Best-selling author Napoleon Hill of “Think and Grow Rich” has outlined several principles that can help you change the course of your life. For those seeking significant improvements in your life, here are some of his principles and how to apply them:
We are all walking around with a super powerful computer: our mind. Our mind not only controls our body but it also dictates our actions. Our mind has the ability to influence a significant part of our life. While our mind has unlimited compute capacity, the output it produces is directly related to the input it receives. If we are looking to generate powerful outcomes, we must feed our mind with equally powerful inputs. In fact, the term “programming your mind” may not be very far from the truth in that you should indeed be able to condition your mind to produce results you seek. Overcoming limiting beliefs, reading positive materials, listening to powerful speakers, and practicing mind control techniques such as yoga/meditation can have a significant impact on getting a grip on your thoughts.
a)Desire: Success in getting to a destination starts with knowing WHERE you want to go. Clearly define your goals, and why you want to accomplish them. This will help propel you forward. I find it helpful to write goals and share with others which holds you accountable.
b)Faith: Knowing what you want, coupled with knowing YOU deserve what you want and YOU are capable of getting what you deserve. Stay away from negative self-talk and surround yourself with positive affirmations in whatever form that works for you (vision boards, recorded videos of your future accomplishments).
c)Organized Planning: If you fail to plan, plan to fail. Getting to a new level in your life requires careful planning. Treat your life like a “Project” and develop phases, milestones and tasks that you must accomplish along with dates. Don’t forget the deadly “Risks” that you must anticipate before hand and develop a “Mitigation Plan” so you don’t trip on your journey.
d)Persistence: If you fall, that’s expected. Most people will experience failure sometimes multiple times in life. Getting back up on your feet and learning from your mistakes is what will set you apart. This is perhaps the most challenging mind control that you will need to achieve. Some techniques I find helpful in avoiding “Throwing in my towel” when pursuing big goals, is ensuring i don’t have any other alternative. For e.g going for a run outdoors forces me to keep going and avoid hitting on the tempting “Stop” red button on the treadmill.
e) Power of the Mastermind: This is my personal favorite in terms of the TGR principles.The “Master Mind” may be defined as: “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.” A group of batteries will generate more energy than a single battery. The benefits of collaborating with other like minded or even others with divergent thinking can significantly boost your own thinking and ability to succeed. I highly recommend getting together with others with similar goals on a regular basis and brainstorm your approach and challenges.
“If you’re always at the head of the class, then you’re in the wrong class.”
— John C. Maxwell