When I was in 9th grade, I was introduced to Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret. It’s a concept that has deeply resonated with me ever since the day I read it.
Nightingale speaks of success, and that success is simply doing what we truly want to do in life; and unfortunately, he says that the majority of people never fully succeed. Nightingale claims that people rarely succeed because they don’t think about what they want to achieve.
The “secret” is simple: We become what we think about.
I think it’s safe to say that we all have a few goals and dreams of our own. Maybe you want to write a book. Maybe you want to lose weight. Maybe you want to quit your job and change careers. Maybe you want to muster up the courage to say what’s on your mind.
Whatever it is, I’m asking that you take a little challenge with me.
Earl Nightingale suggests writing down your goal or dream on a piece of paper. It is important to be specific and detailed with your goal (for the purpose of this post, this is a simplified version of my goal.)
Look at your goal several times throughout the day, and keep a positive attitude when you think about your goal. And don’t worry, it’s not necessary to share your goal to anyone besides yourself.
According to Nightingale, “Your success will always be measured by the quality and quantity of service you render.”
At 24 years old, I believe I live a successful life (by my standards) because I have been writing down my hopes, goals, and dreams for years. When I’m able to construct a goal, write it down, and be reminded by it constantly, it’s easy to work towards.
Take some time. Think about this. I know there’s something you want to accomplish. When you figure out how to put it into words, write it down. At the end of June, I want to know if you’ve succeeded.
Let’s chat – Are you willing to take this challenge with me?!