August 17, 2015
Principles That Can Change Your Destiny
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.
Both Poverty & Riches are the offsprings of thought.
Maintain a spirit of open-mindedness, and remember these principles have worked for many individuals. You can put them to work for your enduring benefit. You will find it easy, not hard, to do.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, the first step towards riches.
Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, and then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence that does not recognize failure, will bring riches.
Five Ways to Turn Desire into Gold
The method by which desire to transmute riches into its financial equivalent consists of five definite practical steps, viz:
First: Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want money.” Be definite as to the quantity. (there is a psychological reason for definiteness described on subsequent pages.)
Second: Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)
Third: Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
Fourth: Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Fifth: Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you know, see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.
It is important that you follow the instructions described in these five steps. It is especially important that you observe and follow the instructions on the fifth point. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in possession of money” before you have it. Here is where a burning desire will come to your aid. If you want money so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want to become so determined to have it that you convince yourself you will have it.
To the uninitiated, not being schooled in the working principles of the human mind, these instructions may appear impractical. It may be helpful, to all who fail to recognize the soundness of the five steps, to know the information conveyed came from Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie began as an ordinary laborer in the steel mills but managed, despite his humble beginning, to make these principles yield him a fortune of considerably more than one hundred million dollars.
It may be of further help to know that the late Thomas Edison scrutinized the five steps recommended here. Edison placed his stamp of approval upon them as being, not only the steps essential for the accumulation of money but the attainment of any goal.
The steps call for no “hard labor.” They call for no sacrifice. They do not require one to become ridiculous, or credulous. To apply them requires no significant amount of education. But the successful application of these five steps does call for sufficient imagination to enable one to see, and to understand, that chance and luck cannot accumulate money. One must realize that all who had amassed great fortunes first did a certain amount of dreaming, hoping, wishing, desiring, and planning before they acquired money.
You may as well know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities unless you can work yourself into a white heat of desire for money, and believe you possess it.
Remember, every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage. Those who succeed in life get off to a bad start and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they “arrive”. The turning point in the lives of those who usually succeed comes at the moment of some crisis when introduced to their “other selves.”
In planning to acquire your share of the riches, let no one influence you to scorn the dreamer. If the thing you wish to do is right, and you believe in it, go ahead and do it! Put your dream across, and never mind what “they” say. If you meet temporary defeat, perhaps, they do not know that every failure brings with it the seed of equal success. Practical dreamers do not quit!
No more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity than is necessary to accept misery and poverty.
The dreamers of the past never knew the world has an abundance of opportunity.
Reprinted from “Think & Grow Rich” – Napoleon Hill