Writers and Authors run into a funny feeling when they finish writing the book they started. Even when it’s just a first draft and they know they still have hours of work ahead.
It’s the same when a craftsman finishes a fine piece of handwork or art, when a good mechanic gets something running again, when any inventor or programmer comes up with a model that works.
When you set your goal out in front of you, and assume it’s already accomplished — a funny thing happens.
There is a feeling that replaces all fears, doubts, and uncertainties. Like these were things of the past.
This is the fuel of courage.
And the bigger the goal, as long as you can get behind it and consider it achievable, the greater that feeling. This then makes the fears, doubts, and uncertainties you carry with you — all diminish or disappear.
You won’t see it until you believe it. Belief comes first.
You can do this with baby steps. Take a simple thing you want in life and then consider it done. Write it down, along with what value you will give to get it. Review that paper at least twice daily and get that feeling every time you do. Reading it out loud helps. And practice getting this feeling every time you think of that achieved goal during the day. Eventually, what you want will come to pass.
Once you have that success, then you pick something else, something bigger. Same approach: write it down, write what you’re going to give in exchange, work out your plan and start executing that plan immediately. And get that joy of creating, of accomplishment every time you think of that goal achieved.
This is all in Earl Nightingale’s “Strangest Secret” recording. And it’s in Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”. But it also runs through all our philosophy and religious texts — even before recorded history.
It’s a strange secret because it’s “hidden in plain sight.” Every successful person you have every heard of knew and used some version of this.
And why Hill studied over 500 achievers to distill that practical philosophy. Why Stephen Covey came up with his own version after studying 200 years of American self-improvement philosophy. What Jim Rohn studied and learned before he became famous for talking about it — and what he trained Tony Robbins and others.
Accomplishment is satisfying. And by practicing getting that feeling of satisfaction, you banish all fear, doubt, and uncertainty. You become courageous, definite, certain — and these attitudes spread to anything and everything you do.
You’ve probably met people like this. Rare, but they are around.
They’re calm, cheerful, expectant. All the time. Because they know that strange secret.
And you can, too. It takes practice. But the second best time to start is now.
Originally published at Living Sensical.