The Power of Positive Remembering

Seven Traits of Successful People by Robert Briggs



Within your brain you have many memories of successful experiences in your life.  You also have many memories of seeing and hearing about the success of others.


Positive Remembering has power because your body can not tell the difference between what is your real memory and an imaginary memory made of bits and pieces of other peoples success.


In other words you can learn of other people's success, adopt their techniques as your own and your body will behave as if these were real experiences.


Your senses respond by looking and listening for things in the outside world which match the dream you have given them.


The mind through the senses will also ignore things which do not agree with the dream you've given it.

For Example, Dolly Parton was a poor girl isolated in the Tennessee mountains in reality.  But she feed her mind stories of others success in Country Music.  She also feed it by dreaming and fantasizing that her life would be like those successful stars.  These stories became so real to her that her mind automatically responded by looking for signs of her own success and excluding anything that did not agree with her image, such as poverty, other people saying "you can't make it", and the remoteness of the mountains.


In this appendix I want you to learn SEVEN things all successful people have done or thought to make their dreams come true.  As you learn these secrets they will become part of your memories.  You can blend in your dreams with the techniques of these successful people and automatically order your mind to look for your own success.



1.  They Recognized Their Dream Whenever and Wherever They Found It


Some people have known what they wanted all their lives.  However, this knowing is the exception, not the rule.  For most of us, we seem to drift because we don't know what we want to do.


All successful people have recognized their dream when ever and where ever they found it.




As they went about their daily lives, they came across some subject, some object, some certain something which lit the fires of wonder and imagination in them.  Put simply - they fell in love with this thing or idea as soon as they encountered it.


A Blind Date that turned into Love


The famous CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour who has won many awards for her work in some of the world's most dangerous nations is also one of those people who recognized her dream when she found it.


Christiane told Mike Wallace on "60 Minutes" that finding her dream was "like a blind date that turned into love."


She goes on to tell the story of how her sister took a journalism class which she ended up hating.  Her sister decided to try to get a refund and Christiane just went along. The college wouldn't give her sister a refund.  So Christiane said, "Well, can I take the course?"  The answer was yes and she says "that set me on my way."


He went running after the car


Another person whose dream found him was Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda Motor Company


One day when he was very young he saw his first automobile.  At that time cars were rare in Japan and the sight of this one was enough to light the fires of young Honda's imagination for the rest of his life.


He wrote about that day many years later with some emotion he had felt then:

"Forgetting about everything else, I went running after the car...I was deeply stirred... I think it was at that moment, though I was a mere child, that the idea originated I would one day build a car myself."


  1. Have you recognized your dream when you found it?

  2. Has your dream found you?

  3. Has some idea, some event, some subject, or object sparked your imagination?

  4. Have you had a blind date and fallen in love with crafts, tinkering with something mechanical, maybe writing, or painting?  Have you been "deeply stirred" by airplanes, computers, movies, insects, ballet, or some musical instrument?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have recognized your dream when you found it.

Remember a dream can be recognized in childhood or old age.  It could come from you own imagination or be handed to you by others or even by some "chance" meeting.



2. They Clearly Defined What They Wanted


Dennis Waitley who writes about how to be successful said,

"Most people fail to achieve their goals because they never really set them in the first place."


Wayne Gretzkey the Hockey star said,

"It's not as important to know where the puck is now as to know where it will be."


S.B Fuller said,

"If you know what you want, you are more apt to recognize it when you see it."


Mary Kay Ash, who grew Mary Kay Cosmetics from a storefront and nine saleswomen into an international direct sales giant wrote,

"You have to have a roadmap if you expect to get to your destination.  The same thing is true of your life.  Without a plan, a road map, you will never get where you want to go.  To accomplish anything, you must sit down and decide what you want from life - your long-term goals."


127 Things to Do


The best example of this is a man named John Goddard who at age 15 heard an older man talking about how he regretted not doing something when he was young.  Hearing this made John think about how he never wanted to be old and know he had not done the things in life he wanted.


So young John Goddard wrote a list of 127 things he wanted to do in life.  By the time he was in his 60's he had done 115 of them, including rafting down the Nile river, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and learning how to fly.  Each time he would go on one of his trips he would come home and lecture about it in order to make money for the next adventure on his list.


The last item on John's list (#127) was to live until the year 2000.  For the last few years John Goddard has been successfully battling cancer and I believe his long-term goal of completing his list has been one of the factors in his continued survival.



3. They Constantly Kept Their Dream In Front Of Them


All successful people write their dreams down, or draw a picture of them, or tape record them, or get a photograph of the thing they want. All successful people keep this reminder constantly in front of their face.


Conrad Hilton kept the picture of the Waldroff.

Viktor Frankl kept writing his lost manuscript on tiny pieces of paper.

Jim Carrey always kept his $10 million cheque in his wallet.


Remember what Emil Coué said,

"Every thought solely occupying our mind becomes true for us and tends to transform itself into action."



4. They Eagerly Educated Themselves About Their Dream


Once you know what your passion is - learn everything you can about it, even if you have to start from nothing.



5. They Didn't Listen To "No" Sayers


The modern world we live in is the best evidence I can think of to not listen to those who say, "You can't do it or it can't be done."  We are literally surrounded by inventions and ideas that were once thought of as impossible science fiction.


As Mary Kay Ash says,

"All the experts say the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, it's body is too heavy for it's wings.  But the bumblebee doesn't know this and it flies very well."


If you want to succeed don't listen to the no sayers, listen to your heart.



6. They Understood Each Failure as Another Step Closer to Success


Dr. Jean-Louis Etienne wrote about his famous one man walk to the North Pole:

"There are two great times of happiness - when you are haunted by a dream, and when you realize it.  Between the two, there's a strong urge to let it all drop.  But you have to follow your dreams to the end."


Soichiro Honda wrote,

"Many people dream of success.  To me success can be achieved only through repeated failure and introspection.  In fact, success represents the 1 percent of your work that results from the 99 percent that is called failure."


Ted Turner says,

"Never get discouraged and never quit, Because if you never quit, you're never beaten."



7.  They Gave Their Dream a "Higher Purpose"


People who succeed must find a way to make their dreams help more than themselves.  Just as in all successful marriages each partner must surrender to the other in order to become united.


In life your dream must offer the world something greater than your own happiness.


Did they do this just to help others and not themselves? No, they helped themselves by helping others.  The point is not to be a saint, but to help others get what they want.  If you help other people get what they dream about, they will help you succeed.


The Seven Traits of Successful People

  1. They recognized their dream whenever and wherever they found it. Have you found something you naturally love?

  2. They clearly defined what they wanted. Have you written out exactly what you want?

  3. They constantly kept their dream in front of them.  Do you have a drawing, picture, audio recording or written blueprint of your dream that you can see everyday?

  4. They eagerly educated themselves about their dream.  Are you spending time each day learning everything you can about your dream?

  5. The didn't listen to No Sayers.  Are you refusing to listen to those who would steal your dream with their negative opinions?

  6. They understood each failure as another step closer to success.  Have you quit because of a failure or are you counting on failure as a part of the success process?

  7. They gave their dreams a "higher purpose".  How will your dream benefit other people?


I came across this article by complete chance. I was at work and collected printing from the printer but somehow this article found it's way inside my printing.  So I brought it home and knew straight away, this is something for my site. So here it is.  If you know where it is from or who wrote the article please e-mail me so I can give the recognition the writer deserves.

The Author of 'The power of positive remembering' Robert Briggs e-mailed me from this site to let me know it was him who wrote the book - amazing how small the world really is, thanks Robert for allowing me to keep this on my site.  Take a look at Robert's site