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While it is absolutely true that any human being can make of himself that which he desires to be – can literally raise himself to any ideal he is capable of conceiving – it must not be supposed that it can be done in a short time and by intermittent effort. We sometimes hear it said that all we need do is to realize that all power is within us, when, presto! we are the thing we would be! It is quite true that we must realize their existence before we can call the latent powers into expression; but the work of arousing the latent into the active is a process of growth, of actual evolutionary change.
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.
Wallace D. Wattles’ brand of motivational self-improvement philosophy is best expressed in this quote of his: “The scientific use of thought consists in forming a clear and distinct mental image of what you want; in holding fast to the purpose to get what you want; and in realizing with grateful faith that you do get what you want . . . The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way. Those who do things in this certain way, whether on purpose or accidentally, get rich. Those who do not do things in this certain way, no matter how hard they work or how able they are, remain poor.”
Moral virtues are the foundation and support of prosperity as they are the soul of greatness. They endure for ever, and all the works of man which endure are built upon them. Without them there is neither strength, stability, nor substantial reality, but only ephemeral dreams. To find moral principles is to have found prosperity, greatness, truth, and is therefore to be strong, valiant, joyful and free.
THIS LITTLE book is intended to help the student to study his own nature, so far as its intellectual part is concerned. If he masters the principles herein laid down, he will be in a fair way to cooperate with Nature in his own evolution, and to increase his mental stature far more rapidly than is possible while he remains ignorant of the conditions of his growth.
Starting with certain incontrovertible scientific facts, all these things logically follow, and that therefore, however far these speculations may carry us beyond our past experience, they nowhere break the thread of an intelligible connection of cause and effect. In “The Creative Process in the Individual,” Thomas Troward explains The Triumph of Principle Over Precedent – The Working Out of an IDEA to Its Logical Conclusions in Spite of the Accumulated Testimony of All Past Experience to the Contrary.
EVERYTHING THAT is in action must necessarily work through definite laws. And as the mind is in constant action, alternating its actions at almost every turn of thought or feeling, it is evident that a vast number of laws are employed by the mental process. To know how the mind works, therefore, we must know something about these laws.
Playing the “Blame Game,” i.e., assessing blame against others where: 1) the subject of our blame is truly not at fault and/or responsible and/or 2) the real responsibility lies within ourselves, is an absolute death knell to attaining Success and Growth. Successful individuals don’t blame. They accept responsibility for their Thoughts, Feelings, Decisions and Actions. There is huge Power in that – Power that can propel you to Success.
Our Thought always continues to be creative; but in destructive use it becomes creative for destructive forces, and, since it has its origin in our own personality, we are certain sooner or later to feel its effects, on the principle that every action always produces a corresponding reaction. The Law knows nothing of persons, but acts automatically in strict accord with the nature of the Power which has set it in motion. Under negative conditions the great Law of the Universe becomes your adversary, and must continue to be so, until by your altered mode of Thought you put yourself in line with it.
There is a kind of Fear that lurks within our conscious and subconscious minds that is not natural; and, worse, in the long run, it does us harm. This type of Fear is self-induced, pernicious and irrational. It works in stealth mode and its objective is simple: to keep Change and Growth at bay and keep you locked in your “Comfort Zone.” If you are ever going to advance in life and seek to be, do and have more, you must – necessarily – leave the cozy confines of your Comfort Zone. There is no other way. Period.
You must love and think about your work if you are to make a success of it and make it pay. If you are doing work you dislike, you will NOT succeed, and all the treatments in creation can’t make you succeed. Get into line with a work you do love – something in which you can express yourself. A man’s success is measured on the unseen side by the amount of LOVE he feeds his work with; and on the seen side it is measured by money.
Napoleon Hill devoted his entire life to the study of Success and the men and women who attained it. Not just “ordinary” Success, but extraordinary Success. “The Magic Ladder to Success” has been published in many forms, and further, has been delivered in practically every city in the United States, in a personal lecture, before hundreds of thousands of people. Eventually, it was published as a book, prior to Hill’s most notable work, “Think and Grow Rich!” The following version of “The Magic Ladder to Success,” shorter than the book version, was published in “Napoleon Hill’s Magazine” in April 1921.
When the act of reflection takes place in the mind, when we look at ourselves in the light of thought, we discover that our life is embosomed in beauty. Behind us, as we go, all things assume pleasing forms, as clouds do far off. Not only things familiar and stale, but even the tragic and terrible, are comely, as they take their place in the pictures of memory.
You are entitled to every good thing. Therefore expect nothing but good. Defeat does not need to follow victory. You don’t have to “knock wood” every time you congratulate yourself that things have been going well with you. Victory should follow victory. No limitation rests upon you. So don’t let any enter your life. Everything that is involved in supply is a thing of thought. Now reach out, stretch your mind, try to comprehend unlimited thought, unlimited supply. THINK: Success begets Success.
We make our own heaven or our own hell, and the only heaven or hell that will ever be ours is that of our own making. The order of the universe is one thing we take our lives out of harmony with and so pervert the laws under which we live, and make it another. The order is the all good. We pervert the laws, and what we call evil is the result – simply the result of the violation of law; and we then wonder that a just and loving God could permit such and such things. We wonder at what we term the “strange, inscrutable dispensations of Providence,” when all is of our own making. We can be our own best friends or we can be our own worst enemies; and the only real enemy one can ever have is the self, the real and very self.
Quit looking at things and being afraid. Never admit a fear. Bid it get behind you. Fear makes you feel paralyzed. Ignore it. Rise up and ACT, and you will see how little power the fear really had. ACT and fear flees into the bottomless pit whence it came – into nothingness. Keep on acting as if you felt no fear. In due time the feeling of fear will disappear for good. You will smile, and your solar center will expand and let in more God-feeling, more power and wisdom, than you have ever had before.
We are receivers, creators, and distributors, and must play our own perfect part of the universal game. God, the great Universal Life, has provided some better things for us, that they, without us, cannot be made perfect. Faith is an all-abiding necessity according to the universal rule: Faith in God, faith in man, and faith in our own power: To think the thoughts which will give ourselves the environment, people, everything just as we would have them – this is the great command, and “there is not a thing in all the world but that thinking makes it so.” What folly it is to spend our hours thinking of everything in the world that we do not want, when with another thought move we can change the whole game for ourselves and for others.
Our lives are a compilation of our experiences of events, circumstances, conditions and the people around us. We have been endowed by our Creator with the ability to choose HOW we experience each of those experiences. Therefore, at every moment, we have the ability and freedom – known as “free will” – to CHOOSE how we experience this grand thing called LIFE. Nobody decides our experience for us, unless, of course, we choose to voluntarily give them control (victim consciousness). That, my friends, is the Real Power of TRANSFORMATION.
There are no two words in the English language which stand out in bolder relief, like kings upon a checkerboard, to so great an extent as the words, “I will.” There is strength, depth and solidity, decision, confidence and power, determination, vigor and individuality, in the round, ringing tone which characterizes its delivery. It talks to you of triumph over difficulties, of victory in the face of discouragement, of will to promise and strength to perform, of lofty and daring enterprise, of unfettered aspirations, and of the thousand and one solid impulses by which man masters impediments in the way of progression.
It is not so easy for most to see how it is that thought governs their conditions and decides whether they are to be successes or failures. But, if our conditions are not controlled by thought, by what, then, are they controlled? Some will say that conditions are controlled by circumstances. But what are circumstances? Are they “cause” or are they “effect?” Of course they are always effect; everything that we see is an effect. An effect is something that follows a cause, and we are dealing with causation only; effects do not make themselves, but they are held in place by mind, or causation.