The Strangest Secret – Earl Nightingale Notes

…only one will be rich, four will be financially independent, 41 will still be working, and 54 will be broke.

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.

And yet by the time we are 65, we have not learned how to become financially independent in the richest land that has ever been known.

Why?  We Conform.

A success is anyone who is pursuing deliberately a predetermined goal, because that’s what he or she decided to do…deliberately.  Buy only 1 out of 20 does that.

Well there is such a key and I have found it:  GOALS

Western Society today can be likened to a naval convoy in time of war. The entire economy is slowed down to protect its weakest link, just as the convoy has to go at the speed that will permit it’s slowest vessel to remain in formation.

Here is the key to success and the key to failure:

“We Become What We Think About”

If you only care enough for a result you will almost certainly obtain it.

If you think in negative terms, you will get negative results.

If you think in positive terms, you will achieve positive results.

Believe & Succeed

As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap

The land doesn’t care what you plant in it.  It will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant.

The paradox is the exactly the reverse is true.  Everything that’s really worthwhile in life came to us free:  our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends and country.

All of these priceless possessions are free.

All you have to do is plant that seed in your mind, care for it, work steadily towards your goal, and it will become a reality.  

Think about your goals in a relaxed, positive way.

Picture yourself in your mind’s eye as having already achieved this goal.  See yourself doing the things you will be doing when you have reached your goal.

Or are you going to keep both hands firmly on the wheel and control and direct this power to a specific, worthwhile purpose?

You are in the drivers seat.

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Simply stated as it applies to you and me, it means we can achieve nothing without paying the price.

…selling our way of the good life, we must be willing to pay the price.

First: it is understanding emotionally as well as intellectually that we literally become what we think abou, that we must control our thoughts if we are to control our lives.  It is understanding fully that: “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

Second:  It is cutting away all fetters from the mind and permitting it to soar as it was divinely designed to do.  It is the realization that your limitations are self imposed, and the opportunities for you today are enormous beyond belief.  It is rising above narrow minded pettiness and prejudice.  

Third: It is using all your courage to force yourself to think positively on your own problem.  To set a definite and clearly defined goal for yourself and to let your marvelous mind think about your goal from all possible angles.  

To let your imagination speculate freely upon many different possible solutions.

To refuse to believe that there are any circumstances suffiently strong to defeat you in the accomplishment of your purpose.  

To act promptly and decisively when your course is clear and to keep constantly aware of the fact you are at this moment standing in the middle of your own “Acres of Diamonds” as Russel Conwell points out in his book.

Fourth:  Save at least ten cents of every dollar you earn.

One:  Think – you will become what you think about.

Two:  Imagine – Remember the word imagination and let your mind begin to soar.

Three:  Courage – Concentrate on your goal every day.

Four:  Save – ten percent of what you earn.

Five:  Action – Ideas are worthless unless we act on them.

For the next 30 days, follow each of these steps every day until you have achieved your goal.

First:  write, on a card what it is you want more than anything else.

“Cast not your pearls before swine, lest they trample them, and turn again and rend you.” -Matthew 7

Look at the goals written on your card every chance you get during the day and just before you go to bed at night.  As you look at it, remember you must become what you think about, and since you’re thinking about your goal, you realize that soon it will be yours.

Second:  Stop thinking about what it is you fear.  Each time a fearful or negative thought comes into your conscious mind, replace it with a mental picture of your positive and worthwhile goal.  

For 30 days you must take control of your mind.  It will think about only what you permit it to think about.  Each day for this 30 day test, do more than you have to do.

All they need is purpose and faith.

No matter what your job, doi it as if you have never done before, and if you have kept your goal before you every day for 30 days, you will wonder and marvel at this new life you have found.

“Act as though it were impossible to fail.”  She made her own test, with sincerity and faith, and her entire life was changed to overwhelming success.

Persistence is simply another word for faith.

  1.  Set yourself a definite goal.
  2. Quit running yourself down.
  3. Stop thinking of all the reasons why you cannot be successful and instead think of all the reasons why you can.
  4. Trace your attitudes back through your childhood and discover where you first got the idea tht you could not be successful if that is the way you’ve been thinking.
  5. Change the image you have of yourself by writing out a description of the person you would like to be.
  6. Act the part of the successful person you have decided to become.

Do what the experts since the dawn of recorded history have told you you must do:  pay the price by becoming the person you want to become.