When I was a kid, my Aunt Pat worked in a bookstore, and I would get a variety of books they gave up on selling.
Comic books, mostly, but every so often something a bit more interesting.
One of the most impactual gifts I received from her was a collection of 4 books written by Og Mandino, which included “The Greatest Salesman in the World.”
This was my first “success / motivation” book, and is one I still refer to from time to time.
Written as fiction to make it more interesting, it includes a set of passages illustrating the 10 most powerful principles behind success in life, and in particular, success in sales and business.
The first principle was on how to best learn the other 9 principles, which is to read each passage 3 times per day for a period of 30 days, with the last reading to be spoken aloud.
This helps to get the words deep into your subconscious, where they can take hold and direct your actions without your conscious involvement.
However, we use a process that works much quicker.
The 2nd passage–perhaps the most powerful secret to success ever written–is all about how to interact with your prospects and customers so they will be more inclined to give you money.
When you do everything in the spirit of love, you give folks a positive experience, and sometimes this is worth far more than any product, service, or discount you could give them.
But it does more.
When you live life in a spirit of love, you resonate with the Divine Essence of the Universe, and this attracts many blessings to you.
Including financial prosperity.
Of course, there’s a bit more to it than that. You also have to believe in prosperity, and that you’re worthy of having it.
Honestly, this was the hardest lesson for me to learn, as my logical conscious mind couldn’t see how GIVING would lead to RECEIVING.
I also had trouble with the idea since I felt that too many people were quick to judge, tease, torment, and take advantage of those they could.
But over the years, and testing many different methods of manifesting, I found that whenever I was in a positive mood, things tended to go my way more often.
And in the last several years, I learned to take time to specifically focus on pleasure, which naturally leads to a feeling of love and gratitude.
Add belief and expectation, and magic happens.
No, there aren’t any of the movie special effects, such as angels singing or a bright white light illuminating the space around me.
But people who had previously been too busy to help suddenly find the time to chip in, and computer glitches that interfered with my work suddenly clear up on their own.
Now, I’m not saying that the emotion of love is all you need, nor that it will instantly transform every aspect of your life.
What I AM saying is that strong positive feelings put you in contact with the Divine, and this makes whatever you do much more effective.
Whether it’s business, social interaction, or consciously manifesting a desire, it all works better when you first shift your focus to something more loving.
Which makes this one of the most powerful principles for success in all areas of life.
Wishing you the best of all good things.