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Stairway to Success: The Complete Blueprint for Personal and Professional Achievement by Nido R. Qubein

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CREATE YOUR FUTURE

Destiny is not a matter of chance. it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

—WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN

Commitment involves feeling as well as thinking. It is the result of a well-documented formula: Thoughts plus feelings equal action.

Everything you do has to be born in the brain as an idea. That idea gives birth to a feeling. You act on the basis of the feeling. In this way, your actions translate your thoughts into reality, once you have been motivated by your feelings. The deeper and more intense your feelings, the more powerful the motivation to turn thoughts into action.

The thought creates an image. The feeling makes the image glow. Action brings the image to life.

THE VISIONING PROCESS

The process I have just described is what we know as visioning. Many people go through life unaware that this creative power lies within them. Yet we all have it. You can create the future you want. It’s all a matter of forming a vision, committing yourself to that vision, and acting in harmony with the vision.

The power of visioning has been statistically demonstrated. Harvard University once surveyed a class of its alumni over a twenty-year period to learn what distinguished the successful ones from the unsuccessful.

It found that 97 percent of the wealth of that class was concentrated in only 3 percent of its members. The ultrasuccessfull 3 percent had one thing in common: All of them were clear about their goals, ...

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