Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Psychology of Achievement Part 2!

In my last blog on the psychology of success I shared with you that achievers, whether they know it or not, practice many of the following methods: Peace of Mind, Health and Energy, Loving Relationships, Worthy Goals and Ideals, and a Feeling of Personal Fulfillment or Self-Actualization. I briefly talked about each one and ended with what Dr. Abraham Maslow called our highest human need of self-actualization in which all of our basic needs are met and now we are working on doing something that is meaningful and fulfilling.

However, self-actualization is not an easy things to obtain. Henry David Thoreau said, “Most people live lives of quiet desperation.” So, why is this? Why is it that after a life time of working only 5% of people ever achieve the kind of financial freedom that will allow them to do what they want to do, when they want to do it? Brian Tracy, the author of, The Psychology of Achievement, believes that even though we have been born into the richest and most advanced society that the world has ever seen, we struggle to achieve because we are born into this world without an operating manual. It’s like having a super computer without the owner’s manual. That computer, like ourselves, is capable of doing amazing things, but without the operating manual, we are lost, and so much potential and capability is wasted.
            So what do we do about this? Well, if we want to get the best out of ourselves then we have to learn a few laws of success like the Law of Control, Law of Accident, and Law of Cause and Effect. In the Law of Control we want to feel like we have some input or control over what happens in our lives. Unfortunately, though, most of us don’t control our thoughts and then our thoughts run wild and make us feel like we aren’t good enough to control anything, or accomplish anything of real value. In regards to the Law of Accident, many of us feel that life just happens to us. We won’t become achievers with that mindset. We have to make things happen. In addition, in order to become an achiever we are also going to have to get a better grasp on the law of Cause and Effect. Every effect or outcome has a cause. We can cause the effects or outcomes that we desire if we believe it can happen and then do the necessary work to bring it about.

So there is our next step in our own psychology of achievement. Let’s master the Law of Control, Law of Accident, and Law of Cause and Effect. Master these laws will move us a step closer to being the achiever that we want to be. 

Daniel Blanchard is an award-winning author, speaker, and educator who wrote the Granddaddy's Secrets Teen Leadership Book Series. To learn more about Dan please visit his website at: 


  1. Thanks for this post Dan. I always enjoy reading your monthly contributions.

  2. Dan, you certainly are a good example of persistence and achievement.
    You inspire those that are lucky enough to follow your example.
    Al Luoma