James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Napoleon Hill lists the following as prerequisites for the cultivation of persistence: (1) Definiteness of Purpose, (2) Desire, (3) Self-reliance, (4) Definiteness of Plans, (5) Accurate Knowledge, (6) Co-operation, (7) Will-power, and (8) Habit.
Without definiteness of purpose, you are like a leaf being blown in the wind, a ship without an anchor, or a cork adrift in the ocean. Hill himself felt the power of criticism after he agreed to Andrew Carnegie’s suggestion of organising a philosophy of individual achievement into book form so that it could be available to all interested in financial success. It took him 20 long years to realise that dream against plenty of criticism. If he did not have definiteness of purpose, he would have wilted.
He says, “If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires.” To that end, he advises becoming an active member of a mastermind of like- minded people working toward a definite end in a spirit of harmony. He also says, “You will find additional instructions for the development of persistence in the chapters on autosuggestion and the subconscious mind.” Self-talk, (another name for autosuggestion), enhances desire by sending out positive signals through the subconscious mind to Infinite Intelligence and the universe. From this springs self-reliance, accuracy of knowledge and definite plans. Practical guidance on the development of plans comes from the co-operation with others in the mastermind group.
Lastly, as Michael Dlouhy says, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” This is what Hill refers to as ‘habit nature’ in the following quotation: “Follow the instructions outlined in these chapters until your habit nature hands over to your subconscious mind a clear picture of the object of your desire. From that point on, you will not be handicapped by lack of persistence.” All of the 13 principles must become a fixed habit before you can develop ‘money consciousness’.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.