The Secret has changed my life. It has been two years since I first noticed the book on a shelf in a local book store. Ill give it to you, the cover looked enticing enough, but for some reason I just assumed it was a fiction novel, and admittedly not an avid reader, I decided against it. Looking back, I often wonder why I didnt pick up the book on that shelf, but now I realise that I had an important lesson to learn in order to really appreciate the message that this book contains.
I had been a star student at school, but since starting one of the best universities in the world, my self confidence had crashed with detrimental effects on my academic success. It was that summer after my worst ever academic performance that my cousin lent me the book. I felt like I was ready. But even then, I didnt actually open The Secret for several months. It wasnt until my second year mock exam was looming that I decided that it might be a pretty good time to check out The Secret funny isnt it, how so often we only turn to God and sources of wisdom in our hours of need.
I read the book, was thrilled at the information that was being delivered to me, and earnestly committed to getting the highest mark in my mock exams -100%
I guess I was arrogant, and ignorant, I didnt fully understand the message of The Secret that first time I read it, but pushed ahead regardless, reckless, much like a child eager to try out a new game without reading the instructions or warnings. And so it was that I flunked the test. Because I hadnt really believed, I hadnt really absorbed the message of The Secret, and in the end, when it came to the exam, I let my fear overwhelm me.
I didnt give up though. I re-read The Secret over and over, really absorbing this time the magnitude of the knowledge that was available to me. I carried it in my bag, always, and whenever I felt the onset of nerves or inadequacy setting in I would pull out the book and read my favourite paragraph a quote from Charles Haanels Master Key System (which I have also started following diligently):
Remember, and this is one of the most difficult as well as most wonderful statements to grasp. Remember that no matter what the difficulty is, no matter where it is, no matter who is affected, you have no patient but yourself; you have nothing to do but convince yourself of the truth which you desire to see manifested.
This is my mantra. This is my song. And after committing to achieve the highest mark in my year in my second year university exams, I applied the wisdoms of another great teacher to whom I was introduced through your website: Christian Larson. Everyday I recited the Optimists Creed and memorised the most poignant promises to me. I wrote a letter to my dad several months before the exam, declaring that I would come top in my year, but didnt let him open it until after my exams. I visualised myself opening the exam papers and laughing inside at the simplicity of the questions that lay before me. I visualised giving thanks that ONLY the topics that I had revised well and thoroughly had appeared on the paper so that I could achieve 100% in each of my four exams. I envisaged my lecturers marking my papers in astonishment and then revealing my name at the top of the Class List. I saw myself walking to see my results displayed on the public notice board in full knowledge that I would simply have to look straight at the top line and see my name dancing on the page.
And so it happened. Exactly as I saw it, exactly as I have told it, and the deep sense of pride and love and gratitude that flows through me just thinking about it is unlike anything I never knew I could experience.
I cannot WAIT for the rest of my life!