Perhaps the reason “one book” or “one seminar” or “one program” was a MAJOR turning point for one person, but nothing more than a small stepping stone for another, is because achieving success is like opening a combination lock.
There are a finite number of discs that need to move into place before the lock will open.
Some people are raised in such a way, or have a natural-born inclination to live in harmony with the laws of success.
Sometimes those people have all but ONE of the discs already in place, so just one book or seminar or conversation with a mentor is all they needed to set them free and launch their lifestyle into the stratosphere.
Others have hundreds of discs that need to move into place. (That was my situation.)
But each time you increase your mental capital by learning more about how success really works, and by trying and failing and learning the lesson the experience contained, you allow yet another disc to rotate into place, and the good news is: that disc can stay in place for good.
One day, with just one more try, one more class, one more book, one more seminar, or one more conversation with a mentor, that FINAL disc will move into its proper position, and the lock WILL finally spring open.
You’ll probably tell everyone that that was THE BEST event or book or conversation there ever was… because it facilitated the most tangible results in your life.
The truth is, that each “aha” moment leading up to it was just as important and critical to your success as the last. If just ONE of the previous epiphanies had not happened, then that final event, book, or conversation would probably not have been the final disc.
Even if you’ve experienced a breakthrough before, taking it to the next level will always require the opening of another lock, sometimes just a little more complex than the one before.So keep learning, keep seeking the next epiphany, because you never know… it just might be that final disc for you. If it isn’t, at LEAST there’s just one less disc to go.
But don’t worry, you’ll open them all, by just rotating one simple disc into place at a time.
When results don’t come as fast as you want, trust that each epiphany along the way gets you one “tumbler” closer to your next victory.
Your desire is simply a “possibility” seeking expression through you… honor your dream, don’t give up on it. One step, one rotated disc at a time and you’ll surely get there.
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I love that analogy! It truly gives lots of hope! And comfort! Yes everything along the way is a stepping stone upwards! Sometimes we need to learn hard lessons along our way so that we can relate and teach and lift another…like you have done for us! Thank you for mentoring and lifting us now that you have achieved it! Your truly an amazing Mentor of whom I really look up to and am learning so much from!
Leslie, this is a great article and a very nice analogy. As a locksmith I enjoyed reading what you wrote. Thank you.
What a great way to visualize progress! That everything I’ve done and learned hasn’t been a waste of time but has actually been unlocking my way to my dream. Thank you so much for sharing that imagery and really for everything you share! I love you. 😀
Great analogy, Leslie. Thank you!
Leslie, you are so good at making analogies. I really got this one. It has been hard to rationalize what I may be doing when I take another course, read another book, apply a new skill, especially when they cost money. This explains the value of all of those steps. Thank you for making things clear again. I fully expect that next disk to open my treasure box. I am very close.