How to Think Your Way to Success

Your thoughts, beliefs and feelings determine your actions. And your actions determine your results.

In Napoleon Hill's classic "Think and Grow Rich" he explains that how you think actually determines your success. In other words, your thoughts, beliefs and feelings determine your actions. And your actions determine your results.

In this episode you will discover how success doesn't just happen to you. And how you can to become a "successful person", so you experience far greater success in your own life.

Speaker 1: (00:00)
Hi, my name is Mike Pettigrew. I'm a best selling author and serial entrepreneur since 1987 and I help ordinary people to achieve extraordinary goals and I've got a lot of really helpful suggestions to make to you over the next few minutes. But before we get started, I just wanted to say that if you are serious about getting to your next level of success, abundance and wealth, you might check my Ultimate Success Club at Now a lot of people come to me because they want to achieve a far better life and they want to get ahead in life. They want to achieve that next level of success, freedom and wealth. But the reality is, unfortunately a lot of people tell me, no matter what they do, no matter what goal achievement system they try, they end up hitting brick walls. They find that whatever they do just doesn't seem to work and they end up feeling really disempowered, really disillusioned.

Speaker 1: (01:06)
They start feeling that they themselves are a failure, that these things work for other people but not for them. And this is really awful. This is awful. And I get that. I completely understand because years ago,I felt all those things so strongly and so often myself because I tried all sorts of things. I tried all sorts of goal achievement systems and when they don't work and you put in all this time and energy and efforts and nothing changes - what a waste of time. So I completely get that. So if you feel this way, if you can relate to this - what I'm going to share with you is going to really help you. And the one thing I say to people who are facing all these challenges - are facing all these setbacks and all this disillusionment is you've got to do one thing, one thing only.

Speaker 1: (01:57)
And that's to start thinking your way to success. You might think "Thinking my way to success?!" Surely success is strategies and you know, if you want to achieve goals, it's all strategized to an extent. But you know what? The most important thing is the way you think. Everything evolves from that. So let's get straight into this. This training. It's only going to be a few minutes long, but honestly the information I'm going to share with you is life changing. It's life changing, so the power of positive thought. These are famous sayings by famous people and this is Mahatma Gandhi - he said "A man is but the product of his thoughts - what he thinks he becomes". And this is of course Winston Churchill. He said, "The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty". I love this saying, I really love this saying and also W Clement Stone.

Speaker 1: (02:56)
He said "There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative". Really revealing statements here about how we think. So what makes people successful? What is it that enables people, ordinary people to do extraordinary things? As I said at the beginning, I help ordinary people to achieve extraordinary goals. I help people to get ahead faster life and achieve success consistently over the long term. And as I mentioned at the beginning, if you're interested in getting to the next level of success, abundance and wealth, check out, because my Ultimate Success Club - in that every month I teach these these success strategies that have been scientifically proved to work. So is success the result of hard work? No, not necessarily. A lot of people work really hard.

Speaker 1: (03:53)
Most people work really hard. But the, the statistic is that at retirement age, most people are barely above the poverty line. So despite years and years of hard work, retirement is the time when you should have lots of freedom and money to do all the things you've always wanted to do. But the reality is the statistics are that 95% of people are just barely above the poverty line. So even though most people work really hard, it is not the route to success, freedom and wealth. Hard work is, you may have to work hard, you know, on your journey to success, but hard work alone will not make you successful. Looking at this more closely, the conclusion is success is actually created in your mind. There's a big difference in the way highly successful people think compared to most people. They think in a different way.

Speaker 1: (04:48)
So highly successful people really do think differently. Success is created by your beliefs, your thoughts and your actions because your beliefs determine your actions and your actions determine your results. Okay, so your beliefs and how your beliefs and how you think are based on the conditioning you've received, the conditioning you've received and they have been formed also by past experiences, both happy and unhappy. We all, from the time we're born, we're taught how to think and what to expect and what to believe and not to expect this and not to expect that. And by the time we're in our twenties and thirties we have so much baggage, so much conditioning. It's no wonder that most people are held back dramatically from cheating a better life from achieving the sort of life that they want and your, your beliefs, all this conditioning, it's stored in your subconscious mind.

Speaker 1: (05:47)
You may not be consciously aware of your limiting beliefs, but I assure you, you have all sorts of limiting beliefs that are holding you back is all sorts of areas of life. It could be finances, it could be success, it could be career, it could be relationships. We all have these limiting beliefs and they are the biggest reason, the number one reason why most people don't achieve the sort of things that they're capable of. They don't achieve an amazing life. Okay? So unfortunately, all this conditioning, all these limiting beliefs are strengthened with every time you repeat them. If you had the same - we all have this internal dialogue and a lot of people's internal dialogue is pretty negative. Oh, I can't do this. I couldn't do that. Or what's the point or why bother? I tried before and I failed - everybody has this internal dialogue and your repeated thoughts, particularly if there's a lot of emotional, uh, present, go straight into your subconscious mind and your subconscious mind goes to work on your, on your, on these repeated thoughts with emotions.

Speaker 1: (06:54)
So if you are repeating lots of positive, empowering thoughts with emotion, you're your life will open up to all sorts of possibility. But most people are constantly literally on this track, this treadmill, this repeating cycle of negative thoughts and emotions. And that's what holds people back so much. So to achieve a far better life, you've got to become aware of these negative beliefs, these limiting beliefs, and change them once and for all. And it's very easy to do, very easy to do. So your dominant thoughts and emotions create your circumstances. That's what I'm saying here. Your dominant thoughts and emotions create your circumstances. So let's look first of all at the power of negative thought because negative thought has a great power, horrible power, and it wrecks peoples lives. Years ago, um, I was very successful in business. I sold my first company to a multinational in 2001 and I made some really bad investments.

Speaker 1: (07:59)
I made some really bad investments after selling my first company, I thought I had enough finances for the rest of my life and for my family. But you know what? I made some really bad investments. I also trusted the wrong people. People that some of my friends said I was mad to trust, but I did and I lost everything. Within a few years, within just a very few years, we lost everything. It was incredibly frightening because our son was born and I had no money to feed him, my wife or myself. It was absolutely horrendous. And gradually I sank into pessimism. When you're experiencing financial loss continually over a period of a few years, it really knocks your self esteem. I started, you know, from being a very confident person, I started to doubt myself and berate myself and hate myself for having got my little family into such a terrible situation.

Speaker 1: (08:56)
So I gradually sank into pessimism expecting more bad stuff to happen, uh, as I say, a hated myself and berated myself. And the result was that everything gradually got worse and worse because my mindset had changed. I started to become a negative thinker. I started to - I gradually became a person who was expecting more bad stuff to happen, repeating these thoughts with negative emotion. Everything slid away really, actually very, very quickly. So I had no money to feed my wife and our baby. This was the effect of the power of negative thought. Now I wouldn't suggest, I wouldn't recommend it for anything. It was awful. Absolutely awful. So how I changed our circumstances, because clearly I did. That's an episode in my life that is in the distant past now. Horrendous. But you know what? I wouldn't change the past for anything because this experience and coming out of that situation and starting all sorts of businesses and doing all sorts of things in the world and helping thousands of people all around the world achieve their goals - I'm so grateful for having had that experience because it taught me the very things that I needed to learn to change our situation and help other people all around the world do the same.

Speaker 1: (10:15)
So how did I change our circumstances? Well, I got to the point where I decided enough was enough. I thought I just couldn't take it anymore. It was, that's the reality. So I literally pulled myself out of bed every morning, dragged myself to the bathroom and I was almost vomiting with fear every morning. So I got to the point where I just vowed the universe, I will change, show me what to do, show me what to do. I will change because I knew that my negative thoughts, were perpetuating the situation. So the very next day a miracle happened - I picked up a book that was written over a hundred years ago. A coincidence just happened to come into my life or I came across this book called The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles and it was all about the power of gratitude. Now obviously, clearly I wanted to become rich again, hence the title and my interest in that book.

Speaker 1: (11:08)
But it was all about the power of gratitude and how gratitude acts like a magnet drawing into your life all sorts of wonderful things. Whereas resentment and complaint pushes all sorts of things away. One - gratitude opens the door. Resentments and complaint pushes everything away. So I decided to do what today I call "my crazy gratitude experiment". And if life is difficult right now for you, if you feel stuck, if you feel there's no way forwards, I strongly, strongly suggest you test this for yourself. With my crazy gravity experiment, I decided to bring up gratitude every 30 minutes of the day, every 30 minutes. You might think - how can you do that when life is so rough and you're suffering so much? But you know what? We have this amazing capacity within ourselves to alter our inner state by remembering a time in the past where we felt gratitude.

Speaker 1: (12:08)
We've all experienced at least one time in our lives where we felt deep, sincere gratitude and all we need to do is remember that time. Dwell on that thought, that memory for a few minutes because it might take a few minutes, but one thing I can assure you is gratitude will start to bubble up. And if you do this every 30 minutes of the day as I did, you start getting very proficient at this. You start to get good at it. By the end of just one day, I felt totally different. Our situation hadn't, hadn't changed physically. We didn't see any major dramatic changes immediately, but I felt different. The dominant thoughts and feelings I was transmitting out into the universe had changed. And I knew that our environment reflects our inner life state. So I was expecting change. I felt great at the end of one day, even though our circumstances didn't immediately change.

Speaker 1: (13:05)
But you know what, three days later, massive coincidences that affect me to this day started happening. One after another, one of them so big it affects every single day of my life ever since. One of my businesses resulted from massive coincidence three days after trying, you know, testing this or doing this crazy gratitude experiment. So this was the result of my mindset changing. Okay? So as soon as I changed my mindset, our circumstances stared to change and changed very dramatically. So that's the, the power of negative thinking. This is Napoleon Hill, author of the amazing, classic "Think and Grow Rich", - also about a hundred years old and Napoleon Hill in his book, he explains how to think your way to success, to use your mind and your emotions in such a way where you literally draw into your life amazing synchronicities and achieve your heart's desire. Amazing, amazing book.

Speaker 1: (14:11)
Now, how you think determines your success. Your thoughts, beliefs and feelings determine your actions. Okay. And your actions determine your results. Okay? So if you change your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings, your results are going to change. That goes without saying, success doesn't just happen to you. No Way. Success does not just happen to you, even if you deeply desires it - you become a successful person. When you become a successful person, your environment and your circumstances will reflect that change. Everything starts within. Everything starts by changing the way you think. And a lot of people think, oh, this might be so difficult. It's not - it's really easy when you know how. Okay, so it's very easy to do. As I say here, small baby steps add up to massive results. And there's the saying, how do you eat an elephant? The answer is piece by piece.

Speaker 1: (15:11)
So if you have an amazing vision for your life, I certainly hope you do. How do you achieve that? To many people, it's overwhelming. How can I achieve such a big goal? Step by step, not in a rush - step by step over, you know, just one baby step every day over a period of a year. That's 365 steps and the steps get turned into giant leaps or giant bounds ahead. Its everything is cumulative and builds on itself. So I teach these things every month in the Ultimate Success Club. I teach people how to get to their next level of success, freedom and wealth. It's the result of over 40 years of my life being a serial entrepreneur, studying the mind and human consciousness, the reasons for extraordinary success. And I teach these things every single month in the Ultimate Success Club - these are scientifically proved to work, scientifically proved to work.

Speaker 1: (16:12)
I - as part of the training every month, I share with you high performance habits that have been scientifically proved to work. So if you want to get to the next level of life, if you want to get to that next level of success, if you want more abundance, aliveness and joy in your life, and you want to know exactly how to go from where you are right now to wherever you want to be, check out my Ultimate Success Club. It's at Thank you so much for watching. If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like or share it with your friends. And I look forward to speaking with you again very soon. Bye Bye.

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