Think a minute… ”Any man can be a success, no matter how poor he started in life.” This was said by Clement Stone, a highly successful businessman who began his career as a 16-year-old who sold insurance from door to door.
After only four years he started his own agency, and later owned his own insurance company worth more than $150 million.
Stone says we need to program ourselves to succeed, similar to how a computer is programmed. In fact, the modern computer is only a simple, poor imitation of the far more advanced and powerful computer of our human mind.
Today and tomorrow we will talk about the three essential ingredients you must program into yourself for success. First, and most important, is your own motivation to make the best choices that will move you to the best actions and changes. A rich owner of a woman’s cosmetics company told his secret for success. He said: “I never promised a woman that my products would make her beautiful, but I always gave her the hope of looking better.”
With no hope of improving and changing, you cannot motivate yourself. Hope is your strong belief that you really can reach your goal and expectation. You must believe each day that you are getting closer to your goal, because you know that you are doing what it takes to get there. It’s not just believing it, but starting to do it now—hour by hour, day by day—until it becomes your way of living and working every day.
Another powerful way to motivate is by example. Clement Stone had a young salesman who did not believe he could sell insurance to the kind of people who lived in his town. So Stone went to work with the young salesman for one day to show him how.
Stone asked the young man a few questions about his town’s people. Then Stone prayed and asked God to help him do his very best. Afterwards, Stone confidently went from house to house and sold an insurance policy to every single person he talked to that day! These were the same people the young salesman said would never buy insurance.
Why don’t you start today? Sincerely ask God to give you His kind of hope that is real, and His power to start changing now. With Him completely in charge of your way of thinking and living, you can become truly successful the way He created you to be.
Just think a minute…