Consider Dean Barbara Black of the Columbia University School of Law, who envisioned herself to be dean one day. As a young woman, she broke into a predominantly male field and successfully obtained her law degree from Columbia. She then decided to put her career goals on hold while she created another goal – developing a family. Nine years later, she decided that she was ready again to go after her first career goal, so she enrolled in a graduate program at Yale, and developed the teaching, researching, and writing skills that led her to “the job that she had always wanted.” She had expanded her belief system – she had changed her approach and had combined both goals and is now the dean of one of the most prestigious law schools in America. She broke the mold and proved that success could be created on all levels simultaneously. Did she follow the Ultimate Success Formula? Of course she did. Knowing what she wanted, she tried something, and if it didn’t work, she kept changing – changing until now she learned how to balance her life. In addition to heading an important law school, she’s a mother and a family woman as well.
Here’s another example. Ever had a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken? Do you know how Colonel Sanders built the empire that made him a millionaire and changed the eating habits of nation? When he started, he was nothing but a retiree with a fried chicken recipe. That’s all. No organization. He had owned a little restaurant that was going broke because the main highway had been routed elsewhere. When he got his Social Security check, he decided to see if he could make some money selling his chicken recipe. His first idea was to sell the recipe to restaurant owners and have them give him a percentage of the proceeds.
Now that’s not necessarily the most realistic idea for beginning a business. And, as things turned out, it didn’t exactly rocket him to stardom. He drove around the country, sleeping in his car, trying to find someone who would back him. He kept changing his idea and knocking on doors. He was rejected 1,009 times, and then something miraculous happened. Someone said “Yes”. The colonel was in business.
How many of you have a recipe? How many of you have the physical power and charisma of a chunky old man in a white suit? Colonel Sanders made a fortune because he had the ability to take massive, determined action. He had the personal power necessary to produce the results he desired most. He had the ability to hear the word “no” a thousand times and still communicate to himself in a way that got him to knock on the next door, totally convinced that it could be the one where some one said yes.
In one way or another everything in this article is directed toward providing your brain with the most effective signals to empower you to take successful action. A four day seminar called “The Mind Revolution” is also conducted by HR consultants. In this seminar, they teach people everything from how to run their brains most effectively to how to meet, breathe, and exercise in a way that maximizes personal energy. The first evening of this four day process is called “Fear into Power”. The design of the seminar is to teach people how to take action instead of being stopped by fear. At the need of the seminar, people are given the opportunity to walk on fire – across ten to twelve feet of burning coals, and in advanced groups they had people walking across forty feet of coals. The fire walk has fascinated the media to the point its message is getting lost. The point is not to walk on fire. It is fair to assume there is no great economic or social benefit to be gained from a blissful stroll across a bed of hot coals. Instead, the fire walk is an experience in personal power and a metaphor for possibilities, and opportunity for people to produce results they previously had thought impossible.