You become what you think about most of the time. You are successful on the outside in direct proportion to the way you think successfully on the inside.

The degree to which you feel in control of your life will largely determine your level of mental well-being, your peace of mind, your happiness and the quality of your interactions with people. And the only thing in the world over which you have complete control is the content of your conscious mind. If you decide to exert that control and keep your mind on what you want, even when you are surrounded by difficult circumstances, your future potential will be unlimited.

Your aim should be to work on yourself and your thinking until you reach the point where you absolutely, positively believe yourself to be a total winner in anything you sincerely want to accomplish. When you reach the point where you feel unshakable confidence in yourself and your abilities, nothing will be able to stop you.

The first principle is that your thoughts, whatever they are, trigger mental pictures and emotions that then lead to your saying and doing certain things that are consistent with those thoughts.

With regard to success, when you think of what success means to you or think about being a great success in your career, you’ll think about the things you want to achieve and feel the pleasure of achieving them. You’ll talk like a success and begin to take actions that will lead you to the success that you desire. And the starting point is always to think like a winner.

The second principle is a paraphrase of the first principle. It says that your feelings will trigger thoughts and mental pictures that will then lead to your saying and doing certain things consistent with those feelings.

For example, when you feel positive and optimistic, you will smile and be cheerful. You will be more animated and energetic. You will be more enthusiastic and more efficient and effective in the things you do. Your positive feelings will trigger positive responses at all levels, and your world will be a more positive place. You will even attract into your life positive people and positive circumstances that are consistent with your feelings.

Begin today to practice these three key principles of personal power and accomplishment. Continually remind yourself to think, imagine, walk, talk and act like the winner you really are. You will be amazed at the results.

Now, here are three steps you can take immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, practice keeping your thoughts on the things you want and the people you care about, like playing pictures on the screen of your mind.

Second, if you want to feel positive and cheerful, act positively and cheerfully until you get the feeling consistent with your desire.

Third, imagine that you already have the success and happiness you desire. Deliberately create the feeling you would have and hold onto that feeling as long as you can. This will cause things to happen for you in a most remarkable way.

Author's Bio: 

Brian Tracy is the most listened to audio author on personal and business success in the world today. His fast-moving talks and seminars on leadership, sales, managerial effectiveness and business strategy are loaded with powerful, proven ideas and strategies that people can immediately apply to get better results in every area. For more information, please go to