Vic Johnson is the author of several best selling books, and some have been translated into Japanese, Russian, Czech, Slovak and Farsi. He has appeared in numerous video programs with Bob Proctor, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Denis Waitley and Mark Victor Hansen, among others, and he is the founder of AsAManThinketh.net
He started his personal development journey because he was desperate. In 1997, he made $14,027 and on that income he had to support a family of five. That year he was able to save up enough money to go to a seminar where the woman presenting said:
“The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief.”
Vic immediately began to put this sentiment into practice through the proper use of positive affirmations followed up with action. Within one year he made over $100,000. Two years after that he had a six-figure business, and three years after that he had a seven-figure business.
In this podcast Vic discusses how to create a personal development plan, how to change your mindset, the proper way to do positive affirmations so that they lead to results, and how to achieve your goals.
Beliefs Are Our Programming
Everyone is programmed with beliefs. Your beliefs make up your mindset. You are who you are right now because of the beliefs you hold to be true. If you haven’t installed your beliefs consciously, then you’ve accepted the programming of the influencers around you. Your family, friends, bosses, and teachers have all shaped the way you think and behave.
A belief is a thought you accept to be true because of evidence. Here’s the funny thing, the evidence can either be true or false.
History is full of examples where people believed something that simply isn’t true.
Here’s a short list:
A Few Massively False Beliefs
- In the 1500s Europeans believe the world was flat.
- It takes money to make money.
- A college degree is necessary for success.
- Success is impossible for people who have ADD/ADHD.
The truth is the Earth is a giant sphere.
If you have a good idea and a business plan to implement it you can find someone who will give you the money to execute it.
Bill Gates dropped out of college. He doesn’t have a college degree and yet he is one of the richest people on the planet.
When it comes to ADD and ADHD, 300 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies have that problem and they’ve managed to be successful.
So you can see it’s pretty easy to have a false belief. The problem with the false belief is it leads to faulty decision-making.
Change Your Mindset
If you want to change your results you have to change your mindset. That starts by uncovering your own false beliefs. You do this by simply being aware of the thoughts you’re thinking as you think them. Then ask yourself:
“Is this true?”
Once you’ve uncovered a false belief, you have to search for the truth. Vic often used to tell himself, “I never have enough time.” The truth of the matter for Vic is he always has enough time to do what he needs to do.
Once you have uncovered the truth behind your false belief the next step is to create a positive affirmation. Vic created 52 positive affirmation cards. Every time the situation came up that related to an affirmation you would read that affirmation allowed and follow it up with action to anchor the new thought habit in his mind.
The Right Way to “Do” Affirmations
People often say that affirmations are silly and they don’t work. The truth is that thousands of people have used affirmations to become massively successful.
If you’ve tried affirmations before and they aren’t working for you it’s probably because:
1. You haven’t done them long enough, or
2. You haven’t done them in the right way.
Everyone is different. Our circumstances are different. Our strengths and weaknesses are different. Our mentality is different. There’s no way of knowing exactly how long it will take affirmations to affect your life. If you practice them persistently on a daily basis they will influence your mindset and your results.
When you say a positive affirmation you have to have emotion behind it and you have to take action consistent with the affirmation in order to overwrite your old programming.
The affirmation is the thought. The action you take behind the affirmation is the evidence. And that’s how you install a new belief system – by changing your thoughts and your actions.
A Personal Development System to Achieve Your Goals
1. Define your goals. Write them down on a piece of paper.
2. Identify how you think about your goals right now. Pay special attention to any negative beliefs you have surrounding your goals.
3. Find the truth behind any negative beliefs you might have surrounding your goals.
4. Create affirmations to install new beliefs.
5. Find someone who has already achieved the success you want for yourself.
6. Study their success closely and identify the core daily activities they engage in to achieve and maintain success.
7. Commit to doing those daily activities long enough to achieve the level of success you desire.
Remember, universal laws work for everyone. Gravity doesn’t play favorites. If you concentrate on the core activities necessary to succeed you will eventually get the success you deserve.
Links and Resources Mentioned in the Interview
http://asamanthinketh.net — Vic Johnson’s personal development website. Go here to get on Vic’s mailing list. Here you will also get a copy of As a Man Thinketh by James Allen for free.
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Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of the Publishing Profits Podcast show where we interview successful authors and publishing industry experts to share their tips for creating a successful writing career.