Isn’t it odd that some of the most educated and literate people you’ve ever met, even people who seem so astute that they can’t help but make buckets of money, often struggle to make ends meet? And on the other hand, I’ll bet you’ve met people who have hardly any education and might not seem very bright—yet who seem to make money as easily as flipping on a light switch.

Because I teach seminars all over the world, I probably see this oddity in life more often than most. I find it fascinating that some people will go to every seminar they can possibly attend with the intention of creating greater wealth in their lives, yet their bank account still doesn’t increase by a nickel. Other folks might attend just one seminar—and take off like a rocket.

Now, I’m not saying that I don’t believe in education or literacy or attending seminars to improve your wealth and your world. I’m simply saying that nothing on the outside is going to soak in unless you have your head and heart right on the inside.

Success is an inside job. It starts with what you think about.

Success might look like it requires education, masterminds, teleconference calls, media attention, investment managers, tax accountants, bodyguards and limousines, but those are the trappings that simply support success as it grows. They aren’t what creates that success seed in the first place. 

You are.

In his book, Working With the Law, Raymond Holliwell explains that success can be had in any endeavor when you start with intent and continue to think and plan toward that success with every expectation that it will occur. He says, “The progress of an individual is solely determined by his ruling mental state, because the mind is the basic factor and governing power in the entire life of man. An individual’s predominant mental state will regulate the action and direction of all one’s forces, faculties and powers.”

It is imperative that you actually direct your thinking into constructive, positive-minded, expectant channels. Picture that end result of your success and paint it with bold, lively colors, adding more detail to that picture each and every time you dwell upon it. Then, as you move through each of your days, look for—and happily accept—that which finds its way to you to help construct the actual reality of the picture you’ve been holding in your mind.

You’ll find it a surprising and delightful process, as you create your every success from the inside out.

BOB PROCTOR is Publisher of Networking Times.