Archive for January, 2011
Accurate thought involves two fundamentals which all who indulge in it must observe. First, to think accurately you must separate facts from mere information. There is much “information” available to you that is not based upon facts. Second, you must separate facts into two classes; namely, the important and the unimportant, or, the relevant and the irrelevant. Only by so doing can you think clearly.
“I am the Master of my fate.” Until you have learned that, you will never attain life’s full success. Your fate is in your own hands. You have the making of it. What you are going to be six months or a year from now depends upon what you think today. This excellent Success Passage, “The Master of Your Fate,” is chapter XV from Robert Collier’s Success Classic, “The Secret of the Ages.” Read the Passage online, or download the Success Article to add to your personal Success Library.
What is an ATTRACTIVE personality? Of course, the answer is: A personality that attracts. But what causes a personality to attract? By far the most important part of your personality is that which is represented by your character . . . Even the manner in which you shake hands forms an important part of your personality, and goes a very long way toward attracting or repelling those with whom you shake hands. The vitality of your body – sometimes called personal magnetism – also constitutes an important part of your personality . . . Now let us proceed to arrange these outward mediums through which the nature of our personality is expressed, so that it will attract and not repel.
Understand and apply the Law of Cause and Effect in your daily actions, and your life will change – dramatically. Worked correctly, the Law of Cause and Effect can markedly alter the course of your life in the direction that you Desire. This is a Law that CAN be worked tremendously to your advantage. While we cannot directly chose tomorrow’s circumstances, we can choose our thoughts today, and today’s thoughts shape tomorrow’s circumstances.
Free Success Ebook: “The Law of Success – Lesson Nine: The Habit of Doing More Than Paid For” by Napoleon Hill
This entire lesson is devoted to the offering of evidence that it really pays to render more service and better service than one is paid to render. What an empty and useless effort this would be if the author had not, himself, practiced this rule long enough to be able to say just how it works out . . . When a man is engaged in work that he loves, it is no hardship for him to do more work and better work than that for which he is paid, and for this very reason, every man owes it to himself to do his best to find the sort of work he likes best.
Willpower is the least efficient, and most difficult, tool you can use to accomplish anything. It is rarely more than a waste of time. Why? If you’re relying on willpower, you’re fighting what you really want with what you think you should want. Even if you win that battle, you lose, because you didn’t get what you really wanted . . . There is something within you that is far more powerful, far more dependable, than willpower. It is called “wantpower” . . . What you want most has the power.
Self-control becomes an important factor in this Course on the Law of Success, not so much because lack of it works hardships on those who become its victims, as for the reason that those who do not exercise it suffer the loss of a great power which they need in their struggle for achievement of [...]
There is, among a vast mass of reflecting people in this country, a clear consciousness of being mentally less than efficient, and a strong (though ineffective) desire that such mental inefficiency should cease to be. Yet, it is curious that a person studying a musical instrument will have no false shame whatever in doing mere exercises for the fingers and wrists, while a person who is trying to get his mind into order will almost certainly experience a false shame in going through performances which are undoubtedly good for him. Herein lies one of the great obstacles to mental efficiency.
Enthusiasm is a state of mind that inspires and arouses one to put action into the task at hand. It does more than this – it is contagious, and vitally affects not only the enthusiast, but all with whom he comes in contact. When your own mind is vibrating at a high rate, because it has been stimulated with Enthusiasm, that vibration registers in the minds of all within its radius, and especially in the minds of those with whom you come in close contact. In Lesson Seven, Napoleon Hill demonstrates that Enthusiasm is not merely a figure of speech; it is a vital force that you can harness and use with profit.
As we embark on our journey into a new calendar year, it is important to review the fundamentals of Growth. The Three Master Principles of Quality Change are an established and proven plan. Whether following the Success Blueprint established by Napoleon Hill in 1937 or by Anthony Robbins in 1991, effectuating quality change requires, at a minimum: 1) an honest and sincere burning Desire, 2) Faith in God and self that one can – and will – attain the Desired Goal, and 3) taking Action – any Action – persistently and continuously until Success is achieved.
Annual self-analysis is essential for personal growth, particularly for effective marketing of personal services. Yearly analysis should disclose a decrease in faults, and an increase in Virtues. One goes ahead, stands still, or goes backward in life. One’s object should be, of course, to go ahead. Annual self analysis will disclose whether advancement has been made, and if so, how much. It will also disclose any backward steps one may have made. Utilize these 28 Success Key Questions to determine whether you have advanced, stood still or fallen behind over the past year.