Updated: Jun 27
For years studies have been published on the beliefs of successful people in order to determine how to model them.
Anthony Robbins has interviewed an enormous number of millionaires and learned that they all have a very similar belief about what defines success.
He has also found that the members of this group of extremely successful people share a similar belief about failure.If you can develop the belief system of people who have already achieved greatness, you will be able to identify the quickest shortcuts to your goals. Life is too short to learn from the school of hard knocks. Model the beliefs of those who have already succeeded so you can bring all the success you desire into your own life. The best definition of success is, “I tried my best and learned something in the process.” This means that even if you lost or it didn’t work out, you still succeeded.
Successful people recognize the virtue and significance of always fueling the success cycle. If you perceive your result as successful, then you continue the cycle and keep the momentum going.Consider the inspirational story of Walt Disney. After approaching 303 banks to get a loan to actualize his idea, he finally succeeded. What was his belief about his 302 “failures”?To him, each one was a success, because he tried his best and learned in the process how to make his sales pitch better. This ultimately led to his getting the loan he needed to create the theme park that paid off – big time.
The same is true across the board for successful people.Another example is Colonel John Sanders, the father of Kentucky Fried Chicken. He found himself retired at age sixty five with an old Cadillac Roadster and a $105 pension check.He also had a great recipe for chicken. He figured he could sell his chicken recipe and get wealthy because he believed others would love it, too. The story goes that he weathered 1,008 rejections and got his first yes on prospect number 1,009,and the rest is history. By 1963, he had 600 restaurants selling chicken with his recipe. He had achieved his goal.Today, given worldwide advances in communications, we can get the word out there fast. A Walt Disney of today could apply to 304 banks with a few clicks of a mouse. This makes the rejection process much easier. We have to endure only a little rejection and have minimal success to achieve our goals.J. K. Rowling is another good example. In a short time, she went from being a clinically depressed single mom to selling 400 million books and becoming number 12 on the Forbes richest in the UK, worth just shy of $800 million. All she needed to endure was twelve rejections before landing her first opportunity.
You need to implement a new rule for rejection. A rejection has the power to affect you only if you agree with it 100%. Also,always remember that you are not being rejected, just your idea.Massive rejection is the right track to success.Now ask yourself, what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Probably anything! So go do it, because you’re the one making the rules for feeling that you failed.Successful people define failure as giving up. If you don’t give up, you don’t fail and are still in the game. So just like your belief about success, your belief about failure will determine whether you’re the next Walt Disney, Colonel Sanders, or J. K.Rowling.
You can learn to adopt new, empowering beliefs and also how to let go of limiting beliefs.Beliefs can limit you not only emotionally but also physically.This is clearly illustrated in the example of the runner I mentioned earlier, Roger Bannister. Until 1954 it was believed that the human heart could not sustain the running of a mile in less than four minutes. That is until this determined athlete broke the record and accomplished the feat.It turns out that he actually changed the consensus on what was possible for the human heart to achieve. His world record lasted only forty-six days. Thousand have broken his record in the years since. Because he changed athletes’ beliefs, he changed what was possible for them to achieve.