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"The capacity to determine one's success [in life] begins from within, from the way we see the world we live in, and the attitudes we use to approach it. Every public victory begins in the quiet chambers of the mind and heart." ~D. Mark Nygren
In college I took a course that has forever shaped the way I approach life. It is still offered at BYU-Idaho and is called Principles of Inner Victory.
I had needed two more credit hours and it was an experimental course that was to be tried out on a few of us to see how it went. It required many hours of listening to great speakers and authors expound on how to shape your thinking, and your life.
There were the classics and more popular titles. From Russell Conwell (Acres of Diamonds) to Anthony Robbins (Unlimited Power), I would sit in the small library media room with an oversized pair of headphones and move through each tape, taking many notes along the way.
In the beginning I had felt great skepticism. I remember calling out my teacher in class, asking him what right he had to promise success. He would challenge me back with deep and poignant questions. I later discovered he was teaching as a hobby, not for income. He had done very well as a coach and mentor in Michigan and didn't need to work another day in his life.
But it took a while to get me to move out of the skepticism. My self-talk was "It's great these authors all achieved success, but I can't because ... ."
Then I moved into an interested state of listening. I began to internalize the discussion and weigh it against my life and I found there were slight trails of success I had missed ... continue reading ...