Your own beliefs and behaviors are greater predictors of your success than any fluctuation in the marketplace. Even when the newspapers splash the word “recession” across the front page, you can write your own success story.
Master the Art of “Inverse Paranoia”
Start by becoming an “Inverse Paranoid.” What I mean by this is to believe that every event in your life is the seed for your greater good—something meant to enrich you, empower you, or advance your cause.
Imagine how much easier it would be to succeed in life if you were constantly expecting the world to support you and bring you opportunity.
You can easily verify this belief for yourself. Just think about the last time that a terrible event turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
A big blessing for me came during the 1970s when I lost my job. I was working at the Job Corps Center in Clinton, Iowa, pioneering new ways to teach underachieving students. One day, the word came down that the center was being relocated and I was being laid off.
While attending a workshop at the W. Clement & Jesse V. Stone Foundation in Chicago, I shared my predicament with the presenter. He happened to be vice president of the foundation, and he immediately offered me a job working with inner city kids.
I accepted the offer, and what I got in return was a bigger salary, an unlimited budget, and a laboratory for learning the success principles that transformed my life and launched a new career path.
Ask Yourself: What Opportunity Exists Here?
Take the fast track to inspiration by constantly asking yourself: What’s the opportunity here? Make this a habit, and you’ll stay calm and centered during any event that seems like a setback.
The beauty of this question is that it triggers your mind to respond with positive suggestions. Compare these to the useless information you get by asking yourself the questions such as: Why did this happen to me? or Who’s to blame for this mess?