Your Diamonds Are Not In Far Distant Mountains Or In Yonder Seas; They Are In Your Own Backyard, If You But Dig For Them.
Few motivational talks have influenced or inspired as many people as the famous Victorian speech known as “Acres of Diamonds.” Russel Herman Conwell, an American Baptist minister and philanthropist, delivered his talk over 5,000 times around the world. When it was first published it became an immediate best-seller and a classic in New Thought and inspirational literature.
The story Conwell told in his speech had tremendous appeal. It recounted the life of a Persian farmer named Ali Hafed who sold his farm and left his family behind to travel the world in search of wealth. Ali looked everywhere but could not find the diamonds he lusted after. Finally, alone and homeless, he ended his own life. His search for riches consumed him.
In the meantime, the man who bought the land from his family was grateful for every blade of grass that was now his and lavished love and hard work on his new farm. At night, surrounded by his family, enjoying the fruits of his labor, he was a contented man. Finally one day he made a remarkable discovery. In the backyard, that Ali Hafed had abandoned, was a diamond mind. Literally an acre of diamonds. The simple farmer became wealthy beyond his wildest dreams.
Conwell used this parable to illustrate an extraordinary and wonderful message. The central idea of his work was that within each of us lies a wellspring of abundance and the seeds of opportunity. For each of us there is a deeply personal dream waiting to be discovered and fulfilled. When we cherish our dream and then invest love, creative energy, perseverance, belief and passion in ourselves, we will achieve an authentic success.
Most of us are like the poor Persian farmer. We struggle along under our surface power, never dreaming of the giant power that could be ours if we wanted to dig just a little deeper… you know, rouse that giant inner self who can give us more than any acre of diamonds.
Where is your acre of diamonds? If you could do anything in the world, what would it be? Yes, the very thing you now believe to be impossible!
As Orison Swett Marden put it…
The majority of failures in life are simply the victims of their mental defeats
Their conviction that they cannot succeed as others do robs them of that vigor and determination which self-confidence imparts, and they don’t even try to succeed.
There is no philosophy by which a man can do a thing when he thinks he can’t. The real measure of your success comes down to who wins he battle that rages between the two of you. The ‘you’ who wants to stop, give up, or take it easy, and the ‘you’ who chooses to beat back that which would stand in the way of your success – complacency and unbelief.
Did you know that every thought you have has its own frequency and its own unique neural resonance. That thought elicits a physical response from the quantum universe. Neural resonance can be described as the process in which the brain reinforces specific thought patterns over time. The impact of this response varies depending upon how one reinforces that initial thought. Things don’t arbitrarily happen to you. Events in your life and business are a reflection of your thoughts. They are an echo of your own actions and the thoughts which employ those actions.
In Eastern worldviews, this truth is reflected through the idea of Karma. In Western worldviews it is called the Golden Rule. What many do not yet realize, is that both of these schematics share the same underlying principles.
Your thoughts directly relate to the universe and your actions…
Your actions are directly related to your personal success and the success of your business…
For many people, this is a challenging principle because it puts you squarely in the driver’s seat. Embracing this principle means you no longer have the luxury of blaming other people or external circumstances for the things that happen in your life.
But here is the flip side of that equation… embracing this principle also means you have far more capacity to create the events and circumstances in your life than you have ever imagined possible.
Emerson said “shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances… strong men believe in cause and effect.
When we don’t recognize this principle operating in our lives, it’s easy to start seeing ourselves as being the effect of those events. Rather than seeing that we are making things happen, we start to believe that things are simply happening to us. This easily leads to what is often called the victim mentality.
It’s just as easy to think in terms of abundance, opulence, and prosperity as it is to think in terms of lack, limitation and poverty.
The secret of being what you have it in you to be is quite simple: decide now what it is you want of life, exactly what you wish your future to look like. Plan on it. Picture it in your mind. See yourself as you are now, doing those things you have always wanted to do.
Everyone of us has an acre of diamonds waiting to be discovered, cherished, and mined. We all have a place from where to begin. Let your imagination soar. It is your soul’s blueprint for success.