Have you read Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”? This book is one of the most read books in history, having sold over 20 million copies at the time of Hill’s death in 1970. He researched and uncovered the reason successful people succeed. Andrew Carnegie commissioned young Hill to interview over 500 people who had achieved enormous success in their life, and reveal how and why they were successful.
During his life Hill wrote 11 books, such as “Think and Grow Rich,” “Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude,” and “Outwitting the Devil,” which was written in 1938, but was too controversial for that period, and was published posthumously in 2011.
This article is not about Napoleon Hill, though. It is about his philosophy and revelations. It is about how you can achieve success in your life. How you can reach your goals, no matter how lofty and crazy they are.
Setting goals is the easy part. Following and achieving your goals requires persistence and consistency.
Those two words, persistence and consistency, are the main ingredients for success. It’s not talent, skill, or opportunity. It’s not social level, contacts, or college degrees that create success. You succeed by setting a goal and working consistently towards it. By being persistent and overcoming all objections, criticisms, fault finding, and naysaying. As Earl Nightingale so succinctly stated, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal.”
There are three essential elements along the path to success.
In this article I’ll go over the Imagination phase, then in subsequent Weekly Wrap-Ups, Planning and Implementation.
“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” ~Napoleon Hill
Every innovation, creation, invention, technique, business, and process began with a thought. There is no way around this sequence. You imagine, then you create. Someone saw a stone rolling down a hill and thought, “How could I use that to make my life easier. I’m tired of dragging these heavy carcasses home.” The wheel was invented. Someone watched a log floating by and imagined riding downstream on the log, and boats were born. Many watched birds flying and dreamed of flying themselves, and eventually the Wright Brothers and others made flying machines. Everything we use today came from someone’s imagination. W. Clement Stone said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” And this has been largely true. It is said that 50% of the futuristic inventions that Jules Verne wrote about in his books, are in existence today.
The human mind is the greatest computing power on the planet. It has, and can, imagine incredible things.
The first thing you should do is envision your goal, whether it is a cruise, a thriving business, a home on the beach, or a higher income. Envisioning your goal is vital to its achievement. One of the impediments to success I’ve seen so many times, is that someone doesn’t see their goal clearly. How can you have the kind of company you want if you can’t clearly see what it should look like? Envision means to see a future possibility. It means that you see something that isn’t factual yet.
This concept has been proven over and over again. Be clear about what you want. If you are ambiguous, then all your mind will do is stumble around. It has no direction. Your subconscious mind cannot deal with ambiguity. Once you are clear about what you want, then it can get down to business and produce your desired results. Clarity is key. If you aren’t clear, then you cannot get to the next level.
Concepts and thoughts are the first step. Now you need to get your thoughts down on paper. A good starting point is to write down five goals you desire. They can be large or small. It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to prioritize them. Just write down five goals you want to attain.
Next, write down the specifics of each goal. The more specific the better. You shouldn’t write down, “Make more money”. Write down exactly how much money you intend to earn. Once again we are reminded about being clear in our goal setting. Your mind doesn’t know what “more money” is. It does know what $150,000 is though.
The final step in the Imagination phase is to set a date when you plan to achieve your goal. If you want to expand into the handyman service sector, write down when you hope to achieve this goal. Now your mind can start working on the specifics.
Now you have five goals – things you want to accomplish, make, own, or be. You are clear about each one, knowing what you specifically want, and finally, when you plan to achieve this goal. So far there’s nothing difficult about reaching your goals at all. Quite simple really. And that’s the way it should be. Reaching goals doesn’t have to be hard or painful. It is merely a well thought out process, taken step by step. And with persistence and consistency you will achieve anything you want to achieve. That’s all it takes.
Next week we’ll discuss how to plan to achieve your goals. I think you’ll find the planning a lot easier than you thought. Write down at least five goals and I’ll talk to you next week.
Wishing you the best of fortune, Randall
This article was written by Randall Soules, remodeling coach, adviser, educator, and creator of the Scientific Remodeling System, showing you better ways to advance your business, raise your profits, and improve your life, through the use of superior remodeling processes. If you would like to discover better ways to run your business, click here. He also provides his uniquely customized one-on-one coaching to a select group of contractors. Feel free to contact Randall at Randall@scientificremodelingsystem.com.
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