Poor Napoleon Hill
I’m a big fan of Napoleon Hill. Until recently, however, his insights were only useful to the extent that I skipped over the most important starting point–the point this post is intended to capture and share–and dissected his teachings to apply the action items to whatever office job was consuming my day. Poor Mr. Hill would have been so disappointed, and I knew it. But not anymore.
Going Beyond with Napoleon Hill
After years of reading Hill’s teaching and searching diligently for that career-category work to which I wish to devote my life, I’ve found it. In my daily reading this morning, I came across a passage that articulates–far better than I ever could–the reason I know my husband and I will succeed in building a healthy, profitable, and fun-filled Beyond Organic team. So prepare to be inspired, and get ready to take your life, as we are taking ours, not to the point of satisfaction or complacency, but quite simply…BEYOND.
Napoleon Hill On Auto-Suggestion
We shall now proceed to give you the modus operandi through which the first step in the magic ladder to success can be appropriated and used. To begin with, search diligently until you find the particular work to which you wish to devote your life, taking care to see that you select that which will profit all who are affected by your activities. After you have decided what your life work is to be, write out a clear statement of it and then commit it to memory.
Several times a day, and especially just before going to sleep at night, repeat the words of this written description of your life work, and affirm to yourself that you are attracting to you the necessary forces, people, and material things with which to attain the object of your life work, or your definite aim in life.
Bear in mind that your brain is literally a magnet, and that it will attract to you other people who harmonize, in thought and in ideals, with those thoughts which dominate your mind and those ideals which are most deeply seated in you.
There is a law, which we may properly call the law of attraction, through the operation of which water seeks its level, and everything throughout the universe of like nature seeks its kind.
…Like attracts like, a fact which is indisputable…
If it is true that the very presence of any thought in your conscious mind has a tendency to arouse you to bodily, muscular activity that will correspond with the nature of the thought, can you not see the advantage of selecting, with care, the thoughts which you allow your mind to dwell upon?
Read these lines carefully, and think over and digest the meaning which they convey, because we are now laying the foundation for a scientific truth which constitutes the very foundation upon which all worthwhile human accomplishment is based. We are beginning, now, to build the roadway over which you will travel out of the wilderness of doubt, discouragement, uncertainty, and failure, and we want you to familiarize yourself with every inch of this road.
No one knows what thought is, but every philosopher and every man of scientific ability who has given any study to the subject is in accord with the statement that thought is a powerful form of energy which directs the activities of the human body, that every idea held in the mind through prolonged, concentrated thought takes on permanent form and continues to affect the bodily activities according to its nature, either consciously or unconsciously.
Auto-suggestion, which is nothing more or less than an idea held in the mind, through thought, is the only known principle through which one may literally make oneself over, after any pattern he or she may choose.
Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules, Napoleon Hill, Copyright 2009 by The Napoleon Hill Foundation, pp. 10-12