Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude Napoleon Hill

Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude
Napoleon Hill
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
17 Success Principles of a Positive Mental Attitude
1. Develop Definiteness of Purpose
• Success and progress towards achieving your goals in life begin with
knowing where you are going.
• Any dominating idea, plan, or purpose held in your conscious mind through
repeated effort and emotionalized by a burning desire for its realization is
taken over by the subconscious and acted upon through whatever natural
and logical means may be available.
• Your mental attitude gives power to everything you do. If your attitude is
positive, your actions and thoughts further your ends? If your attitude is
negative, you are constantly undermining your own efforts.
• The starting point of all human achievement is the development of a Definite
Major Purpose.
• Without a definite major purpose, you are as helpless as a ship without a
compass.
2. Establish a Mastermind Alliance
• A mastermind alliance consists of two or more minds working actively
together in perfect harmony toward a common definite objective.
• Through a mastermind alliance you can appropriate and use the full strength
of the experience, training, and knowledge of others just as if they were your
own.
• No individual has ever achieved success without the help and
cooperation of others.
• The value of “gathering together those of a like mind” is self-evident.
• A group of brains coordinated in a spirit of harmony will provide more
thought energy than a single brain, just as a group of electric batteries will
provide more energy than a single battery,
3. Assemble an Attractive Personality
• A Positive Mental Attitude is the right mental attitude in any given situation.
• Courtesy is your most profitable asset… and it is absolutely free!
• Emotions are nothing but reflections of your mental attitude, which you can
organize, guide, and completely control.
• Your personality is your greatest asset or your greatest liability because it
embraces everything you control …your mind, body, and …
• To be happy, make someone else happy!
4. Use Applied Faith
• Faith is awareness of, belief in, and harmonizing with the universal powers.
• Faith is a state of mind which must be active not passive, to be useful in
achieving lasting success.
• Close the door to fear behind you and you will quickly see the door of faith
open before you.
• Fear is nothing more than a state of mind, which is subject to your own
direction and control.
• Faith will not bring you what you desire, but it will show you the way to go
after it for yourself.
5. Go the Extra Mile
• Strength and struggle go hand in hand.
• Render more and better service than you are paid for, and sooner or later
you will receive compound interest from your investment.
• The end of the rainbow is at the end of the second mile.
• The quality of the service rendered, plus the quantity of service rendered,
plus the mental attitude in which it is rendered, equals your compensation.
• The more you give, the more you get.
6. Control Your Attention
• Keep your mind ON the things you want and OFF the things you don’t want!
• It is much easier to focus your attention on something you believe will happen
than on something you believe is unlikely.
• Controlled attention is the act of coordinating all the faculties of your
mind and directing their combined power to a specific end.
• Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy your mind at the same time.
• Independence starts with self-dependence.
7. Inspire Teamwork
• There is no record of any great contribution to civilization without the
cooperation of others.
• Enthusiasm is contagious and teamwork is the inevitable result.
• A good football team relies more on harmonious coordination of effort than
individual skill.
• Most people will respond more freely to a request than they will to an order.
• Helping others solve their problems will help you solve your own.
8. Learn From Adversity and Defeat
• Everyone faces defeat. It may be a stepping-stone or a stumbling block,
depending on the mental attitude with which it is faced.
• Failure and pain are one language through which nature speaks to every
living creature.
• You are never a failure until you accept defeat as permanent and quit
trying.
• Edison failed 10,000 times before perfecting the electric light bulb. Don’t
worry if you fail once.
• Every adversity, every failure, and every unpleasant experience carries
with it the seed of an equivalent benefit which may prove to be a
blessing in disguise.
9. Cultivate Creative Vision
• Creative imagination has its base in the subconscious and is the medium
through which you recognize new ideas and newly learned facts.
• Synthetic imagination springs from experience and reason; creative
imagination springs from your commitment to your definite purpose.
• Imagination recognizes limitations. Creative vision sees no limitations.
• Your imaginative faculty will become weak through inaction. It can be
revived through use.
• The man who dipped a chunk of ice cream in chocolate and called it
“Eskimo Pie” made a fortune for the five seconds of imagination it took to
create the idea!
10. Maintain Sound Health
• To maintain a Positive Mental Attitude and develop a healthy mind and
body, you must conquer fear and anxiety.
• Anything that affects your physical health also affects your mental health.
• A Positive Mental Attitude is the most important quality for sound mental and
physical health.
• Exercise produces both physical and mental buoyancy. It clears
sluggishness and dullness from body and mind.
• If you haven’t the willpower to keep your physical body in repair, you lack
the power of will to maintain a positive mental attitude in other important
circumstances that control your life.
11. Budget Your Time and Money
• Tell me how you use your time and how you spend your money, and I will tell
you where and what you’ll be ten years from now.
• Take regular inventory of yourself to learn how and where you are spending
your time and money.
• The secret of getting things done is: DO IT NOW!
• Time is too precious to be wasted on arguments and discontent.
• Some mistakes can be corrected, but not the mistake of wasting time.
When time is gone, it’s gone forever.
12. Use of Cosmic Habit Force
• It takes a habit to replace a habit.
• All of your successes and failures are results of habits you have formed.
• The orderliness of the world of natural laws gives evidence that they are
under control of a universal plan.
• For every result there is a cause, and results are brought about through the
use of cosmic habit force.
• First you get a habit, and then it gets you.
13. Create Personal Initiative
• It is better to act on a plan that is still weak than to delay acting at all.
• Procrastination is the archenemy of personal initiative.
• Personal Initiative:
a)is contagious
b)succeeds where others fail
c)creates work
d)creates opportunity
e)creates the future
f)creates advancement
• Procrastinators are experts in creating alibis.
• Personal initiative is the inner power that starts all action.
14. Build a Positive Mental Attitude
• A Positive Mental Attitude is the single most important principle of the science
of success, without which you cannot get the maximum benefit from the other
sixteen principles.
• Success attracts success and failure attracts more failure.
• Your mental attitude is the only thing over which you, and only you, have
complete control.
• A Positive Mental Attitude attracts opportunities for success, while a Negative
Mental Attitude repels opportunities and doesn’t even take advantage of
them when they do come along.
• A positive mind finds a way it can be done… a negative mind looks for all
the ways it can’t be done.
15. Control Your Enthusiasm
• To be enthusiastic-act enthusiastically!
• Enthusiasm is to progress toward success as gasoline is to a car’s engine. It is
the fuel that drives things forward.
• Enthusiasm stimulates your subconscious mind. By feeding your conscious mind
with enthusiasm, you impress upon your subconscious that your burning desire
and your plan for attaining it are certain.
• Enthusiasm is a state of mind. It inspires action and is the most
contagious of all emotions.
• Enthusiasm is more powerful than logic, reason, or rhetoric in getting your
ideas across and in winning over others to your viewpoint.
16. Enforce Self-Discipline
• Self-discipline is the process that ties together all your efforts of controlling
your mind, your personal initiative, positive mental attitude and controlling
your enthusiasm.
• Self-discipline makes you think before you act.
• The subconscious has access to all departments of the mind, but is not under
the control of any.
• If you don’t discipline yourself, you are sure to be disciplined by others.
• Without self-discipline, you are as dangerous as a car running downhill
without brakes or steering wheel.
17. Think Accurately
• Thoughts have power, are under your control, and can be used wisely or
unwisely.
• Accurate thinkers accept no political, religious, or other type of thought,
regardless of its source, until it is carefully analyzed.
• Accurate thinkers are the masters of their emotions.
• Accurate thought involves two fundamentals. First you must separate facts
from information. Second you must separate facts into two classes? The
important and unimportant.
• Accurate thinkers allow no one to do their thinking for them.

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