Episode 40: The Success Instinct

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“A squirrel does not have to be taught how to gather nuts. Nor does it need to learn that it should store them for winter. A squirrel born in the spring has never experienced winter. Yet in the fall of the year it can be observed busily storing nuts to be eaten during the winter months when there will be no food to be gathered. A bird does not need to take lessons in nest-building. Nor does it need to take courses in navigation. Yet birds do navigate thousands of miles, sometimes over open sea. They have no newspapers or TV to give them weather reports, no books written by explorer or pioneer birds to map out for them the warm areas of the earth. Nonetheless the bird “knows” when cold weather is imminent and the exact location of a warm climate even though it may be thousands of miles away.” ~ Maxwell Maltz from Psycho-Cynernetics

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The Success Instinct

“A squirrel does not have to be taught how to gather nuts. Nor does it need to learn that it should store them for winter. A squirrel born in the spring has never experienced winter. Yet in the fall of the year it can be observed busily storing nuts to be eaten during the winter months when there will be no food to be gathered. A bird does not need to take lessons in nest-building. Nor does it need to take courses in navigation. Yet birds do navigate thousands of miles, sometimes over open sea. They have no newspapers or TV to give them weather reports, no books written by explorer or pioneer birds to map out for them the warm areas of the earth. Nonetheless the bird “knows” when cold weather is imminent and the exact location of a warm climate even though it may be thousands of miles away.” ~ Maxwell Maltz fromPsycho-Cynernetics

Have you watched “The March of the Penguins”--the French documentary that tracks the march of the emperor penguins to their breeding spot in the Antartic?

If you’re like me, you had to be shaking your head in AWE at the amazing intelligence that guide those beautiful creatures year after year after year after...

Maltz calls that their “Success Instinct.” It’s that somethin’-somethin’ that KNOWS. And, it’s not just in penguins or squirrels or other animals. It’s in ALL OF US. We have a latent drive within us that KNOWS what’s best for us.

Deepak talks about it in his Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (see Notes). It’s part of his 4th Law: The Law of Least Effort. He says, “Grass doesn’t try to grow, it just grows. Fish don’t try to swim, they just swim. Flowers don’t try to bloom, they bloom. Birds don’t try to fly, they fly. This is their intrinsic nature.”

In his classic As a Man Thinketh (see Notes), James Allen captures this intelligence in his amazing wisdom: “The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”

And I even named my last business after the Dutch word for “seed” (Zaadz) because I’m so in love with this idea that there’s a force that’s much bigger than us that’s driving us to become what we’re destined to become. (In fact, that James Allen quote was on our stationery. :)

So, the point here is simple: you have a success instinct. Nature has equipped you with an intelligence that is FAR greater than your conscious/rational mind. It’s called your “subconscious mind.” And, that’s why the sub-title to the book is “A New Technique for Using Your SUBCONSCIOUS POWER.”

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