The Amazing Power Of Inevitability

“Champions know that success is inevitable; that there is no such thing as failure, only feedback. They know that the best way to forecast the future is to create it.” ~Michael J. Gelb

I came across a concept today that blew me away in its simplicity and power. I wish I could claim it as my own, but I can't. I heard it in a video by Eben Pagan who was unknown to me until recently when my friend Jason Gracia of Motivation 123 turned me on to him. It appears I'm the last person on the planet who didn't know about Eben.

If you don't know about him, you are my new best friend, and we can wallow in ignorance together. Or I can enlighten you, because he is someone to pay attention to.

Eben Pagan is an entrepreneur who's  had tremendous success, initially in a market providing dating advice for men. He built a company that generates $20 million in annual sales with his Double Your Dating brand . He has since taken his experience and knowledge, developing training and home study programs to help entrepreneurs who are interested in growing existing businesses. He is currently making more than $30 million per year.

Within a short span of time has attained “guru” status in the field of Internet marketing.

Eben’s newest product, Self Made Wealth,  is a training program that aims to help people manage their money properly, kick bad spending habits, rewire their brains to get a correct perspective of money, and accumulate assets to build self made wealth.

OK, I know all of that background is a diversion from telling you about Eben's idea, but I wanted you to get a feel for his success and reputation so you can see how this concept has influenced and empowered him. So here's the concept:

Rather than viewing something you want as a goal that must be achieved, view it as an outcome that is inevitable.

This is a subtle shift in thinking, but feel what it does to your perception of a problem or goal. For example, if you had the goal to lose weight, then you'd be thinking first of everything you had to do to reach that goal. But if you believed and embraced that being fit and healthy was inevitable for you, that shift totally changes the way you think about yourself and achievement.

If an outcome becomes inevitable, then the process becomes natural. If success is perceived as inevitable, then you will find a way to make it happen. You are “out-picturing” the final result. It already exists. You just have to arrive there.

Part two of this mind-blowing concept is the “how to get there” element.

When something is inevitable — it already exists on some level. So you just have to set up the conditions to pull that truth into physical reality. What needs to be done to get you from this reality now to the inevitable reality of your success? Those steps are easy. Use the inevitability factor as a magnet to draw you forward.

Think about times you've been jogging. When it's time to turn around and start heading home, it's as though an invisible rope is pulling you along. You know you're going to get home, so you just get there. You don't think about each step of the way.

I have a new blogging friend, Jaime Tardy, who writes a blog called Eventual Millionaire. The name alone proclaims the inevitability of her success. If you look at her picture, you will see that she's a young thing. But at the age of 22, she was making six figures. Her millionaire status is just waiting for her arrival.

This reminds me of another great story I heard from Atlanta radio personality Neal Boortz. Before he was a talk show personality, Neal was a practicing attorney. When he was preparing for the Bar Exam, he had many people, including his mom, telling him not to get his hopes up as most people don't pass the exam the first time.

But Neal had an “inevitability mentality.” While studying for the exam, he shut off all communication with well-meaning family and friends. On exam day, he wore a three-piece suit to the exam —  as though he were already a practicing attorney. He passed.

If you have any acquaintance with Quantum Mechanics, the idea that two realities can simultaneously exist is not so far-fetched.

Once you focus your attention on the reality that you wish to have, you have just created the momentum to propel yourself toward that reality.

So what does this mean for you in everyday life?

  • Pick something that you want to achieve or accomplish.
  • Begin to view it as inevitable. Do this in every mental and practical way you can imagine. Think about it, visualize it, draw it, write about it, make a vision board.
  • Start setting up the conditions to allow it to happen naturally. Every day, create those conditions, one after another.
  • Watch, wait, and act expectantly. Feel yourself being pulled toward the inevitable outcome. Know it as a reality.

I see great things for you! It's inevitable.

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  • Lori Gosselin

    Wow Barrie, I love this concept of an inevitable outcome! It captures the idea of having faith and runs with it! The inevitability mentality – I love that!

    You’re not the last person on the planet to have heard of Eben. I guess I’m your new best friend. Thanks for the intro to Jaimie Tardy too.

    I love the story of the fellow taking the law exam in a three-piece suit. Dressing the part and feeling the part because you know the outcome is inevitable.

    I’m going to be thinking about this all day long! Thanks!

      Barrie Davenport

      Yes, there are many ways to view inevitability, and I guess faith is a good one too. For me, it almost goes beyond faith. It is an acceptance that some “will be” instead of “can be” or “might be.” For example, you have more than faith when you buy a plane ticket that you will reach your destination. It is faith empowered with statistics and action. When you “purchase the plane ticket” for all of your goals, the outcome is inevitable. You just have to define the plane ticket in each situation. Thank you for your insightful comments Lori.


      Barrie, one INFJ to another, YES!! 🙂 <3

  • Abi

    I LOVE this concept, my husband and I started our own business 9 months ago, and open our first shop in Sheffield, UK in two weeks. I am going to read this article to him, and make sure we both have this mindset.

    I can think of examples of when I have had the view that an outcome is inevitable both in a positive or a negative way (I’m destined to be mediocre is my personal favourite!) , but have never thought of consciously changing my mindset to have success as the inevitable outcome.

    I am going to start straight away – thanks!


      Barrie Davenport

      That’s wonderful Ali. I am so glad it resonated with you. I also think that we should have a fluid and flexible definition of success. In my airplane ticket example in Lori’s comment above, you may have purchased a ticket to Paris, but the flight gets deferred to Rome. It’s not exactly where you intended to go, but it’s still a beautiful and amazing place. Does this make sense? Be sure your inevitable outcomes are not restrictive to even better things. Louse Hay, a wonderful new thought writer, says after each affirmation, “This or something better is manifesting for me now.” Imagine — getting what you want , or something better!

  • Alex Blackwell

    I love this concept Barrie – it feels very empowering!

    Some think that positive thinking might be a cliche these days, but it’s power can be awesome!


      Barrie Davenport

      Hi Alex,
      It is empowering! Positive thinking isn’t cliche — there is real science behind it. One of my favorite books is The Brain That Changes Itself (see my Amazon wheel on the sidebar). It’s about the science of neuroplasticity and how the brain can be rewired to repair and improve itself. Positive thinking actually wires the brain for happiness and action — which lead to success. You are training your brain the same way that exercise trains the body.

  • Claudia

    HI Barrie**

    Guess I’m your new best friend, because I must admit I hadn’t heard of Eben…but I’m glad to be enlightened on this subject because I too LUV the concept that he’s putting forth.

    Inevitable success is a MUCH more empowering mindframe. More enjoyable to work from and also just more liberating! If it’s inevitable then you don’t have the mental stress that is behind ‘having to make it’.

    I like it! Thanks for sharing***


      Barrie Davenport

      Hi Claudia,
      So happy to have two new best friends! It is liberating. Another cool concept Eben talks about is making each step toward the inevitable outcome a solution to a problem that’s getting in your way, rather than a “must do” action step. People like solving problems but resist “having” to do something. It’s a mind game, but it works! Thanks for commenting.

  • Leah

    This is a great concept! Thanks for sharing. Since the New Year I’ve set some goals for myself -health, a career path that I am passionate about, a meditation practice. I am visualizing their reality and they are all becoming a reality. The universe just keeps opening up her arms to me:)

      Barrie Davenport

      That’s wonderful Leah. You are visualizing the outcome and making it happen. Energy plus action is very powerful.

  • gloria morales

    ME ENCANTO, ME POLARIZO ELECTRICAMENTE, Y LOMAS IMPORTANTE EN MI INTERIOR SE DESPEJO UNA BARRERA CUANTICA DE LUCHA Y SACRIFICIO Y EL EXITO NUNCA LLEGA, es decir funciona la victima a full. sin embargo con este truco, la campeon con astucia salio a brillar otra vez. MUCHAS GRACIAS, MUY BUENO.

      Barrie Davenport

      Hi Gloria,
      I tried to translate this on Google translator, but it didn’t make a lot of sense. But I get the general idea that you liked the post. So thank you for commenting! 🙂


      I think you can translate it like “I really liked it, this caught my very interest, and the most important : inside of me it took off a quantic barrier of when i fought and sacrificed and success would never come (meaning the principle of victimism was working at full power). However with this trick, the champion with great ideas started to shine once again. Thank you, very good.”

      Hope it is clearer now. 🙂

  • Tess The Bold Life

    This is just what I needed today. I’m going to check out the other links you mention. Also I am going to make a sign saying “It’s inevitable.” Thanks and have a great weekend.

      Barrie Davenport

      Hi Tess,
      I guess it was inevitable that it would come to you today. 🙂 The sign idea is terrific. Just another reinforcement. Hope your weekend is great too.

  • Rosemary / Offbeat Woman

    I even love the sound of the word ‘inevitability’…it makes me feel like I’m home and dry, having won the race or climbed the mountain or had the baby! It makes me want to exhale with a big whoosh of relief, for having gotten through something tough through sheer grit and grind. And then the releasing of tension from my shoulders and the unclenching of fists, the loosening of the jaw as a slow smile spreads across my face. I did it…because I knew I was going to do it. Because I made it inevitable!

    Thanks for a great post Barrie.

      Barrie Davenport

      Thank YOU for such a poetic reply. Wow. What a lovely description. Can’t wait to look at your blog.

  • Ande Waggener

    This is a hugely important concept, Barrie, and you’ve written it in a way that even the non-woo-woo people 😉 can embrace it. This is the essence of understanding the law of attraction. It’s not a wanting or longing for something that brings it to us, no matter how much we think about it. It’s the knowing that the moment we want it, it exists. It’s already done. We’ve already become it energetically, and now all we have to do is use that knowing to live into it. We can use that in a positive way or a negative way, and too many of us use it in the negative way. This post is an inspiring reminder to use it for good!

  • Barrie Davenport

    Hi Ande,
    You make an excellent point about the law of attraction. As much as I loved “The Secret” and all of the attraction ideas presented in the book, I am still a pretty practical person. I need a dose of science and reality for a concept to be valid for me. I see the idea of “inevitability” as a mind shift that gives you the energy and momentum to make forward-moving actions. If thought is energy and solid matter is energy, they are both “real.” So a thought about an outcome is real enough for me to want to go after it. If you keep putting energy and action behind that thought, it will eventually materialize.

  • Paul Strobl


    Great concept–love the simplicity. I see this in action using Creative Visualization with clients. After really seeing what it feels like, in the visualized future, eyes open to a changed present. I was skeptical before putting these techniques in practice, but after trying it out with some clients, the results have been amazing.

    Regarding The Secret’s law of attraction, I have my own view. If the thing you want is for emotional need, you are attracting some other thing that isn’t what you want. When you are emotionally centered, there is no barrier between where you are and what you want. (and what you want may be completely different!)

    Saludos from Argentina (if you want a translation of the previoius comment, just let me know!),


      Barrie Davenport

      Hi Paul,
      I love your take on the Law of Attraction. That makes perfect sense. Our emotions can block the way for so many things we think we want. Those emotions have to be cleared up first. Are you a coach or counselor. I’d love to hear more about your success with this with your clients.
      Thanks for the translation offer. Looks like another Spanish speak took care of that!

  • Lauren

    Dear Barrie,

    This great post came at just the right time for me. Sometimes even though we know something we forget just when we need it most.

    Thanks for this timely reminder. I especially like the framework of viewing something as an inevitability. It’s a great way to look at it and especially good for me because I don’t particularly relate to goal setting.

    Warm regards,

      Barrie Davenport

      Hi Lauren,
      I always love it when one of my posts arrives when someone needs it. Thank you for telling me that. Yes, goal setting can feel like a chore. Inevitability feels natural. It struck me that way too.

  • Linda / Positive Spin

    This was fascinating. I’m beginning to believe the ‘inevitability’outcome. The word makes me feel safe, as if I’ve arrived. I shall start visualising right now and imagining how it will feel for real. I have my plane ticket and off I go! And if the plane is diverted it will be exciting!

      Barrie Davenport

      Hi Linda,
      I like the “positive spin” you have put on this idea! 🙂 It is a safe word — I like that. If something is inevitable, it’s going to happen, so you don’t have to worry about it. Just take care of business to get there. Thank you for commenting.

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  • Marnie

    I have to admit that I definitely have the “it’s inevitable” attitude when it comes to my blogging success. However, I really needed that reminder to use the same MO in other areas of my life.

      Barrie Davenport

      Hi Marnie,
      Well, if you have it in one area, then you know what it feels like! Just give yourself a mental nudge to shift that thinking as often as possible. 🙂

  • Cathy | Treatment Talk

    What a great post, Barrie. This concept works nicely with recovery as well. If you view it as inevitable, then eventually it will happen, hopefully sooner rather than later. Eben sounds like an interesting person to learn more about.

  • Jo Foster

    Awesome post and love your perspective. Like many of your commenters I enjoyed your reminder of concepts I’ve heard many times before, but put in a slightly different way.

    The thing I keep “remembering” (or needing to remember) is that I seem to naturally fall into focussing on the gaps, and on the steps I need to take to get there… whereas it is more useful and productive to Act As If!!!


      Barrie Davenport

      I’m so glad you liked it Jo. Yes, acting “as if” something has already happened gives you an amazing force of energy to make it happen!

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