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Why Big Success Is Rare

You probably know that you have three ruthless enemies within you who will do anything to sabotage your success. They are doubt, fear, and uncertainty.

It is their job to stop you dead in your tracks. If you have a vision, they will tear it up. If you have a passion, they will mock it. And if you try to take action, they will help you fall on your face.

Never ever underestimate these three villains. They will do anything to keep you as mediocre as possible.

The minute you try and upset the status quo by daring to be anything other than what you have always been, anything more than merely average or even below average, they will spring into action. Like trained killer Dobermans, they go straight for the jugular vein. They are utterly without mercy.

This is the only reason why success is not for everyone. You have to be a fierce warrior to overcome these three inner demons. All the trial and tribulations you undergo when you dare to do something is because these three sub-ego states are at war within you.

The minute you even dare imagine that you might be better than you are, they will ridicule you. They will immediately work on cutting you down to size.

Now how they work is very subtle. They work as negative feelings and low moods. You feel physically drained. You lack initiative. You experience ennui and apathy. Your thoughts get sluggish. They work with the stealth of skilled saboteurs.

Before you know it, you’re back on the track…even if it happens to be a rut that is draining you of vitality, happiness, and dignity.

Few people achieve success in life-despite the abundance of knowledge on how to do anything, despite the almost genius-level capability of the subconscious mind, and despite the resilience of the human body.

Now if this is not enough, you also have to contend with the doubt, fear, and uncertainty of everyone who knows you. You are upsetting their reality by daring to be different. This is why people who go to motivational seminars soon lose all their gains within a few short weeks.

Between the internal nay-sayers and the external ones most people look on their first few failures at anything as a sign to stop.

But there is no way that you can succeed initially. You just don’t know enough. And you just don’t have enough experience. You have to fail your way to success. There is no other path.

Even this simple page is a threat to you. Your three villains will convince you that you just don’t have the time, the money, or even the ability to follow through on anything that is said here. You will find it easier to not read these letters than to read them.

Nothing is more enticing that postponing success and avoiding anything that might bring you closer to it.

Some people are so numbed out and so beaten down by doubt, fear, and uncertainty that they can’t even begin to envision a dream for themselves. When you ask them what they want from life, they can’t even answer.

If you want to succeed in your life, you have to declare a total war.

You have to overcome the mood swings that will first show up.

And if that doesn’t stop you, then you have to overcome all your bitter memories of failure.

And if you still keep going, then you have to ward off everyone else’s disapproval of you.

And if you’re still on your feet, then you have to deal with your sudden high failure rate as you try and master something new and different.

It takes a high level of mastery to excel. It’s much easier to avoid the whole issue.

But if you can make it past all these obstacles, then, you’ll be as rich, as famous, as learned, or as powerful as your heart’s desire.

On the journey to success, the will to failure is initially much stronger than the will to success. It is like the gravitational field that exerts tremendous pressure on a rocket to stay earthbound. Only an opposing force of heat and energy can lift the rocket to fly free to the stars to explore brave new worlds.

Anyone who is a success in life is truly a hero in the finest sense of that word. He or she is the personification of greatness of character. It is an awesome feat to rise above mediocrity.

Saleem Rana is a psychotherapist in Denver, Colorado. If you would like to learn more about how to cultivate your mind power to get anything you want in life, you can find more information at