So I finally read ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne and it’s not the vapid and banal result I was expecting it to be. Though sure, critics can pan it as such, I instead found and saw benefit to this book. The theme of this book is largely that by our thinking we can reach and achieve our goals. It reinforces the notion that if we focus on what we are aspiring to, and adjust ourselves to be in accordance with our goals, it will be achieved. And there ladies and gentlemen is the secret, though this is hardly a secret.
What the book does well is to present this archaic theme again, supporting the notion that everything begins with a thought, an idea. When we feed our ideas, with more accordant thought, adjust ourselves through behavior and action to it, this will result in us accomplishing our goals in life or increase our chances.
Why do only some people accomplish their goals?
Hard work? Surprisingly no. Hard work needs a platform or else it’s pointless. Many people have worked hard throughout their lives and died decrepit and sad. Slaves throughout history worked hard but lo their social position. Hard work instead is a tool, cleverness is a tool, intelligence is a tool, charisma, working smarter is a tool. Tools are used by others. Before all this, you have to adjust your beliefs about what is possible. It takes a certain set of beliefs in order to make your way in the world. It takes a certain set of beliefs about who you are and how the world is structured. So if you maintain a discordant attitude, or hold conflicting set of beliefs in relation to your goals then there is a higher chance you’ll fail to achieve it.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne reinforces a notion that sometimes if not most times becomes lost to us, and that is that everything begins with what we think. Henry Ford said it best when he said, ‘If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right’. This framework is what must first be built and with that in place, hard work, intelligence, cleverness, can then thrive and drive you to your goal.
The type of people who accomplish their goals, whether it is business success, a happy family life, peace, whatever it may be, firstly believe and they hold steadfast to that belief, and then they act accordingly. Science can explain the material world, but the true machinery of the world is in the unseen, religion, beliefs, the squishy, unquantifiable things.
How do you start thinking and change your beliefs?
I’ll take a phrase from a popular footwear brand “Just Do it,” Nike got it right. This is perhaps the easiest and the hardest thing. If you’ve been on a negative train of thought it might seem hard, but again that is all perception spurred on by your thinking. Simply ‘Just Do it’ as Nike says. Change your thought. Think in accordance with your goals, reinforce your thought pattern with more positive thoughts and act accordingly.
Nations, like men rise because they believe, some draw from there past glory (China, Japan, Russia, etc), some draw from their faith and fortune (US, Great Britain, etc), and some draw from their hope for the future. Just like men, it requires a certain set of beliefs in order to act in a certain way and properly utilize your God-given tools. Without the idea, without believing, these tools are useless and will only aid the person or group that understands their purpose.
In summary, ‘The Secret’ reminds the reader to believe, think accordingly, and act according to that which you’re seeking.