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Lesson 12 of the Sixteen Laws of Success occupies a keystone position in this course, for the reason that the psychological law upon which it is based is of vital importance to every other lesson of the course. Lesson 12 is on Concentration – the act of focusing the mind upon a given desire until ways and means for its realization have been worked out and successfully put into operation. Stating it in another way, Concentration is the ability to think as you wish to think; the ability to control your thoughts and direct them to a definite end; and the ability to organize your knowledge into a plan of action that is sound and workable.
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.
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.
You will see how important is the subject of imagination when you stop to realize that it is the only thing in the world over which you have absolute control. Others may deprive you of your material wealth and cheat you in a thousand ways, but no man can deprive you of the control and use of your imagination. Men may deal with you unfairly, as men often do; they may deprive you of your liberty, but they cannot take from you the privilege of using your imagination as you wish.
The saving of money is solely a matter of habit. For this reason this lesson begins with a brief analysis of the Law of Habit. The rule is that if a man follows the systematic habit of saving a definite proportion of all money he earns or receives in other ways, he is practically sure to place himself in a position of financial independence. If he saves nothing, he IS ABSOLUTELY SURE NEVER TO BE FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT, no matter how much his income may be.
In order to achieve Success in any endeavor, keeping FOCUS is an enormous challenge. That is where “W.I.N.” comes in: “What’s Important Now?” Does what I am doing NOW move me closer to what I want, faster than whatever else I could be doing? If we can honestly answer “yes,” than we are on Focus and should continue the activity. If, on the other hand, our honest answer is “no,” then we need to stop what we are doing and shift gears. We have lost Focus and we need to redirect our attention to “WHAT’S IMPORTANT NOW.”
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.”
Stop your “moaning” and get down to business. Some people spend their life in dreaming of the hereafter, where they expect to spend their time “loafing around the throne.” Now, they’re sure to be fooled about that. All Nature is in motion, and God is working hard every day, and I believe that when you get to the other shore you will be confronted with a sign having thereon inscribed the words, “NO LOAFING PERMITTED.” If you take an interest in your work, you rob it of its terrors. Start in, man, and work out your own salvation from poverty and unhappiness. Do it, and do it NOW.
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.
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.
The purpose of this book is to show you how to turn your many rightful desires into possessed treasures. The means by which you can achieve these miracles is through the discovery and use of your natural talents and skills and energies – through YOUR own, dynamic Personal Power. Whatever you want, you have the Power to attain it.
Sometimes no matter how bleak it may look, the best alternative is to stay the course. One must evaluate the alternatives and make the best decision based on the facts. Yet, one must also keep in mind that the greatest successes, the biggest wins, do NOT come easy. There must be sacrifice, and the more ambitious the goal, the greater the sacrifice. That is why most people quit along the way. That is why not everyone is incredibly wealthy – it simply takes too much commitment and sacrifice to achieve that level of Success.
Monitoring and evaluating progress feedback is absolutely necessary if you are to reach your Goal, no matter how simple or how sophisticated (or grand) your Goal may be. By implementing and using an effective progress measurement system, you obtain the necessary and crucial FEEDBACK that advises you as to whether you or on course to reaching your goal, and if not, why not. If you cannot – or do not – monitor, measure and evaluate your progress AND take corrective, remedial ACTION as required, you will not Succeed and achieve your Goal. The ability to measure your progress towards a Goal and take appropriate Action is what directly leads to Success. Measurability is that important.
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.
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No advance of mankind has ever been effectuated except if it was first formed by ideals of some kind. You fail in that which you do not idealize; you succeed in that which you idealize. Those who think only in ideas never attain to greatness; contrarily, it is the great men and women who always think in ideals. In order to succeed, therefore, you MUST change your “ideas” to “ideals!” How? By making it a perfect image, adding desire, giving it body substance, and creating in it an irresistible impulse to manifest itself in action.
Never say, “die.” Once the seed is planted, your progress must continue. Each strong, clean thought brings you nearer the goal. When you have brought your mind into a condition of calmness, thoughts will come to you, ideas will suggest themselves (for thoughts come from without), you never generate important ideas yourself then you have accumulated strength that enables you to carry out the suggestion to a successful conclusion.
Get over the old idea of limitation. Overcome all precedents and set yourself in the new order of things. If you want to build a railroad, you will never do it unless you get over the idea that the most you can hope for in life is to sell peanuts. Let the people sell peanuts for a living who think in the terms of peanuts. Get out of the rut. God has created you for a glorious future; dare to fling out into mind the greater assurances about yourself.
An understanding of the three Departments of the Mind will help you to make your dreams come true, qualify you to have an abundance of everything, and enable you to turn your ideas into money. A knowledge of all three Departments of the Mind is essential, but the ultimate and complete fulfillment of an idea is dependent upon Desire. Desire is a combination of feeling and action, and brings into force all the qualities, attributes and powers of the Mind.
The state of your conditioning is absolutely critical to the state of your life and it is the most important factor – out of the many factors and elements – in whether or not you will achieve the life that you Desire. No matter how much or what you study, or what actions you take (or fail to take), if your conditioning is “faulty,” you will not achieve your Desires. Indeed, the Law of Attraction – as well as the other Universal Laws – is absolutely useless if you have, and engage in, faulty conditioning.
Success is becoming what you want to be, and is obtained by applying your energies to your work; and you will apply your energies in exact proportion to the intensity of your desire, and to your faith in your ability to become what you want to be. The intensity of your desire will depend on the clearness with which you picture to yourself what you want to be.