What is essential is invisible to the eye. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, from The Little Prince
Today, I’m going to open the door for you to a secret – actually the important secret of how creating success works.
Meaning. Conviction. Wonder. Effort. Four short words – four building blocks, if you will – that combined are great forces for change. The absence of any one of these ingredients is usually an explanation of why something isn’t going right in your world. For example, are you one of those people who doesn’t make a decision until your personal level of unhappiness or discontent becomes so great that something has to change? If that’s the case, then you can probably stand to spend more time exploring the meaning or significance of your life. Are you one of those people who knows exactly what you want out of life, but nothing seems to go your way? If so, finding a meaning isn’t your prime issue – you need to refocus your beliefs and expectations. And what if you know precisely what you want to accomplish and how to get there? You already know that’s not enough to get you the triumphant consistency you desire! You can have all the meaning and conviction and curiosity in the world but without action – actually doing something – victory is uncertain. Let’s explore these concepts in a little more detail.
Meaning is the purpose for what you do. It is the answer to someone asking the question, So what? It is the theme of your life. It is the answer to the question you undoubtedly ask yourself, Why does it matter at all? Simply, this is where we discover your passion, your desire, and your spark. When there is meaning to something – when you understand why you are moving in a certain direction or towards a specific goal – the how almost magically appears for you.
Conviction is your unshakable belief in what you are doing, in who you are, and what you want to achieve. This is more than simply wanting or needing a result. This is knowing, without fail, that you deserve the outcome. Conviction usually follows on the heels of consistency. In other words, when you are being authentic with your own beliefs, feelings, thoughts, and emotions, you have a harmony and peaceful knowing about you that is unstoppable.
Wonder is the ability of still being able to be amazed. It is that childlike state that allows you to both question and believe at once. It is the power you feel when you are aroused by things and people that are strange and surprising and embracing the awe of the world around you. This is the expectation that breathes life into your visualizations while allowing you to detach from what others call the real world. It is wonder that permits you to surrender to what if . . . rather than being limited by what is. This is the positive state of mind that turns you from What if this doesn’t work? to the more empowering question, What if this does?
Effort is the forcefulness and energy you use to bring life to your dreams. Effort is made up of the steps you take, and the deeds you accomplish. Simply, all the Meaning, Conviction, and Wonder in the world will not work consistently, unless you work consistently. You need to feel like Friedrich Nietzsche when he said, He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. When you employ Effort, you are bringing your intention – your conscious application of personal power – from a mere mental process to a potent physical undertaking.
When creating consistent success, Meaning, Conviction, Wonder, and Effort become so strongly connected that they are often firmly inseparable. In fact, like any good science experiment, they are repeatable and provable (to yourself and others). These four miracle-inducing words stand ready to create steady success in your own life. Use them well!
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