Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. - Henry Ford
Day by day in every way I am becoming more successful. - Napoleon Hill
Thinking by Walter D. Wintle
Chapter 2: Self-Confidence - Skepticism, unbelief and doubt have no place in the mind of the person who wants to reach his definite purpose. Thought, according to Hill, is the most highly organized form of energy know to man. Thorough goal setting, affirmations, persistence and self-confidence in what you are trying to achieve a person can achieve anything.
But first you must let go of fear, that nagging voice in your head that says you can't, you shouldn't or you don't have the ability. "If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been." - Robert Schuller
Many people live in constant fear of making a mistake so they never take the first step toward making their dreams and aspirations a reality. Start looking at things a different way. Instead of being fearful of what might happen, especially in the negative, start looking at positive outcome may happen instead. By being positive about the things you are doing, you set in motion the positive outcome of your actions. How many times have you heard stories of people born into a bad situation who through positive thoughts and actions were able to pull themselves out of that situation? Self-confidence develops as we use it to move forward with our lives. And, yes there may be setbacks. Edison did not invent the light bulb on his very first try and Milton Hershey failed many times until he succeeded with the now world-famous chocolate bar. Self-confidence in reaching the end result and perseverance to keep trying made them the successful men that they were.
Self confidence is a way of believing in yourself. You will, of course, need the cooperation of others has you work toward your definite purpose and the best way to do that is to surround yourself with those people who also believe in you. Surround yourself with those people who will boost you up with have setbacks and will offer encouragement when you need it. Do not surround yourself with "negative Nellies", those people who will discourage you from your chosen path or look down upon whatever it is you have set out to do.
Napoleon Hill set out the following Self-Confidence Formula, which I have condensed for this post.
Make a copy of these items, if you like and study them and commit to them. The positive habits that you form now and do repeatedly will be very powerful in developing your self-confidence. Anything you have learned to do up to this point has been by repeated practice until it became a habit. The use of my keyboard to type is through a "learned" habit of knowing where the specific keys that represent the letters are located. Over time then I have developed the ability to type words without the need to think about where they are. You can do the same thing with anything you set your mind to do, including the habit of self-confidence in your ability.
People who are successful are so because they believed in themselves, created a definite purpose as to where they wanted to be and then backed that up with a definite plan on how to get there. As Hill says, your only limitation, within reason, is the one that you set up in your own mind.
Take the time to perform a self-analysis - take an inventory of your current abilities to see if you have what you need to achieve you goals. And then when you do set out on your journey to that purpose make sure that you finish all that you set out to do each step of the way.
AND, be fearless as you go, having the self-confidence in your abilities that you have acquired as you proceed toward your definite purpose.
So have you created your Definite Purpose? What are you waiting for?
Maybe not knowing what you want is holding you back from being where you want to be. How can you possibility get somewhere without knowing where that somewhere is? It's like getting in your car to go on a trip without first deciding where you are going to go AND without a map!
Even if you may not know exactly how to get there, having a definite destination in mind will at the very least give you a point on the map to shoot for. I know some of you out there are saying, but I really don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I have said that for most of my adult life! Through 3 different career paths! But I have an ultimate goal - a Definite Purpose, as Napoleon Hill would say.
You have to set an ultimate goal, even if it is in your head. Yes, I know that everyone will tell you that it must be written down and that you have to come up with short range goals and long range goals to get you to that ultimate goal. This is where I will mix it up a bit, because in my experience, holding that goal in your mind makes that thought, that desire, become an actuality. Yes, there it is - Thoughts become things!
For every goal that you set, whether written down or just held in your mind at all times, it is a law of the Universe that it must become a physical "thing". Because anything that you can think about and strive to with all of your passion, emotion and effort has not choice but to become a reality.
And if you tell me now that only bad things happen to you then my response will be then you must only be thinking of the negative things that could happen if you try to do a certain thing. No one ever accomplished a great thing by thinking that they would fail. It is said that Edison "tried" to create the light bulb many, many times over before it became a reality. He never gave up! He always kept the positive thought in his mind that he could create it and that he would make it happen. Milton Hershey failed miserably many times before the now famous Hershey Bar! What makes you any different than them. Or even the not so great people, who have persevered in their thoughts to get where they are today. i see them everyday in my classroom! People who may have lost jobs, or become disillusioned by the negativity in the world to rise above it by their thoughts that they could!
So create your Definite Purpose now! Create goals and then see them in your mind, feel what it will be like to achieve your Definite Purpose. Hear what people are saying as they congratulate you on your achievement! See the "things" you own since your Definite Purpose has been realized! Taste it, smell it, use all of your senses and emotions as you visualize what life is now like since you reached your Definite Purpose!
Next: The next step in The Law of Success
Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author in the area of the new thought movement who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill's death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies). He became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1936. "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" is one of Hill's hallmark expressions. How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach of the average person, were the focal points of Hill's books.
According to his official biography, Napoleon Hill was born in a one-room cabin near the Appalachian town of Pound, in Southwest Virginia. Hill's mother died when he was nine years old, and his father remarried two years later. At the age of 13, Hill began writing as a "mountain reporter" for small-town newspapers in the area of Wise County, Virginia. He later used his earnings as a reporter to enter law school, but soon he had to withdraw for financial reasons.
Hill considered the turning point in his life to have occurred in the year 1908 with his assignment, as part of a series of articles about famous and successful men, to interview the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. At the time, Carnegie was one of the most powerful men in the world. Hill discovered that Carnegie believed that the process of success could be outlined in a simple formula that anyone would be able to understand and achieve. Impressed with Hill, Carnegie asked him if he was up to the task of putting together this information, to interview or analyze over 500 successful men and women, many of themmillionaires, in order to discover and publish this formula for success.
As part of his research, Hill claimed to have interviewed many of the most successful people of the time in the United States. In the acknowledgments section of his 1928 multi-volume work The Law of Success, Hill listed 45 of those studied by him during the previous twenty years, "the majority of these men at close range, in person", like the three to whom the book set was dedicated, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Edwin C. Barnes, an associate of Thomas Edison.
(Previous information taken directly from Wikipedia.)
So I am attempting to let you know my thoughts about The Law of Success. chapter by chapter.
Chapter 1: A Definite Purpose - This is the major goal that you have set for yourself as to where you want to be in life. Be careful what you pick as your Definite Purpose since once you select it, and start concentrating on it, your subconscious mind will do everything that it can to get your body into physical action to get you toward that purpose. This is an established principle of psychology. "Any definite purpose that is deliberately fixed in the mind and held there, with the determination to realize it, finally saturates the entire subconscious mind until it automatically influences the physical action of the body toward the attainment of that purpose."
Hill uses the concept of Auto Suggestion to make this happen. This is the process of using affirmations and setting goals to get to the object of your main desire. You need to see the end result, feel the end result, touch the end result in order to get the fulfillment of that end result firmly planted in your brain using conscious thought. Conscious thought will, with repetition, eventually become a part of your subconscious mind. Once it is in the subconscious mind, the emotion of that fulfillment will provide the stimulus the body needs to spring into action and the action will, with time, bring you to your Definite Purpose.
AND your definite purpose is limited only by your imagination!
BUT you have to be very specific about your Definite Purpose. What is YOUR goal? If you can see it, feel it, touch it, etc. with every emotion that goes with it then be very specific in defining it. Now, if your goal is to find a mate, I don't think that you should pick,for example, a specific movie star, celebrity or the boy/girl that sits next to you in Math class. What I do suggest that you do is pick the qualities of the person that you see as your perfect mate and start concentrating on finding that person, then I believe that if you set that as you goal, then you will attract that person to you. Through the desire to have that in your life.
Your desire to have something is what leads you to set that Definite Purpose. The actions that you take as part of the emotion attached to that Definite Purpose are then what make you achieve the result.
Begin today by creating your Definite Purpose. Then create the affirmations that you will repeat or read every day to set that goal into your subconscious. Get into the habit of doing the things to make your Definite Purpose a reality. Develop the ability to direct your thoughts and efforts in an organized manner. Every thing you do every day should be directed toward your Definite Purpose.
A caveat (warning) - your Definite Purpose should be within your scope of expertise! If it is outside your scope of expertise then you need to gain the expertise you need to get to that Definite Purpose.
Paula J Kaprocki, LMT
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist with thoughts, aspirations and opinions - much like any other person on the planet!