The Success Mechanism And The Failure Mechanism

We've previously discussed the servo-mechanism, the goal seeking mechanism that is inside of all us. We know the servo-mechanism works like an electronic computer to help us reach our goals. But the servo-mechanism can either be a success mechanism or a failure mechanism.

When it is working as a success mechanism, it is helping us to reach the goals we want to help us improve our lives. As you already know, we use our creative imagination to vividly picture these goals, and our success mechanism helps us to accomplish these goals.

On the other hand, if we vividly picture the things we are trying to avoid, the troubles we are having and, in general, our worries, then it only makes sense that we will receive more of the same negative things in our lives. Like we said a little while ago, our servo-mechanism is completely impartial. It takes what we vividly picture and works extremely hard in making those pictures reality.

If you picture positive goals, it will work like a success mechanism and help you to reach those goals. But if you picture negative things (like many people do most of the time), it will work just as hard at making those negative pictures come true, and that is the failure mechanism at work.

An example that Dr. Maltz uses to help you understand the success mechanism is the way a squirrel knows to look for nuts when winter is approaching. You see a squirrel or any animal for that matter has a success mechanism inside them to help with survival. The squirrel does not need to be taught to find nuts for the winter. It is an instinct that the squirrel has inside him to help him cope with the environment. Even a squirrel that is born in the summer (and has never seen winter) knows that he must gather nuts before winter comes for him to survive. This success mechanism inside the squirrel allows him to survive. The only difference in animals and people is that animals do not choose their goals.

But, obviously, man is different. He can and does choose his goals. Man can use his success mechanism in conjunction with his creative imagination to set and reach his goals.

But it is up to you whether you use the success mechanism or the failure mechanism. In regards to trading, if you are constantly making trading mistakes and not acting in your own best interest, then it seems obvious that the failure mechanism is at work. On the other hand, if you are acting in your own best interest and avoiding most trading mistakes, then it would seem as equally obvious that your success mechanism is hard at work.

In Psycho-Cybernetics, Dr. Maltz lists the basic principles by which your success mechanism operates:

1) Your built-in success mechanism must have a goal or "target." This goal or target must be conceived of as "already in existence now" either in actual or potential form. It operates by either (a) steering you to a goal already in existence, or by (b) "discovering" something already in existence.

2) The automatic mechanism is teleological, that is, operates or must be oriented to "end results" goals. Do not be discouraged because the "means whereby" may not be apparent. It is the function of the automatic mechanism to supply the "means whereby" when you supply the goal. Think in terms of the end results and the means whereby will often take care of themselves.

3) Do not be afraid of making mistakes or of temporary failures. All servo-mechanisms achieve a goal by negative feedback or by going forward, making mistakes, and immediately correcting course.

4) Skill learning of any kind is accomplished by trial and error, mentally correcting aim, after an error, until a "successful" motion, movement or performance has been achieved. After that, further learning and continued success is accomplished by forgetting the past errors and remembering the successful response so that is can be "imitated."

You must learn to trust your creative mechanism to do its work and not "jam it" by becoming too concerned or too anxious as to where it will work or not, or by attempting to force it by too much conscious effort. You must "let it" work rather than "make it" work. This trust is necessary because your creative mechanism operates below the level of consciousness and you cannot "know" what is going on beneath the surface. Moreover, its nature is to operate spontaneously according to present need. Therefore, you have no guarantees in advance. It comes into operation as you act and as you place a demand upon it by your actions. You must not wait to act until you have proof - you must act as if it is there, and it will come through.

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