James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
“Unless you are one of the two out of every hundred who already have a definite goal at which you are aiming and a definite plan for its attainment, you may read the instructions and then pass on with your daily routine and never comply with those instructions”.
Note the phrase ‘daily routine’ which is underlined. There are habits or routines that govern our daily lives that we scarcely ever give thought to, such as, what times we wake up, what times we get up in the mornings, what times we eat our meals, what we eat, when we brush our teeth, when we go to bed. These are habits around which our lives revolve. Try changing one and see how difficult it can be.
Is it any wonder then that unwanted attitudes and thinking habits are so difficult to replace? Remember, they have been formed since childhood and our sponge-like minds absorbed them from significant adults as they, in their turn, absorbed them in childhood. So many imprints have been made on our subconscious minds, which were passive in the process, and these have brought our present reality into existence.
To eradicate whatever bad habits of thinking that have imbedded themselves in our subconscious minds requires everlasting persistence. But, as it says the opening quotation from Napoleon Hill, while persistence is essential, it will not work without a definite life-purpose or goal and a definite plan for its attainment. That goal must be clearly spelt-out, written down and amplified by repeating a suitable self-talk many times daily. The self-talk should strengthen the desire back of this purpose until its attainment becomes a red hot burning imperative. This self-talk will wipe away the old self-limiting thoughts and habitual attitudes and replace them with persistent burning desires for the achieving of our life’s purpose. These new thought processes, may replace old attitudes to money: for example, that you should spend in order to accumulate, instead of a penny pinching outlook or, the belief that money is the source of evil; in the subconscious mind. Hill says: “If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires”.
Hill mentions the 4 steps to persistence, namely, (1) a definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfilment, (2) a definite plan expressed in continuous action, (3) A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, (4) a friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose. He mentions the challenges he faced when Andrew Carnegie suggested he devote his life to develop a philosophy of success. He says: “I had a fine opportunity then and there to kill off ambition before it gained control of me”; and, “The time to nurse an idea is at the time of its birth”. When a good idea presents itself, if we haven’t cleansed our minds of negative thinking habits, the chances are high that we will reject it. It reminds me of the principle presented by Ed. Rands last week that you have 5 seconds within which to make up your mind whether to accept or reject a new idea based on how your mind is disposed to it.
To sum up, we need everlasting persistence to create new thought-habits by discovering our life’s purpose and imbedding it securely in our subconscious minds through persistent and consistent self-talk.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.