HAD to get back to L.A., and struggled every day with rage, pain, and depression.
Get it yet?
O.K., let’s put it together. One last hint. Take each factor (goals, faith, action, and gratitude) and give them a numerical value from 0-9, representing your clarity and fullness of expression in each category. Get the joke yet?
Because Hah-Hah, the joke was on me. All right, enough teasing. The difference between a multiplicative and an additive equation is that you cannot multiply by zero. A single zero in any category CANCELS OUT THE ENTIRE EQUATION.
Holy crap. Get it now? IN ORDER FOR ME TO GET OUT OF ATLANTA, I HAD TO BE GRATEFUL TO BE THERE.
I can’t begin to count the number of people who feel that they NEED their anger, fear, dysfunction, resentment, whatever. “I need my pain” Captain Kirk said in one of the Star Trek films. Normal. Natural. And wrong. You need to take action. You don’t NEED the negative emotions, even though it is true that they can motivate you.
Look at this. It is saying that if you want to maximize your chances of success you must:
- Have clearly defined goals and plans for their accomplishment expressed in continuous action.
- Must believe, really BELIEVE that you can and should do it. Perhaps you will need new skills, resources, new allies or partners. But you have “faith” that you can gather those resources, learn those skills, find the people who will help either increase your skills of performance or teach you how to market and sell (and trust me, if you aren’t making the money you want, the problem is almost certainly one of these areas.)
- Must take focused, committed, daily action. Continually model the behavior of successes in your field so that you know what they do that is different from what you do. Define the daily actions which, if you actually did them, would lead you to success in 1000 days. Then the only question is: do you do it?
- Absolutely absorb and radiate gratitude. Most people, as I’ve said, will say “I’ll be grateful/happy/joyous if I succeed.” They have it EXACTLY BACKWARDS. Don’t achieve to be happy. FIRST be happy, then go out and succeed. And the truth is that this approach is the ONLY 100% guaranteed success formula, because EVERYTHING you do in life you do to move away from pain and toward pleasure. The Dalai Lama said that “the meaning of life is to be happy.” And that is about as close to capturing that meaning in language as I’ve ever heard. Everything else is a MEANS to that goal.
But what happens if you are focused, optimistic, busy, and joyful? First, you access your very best work, as all channels are open. You learn at mach speed, because study and practice become play. You attract people to you like crazy–everyone will want to know how you manage to be so happy! And you START your days with the emotions most people feel they can’t have until the END of the day.
Why waste time? Why not be as happy as you can, all the time? I kid you not, I’ve coached thousands of people, and not a single one was unhappy or unsuccessful who implemented this formula. And every single person who has implemented it has accelerated their results massively.
In fact, and I hesitate to say this…it comes the closest to “magic” that I’ve ever experienced. Every time I’ve focused on these four aspects, life has SHIFTED and unexpected resources have dropped into my lap.
And tomorrow I’ll tell you about the first instance, which created money out of NOTHING. Unreal. True. Life-changing.
Meanwhile, if you are not living a life of abundance and joy, just look at these and I promise you at least one “link” in the chain is busted. 100% guarantee you. And if you will commit to changing that reality, you can change your life.