Over the past couple of years, there has been much talk of a “Secret” that will allow you to achieve your wildest dreams. There has been a movie, books – visit the self-improvement section of any bookstore and you will find yourself inundated with material concerning this magical subject.
The truth however, is far from magical. It is almost comic in it’s simplicity, and as a result while many will seek and spend fortunes in pursuit of it, only very few will be simple enough to grasp it.
Before continuing I feel I must reveal my qualifications for giving such a discourse:
Though at birth it seemed as if born with the more fortunate, this was quickly changed. An accident rendered my father crippled, and we were reduced to living in poverty, my father turning to gambling just to keep food on the table after his wealth was wiped away.
I was surrounded by this criminal environment from an impressionable age, and grew up thinking that this life of drinking, carousing, of outsmarting those who would hurt you – I grew up thinking this was all normal.
As such when my father died I quickly began pursuing the same lifestyle my father had led. At eighteen I was a familiar sight at various bootleggers, and I had learned how to “pass” at the official establishments.
Naturally such a lifestyle only leads to trouble, and I ended up pregnant.
With the knowledge that I was now responsible for a life other than my own, I began working to improve my life, only by this time I felt I was worthless and met only failure. I ended up married to a man who ended up giving me exactly what I felt I deserved: pain, poverty and misery. We went without luxuries such as running water for years in a primitive home, and when I would inquire about it – let’s just say I learned not to be too inquisitive about such luxuries.
Finally I came to a point where I wanted to die, with no regard or concern for the children I would leave behind.
That was the best thing that has ever happened to me, the night I quietly tried to end it all.
That was when I realized that I didn’t truly want to die, I just wanted my life to be better. That was when I knew that the situation had to change.
Long story short, from literally nothing in my pockets I ended up with a place to which I moved my children. I went to work, put myself through school, and opened a small shop.
I was on top of the world.
Not understanding the principle by which I had gained these incredible successes, I lost it, or most of it anyway. Piddled it away I guess you could say. I way laying upon my couch; jobless, penniless, horribly depressed. With new determination I gained it back; however this time I wanted more, I wanted the knowledge to become more than what I was… I wanted to grow.
I started searching the masters. Benjamin Franklin, Carnegie – anyone that had anything to say about how to improve yourself, how to grow rich and better yourself became regular reading at my local library and on the Internet.
Then one day I attracted a book. I use the term attract in it’s most literal sense: I was looking for answers, only to unexpectedly find them pressed into my hands by a client as I slaved over her computer.
This book was appropriately entitled The Secret. I devoured it, watched the movie, and started applying the principles within. My daughter and I ended up not only having the greatest summer ever, but out of the blue I ended up with the type of job I had desired for years: a job working for home caring for computers. A job that paid enough for me to reduce my on-site computer work and enabled me to pursue my dream of going to college, all while raising my daughter as a stay-at-home single mom.
My bills are not feared; they are looked forward to each month if only so I can “pay them and not forget.” We always have money left over, and my only daughter living at home is becoming quite spoiled…
I am not finished with my journey, so I cannot tell you how it will end. However I can tell you that this secret is so simple, so easy that a young child can do it. It is so simple that all those years ago I dug myself out of a bad situation using it without any knowledge that the Secret even existed!
The heart of the Secret is this: Believe. If you can believe it, you can achieve it, no matter what the goal. You have to know in your heart that your desire is attainable – without this faith all your hard work will literally come to nothing.
There are many ways to train yourself to believe. They are called many different things. It is not my goal in this missive to teach you how to believe, but only impress upon you that this is the heart of achieving your desires, whatever they may be.
Believe in yourself. Believe that you can accomplish anything you place before you, and you can can achieve all of your heart’s desires.
That is what the Secret is all about.