If you’re into personal development and have been striving to achieve success, but haven’t yet found that “secret” that actually gets you there, you’re not alone.
In fact, ever since I got into the self-development world in 2012, I’ve been wondering why not everyone becomes as successful as they want to be. I remember times I spent in the bookstore, as my appetite for self-help books increased, becoming lost and even disillusioned by the masses of book options available. Seriously, something didn’t feel right about this! Many of them I read was another watered-down version and a recycled piece of information that really didn’t help move me any further in life. Can you relate?
Every once in a while, I came across a really quality book that did shift my life in a positive direction when I applied the knowledge. But these books were rare…
Recently, one of my friends sent me a link to an audio program by Kevin Trudeau. I remember reading one of his books years ago and decided to give it a listen. Not long into the first part, I was blown away by the power of the information in here that was being kept from most people in these “secret societies”. It was simple but profound. I’m only through the first three “CDs” but wanted to share the principles that were shared so far.
Kevin talks about 4 basic concepts to achieving success that the elite and super successful people have mastered. The concepts are as follow:
- Who Do You Listen To
- Teachability Index
- Training/Balance Scale
- Four Steps To Processing New Information
Before you skim over them quickly, thinking “I know that”, remember that if you aren’t doing it in your own life, you haven’t really learned it.
Let’s go through each one briefly, so you understand the general concept.
I realised after listening to this audio program that being critical and selective of who you listen to (including books you read, programs you take, speakers you listen to, etc) is of paramount importance.
At the fundamentals, never take what someone says to heart and apply it, unless they themselves have achieved what they are sharing with you. Kevin goes on to say that there are so many books that have made-up stories, examples, and theories that never have actually been tested thoroughly in the real world. Therefore, people who read it end up believing this is the solution, when all it does is lead them to a dead end of disappointment.
Here’s a good example: Imagine you want to learn how become a world-class chef. Why would you go to a chef who doesn’t even know how to bake a cake, when you could instead find an actual world-class chef who has really achieved this status who you can learn from directly? Makes sense, right?
The tricky part is that a lot of super successful people don’t even write their own books. So how can that information be accurate to help readers get to where they are? There’s lots of information that they aren’t sharing probably because they don’t want the public to become as successful as them. Therein is why the true knowledge is guarded by these secret societies and a lot of disinformation is put out into the world.
In summary, I personally, have learned a big lesson here… to always know inside and out who I’m learning from and make sure it’s as real as real. Best is in-person mentoring from someone who has achieved what I want to achieve.
The teachability index is one of the most powerful concepts I’ve heard. It’s simple, but is that massive piece of leverage that separates average people from the extraordinary successes.
There are two dimensions to the Teachability Index:
- Willingness to Learn
- Willingness to Change
Teachability Index = Willingness to Learn x Willingness to Change
The two questions you need to ask yourself to see how willing you are to learn are: What are you willing to give up? What are you willing to invest in time and money?
Rate yourself from a scale of 1 to 10
The next question is how willing are you to change?
Rate yourself from a scale of 1 to 10
Multiply the two numbers and you have the Teachability Index score. You need it to be 100 to reach the highest levels of success. In fact, you need to have an “I’ll do whatever it takes to learn this” type of attitude.
This is so so powerful, I want to keep asking myself from now on, every time I want to achieve something. Then I can see where I’m really at and what I need to really do to make progress. It’s all about being honest to myself and not lying.
Another powerful concept that blew my mind was this one. Think of a scale where on one end, you have what goes on inside your mind, how you think and feel, and the “why” behind things (thoughts, thinking, desires, dreams, goals, attitude, mental processes, objectives, vibration, intention, energy, emotions, motivation).
On the other side of the scale is what you do, or the “how” (actions, movements, techniques, strategies, action steps, plans, activities, physical actions).
The key of this scale is that you should focus on learning both, but in the following ratio:
99.9% of your focus should be on the thinking, and only 0.1% of the focus should be on the actions.
This is the secret!
Four Steps To Learning
This one I’m familiar with, but I have to admit, I don’t “know” because like most people I haven’t mastered and applied it fully in all my actions and behaviour yet. Now I’m aware of it’s importance and will focus on the basics.
All new information we process goes through the following steps:
- Unconscious Incompetence — you don’t know what you don’t know
- Conscious Incompetence — you know that you don’t know something
- Conscious Competence — you know that you know something
- Unconscious Competence — you know and it happens automatically
For our dreams to manifest at record speeds, we need to master everything at the unconscious competence level. Just like if you’ve been driving for many years, you’ve mastered this skill at the unconscious competence level.
How do you do this? Through repetition of the right thought processes and actions.
That’s as far as I got, feel free to check out the audio CDs on YouTube and the slide notes:
Slide Notes Source: https://www.slideshare.net/ericppatel/your-wish-is-your-command-10124673