Psychological Foundations of Success Achievement

by Percival J. Meris on November 8, 2010

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WE ALL WANT TO SUCCEED. Yet, not all of us know how to. We often wonder why others seem to achieve success so easily, and envy them for their luck or ability. What most of us do not realize is that the key to success achievement is within each of us.

Success Achievement Factors Must Rest on Solid Psychological Foundations

Many books have been written on the different factors of success. They have advised us to be determined and persistent, to take action, to have a plan, to learn from temporary setbacks, to convert dreams into goals.

In the conceptual framework of this article, these factors comprise the success superstructure, which if grounded on weak psychological foundations will collapse into failure. If these foundations are strong, it may not even take much effort of the will to set yourself in motion to achieve success.

Before anything else, therefore, you must lay down these foundations as strongly as can be.

The Three Psychological Foundations of Success Achievement

What keys to success achievement can we find within ourselves? Imagination, desire, and belief – they constitute the three psychological foundations of success achievement.

How effective they will be depends on the extent and intensity of the factors that positively qualifies them: how vivid the imagination is, how ardent the desire, sincere the belief.

Success Achievement Foundation No.1 – Imagination

Your imagination of your object of desire should be as vivid as you can possibly make it. Make it as clear, distinct, and striking as the experience of your everyday reality. Correctly done, it should give a true-to-life experience in your mind. How is this possible?

Imagination can re-create the corresponding real-life experiences of physical sensations and emotions. You see, hear, taste, smell, and feel in your mind whatever you want to happen in very much the same way as it is in real life. Inner feelings of emotions resulting from psychological reactions to these perceptions form part of the entire mental experience, as well.

If you can conjure such an image to the extent that it is quite difficult for you to distinguish what is real and what is ideal, then imagination shall have reached the highest level of vividness.

The likelihood of your desire’s material realization becomes more significantly promising. The Law of Attraction will begin to work to create correspondence between the ideal and the real.

Success Achievement Foundation No. 2 – Desire

If the ardency of your desire is strong enough, this energy force will propel you into action, whether you will it or not. It is like air in a balloon. The more air is introduced into it, the greater is the pent-up energy generated, and the stronger its propulsion when released.

Ardent desire infuses explosive energy into your mental experience. The more intense the ardency is, the more forceful the impulse for spontaneous action. The pent-up energy of desire becomes anxious with increasing urgency to be released through physical action towards the direction of your vision.

This happens when you intensify desire to the point of passion and obsession. There seems to be nothing now that can stop the mind from acquiring what it wants. It is this kind of desire that produces the highest degree of enthusiastic action.

Success Achievement Foundation No. 3 –Belief

Belief is one thought that tells you your goal will be achieved. It becomes all the more powerful when it turns into faith, requiring no logical proof or any material evidence for its possibility.

Faith has a great motivating power. If you know FOR SURE you will achieve what you intensely desire, how can you refuse to take the necessary physical efforts?

The existence of doubt in your mind runs counter to the sincerity of your belief, and dilutes its achieving power. Doubt has the power to discourage you, or at least cause you to act with less than a hundred percent effort. It creates reservation that accommodates a negative vision – that it may not be achieved – in direct proportion to your doubt.

No two conflicting thoughts can exist in the mind – i.e. it will be achieved (belief) vs. it may not be achieved (doubt). Much less: it will be achieved (belief) vs. it will not be achieved (disbelief).

This thesis-antithesis combination is a classic recipe for disaster in your success achievement efforts. You cannot believe in achievement, and doubt or disbelieve it at the same time.

It is difficult to believe when the object of belief defies logic and evidence. But faith can be developed here through repeated affirmations of its certainty. “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Claude M. Bristol.

Take Action: Time to Make Things Happen

These psychological factors will not achieve success, unless translated into action. In this material world, it is action alone that achieves success, not some abstract ideas concocted in our minds and hearts.

There is this story of a man who prayed and prayed to win the lottery. One day he received an answer back, “Do me a favor. Buy a ticket!”

Without action, nothing happens! With action, everything is possible! You make things happen. Thomas Edison said: “Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.”

Success achievement will depend to a great extent upon the degree of enthusiasm by which action is carried out. Enthusiasm is directly proportionate to the degree of vividness, ardency, and sincerity of the three foundational factors, respectively.

While action is the most important key factor to success achievement, the psychological foundations do play a strong influence on its conduct.


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