On the Path of Winners
By Bayo Ogunmupe
How you create your fate
WHY are some people more successful than others? And why do so many people live lives of quiet desperation? The reason is attributable to Aristole’s Principle of causality. Today we call it the law of Cause and Effect. This law means: everything happens for a reason, for every effect there is a specific cause. The Greek philosopher, Aristotle was the first person to aver that we live in a world governed by law, not by chance. Thus, the search for truth, for causal relationships among events, has led to the rise of the West in science, technology, philosophy and warfare for more than 2000 years. Today, this focus has shifted our mindset and is driving the development that is changing our world so dramatically.
This law says that personal and business achievements are all the direct or indirect, results of causes or actions. This means that if you know what you want, you can achieve it through observing others who have achieved the same goal. By doing what they did, you can get the same results. Success isn’t an accident, you can create it by your actions.
In the Bible, the law of cause and effect is called, the Law of Sowing and Reaping, which says, ‘whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap’. Sir Isaac Newton called it the third law of motion. He said that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. But for you and me, the only relevant expression of this law is that thoughts are causes and conditions are effects. Put another way, this means thoughts create. You create your world by the way you think. People and things in your life, have only the meaning you give them in your thoughts. That is how you create your future by the way you think.
Thus, the most important principle of personal success is simply: you become what you think about most of the time. This is the principle upon which all religions and philosophies are based. This principle is as applicable to individuals as to organizations. It is not the outside world that dictates your circumstances, it is the world inside you that creates the conditions of your life.
Besides, you are always free to choose. You choose your own destiny. Four other laws flow from the law of cause and effect. They are the laws of Belief, Expectations, Attraction and Correspondence. One, the law of Belief says: whatever you believe becomes your reality. You always act in a manner consistent with your beliefs. Often, you don’t believe what you see, rather, you see what you already believe. You reject information that contradicts what you already believe. But most of the time, your beliefs are not based on facts. You may be prejudiced, meaning you prejudge an event without reason or facts.
A good success strategy is to refrain from judging other people or situations until you can make an informed decision. This extends to self limiting beliefs. Don’t ever limit yourself in any way. Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve.
Two, the law of expectations which translates to: whatever you expect becomes your own self fulfilling prophecy. You are a fortune-teller in your own life. What you think, talk and believe are going to happen to you. What you expect from people determines your attitude towards them. If you expect good things to happen to you, good things usually happen and vice versa.
David Mc Clelland of Harvard in an experiment, found that the very best and happiest families were characterized as positive expectation families. So expect the best from others. Three, the law of Attraction says you are a living magnet; that you invariably attract into your life the people, situations and circumstances that are in harmony with your dominant thoughts. This is a great law of success. This law has been discovered in Egyptian mystery schools 3000 years before Christ. This law affects anything you have in life, you have attracted to yourself. And finally, the law of correspondence, meaning, your outer world is a reflection of your inner world, it corresponds with your dominant thoughts. Thus, it is your responsibility to create within yourself the mental equivalent of what you want to experience in your life.
Our champion for today is Harold Alexander, in full, Field Marshal Harold Rupert George Alexander, the first Earl Alexander of Tunis. Born in London on 10 December, 1891 and died in June 1969, Alexander was a British military commander and field marshal who served with distinction in both world wars. Afterwards he became Governor General of Canada and British Minister of Defence.
Born to aristocratic parents, he was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. In 1911 he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Irish Guards and promoted lieutenant in 1912. Alexander rose to prominence through his service in the First World War, receiving numerous honours and decorations. He continued his military career through various British campaigns across Europe and Asia. In World War II, Alexander oversaw the evacuation from Dunkirk and subsequently had high ranking field commands in Burma, North Africa and Italy, including Commander-in-chief of the Middle East and the command of the 18th Army in Tunisia. Then, he commanded the 15th Army for the capture of Sicily and again in Italy before receiving his field marshal’s baton and being made the Supreme Allied Commander in the Mediterranean.
Alexander was one of a few platoon commanders in history who survived to become field marshal. Twice wounded in battle, on 14 October 1931, Alexander was married to Lady Margaret Bingham, daughter of the Earl of Lucan and with whom he had two sons and a daughter, he also adopted another daughter while Governor General of Canada. By reputation, Alexander was regarded as the best military strategist since the Duke of Wellington. (1769-1852). He signed the bill finalizing the union of Newfoundland and Canada in 1949.