Personal Development Stuff: Earl Nightingale The Strangest Secret

I admit, I’ve been an avid follower of personal development stuff. For years now, I have been buying and devouring both physical and e-books, tapes, CDs and now DVDs. No doubt I love collecting and reading personal development info, but I do not believe or agree with all the tips, ideas or suggestions expounded by some of these self-help gurus.

Earl Nightingale The Strangest Secret
One of my all-time favorite personal development info is by the late Earl Nightingale. His simple, inspiring and profound 1988 audio recording “The Strangest Secret” changed my thinking and my life for the better, since that day his deep sonorous voice held me mesmerized.

earl nightingale the strangest secret text
Earl Nightingale The Strangest Secret

This American motivational speaker and author, aka the “Dean of Personal Development” has influenced thousands of people around the world; turning their lives around and helping them to be successful in both personal and professional
lives.

“A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.” – Marcus Aurelius

I agree with many who say that Earl Nightingale’s message from His “Strangest Secret” is nothing new or ground-breaking. The six words “we become what we think about” that changed Nightingale’s life.

In fact, Earl himself admitted that he learned it from Napoleon Hill’s well-known book “Think and Grow Rich”. For those of you who are also avid readers of motivational books, know that this What-we-think-we-become concept is nothing new. There are so many self-help books which centered on this theme. For instance, James Allen’s “As a Man Thinketh”, “Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life” by Brian Tracy, Ernest Holmes’ “How to Change Your Life”, etc.

Books and seminars on creative visualization, positive thinking, self-talk and positive affirmations; they all mean the same thing. The famous three word “thoughts are things”.

“What we think, we become.” – Buddha

As I have mentioned before, it is our thoughts that control our actions and our actions will affect the results. In other words, it all starts off with a thought. A thought is a powerful force within you. You can make your life whatever you wish if you learn how to make your positive and productive thoughts work for you.

If you analyze closer, you will agree that the will to live is a thought to live. So is the belief in one’s abilities is a thought of in one’s abilities.It all comes down to our power of thought.

It is time to dejunk all those negative thoughts like anger, hate, depression, stress, anxiety, and regrets from our mind and make good use of your thinking abilities. Take charge of how you want to think each and every moment of the day. Get into the habit of thinking in positive and productive ways.  This is the way to live a good life.

But most of us do not realize is that we have the power to consciously choose our thoughts. And not just let our brains randomly keep spinning the same negative thoughts over and over again.

Right now, you can begin to choose to think differently or rather correctly. By doing that consistently, you’ll change your actions in new you directions, thus ending with new results.

Here is a simple example to illustrate the power of your thoughts. For instance, you’re thinking of quitting your full-time day job and start your own online business from home. It sounds exciting at the very first thought, especially being your own boss. But slowly, you begin to fill your mind with negative thoughts or excuses, like it’s not going to be easy, not having any good idea, sure to fail, not ready to go into business, etc.

I can understand all these excuses.I have been there before. The fear of uncertainty is very real and daunting. What happens if it doesn’t work out? Who’s going to give you money? It’s a realistic situation. Immediately you will grip with anxiety and fear.

I’m not saying that these frightful thoughts are wrong. It is just that it is a wrong way of thinking when you want to start out your own online business. The truth is, definitely it is not going to be a bed roses, so to speak. You need to well-prepared. Work out a plan and always have a so-called plan B or a secondary plan, in case your idea doesn’t work out.

You need to have positive thoughts. For instance, you know every business endeavor is a risk. But you believe in yourself that you can overcome adversities that come your way. In other words, you have to tell yourself, be prepared as you know it’s going to be a long rough road to make your dream comes true; to have your own successful business. And you know if you want to be financially well-off you need to be your own boss.

Otherwise, forget about building your own online business, and work for others. Use your thoughts wisely.They are going to decide your future. So you see, having the right thoughts is very important. Same goes for those who want to lose weight or quit smoking.

The key thing is that if you you want to improve  your life, then the first step you need to take is look into your thoughts. It’s time to replace them with the right ones. Now you know that if you are serious about losing weight, you cannot have thoughts like, losing weight is difficult and impossible.

What I’m trying to share with you is that changing your thoughts is a conscious and deliberate decision. You don’t just tell yourself, “I want to be a successful online entrepreneur”. You have to work on it diligently. You have to spend time and effort to get it going. Yes, hard work. With positive thoughts, you’re mentally prepared to handle any difficulty that comes your way. You have to consciously drum those new productive thoughts into your head, and crush those old negative thoughts every single day.

I know for a start it’s going to be really difficult. Keep going and gradually  your doubts will leave you lone. I assure you will achieve your desired result. Keep yourself motivated by reading those feel-good stories about successful people whom you idolized. Another great motivator is those inspirational famous quotes about success in life.

Anyway, for a start, I want you to take your time and listen to Earl Nightingale’s “Strangest Secret”.

 
You can also download the audio recording in MP3 format. Or you can read Earl Nightingale The Strangest Secret text here.

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