[success] All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work. ~ Thomas J. Watson[/success]

Success needs to be defined by you.  Even if the whole world considers you successful and yet in your heart you don’t feel it, then it isn’t success.

This past couple of weeks I’ve made some changes to my nightly assumptions.

My Darling One and I have for many years kept an assumption book.  Each night we write our assumptions for the next day with the expectation that they’re definitely going to manifest.  Doesn’t take two ticks and we like the focus.  But a little while ago I began to notice that my assumptions weren’t manifesting…I wasn’t experiencing my usual successes.  What I got, didn’t feel good…not a success of the heart.

Being me, I decided to shake things up a little…what can I tell you…I have issues.

Begin at the beginning –

I’m organized like that…okay you know all my little secrets…I’m not that organized at all.  But in terms of getting my life going in the direction of my choosing, I’ve worked out through a little – make that a lot – of trial and error that fulfilling my desires means I have to begin in my imagination, and new ideas will flow.

Keep it simple

My assumption would be that tomorrow I’d experience one happy outcome from deliberately using Life Principles.  One happy outcome of my choosing.  One happy outcome that had my undivided attention…almost…I still had other things that required some attention…I live in the physical world too.

I needed to marshall my thoughts, to chose thoughts that would support the direction I’d chosen for my life.  I needed an aim from which to think. I needed thoughts that would create a vibration of success in my heart.

Practice thinking

We all tend to think we’re thinking, but truthfully, we’re just experiencing mental activity, that monkey mind flitting around from thought to thought.

You know the stuff, the thousand thoughts we give to the small daily things in our life, and they just don’t count.

They’re not the thoughts that can bring about change.  They’re not the thoughts that can alter the course of our life and reshape our destiny.  They’re definitely not the thoughts that bring about deliberate happy outcomes.  Nor are they thoughts that could be called successes of the heart or of anything else.  I call them my waffling thoughts.

Gotta be up for the challenge

The challenge, and that’s what I was finding with my assumptions, is that there’s so much information to process because our five senses are connected to our conscious mind and each one of them is vying for attention.  We hear, we taste, we touch and see colour and pictures, all of which keep our mind occupied and it’s so easy to fall into the trap that we’re thinking.  But it’s really just our mind being busy.

We’re meant to keep moving forward, to grow and expand, but we’re only able to do this if we think.  The reason why so many are stuck, why progress is difficult is because we confuse a busy mind with a thinking mind.  And only the latter is a magnet for our desires.  We’ve forgotten how to think from the heart.

The missing link –

This then is what was missing from my assumptions.  I had too many waffling thoughts and not enough direction.  Not enough magnetic power to attract the very things I was expecting to receive. After all it’s our consistent mental state that determines the course of our life.

I was entertaining too many thoughts that were about managing my day, about what someone said, about what I was going to do for lunch, about the next piece of trivia that popped into my head.

I knew that I attracted what was in my conscious awareness and I’m pretty good at choosing a big desire and having my wish fulfilled.  What I wasn’t doing so well was using these Life Principles purposefully in every day moments.

Focusing on what matters

I’m not a believer in monitoring our every thought – whew – seems exhausting and overwhelming to me.  But I am a believer that I needed to have thoughts of expansion and growth and success each and every day, if I desired these things.

Same for you if you want a fantastic relationship, a life of ease and prosperity, a radiantly healthy and wonderful body that you love…whatever it is you desire…it needs to be high on your list of things to focus on, to think about.

By tuning into something as simple as my one fulfilled desire every day I began accomplishing it fairly easily. It’s amazing what the power of focus will do.

Using training and practice

If you’d like to practice this, the daily desires don’t have to be huge, although they can be, but small counts too because the practice is cumulative.  My assumption might be as simple as my ten o’clock appointment was wonderfully successful.

You become good at it.  You train your mind to keep its attention, for some of the time, on the very things you want to experience that day.  You’re creating a vibration of success with each tiny thought of focus.  And success begets more success.

We’re the operators of this inner power, it’s up to us to be an active and creative partner in our success, in our ever changing and evolving life’s journey.

Are you ready to step up and experience the true success that can only come from the the deeper thoughts of the heart? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle


Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it. ~ Henry Ford.”

    The timing of this is great. A thought that has been running through my head a lot lately is “Don’t be lazy Dan, think”. I’m really a lot smarter than I live.

    Great article.

    • Elle

      Love your comment Dan “I’m really a lot smarter than I live”. LOL. 🙂

  2. Hi Sweetie! This is such a wonderfully heart centered post. Success indeed is when we live fully Heart-wise 🙂

    Much Love,

    p.s. was trying to share this post on FB and G+ through the sharing buttons at the end of the post but kept getting ‘server error’…do check. Maybe its just on my end…I shared the other posts fine. Love you!

    • Elle

      Thanks Zeenat and no-one knows more about living fully heart wise than you. 🙂

  3. Hi Elle,
    I rarely make ‘assumptions’…I prefer choices….most assumptions tend to bite you in the rear end.
    be good to yourself

    • Elle

      Thanks for stopping by David and sharing your perspective, it’s always a good thing to have an open conversation where we can all add our two cents. Mine is that I think that the concept of assumptions has had a bad rap over the last few years, but when I use the word I’m using it like this and for this:

      “However, the only fate governing your life is the fate determined by your own concepts, your own assumptions; for an assumption, though false, if persisted in will harden into fact. The ideal you seek and hope to attain will not manifest itself, will not be realized by you, until you have imagined that you are already that ideal.”

      Maybe it’s time I did a post about assumptions in general. 🙂 My nightly ‘assumption’ ritual is all about choosing a desire and then invoking the power of imagination by assuming, with gratitude, that I experienced it.

  4. Joseph Appaloosa

    Excellent point Elle, your article -in my opinion- reminded me to seek the simplest and easiest path to fulfilling my desire.
    Keep it simple, uncluttered and individually powerful . . .
    Whether one “assumes” or “chooses” or “picks” is dependent upon the energy frequency of that word for that individual. The important thing is put it in DAILY practice.
    Thank you.
    Write on, Elle !

    • Elle

      Hello there Joseph, nice to hear from you again. You have a good point in that it’s all so personal, we see it all through our own particular consciousness and what resonates with one of us might not resonate with another. It’s all good. And as you and Nike say…just do it. That’s where the power to change our life resides. 🙂

  5. This is a terrific post, on so many levels. I appreciate your personal story about assumptions, and also the more theoretical observations about thinking. There is so much to think about in here, I’m going to read it again, more carefully.

    • Elle

      Nice to see you Galen…and thanks for your support and encouragement…so glad you liked the post. 🙂

  6. Yes, I can definitely relate to what you say about finding it unconvincing when others say that we’ve succeeded — for a long time, although people around me were telling me I was professionally and academically successful, I actually felt fairly empty. The important change I’ve made has been to admit what it is that I actually want to do, even if it falls outside the professional circles I traveled in for a long time.

    • Elle

      Chris, I love it that you’re choosing what you want to do regardless of society’s or your peers perspectives. WOW…kudos to you my friend and in my experience, if you now believe you are truly successful in your life…it must, it has to show up. It’s the Law. 🙂

  7. Thank you. This is something I needed to read and process while on my journey.

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