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“If you truly, passionately, want to create huge success on every level, if you want to earn major income and create financial freedom for yourself and live a hugely happy and fulfilled life at the same time, five key elements have to be in place. We call them the “Five Musts” of major success:

  • You must find something that stirs your soul.
  • You must become excellent at it.
  • You must recondition your mind to believe you can have it and achieve it.
  • You must understand how to make money at it.
  • You must take daily action.”

John Assaraf & Murray Smith,The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life

There are times when a thought pushes its way to front and won’t let go until it is shared. Today’s post is one of those times where the mind is pushing forward one idea. Confirmation came when I opened up the book, The Answer, to the page where the quote above originates. This particular list summarizes what has been circulating in my head the last few days.

I want to share a bit of my story as it relates to having the “Five Musts” in my life. Let me take you back to the summer of 2006 which was a life-changing time for me. We had just started a new church in the St. Louis area 9 months prior and the direction it was going was the opposite of a traditional church. We came to the decision to become an organic community with no paid leaders and have an informal leadership structure. Up to this point in time, my “calling” in life was to be a paid minister (or so was the norm for someone with a “calling”). So when I started to move toward a new way of thinking, I began the search for meaningful work to pay the bills.

In the subsequent years, I searched for something to satisfy my true calling which was buried within me waiting to be uncovered. Through trial and error, I tried numerous things to create income for our family. Some things provided enough, while others sprang up and disappeared in weeks. Each opportunity was teaching me more about myself and leading me to the first “Must,” something to stir my soul.

The year 2011 was when I rediscovered my soul-stirring passion. This passion was something I had been practicing, developing, and mastering since I was 16 years old. I already had the drive to become excellent in this area. It was now a matter of finding a means to make money doing what I had always loved doing.

The key component I have been adding to the mix over the last six months is the reconditioning of my mind to believe I can achieve it. It was easy to do when there was a salaried position available. However, now that I am creating a business to market this skill set, I need to condition my mind to believe I can make money doing what I am passionate about.

What’s next?  I must take action today to bring me one step closer to “major success” or “stratospheric success.”* Tomorrow, I need to take another step. Each and every day thereafter,  taking one more step to making an impact in the world and LIVING my dream.

I would encourage you to examine these “Five Musts” and ask yourself, “Do I have these “Five Musts” in place? Take a step today toward your success by having these elements in your life. When you do, you will be one step closer to LIVING your dream.


*The idea of Stratospheric success comes fromThe Go-Giver, by Bob Burg & John David Mann.

“Visualization–or the act of creating compelling and vivid pictures in your mind–may be the most underutilized success tool you possess because it greatly accelerates the achievement of any success…”

Jack Canfield, p.81

Visualization has been a key element in many people’s lives. Jack Nicklaus claims to have never hit a golf ball that he didn’t first visualize the entire shot from where it lands all the way back to his swing. The Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar attributes his success to the many hours visualizing his perfect routine from beginning to end. John Assaraf uses vision boards and he obtains everything he put on his vision boards. The list could go on and on.

Here are three key elements that Jack says are important for understanding why visualization works. First, “visualization activates the creative powers of your subconscious mind.” Second, it activates your reticular activating system (RAS) to start taking notice of things already around you that can be resources to fulfill your goal or dream. And third, visualization will begin to act like a magnet drawing to you all that you need to reach your goal. You will start to see opportunities, resources, and people drawn to you to accomplish your goal.

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

Albert Einstein

The key to visualizing is to see yourself already accomplishing the goal. If it is a particular car you want, picture yourself in it driving. What do you see, smell, hear, and feel? Create a vivid picture in your mind. Go to a dealership and have a picture taken with you in the driver’s seat. Look at this picture every day. You can do this with any goal that you have. The more vivid the picture, the better.

When you begin to feed this image into your subconscious mind every day, it creates a conflict. Your subconscious mind will go to work to correct the conflict. When you are sending positive thoughts and powerful images to the brain of the goal being a reality, the subconscious mind begins to create solutions to make it so. Ideas will come to your mind at different times as your RAS will be constantly on the look out for resources, connections, and ideas to make it happen.

Go back to the goals that you have written out. Be sure to add visual components to each of them. Commit to a daily habit of visualizing each morning and each evening before you go to sleep. This may be a 15-20 minute exercise but will have huge benefits. Jack says, “Some psychologists are now claiming one hour of visualization is worth 7 hours of physical effort. That’s a tall claim but makes an important point…” (p. 89) The practice of visualization will give you an edge in everything you do. Spend time visualizing your goals. Create a vision board with pictures or make a goals book, whatever you need to do to make your goals come to life. Practice this daily and see the results.


Napoleon HIll


(Our daily journey of the last 64 days of 2011 is centered on the principles found in Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” In his book, he encourages his readers to begin teaching others these principles. I would highly recommend that you buy a copy of the book and join us on a journey to a better you.)