Larry Brauner

More Critical Success Factors

In my previous post, The Go-Giver, I discussed a new book, The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, which introduces The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success. These laws pertain primarily to the relationships essential to business and life success.

In another favorite post, 10 Simple Success Strategies, I suggested techniques for coping with day-to-day challenges.

In this post I want to present four laws of success that are psychological, spiritual and metaphysical in nature.

  1. The Law of Belief. Our motivation and how we act is determined by our underlying beliefs. If we don’t believe that something is possible, we won’t even try to make it happen. Please listen to a conference call I recorded on 8/22/07 that illustrates this concept.
  2. The Law of Expectation. This is briefly mentioned in the second chapter of The Go-Giver. Our subconscious minds manifest that which we focus on.
  3. The Law of Attraction. This is the essence of The Secret book and video. The universe manifests that which we focus on. This is the spiritual or metaphysical counterpart of the Law of Expectation.
  4. The Law of Appreciation. By recognizing the good in our lives, we show the universe that we’re ready to attract and receive more good. Appreciation accelerates the re-ordering of things and events in the universe, so that good comes to us easily and swiftly.

It’s The Law of Belief that determines how we think, what we focus on, how we act. It determines everything!

Belief is the missing ingredient without which all great ideas, books and courses change nothing. And that’s why all the fantastic personal development books have little or no effect on our lives. Our belief systems are strongly entrenched, and we are unable to assimilate and integrate what we learn.

There is hope, however, as I’ll explain soon in a future post. I promise.

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18 Responses to “Personal Development: The Law of Belief”

  1. Daniel on February 13th, 2008 11:25 pm

    I’ve heard it stated , scientists agree, there are certain laws set in motion; but they cannot figure the origin.

    I believe I know the origin of these natural laws.

    No man spoke more of “Belief” than Jesus of Nazereth, of course he was speaking of belief toward a supernatural power, something unseen; not unlike what you are referring to here. Believing we deserve, have, attract, appreciate, before we physically possess these atributes.

    From a metaphysical view point, we cannot omit vision, we should visualize our goals.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger said before he started his routine workout, he would visualize what he wanted to look like. We all know what he became, Mr. Universe. I might be geeting a little ahead of you, with vision, sorry.

  2. Larry Brauner on February 14th, 2008 12:17 am

    I don’t want to turn this blog into a religious forum. We don’t all share the same religious beliefs, and I would prefer to focus on that which we have in common.

    I will say however that one of the foundations of the Christian, Moslem and Jewish religions is that the world was created in six days including the natural laws.

    The type of belief I’m discussing in this post is the belief that what we’re doing is worthwhile, and that we have the ability to succeed.

  3. Internet Business Guide on February 14th, 2008 4:29 pm

    Cannot agree with you more, Larry. Our belief system ultimately determine what we get and experience.

    Great post(s). I subscribed.

    ~Marcus

  4. Camille Thomson on February 15th, 2008 1:37 am

    You speak of the positive factors of belief. I think also the flip side of these factors can and will reflect upon us all. For no matter how strong your resolve, how firm your footing, there is always a fine line of disbelief in us all.

    We can rest calmly on our morals, stand strong in our convictions but without that nagging disbelief, we will never “push the envelope”.

    My first really true rendezvous with disbelief came with the death of my father.I remember sitting with him on the porch one summer night three years ago, just before an appointment with an Oncologist. Dad was off in deep thought, I sat quiet for a change, waiting for him to speak. Finally he spoke and he said “I need to know you will be there for your brother and mother. Your sister will try to abuse them both and I know you are the only one strong enough to keep them safe. I do not want your other brother told of my passing, he is gone and I will not tolerate his return. It may not happen tomorrow or even next week but when I go, you will be the thread that holds this family.” Something in his voice made me feel that simplistic platitudes were not what he needed. I thought deeply on his words, remembering those that did not believe in my strength and realized that right then and there, my dad was telling me how proud he was of me and that he alone believed I could deal with whatever was to come. He died a year and a bit later, quietly in his sleep. I was not there. He had not been ill, just quietly slipped away. All his eggs were in the same basket, he had seen his brother, knew his one son was happy and successful and that I, his little girl, had the strength to act on his behalf. I did not cry until they took him out of the home, draped in a Canadian flag. It was the day after Remembrance Day, and the funeral home gave him that salute of respect without us even asking. The tears were not for him when his body passed by, but for the others who had not been as lucky as he had been. I remained strong as the whirlwind of action following a death blew through our lives. I was proud to be able to do as he wished and knew that it was his belief that made it possible. Negative words and doubtful comments plague us all. It is my regained belief in myself that has made me stick to my ground on line. I may never be a “guru” but it is my belief that I have something worthwhile to convey to others, even if it is only to say “Believe in yourself no matter what the whispers may be”.

  5. Larry Brauner on February 15th, 2008 11:23 am

    Thank you Camille for sharing your personal story.

    Reflection is an important aspect of self-awareness. When we are aware we have the power to direct our thoughts and shape our beliefs.

    I’m very happy to have you as a friend.

  6. Michelle on February 16th, 2008 2:31 pm

    Larry,

    I am very much in agreement with all you say. You are a very wise man and your knowledge is only exceeded by your kindness and willingness to help others. However, I do think that everything you are saying isn’t just belief and expectation. Those “laws” are only as good as “the who” your beliefs and expectations are on. Otherwise, it as if you are wishing on a star.

  7. Larry Brauner on February 16th, 2008 8:08 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Beliefs can work for or against a person. In a subsequent post I’ll write more about this.

    Thank you for your comment.

    Larry

  8. Michelle on February 18th, 2008 10:02 pm

    An enlightening and well written post - thank you. I understand your thought that belief does not have to be religious or in support of an icon, but that it dwells within. Believe in yourself and anything is possible.

  9. Larry Brauner on February 18th, 2008 10:13 pm

    Thank you Michelle.

  10. Robin on February 27th, 2008 9:21 am

    Hi Larry,

    As I sit here listening to you call on the Law of Belief, I cannot stop crying.

    For real….It seems that you were able to connect up the whole idea of a person’s “why” and why they do not get to where they want to go….to be honest like me, or at least not as fast as I want.

    Even if a person has a 100 visions boards, or life cycles unless they have something up there that they can BELIEVE possible for them to obtain …it will never happen because they cannot “see” it as real or believable.

    So if I understand you correctly, even if we have a higher goal…we must visualize small steps to get there or it just won’t happen because you don’t believe it.

    Thanks you so much….I think the penny has dropped!

    I hope to be in touch soon.

    Regards.

  11. Larry Brauner on February 27th, 2008 12:23 pm

    Robin,

    It’s much more than a simple matter of visualizing — or not visualizing — small steps toward achieving our objective.

    Our ability to conceptualize is just as dependent upon our beliefs as is our ability to implement an action plan.

    We must believe that…

    - Our objective is worthwhile, i.e. that it’s right for us
    - Our objective is attainable — by us, not some other person
    - Our objective will not conflict with other imperatives

    Given all this, it’s no wondering that people’s performance — and our own too — tends to fall short of our expectations.

    Let me comfort you with this thought: Our beliefs are not predetermined or fixed. By achieving greater self-awareness we can identify our unwanted limiting beliefs and consciously replace them with beliefs that are empowering.

    Larry

  12. Robin on February 27th, 2008 4:19 pm

    Thank you so much for the clarification!

    I will do my best to pay attention as to where my mind is.

    Many Thanks

  13. Natascha on February 27th, 2008 8:38 pm

    You are right on target, Larry! Thank you for sharing. Self-awareness and supportive internal belief systems drive results for long-term objectives and short-term goals. (This is the simplified version of my perspective. It is a bit more complicated than that, but those are the central elements that determine our outcomes.)

    Right for us — and by us — make all of the difference. We are living in a cookie-cutter world, but human beings aren’t designed to fit into a mold. Our beliefs are as unique as our fingerprints and require care and cultivation, much like tending to a garden.

    T

  14. Barb on March 2nd, 2008 9:20 pm

    I once heard someone say that it sometimes takes longer to do the impossible; and I thought of that Larry when I read about your NYC marathon experience. Its a constant battle between what others tell us we can or cannot do and our own internal belief system, our objectives and our expectations. Yes you have to know what you want and “go for it”. And being a professional counselor, I know that self-awareness is the key as I think Robin said. I’m new to blogging–I like it.

  15. Success Strategies on March 3rd, 2008 1:28 am

    This blog gives some useful tips on how to become successful. They are law of belief, law of expectation, law of attraction and law of appreciation etc: If we follow these strategies then it is possible for one to become successful. i recommened to follow this Success Strategies .

  16. A Master Networker on July 2nd, 2008 11:53 pm

    “Well Said”!! Great post on “Belief”.

    We must “be” before we can “do”…

    And we can “do” only to the extent to which we “are”…

    And what we “are” depends upon what we “think.” (BELIEVE)!!!

    “Rock On”

    ~john~

    Author - Master Networkers Web Blog

  17. annakat on September 1st, 2008 11:23 am

    Thanks so much you are completely right, if you don’t believe in yourself, who will believe in you. You have to believe. It is sometimes hard and easier to sit, sulk and feel sorry for yourself, but you will not get anywhere doing that. You are so right without belief where would we be.

    Thanks again.

  18. Jezie Ganesa on September 10th, 2010 5:58 am

    The various laws are not ordinary laws because it is intended for every one. However, this law is common in different places.

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