I think it was in my early 20’s when I first came across Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”. I must have read that book cover to cover at least a dozen times. Over the course of the next few years I must have read most of the classic self help books, but nothing inspired me more than Think and Grow Rich. I followed Hill’s recommendations from the chapter on Desire and wrote out my goals in life as follows:
1. By the 1st of August 2004 I will own a business of my own.
2. I will be living in a 4 bedroom home with a double garage.
3. I will own a Mercedes Benz.
I visualised the business, home and car every night and read out my goals several times a day for almost 6 months…NOTHING HAPPENED!!!
Feeling frustrated with my current employment, I took a position with another company. Things were better here but I soon got fed up with office politics and incompetent managers and the mundane 9-5 rat race. I THOUGHT THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS!.
In 1995, my wife gave birth to our eldest son and soon we were thinking about moving to a better neighbourhood for good schools, etc. We started to house hunt in a very affluent part of the city but most of the homes were out of our budget. I still persevered. We shook hands twice with potential sellers and both times the deal fell through. My wife had lost all heart of ever finding our dream home. In the interim I was still reading several self help books and every now and then remembered to read my goal statements.
One day out of the blue, I was inspired to look for homes for sale on line. I did a search for the neighbourhood in which we wanted to relocate to and especially now that my son was already attending a day nursery in that neighbourhood. I was quite surprised to see listed a property which was marketed by an agent located several miles away from where the home was located! In the UK, generally, estate agents tend to market properties in the vicinity local to their base.
I made my enquiries and made an appointment to view the home that very afternoon after picking up my son from day nursery. I just couldn’t believe my eyes. The home was almost identical to what I had visualised years ago.
To cut a long story short, we moved into our new dream home in May 2004. Now wait for the rest...
On the 3rd of August 2004 I completed a business purchase and was the proud owner of my own retail business!! And yes, I also owned a Silver Mercedes Benz!!!
None of the above seemed out of the ordinary, until I was helping a friend with a CV one day. Looking for some nice paper to print his CV in my cupboard, I accidentally knocked over a small plastic record card box. All the contents scattered on the floor. Amongst these were 2 creased and crumpled record cards on which I had written my goal statements about the Home, Business and Car!!!
Needless to say, I had to sit down and catch my breath. Everything I had written on my goal statement had come true with one exception. I completed my business purchase on the 3rd August 2004 (instead of 1st August as written in my goals) because the 1st was a Sunday and 2nd was a Bank Holiday!
The secret I now realise is...set your goals...let go of the goals and let the universe deliver in its own good time!
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