This 12-word quote entirely explains how to be successful

You don’t need external “security” to assure you that you will succeed. You already know that if you decide, then you will succeed.

“Hope looks forward. Faith knows it has already received and acts accordingly.” — Florence Shinn

Getting yourself into the right mindset is your #1 job.

You need to 1) know what you want and 2) know that what you want is already yours. Both parts are essential.

You have to know that what you want is not only attainable but inevitable. You have to really know.

Knowing and faith are the same thing. As one song says, “Faith is knowing the sun will rise.”

Decisions create obstacles

“Unless you’re in mortal danger, fear is a compass showing you where to go.” — Mastin Kipp

According to Dan Sullivan, founder of Strategic Coach, when you set a goal — one in which you truly want and believe you can achieve — then immediately your mind will begin conjuring-up all of the obstacles to achieving the goal.

When thinking about what you want, if no obstacles arise in your mind, then you likely don’t want the thing or don’t actually believe it’s possible.

The obstacles directly point to what needs to be done or altered in order to have the goal. As Ryan Holiday puts it, The obstacle quite literally “is the way.”

One of the primary obstacles is truly making the decision that you will absolutely have whatever it is you seek.

Unless you’ve truly made the decision, then you will not act accordingly. And because you will not act accordingly, you will not have whatever it is you claim to want. I say claim because if you really wanted it, you’d make the decision to have it. Instead, you’re opting for something either lesser or easier. As Robert Brault has said, “We are kept from our goals, not by obstacles, but by a clearer path to a lesser goal.”

Operating from a higher plane

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” — Robert Schuller

When you operate with the knowledge that what you want is already yours, you act very differently.

You don’t worry about failure or success in the present moment. You quite naturally flow through the process because you know everything will work out. You don’t have anxiety about money, resources, timelines, or other external factors.

You know that everything will work.

You actually learn to love being in the place of not knowing how things will turn out.

You don’t know exactly how things will turn out, but you know they will turn out. That much is complete knowledge to you. And that knowledge translates into inspired and profound action on a daily basis.

Other people cannot replicate your process, because to them it simply is a “process” or “method” to be replicated.

But you’re not operating from some prescribed method. Instead, you’re operating out of decision and inner knowing.

This inner knowing — or freedom — allows you to attempt things that seem completely illogical. It allows you to know that success is inevitable. It allows you to create results and outcomes that are rare.

You no longer have to operate by the same time-tables as do other people. You no longer have to operate by the same “rules” as do other people. Everything you do, in fact, is an exception to the “rules.”

You don’t judge other people’s journey. Actually, the further you go into your decision, the more empathy and love you have for others.

You love when even small bits of progress are made. You support other people’s progress. People feel comfortable around you because you’re not obsessed with yourself.

You’re interested in something far bigger and deeper.

You have the humility to admit that you don’t have all the answers.

You’re, in many ways, watching as everything around you is unfolding. Yet, you know that you are the initiator of the forward movement happening.

You stop playing small.

You stop setting small goals.

You allow your imagination to run wild far more.

You see, on nearly a daily basis, your life changing all around you. Your outer circumstances are a highly accurate feedback loop of what is going on inside your head.

What do your circumstances say about your decisions?

Conclusion

“Hope looks forward. Faith knows it has already received and acts accordingly.” — Florence Shinn

Hope sustains you while you pursue something bigger in your life. Faith is the knowledge that what you want is already yours — and requires that you act in accordance with that knowledge.

Without powerful and aligned action, there is no knowledge. As Dr. Stephen Covey put it, “To learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”

If you aren’t acting according to your highest goals, then you still don’t know. If you still don’t know, then you aren’t going to have.

You need to know.

If you don’t know, you need to start acting more boldly. Knowing and doing are a continuous feedback loop that supports and strengthen each other. Almost always, the doing comes before the knowing. Eventually, the doing confirms the knowing.

Success is inevitable.

Other people’s opinions no longer matter.

You are free.

The choice is yours.

You are comfortable making powerful choices. You don’t need external “security” to assure you that you will succeed. You already know that if you decide, then you will succeed. And that’s all the assurance you need.

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This article first appeared on Medium.

Benjamin P. Hardy|is a husband & father of 3