There exists, in nature, a fundamental law that human beings have a great facility to identify: the law of cause and effect. According to this law, what you get in the future depends largely on ththe decisions and actions you take in the present. Therefore, your past does not really determine your future. In extension, your present has quite a fantastic power!

Success depends on your ability to focus your vision and your energy and combining this with who you are. This is a theory which might be applied to almost anything, from career choices, to your relationships with others. To change your future from your present, under the law of causality, you often need to think clearly about what it is you want to become.

Thus, success and self-realization do not happen by chance. Repeated failures and inaction do not occur by chance. Success, like failure, has specific causes that you can identify and act on. Success depends on your ability to focus your vision and your energy and combining this with who you are. To change your future from your present, under the law of causality, you often need to think clearly about what it is you want to become.

Concentrate on What You Want

Humans, like other animals, have developed through millions of years through the trial and error of evolution. And one of the “programs” that we share with all living organisms is to mobilize ourselves into action to do something.

Indeed, without action or goals, any organization is doomed to die sooner or later. The fact of having a vision gives meaning to our lives and decides the next actions to be accomplished. This is very effective to motivate us. Our brain is designed to ask “What do I do next?” Unfortunately, this isn’t a question that we can, by default, respond constructively to. Eating greasy chips and watching TV the entire day can be our answer to “What do I do next?”

You probably already have several objectives, or at least some good reasons, to get out of bed each morning. But when you think about it and really search within yourself, you will find what the best actions are that you need to take to enrich your life. You will find causes there are to produce the best effects you need or want.

For example, let’s say you completely accept how your belief to achieve your goals can feed your motivation and your success. You will then also discover how to identify the adverse effects in your life, and avoid them by eliminating their causes. For example, if your income does not satisfy you, you will perhaps understand that this adverse effect comes from the negative stereotypes that you maintain about financial success. Eventually, you’ll relearn the patterns of thinking you ought to, and you will reproduce the successes of those who succeed.

The law of cause and effect is simple, but it is not simplistic. If you combine your vision, your desire to improve your life and appropriate actions, you are bound to succeed! But the most important thing to remember the law of causality is this: your thoughts are your best asset. Through your thoughts, you can create new opportunities and find more efficient ways of seizing them.

People who are successful think differently from people who leave their lives to failure. Your way of thinking and believing in yourself is very constitutive of your success. In other words, your life will change because you will change your actions, and your actions will change because you will change your way of thinking.

The Scissors Effect

I would like to bring to you here a little clarification about how best to guide your vision to achieve the best possible results. Think about a pair of scissors. This simple tool has two blades with one arrangement over another that can cut with precision. If one of the two blades were missing, or if both are improperly set, it is impossible to cut anything. Well, your vision is the first of these two blades.

And what is the second blade? It corresponds to the context and the society in which you will live your vision. A vision is realistic if it is viable in the context in which it occurs.

For example, if an inventor has an idea to build solar-powered (Vision) flashlights, it will quickly bankrupt. Since the lamp only works in daylight (Context), it is useful to no one! One blade is missing in this scissors effect. The more the two blades of your scissors ally themselves to one another, the more you will get excellent results quickly. In other words, these are the best conditions to succeed.

To benefit from the scissors effect, you need to know in advance in what direction you need to head, depending on what is possible. And one of the best ways that exists for success is to first write lists of your goals. The purpose of this planning is obviously not to predict the future! Rather, it helps you identify the forces that are available to transform your life. Remember the two blades of the scissors when you set your goals.

I also suggest you give yourself ambitious goals, goals that seem excessive but that really motivate you. These goals can even make you a little scared! What’s the harm in giving yourself such goals? Everything is about perception. Do you think Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google’s founders, fled when they saw that their company was taking on gargantuan proportions? Not at all!

For example, you probably might think it impossible to triple your salary in just three months. But if you see your goals as a game or a challenge, as you start to live them, you will change your frame of reference. You will begin to seek how to triple your salary and you will persevere. After some time, perhaps a few years when your salary has more than tripled, you will not see your ambitious goals in the same way. It may not have taken three months, but just because you believed, you passed.

Human beings have the tendency to not go out of their frame of reference. We refer only to what we know to make decisions that are often very important. For example, I know several people who have a job that satisfies them little, simply because they only chose among the options that they knew of. By choosing so quickly, they left aside everything else that life could offer them.

Imagine that life is a huge table of food. If we do not have time to know ourselves and know all the resources that society puts at our disposal, we cannot take advantage of the scissors effect. We only partake of the food directly in front of us, stuffing ourselves with it. By the time we realize that the entire table is covered with far more delicious dishes, we aren’t hungry anymore. We are limited by staying in our comfort zone.

Ideally, over time, all your goals come true. But even if this is not the case, you find that you have advanced much further than you’d hoped! Think how much time you lose if you don’t use lists when you go to the grocery store! You either wouldn’t know what to buy, or you forget items! As long as you don’t clearly know what to do, you will end up doing absolutely nothing.