Secrets of Success
by Diane Linsley

I just finished doing the Life Principles Integration Process course
by Bill Harris for the second time in my life. I did it the first time in
2009. The entire course takes eighteen months to complete if you
do one lesson every two weeks. It's a real bargain for the amount
of information that you get.

Bill Harris has been my teacher for many years. I started his Holosync meditation program in 2007. This program changed my life.

Success and Beliefs

Bill's course is based on the classic book, Think and Grow Rich, published by Napoleon Hill in 1937. In fact, most success courses of the past century are based on this book. In Bill's course, he cuts through the magical baloney that is so prevalent in the New Age movement, and he reveals some powerful secrets of success. One of these secrets involves working with beliefs and values.

Emotions also influence your degree of success in every aspect of life. When you focus on what you want, instead of what you don't want, you not only feel good, but you are also more likely to succeed. This isn't because of magic. It's because you are focusing on your goals, which leads to inspiration and the motivation to do something.

Success requires actually doing something - not just changing your vibration. The Law of Attraction works best when you are taking action. When you are stuck, the best thing to do is take action.

Does that sound backwards? Most people believe that being stuck means you are on the wrong track, and you need to stop and wait for inspiration to strike. Or you need to "raise your vibration" and "get into a good-feeling place."

Unfortunately, you can stay stuck like that forever. Feeling good is nice, but it's not a substitute for action. John Assaraf says, "Feel the fear, and do it anyway."

How do you take action when you are anxious, or you don't know what to do? Just do something - anything. Successful people don't sit around raising their vibration all day. They get out and work. Every time you take action, you get feedback (positive or negative - it doesn't matter which) that helps you adjust your course and move closer to success.

Doing an Experiment

Faith is the willingness to experiment. Experimentation leads to experience. It's like doing a science project. You start with a hypothesis. Then you create a theory, which you attempt to prove with an experiment. After collecting data from the experiment, you know whether or not your theory actually works. Then you can tweak your theory (or create a new theory) and do another experiment.

Belief is like a hypothesis. People believe a lot of things - including things that are unresourceful. Faith is the conscious path. Faith happens when you purposely choose what you want to believe, and you create a theory that you intend to prove. Once you have a theory, you can design an experiment.

When I decided to become a life coach, I had no proof yet that I could do it. It was just a hypothesis. I decided to make the hypothesis into a theory and act with faith by doing an experiment. I joined the Quantum Success Coaching Academy, and I got to work.

Frankly, I was terrified. I was going through a very difficult time in my life with an upcoming divorce, and I was not in a good place emotionally. But in spite of the fear, I acted with faith by pushing forward every day, doing my homework assignments, and practicing coaching.

Since then, I've had to repeatedly pick myself up after falling. I continue to move forward - changing course when necessary - always with the end goal in mind. I've discovered that inspiration comes to those who are moving their feet.

When you act, the universe gives you feedback. Often, the feedback is negative, as in, "Oops, that didn't work so well." But that's not failure! You cannot fail unless you stop trying. Feedback shows you where you need to improve.

In the early days of my seed business, the suggestions I got from customers were not always complimentary. Sometimes I cried after being criticized. But once I got over the emotional shock, I considered the suggestions. Some of the worst criticisms led to the biggest improvements in my business. These experiences taught me humility, which is the willingness to learn and change.

A Formula for Success

A college student recently interviewed me about my seed business for an assignment in her class on entrepreneurship. I told her the secrets of success, which she had surprisingly never heard of before. At one point, she asked me a question that stumped me: "How did you deal with setbacks?"

Honestly, I'd never thought of anything that happened in my business as a setback. I viewed everything as learning experiences. I told her, "There's no such thing as failure. Whenever you act, you either succeed or you have a learning experience. Then you take the next step. The next step appears as you move forward. Sometimes, you can only see one foot in front of you, but you take that step."

The secret is to take action and learn as you go. Nobody knows exactly what to do and how to do it when they are starting out. Inspiration comes as you move forward.

I wake up each morning with the inspiration I need just for that day. On rare occassions, I get big downloads from the universe that give me lots of information for projects that will take years to accomplish. This happened recently, and I don't know yet exactly how I will accomplish these big goals.

But I do know the basic formula for success: Create a theory. Do an experiment. Observe the results. Make adjustments to your plan based on the feedback you get. Then do another experiment. Whether you are trying to improve a relationship, maximize your health, or succeed in a career, you can use the scientific method to achieve results.

For every challenge, there is most likely someone in the world who has done it before you. Seek out people who have succeeded in doing what you want to do. Learn from them.

My advice for people who want to succed is to take Bill's course and/or hire a life coach. A coach can't do the work for you, but they can help you get clarity on your goals, change your unresourceful beliefs, and overcome emotional blocks.

Here's a guided meditation for goal setting.

Be well,
Diane Linsley

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