I first met Brenda B., when she sent me an email; you know one of THOSE emails, not the â€śhey I really like your stuffâ€ť emails, but the â€śmy life has changed foreverâ€ť emails.
Itâ€™s emails like those that truly make my day.
What you are about to read, is a â€śphotographâ€ť of something I wish upon the lives of everybody on this earth. Itâ€™s a photograph of a time period where things begin with a big realization and spark and then just click - when things just get better and better, not just for you, but for those around you as well.
If youâ€™ve read the other reader success stories, you will see it there as well but this one is a bit more vibrant, with more energy, and the words on the screen as you read will pierce deep within you and infuse you with the energy that Brenda has going on in her life and will hopefully stimulate you to get your own snowball rolling and if youâ€™re already rolling one, to make it even bigger!
As with all my success stories, I send each reader a list of questions to help better frame their story and save time on both ends.
Below are the answers to the questions Iâ€™ve sent Brenda.
Note that I deliberately didnâ€™t include any background information here other than the fact that itâ€™s life changing so that the story hits you â€śfreshâ€ť.
I hope this will inspire you to get up and hopefully experience (if you havenâ€™t already) what she is going through now so that your life too, will change forever.
1. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself Brenda?
I am a married mother of two who always was a positive person. Just in the past 10 years or so, I have noticed my attitude changing. Being disappointed in myself as well as other people and just developing a bad attitude. Not the person I know I could be and NOT the person I wanted my kids to model themselves after.
2. You mentioned that you found the How to Find What You Love to Do article while you were searching for answers to your â€śdismal outlook on lifeâ€ť. Can you please tell us a little bit more about what you meant by that quote so we can better understand where you were coming from?
Sure. I finally got to a point as I was approaching my 44th birthday, that this was not the way I wanted the next chapter of my life to be like. I had always envisioned better for myself and was very disappointed for not making the best out of a truly blessed life. On paper, things looked great. But there was something missing. I found your article and it caught my eye. All it took was for me to read it and acknowledge that something needed to change. I realized that no one was going to do it for meâ€¦but that I had to do it myself.
3. You mentioned also that after you read Think and Grow Rich and The Hidden Secret in Think and Grow Rich, that your life changed immediately in terms of your attitude towards your life and the changing of your goals. Can you please expand on that as well so we can get a better understanding of that very important catalyst?
Absolutely. First I read â€śThink and Grow Richâ€ť
and I was struck at how just believing that you can be whatever you want to be was proven in so many examples that still ring true in todayâ€™s world. I found myself getting a small excited feeling inside that is difficult to explain. This feeling was a sort of voice just screamingâ€¦â€ťthis is itâ€¦this is all you really need to doâ€¦it doesnâ€™t have to be so complicated.â€ť I used to think this way when I was younger, but I just didnâ€™t know it. I soared through the book, them immediately read your take on things â€śThe Hidden Secret in Think and Grow Richâ€ť
. Your candid and updated way of digging further into the main concept of Hillâ€™s book was a true wake up call. Everything you statedâ€¦especially how certain truths just jump out at youâ€¦rang so true for me. I immediately started to apply your advice and a warm and positive change just came over me.
4. One of the first major changes you decided to make was getting in shape. You mentioned that you tried to do so in the past, but unsuccessfully. Whatâ€™s different now? Why are you successful now? What are the benefits youâ€™ve been seeing out of following through on this physical goal of getting into shape?
Yes, I had tried in the past to get in shape and would succeed for a while, but I would eventually go back to my self-destructive ways and prove to myself all the negative things I previously thought about myself. This time, I did the opposite and started to prove to myself that I can do anything I want and have the desired outcome if I really wanted it. I did all the exercises you described in your book and applied all that I had learned and I had to laugh at how easy it all was. I now exercise everydayâ€¦it is the first thing I think about when I wake up. I logged everything I ate and learned a lot about myself. I would also draw pictures of my desired body and set a realistic time frame in which to do it. I had no idea just how powerful it is to write down emotions that were attached to my desire. I found myself actually enjoying the process of watching what I ateâ€¦no more self medicating my sad outlook on things..instead, I enjoyed everything I ate and realized that I didnâ€™t need to deprive myself of anything.
5. Getting into shape has also led to an unexpected benefit in terms of clearing the mental clutter to get ideas flowing in your mind. What has been one great idea that clicked for you and why has it got you so excited?
I followed your advice to the letterâ€¦but was concerned when I was getting a flood of ideas for something I had always longed to do. To start my own business. I had read that I needed to focus on one desire at a time. I tried to ignore the thoughts and feelings so that I could just focus on my health before applying your techniques to a career change. I just couldnâ€™t help myself. I noticed that by simply writing down my thoughts and the emotions I was feeling about those ideasâ€¦more and more information came my way. I found myself approaching people and discussing my ideas with a sense of excitement that others couldnâ€™t ignore. ..and things started to happen. I realized that I already had a wealth of knowledge within my inner circle of friends as well as my acquaintances. It seemed that everything and everyone I encountered, had a role to play in my success. I just listened to my own thoughts and gut feelings and fearlessly went forward. Now, at only 7 weeks after reading your book, I have started a new company and have aligned myself with people who I introduced to your program. I laughed as I watched them go through the same process as myself. Now we are working together and we are unstoppable! I have also lost over 14 lbs now and am watching my body transform into a stronger woman than I ever was when I was younger.
6. You mentioned that because of all the great things going on in your life now, it has spilled over into other areas of your life. Can you tell us in which areas and give us some details and examples as well?
The feeling of hope and excitement is hard for anyone around me to ignore. I have watched my husband react to my new outlook as well as my kids. The house now has a new feeling of â€śgreat things to come.â€ť I seem to rub off on others that are willing to notice the changes in me and try to do the same for themselves. I feel proud of myself for the first time in a very long time and I know that I am partially responsible for the positive changes I am seeing in others around me. Everything changes when you do thisâ€¦.your health, your career, your choice of friends, your energy, your excitement for the futureâ€¦fear just melts away and is replaced by a sense that the best is yet to come and I canâ€™t wait to see what happens next! I truly believe that all that I have been through in my life has brought me to this very place. I am ready now to start the rest of my life and am well on my way.
7. What kind of advice would you give to someone right now reading this, who right now, may have their own dismal outlook on life?
I would tell them to do the workâ€¦the writing exercises and the visualizations before bedtimeâ€¦to not think this is just another hokey self-help line of crap and just do it. It isnâ€™t a whole lot to ask of yourself. Soon you will see and feel the results so quickly, that you simply canâ€™t ignore it anymore. Your mind starts to show you things and you begin to see people differentlyâ€¦and it is all automatic! You develop faith easier that you ever thought possible. Just do it and you wonâ€™t be sorry. It is the easiest thing to do.
8. What have you learned on your journey so far?
I have learned about just how powerful the mind is. Your example (about when you buy a new car, you suddenly notice the same model care everywhere) is so true in so many ways. I learned just how easy it is to cut out negative thoughts and just how you see the best in other people and bring out the best in yourself. I had always â€śknownâ€ť about the power of the mind, but I didnâ€™t have faith in its true ability to bring to your life the very things that you always wanted. I have learned how just making one small change can snowball in such a wonderful way. I have learned that your true excitement and faith is noticed and makes people respond to you in ways that you never thought possible. It is contagious! You suddenly find yourself automatically being surrounded by the most supportive, loving people who all have a role to play in your happiness and you have a role in theirs. I now know what â€śhappinessâ€ť is defined for me. I am not asking a whole lot from the world..just a sense of pride in who I am and what I can do. I have also learned just how great it feels to help someone else go through this processâ€¦.very rewarding!
9. How does this all feel? All these great things happening in your life and just coming together to snowball into bigger and better things?
It feels so greatâ€¦I guess the one word I feel right now is â€śinvincibleâ€ť. I feel like I can do anything and be anything I want and have the power to help others. Powerful, invincible, hopeful, unstoppable, inspirationalâ€¦the list goes on and continues to grow every day.
10. Is there anything else you want to say before we wrap it up?
I just want to say that I believe that it was no accident that I stumbled upon your articles when I did. I was ready. I will never waste another minute of my life feeling sorry for myself and blaming others for my unhappiness. Trust the power that is inside you and watch your life transform. I doesnâ€™t have to be so complicated..very simple, really! It is a ride that I will never want to get off!
I want to thank Brenda so very much for taking the time to answer the questions and share her story with the world. I truly appreciate it!
So much MEAT here.
Where to even begin?
Well letâ€™s start with the ultimate realization she had that began the chain of events after she read the How to Find What You Love to Do Article.
â€śI realized that no one was going to do it for meâ€¦but that I had to do it myself.â€ť
For everyone who has made that realization, you know itâ€™s a life changing one. Itâ€™s one that severs the link to everything thatâ€™s been holding you back thus far.
Once you TRULY internalize that realization, your life is never the same again.
Iâ€™ve written about this concept in several past articles so I wonâ€™t expand on it here.
Second thing she did, read Think and Grow Rich and The Hidden Secret in Think and Grow Rich
. Got fired up from both books, internalized the messages behind them and did what?
â€śYour candid and updated way of digging further into the main concept of Hillâ€™s book was a true wake up call. Everything you statedâ€¦especially how certain truths just jump out at youâ€¦rang so true for me. I immediately started to apply your advice and a warm and positive change just came over me.â€ť
â€śI did all the exercises you described in your book and applied all that I had learned and I had to laugh at how easy it all was.â€ť
So for all you people who read my book and didnâ€™t do the exercises because you thought itâ€™d be too â€śhardâ€ť or time consuming, you are missing out BIG TIME.
First off, like she said, itâ€™s easy.
Second, if you did it, youâ€™d be experiencing what Brenda was experiencing here.
Now, notice that the first goal she went after was a physical one. Iâ€™m a big believer in that philosophy. Why?
First off, health-wise, itâ€™s a great thing to do. Second, you get a ton of energy. Third, itâ€™s achievements you can SEE and FEEL. Your self confidence, self esteem, faith in your abilities shoot through the roof. You feel like since you did this, you can do â€śthatâ€ť too, whatever that second goal may be. Plus, youâ€™ll have the ENERGY to do it too!
And notice she now has that second goal too, which came as an unexpected great side benefit to working out â€“ her mind started to give her business ideas and she ran with them.
7 weeks since she read The Hidden Secret in Think and Grow Rich and did the exercises
, she started her own company with great people who are experiencing the same changes she has thanks to her great snowball influence, lost over 14 pounds, filled her home with a â€śgreat things to comeâ€ť atmosphere, helped other people experience their own snowball effect, melted away fear, gets tons of ideas coming into her mind, has people helping her with her goals, feels unstoppable and invincible, and the list goes on and on. I donâ€™t even think I scratched the surface here of all the benefits sheâ€™s receiving and Iâ€™m not going to even try to list it all because it doesnâ€™t do justice to what sheâ€™s written.
Just go back and see how everything in her life is conspiring to help her succeed.
Her answers to questions 7-10, so much there as well and I absolutely love this line she wrote in her last paragraph:
â€śTrust the power that is inside you and watch your life transform.â€ť
I wouldnâ€™t be the least bit surprised if I found that quote in a book years from now, alongside quotes from Napoleon Hill, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau.
For those of you who want the same â€śtriggersâ€ť on this site that sparked this wonderful journey for Brenda, here they are:
How to Find What You Love to Do
Think and Grow Rich
The Hidden Secret in Think and Grow Rich
(if you havenâ€™t read Think and Grow Rich yet, you can get a FREE copy with your purchase of The Hidden Secret in Think and Grow Rich today. Click here to get your copies of both ebooks today!
Also, a brief side note to readers of The Hidden Secret in Think and Grow Rich
: scan through the book again briefly to remind yourself of the ideas in it and then go back and read Brendaâ€™s interview. You will be able to overlap the two together and see that they match up perfectly.
Now if youâ€™re wondering where the title of this article came from, itâ€™s something I pulled from her initial email (usually, itâ€™s something I pull from the interview itself).
I pulled it from the last paragraph of her initial email and I want to end this article with that paragraph so you can see it yourself and have it be your lasting impression.
â€śNow I am slowly taking the necessary steps to get my business up and running, while continuing my new healthy lifestyle. I have also passed this information on to friends that are ready to benefit from it and have enjoyed watching them change as well. There is a snowball effect that is truly inspiring. I have never felt energy, hope, enthusiasm like this before. It has spilled over into all parts of my life that I wanted to change....my attention to my kids, my looks, my work ethic, the way I treat others....everything. I can not thank you enough for changing my life. 2010 will be the first year of my new life..of a second chapter of my life! All the crap I have been through, and put myself through, has brought me to this point. It works...it really works and I thank you.â€ť
It really works.
Everything you need is already within you.
And I quote:
â€śTrust the power that is inside you and watch your life transform.â€ť