Success Is Not In The Land, It Is In The Mind

by Gbenga ASAOLU
(Lagos, Nigeria)

We have it in record that blacks and whites, fat and thin, dwarfs and giants, schooled and unschooled, able and disables, privileged and less privileged, and many more has succeeded in life and lived to manifest their ultimate destiny. David Schwartz appropriately captures it best when he said that "where success is concerned, people are not measured in inches, or pounds, or college degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking". Permit me to share my thoughts grounded on my research of more than two decades on how successful people think.

Firstly, I have come to the knowledge that successful people are forward thinkers. They think beyond the now, they are consumed with their vision, they have a dream that they live for, they have the understanding that the first step to accomplishment in life is to have a dream. They think about their better tomorrow even when things don't look like it today. They see things as they can be and not only as they are, they have a clear picture of the future that they want to feature in. Successful people get better in every way every day and sign up for continuous and never-ending improvement. Successful people don't waste their time living in the past; they work to create the future that they desire.

Successful people have been found to be incurable optimists. They see opportunity in every difficulty, they do beyond complaining, and they see a setup for a comeback in every setback. They believe that an exit from somewhere is an entry to somewhere, they are unconditionally positive. They exude confidence, calmness and energy. They hope for the best and market hope to the people around them. Successful people will give you a million reasons why they should be happy when you have a thousand reasons for them to be sad. Successful don't have impossibility in their dictionary, they see every giant as too big to miss, they think positive thoughts, and they look for every good in every situation. Successful people have inspirational powers and are passionately committed to what they do; they forge ahead even when everyone refuses to believe in them, they pursue their dream with the last drop of the blood in their veins. They believe in their God given potential.

Success people exude exceptional creative powers. They allow and harness continuous flow of ideas. They think things through and through till they are clear of what they want to achieve. They give attention to their intention and then turn it to an invention. Successful people bring out sense from nonsense, they make messages out of mess, and they make new wine form old wine.

Successful people are unlimited thinkers. They are unstoppable. They don't accept that someone else is better than them, they have learnt to face their fears and they know how to conquer it. Successful people live their lives above limitations, they set truly awesome targets. They believe that records have been set to be broken; they are charismatic, inspirational and energetic to the fault. Successful people will tell you in all modesty that if they can't do it, then no one else can do it. They are sure they have a GOD and that they carry in them the seed of greatness. They know the infinite potential for greatness embedded in man.

Successful people are strategists. They are strategic thinkers and have a long time plan for success. A great sage once told me that if one is not planning to succeed, then he's planning to fail. Thus, Successful people know where they are, have an idea of where they are going and are always planning on how to best get there. They talk the talk, plan the plan and walk the walk.

My question to you this moment is; do you know where you are? Have you got an idea of where you are going and how will you get there. To get things done in this life, you need focus.
You can only rise, conquer and achieve by lifting up your thoughts. The depth of your failure is not enough to determine the height of your success. Your capacity for growth and wonders is undoubtedly limitless.

Your responsibility to yourself is to do something with your life and make a real difference in this world. There's no limit to how much better your life can get.
You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
In any direction you choose
You have all it takes to succeed in this one life that you have come.

Olugbenga Stephen ASAOLU, the author of the book titled "PEAK PERFORMANCE CAPSULES" & creator of the Facebook page "A WORLD OF EXCEPTIONAL MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATIONAL WRITE UPS", is a gifted orator and an impactful motivational speaker with Fresh Motivation International. He's a creator of possibilities, an instigator of Joy, a catalyst for growth, a builder of people, and a producer of passion. He can be reached through or

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