In a world of almost infinite complexity, we definitely are not in total control of everything in our lives. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we lose. Somehow, it would seem that the principles of success remain just that – principles.

Fortunately, we have one thing we have total and complete control of – our minds.

Control of the mind

Control of the mind can give you tremendous power over how you react to the rest of the things that is happening to your life. The key is to become more conscious and more aware, to get off the automatic pilot we give ourselves living our lives.

Once this is done, the things around will be clearer in your perception. Also, you will begin to appreciate the fact that whatever you focus on will become reality.

Focus positively

We are always focusing on something although most of the time we are not aware of it. The problem is that this kind of focus is not a conscious focus. It is the automatic focus, the autopilot state of our minds.

Sometimes we focus on things we do not want, and then we get them and we think we are victims when in fact we created them in the first place. Focusing on being poor can make you poor. Focusing on not making mistakes will drive you right into making them.

The mind attracts everything

The plain fact is that your mind cannot tell the difference. It cannot differentiate between something you think about or on things you want and something you think about or focus on but do not want.

The mind is simply a goal-seeking mechanism, and it attracts everything, good or bad.

Directing your focus

You then have to learn how to direct this power by consciously directing your focus only on the things you want. First, find out all the things you focus on – the good, the bad, and everything in between.

Afterwards, be very clear about the things that you do want. Examine them thoroughly because they sometimes are those that you do not want in disguise. (The mind can play devious tricks sometimes.)

3 Ps – practice persistence practice

One good idea is to write down what you exactly want – very specifically. Read what you wrote, preferably aloud, several times a day while seeing yourself in your mind to have already what you wanted.

Put in the right emotion to the exercise. Take whatever action to start moving towards what you want. The best time to do this is when you wake up in the morning and just right before going to bed.

Questions

Afterwards, start asking yourself questions, like “How can I get X? How can I do Y?” These kinds of questions will get your mind to focus on what you want to do, be or have and not just the wandering kind of imaginary things that float by and grabbed by you.

Learn how to ask “How can I…?” if you do not know what to do, instead of the automatic “I can’t.” If you are persistent enough with your question, the universe will send you an answer.

Be conscious on what you focus on and your life will change. The principles of success works best if you are focused, persistent and dedicated.