Help From Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill talks about "Applied Faith" in his "Keys to Success". As I was skimming through the chapters I saw this and felt it would be perfect as we continue on our positive path for 2012.

It's called "Demonstrating The Power of Your Faith" and I'm just going to list the steps he talks about in order to build your faith and your "PMA" (Positive Mental Attitude):

1) Adopt a definite major purpose and begin to attain it. This is what we've been working on for the past 5-6 weeks now.

2) Affirm the object of your desire through prayer, morning and night. See yourself already in possession of it. You will achieve precisely the success you can envision for yourself.

3) Associate as many as possible of the ten basic motives with your definite major purpose. Give yourself a compelling motive for doing what you want to do. Bring that motive into your mind frequently through the day. Here are the 10 basic motives toward action:

  • Self-preservation
  • Love
  • Fear
  • Sex
  • Desire for life after death
  • Freedom for mind and body
  • Anger
  • Hate
  • Desire for recognition and self-expression
  • Wealth

4) Write out a list of all the advantages of your definite major pupose and bring them into your mind as often as you can.  This will make you success-conscious by the power of self-suggestion.

5) Associate with people who are like-minded.

6) Don't let a day pass without making at least one definite move toward attaining your major purpose.  This is what he calls persistent action. It is key to take action. You can't sit around and think that your denials and affirmations will make your desire come to pass. It just doesn't work that way.

7) Choose a "pacesetter".  Pick someone prosperous, self-reliant and successful and make up your mind not only to catch up with that person but to pass him or her by.  Don't tell anyone your goal (we've told you that many times).

8) Surround yourself with books, pictures, mottoes and other suggestive devices.  Pick things that symbolize and reinforce achievement and self-reliance.  Keep adding to your collection, move things around, always making it fresh in your mind.  Keep a notebook or diary program around to write down things that inspire you.

9) Never run away from disagreeable circumstances. Fight them with all your resources.

10) Recognize that anything worth having has a definite price tag. The price of self-reliance is eternal vigilance in applying your faith.

Cloe the door of fear behind you and you will quickly see the door of faith open before you.

Write out (or print out) these ten steps and review them daily. Then put them all into practice. Each night you should review this list and see how you are doing with applying your faith!


More on The Art of Self-Motivation

The Art of Self-Motivation
Napoleon Hill

The greatest power we human beings have is the power to chose. But to choose, we must make a decision. Decisions are sometimes painful and often difficult. We have inherited instincts, emotions, feelings and tendencies. We develop moods habits and impulses. Even the most logical of us does not act from reason alone. We act on emotions and feelings as well as logic.

One very special thing about us is that we can use both reason and emotion to motivate ourselves at will. But to do so requires a leap of faith. We have to accept as fact that there are powers known and unknown that we can use to our advantage - forces that motivate us.

Motivation is simply defined as that which induces action or determines choice. It is that which provides a motive. Your motives are the inner urges that are yours alone. They are the things within you that incite you to action such as an idea, emotion, desire or impulse. It is the hope or other force which starts you in action in an attempt to produce specific results.

We have complex and often conflicting emotions, but successful people are those who learn to manage them. They overcome a natural tendency to fail by motivating themselves to do something unnatural - to succeed!

If you understand how motivation works in yourself you can go along way toward understanding others. When you can determine what motivates someone else, you will be a better manager because you can inspire your employees to set and reach higher and higher goals.  You will also be a better parent because you will be better equipped to help your children realize their potential, and if you understand what motivates a prospective buyer, you can sell him or her your ideas, your products, or your services. 

From: Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion

I imagine you can use anything you can get your hands on about self-motivation in December.



Motivate Yourself To Achieve Success

Motivate Yourself to Achieve Success

The greatest reward that success brings is self-satisfaction.

How can you motivate yourself to succeed?

Develop a buring desire for something that you wish to have in order to reach a greater goal you have set for yourself.

Remember tthat there is a difference between merely wishing for something and deciding definitely that you are going to have it.

Once you have that burning desire, you will develop an intensity of purpose that will allow you to simply brush aside obstacles that seemed unsurmountable before. All things are possible to the person who believes they are possible.

Set yourself a definite goal in life. As we talked about before, write it down and commit it to memory. Direct every thought and all your energies to making it come true. Instead of letting momentary setbacks throw you off course, search in them for the seed of an equivalent benefit which can help you get back on track to attaining your goal.

Refuse to recognize any limitations.

Remember “whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve.”

Make the best of whatever toolsyou have and acquire whatever else you need along the way.

Reference: Napoleon Hill’s “A Year of Growing Rich. 52 Steps to Achieving Life’s Rewards.”

Tell us what this means to you?


Move Toward Your Goal

More on the positive mental attitude! Remember that this is what we’re trying to keep forefront in our minds this month. Read as much as you can about the Positive Mental Attitude.

Move Toward Your Goal
The First Building block of a Positive Mental Attitude

A positive mental attitude is something you cannot acquire in any manner whatsoever except by building it, step by step, through your own conscious decision. The very first building block out of which you may shape a positive mental attitude is the habit of moving with definiteness and purpose toward your goal.

If you don’t know yet what you desire from life, if it is still a hazy, changeable, unnamed goal, you should define it. Without a purpose, without adequate plans for the fulfillment of whatever goal you may have, your mind is left wide open to negative, lazy mental attitudes. Successful men and women are those who set a positive goal, plan the means by which they expect to achieve that goal, and set out a timetable for the achievement of their goal. Right now, while it is fresh in your mind, write down a clear outline of everything you desire within a definite length of time, perhaps for the next five years.

Write down the amount of income you desire and an equally clear statement of what you intend to give to earn this income, since there is no such reality as something for nothing. The statement should name the amount you intend to acquire each week, each month and each year.

Write a complete description of the sort of home you desire to live in and, if possible, an architect’s plan of the building. Post it where you can see it daily. Note the approximate amount of money you intend to put into the home.

Write a description of the automobile or automobiles you desire to drive.  Clip a picture of the car you desire, and keep it on your desk.

If you are not married, write a description of the person you desire as a mate. Include a detailed outline of every trait of character, every habit, and every physical quality you wish your mate to possess. then list the traits of character and other qualifications you have or intend to acquire to entitle you to the sort of mate you have described. Remember, the sacred partnership of marriage is a two way street and both parties are entitled to an equal share of the road.

Make a list of how you intend to use the twenty-four hours of time you have at your disposal each day. You have approximately three periods of eight hours each - one period is devoted to sleep, one to your business, profession, or calling, and the third, a period of “free time”, can be used as you please.

Write out a description of your occupation, business, or professional calling. Then select the most successful person you know in a related field or similar position, and make up your mind to become as successful as he- or more- within a given length of time.

Set aside one hour of your eight hours of “free time” each day, and devote it entirely to reading that will inspire you to keep your mind positive. Your reading material should be related to your occupation or in some way help you with your career.

Last, but perhaps most important, express a prayer of gratitude at least twice daily, just before retiring at night and just after rising in the morning, for the blessings you now possess as well as for the things you expect to attain in the future. As you pray, picture in your mind all your goals and desire, and pray that when you attain them you will remember to be as fervent in gratitude.

From: Napoleon Hill; Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion

How is your December going? Have these posts been helpful? Let us know by commenting below or emailing us.


How to Face The Future

Note: More words from Napoleon Hill - also pertinent at this time of year - how to face the future. With the New Year coming and with the bills accrued with holiday shopping and the stress taking its toll on your body and mind, use these thoughts to calm your way into 2011.

    How to Face The Future
    by Napoleon Hill

Optimism is a matter of mental habit.     
You can learn to practice the habit of optimism – and thereby greatly enhance your chances of achieving success. Or you can drive yourself into the pit of pessimism and failure.     
Optimism is one of the most important traits of a pleasing personality. But it results largely from other traits – a good sense of humor, hopefulness, the ability to overcome fear, contentment, a positive mental attitude, flexibility, enthusiasm, faith, and decisiveness.     
The pessimist fears the Devil and spends most of his time fighting him. The optimist loves his Creator and spends his time worshipping Him.       

You can fight pessimism through complete belief in two basic truths:          
    1. “Whatever the mind of Man can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”     
    2. “Every adversity and defeat carries the seed of an equivalent benefit, if we are ingenious enough to find it.”     

Instead of worrying about the bad things that might befall you, spend a few minutes every day enumerating the pleasant events that will happen tomorrow, next week, next month, next year. By thinking about them, you will find yourself laying plans to make them happen! Then you are getting the habit of optimism.     
Remember that no great leader or successful man was ever a pessimist. What could such a leader promise his followers but despair and defeat?     
Even in the darkest days of the War Between the States, leaders on both sides – such as Lincoln and Lee – held faith in better days to come.         

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s natural optimism breathed a new spirit of hope into a dejected nation in the depths of the Depression.              

Even infamous leaders – the Hitlers, Stalins, Mussolinis and Maos – rely on the promise of better days to win followers with such catch phrases as “tomorrow the world,” “nothing to lose but your chains,” and “the new Asia.”         
Can you – living under the finest social, economic and political system in human history – afford to have any less optimism?         
Remember that like attracts like in human relations, no matter what the rule may be in the physical world. An optimist tends to congregate with optimists, just as success attracts more success.         

But the pessimist breeds worries and trouble without speaking a word or performing an act, because his negative mental attitude serves as a perfect magnet for them.         
Optimism is, in itself, a kind of success. For it means you have a healthy, peaceful and contented mind. An exceedingly wealthy man can be a failure physically, if his constant pessimism has brought him a case of ulcers.         
Optimism isn’t a state of mind in which you throw judgment to the winds, in starry-eyed belief that future events will take care of themselves. Such an outlook is only for fools. It is, however, a firm belief that can make things come out right by thinking ahead and deciding on a course of action based on sound judgment. Let me give you an example:         

At the height of the big boom of 1928, there were those false optimists who refused to believe that the bubble could ever burst. They jeered those few farsighted “pessimists” who warned that the nation was treading on dangerously inflationary and speculative ground.     

When the bottom dropped out, the “optimists” were caught short. Many lacked the spiritual strength to seek victory in defeat and revealed themselves as the true pessimists.     
But those who had looked ahead fearlessly and honestly had put themselves in position – by selling stock short and other devices – to make a killing. They were revealed as the true optimists.     
You can be that kind of optimist. Learn to meet the future head-on. Analyze it. Weigh the factors with clear judgment. Then decide upon your course of action to make things turn out the way you want them to turn out.     
You’ll find that the future holds nothing that you ever need fear.     


Use this as inspiration to help you get a great beginning for 2011