“Where and who you are in life right now is the direct result of what you’ve thought about consistently up to this point.”
- Jim Edwards
There are experiences that I have learnt since my walk in the journey of self – improvement, personal development or continuous development --- you choose what you want to call it. But one thing is clear most of the people who made life changing decisions to move from their zone of comfort to discover who they could become - have one thing in common. The want to use their power (ability) to lead more profitable and productive life; in fact, they wanted to change from a life of mediocrity to a life of success. For them success meant different things. But one thing is clear; they saw success as a journey not a destination. They also realised that though this journey won’t be very easy but the benefit would be weightier and that they’ll come out the other side better people. The journey helps us to see our true character. At such moments of life changing decision we can become heroes or cowards, we can become truth tellers or liars, we go forward or backwards. Why is it that few people make decision to make this journey in certain areas of their lives? I read an interesting story by Jim Rohn, who was advised by his mentor Earl Shoaff to consider the option of becoming a millionaire. He was scared and later considered the proposition. His reason for giving this suggestion a second thought was the idea that Shoal told him that the important thing is not the goal of becoming a millionaire that is important but who he becomes after the experience. Who we are is very important, so also is who we could become? This is the key point in this conversation. The reason is simple. Who you are determines what you do and the experience or result you gain from life. The WHY or motivation for what we do gives us the drive to continue
Would you rather be in a position of power or strength to become more, do more and accomplish more? Or would you rather take the position of mediocrity?
In this article, I will explore this path of power, productivity and profitability by narrating the story of Barns as told in the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. It will also include suggestion on how to develop “staying power” – persistence and some strategies to focus on so as to develop a winning mind-set.
The powers of thought - thought are about things
“All achievement, all earned riches have their beginning in an idea.”
- Napoleon Hill
If you’ve read the book, “Think and Grow Rich” you will have read about this character --- Edwin C. Barnes. In the story the young Barnes set up in his mind the great formula for any creative endeavour and great accomplishment, his DEFINITE MAJOR PURPOSE. What really matter was what he was thinking. Barnes was constantly intensifying his DESIRE (or impulse of thought) to become the business associate of the great inventor Thomas A. Edison. But when this DESIRE, or impulse of thought first flashed into his mind he was in no position to act upon it. Two difficult situations stood on his way. He did not know Mr Edison, and he did not have enough money to pay his rail road fare to Orange, New Jersey. These difficulties were sufficient to have discouraged most people for making any attempt to carry the desire. For Barnes this was no ordinary desire. He determined to find a way to carry out his desire and he finally decided to travel by “blind baggage,” (he went to East Orange on a freight train) rather than be defeated.
On arrival he presented himself at Mr Edison laboratory and announced that he had come to go into business with the inventor. Speaking about his first contact with Barnes, Edison had this to say: “He stood there before me looking like an ordinary tramp, but there was something in the expression of his face that conveyed the impression that he was determined to get what had come after. I had learned from years of experience with men, that when a man really DESIRES thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win. I gave him this opportunity he asked for, because he had made up his mind to stand by until he succeeded. Subsequent events proved that no mistake was made.”
It’s clear that Barnes DESIRE was not a hope! It wasn’t even a wish. It was a pulsating DESIRE which transcends everything else. It was DEFINITE.
From this story Barnes determination and resolve to adopt a definite purpose and stood by it until it had TIME to become an all-consuming obsession paid off. He didn’t wait for a perfect condition in his circumstances to be met before actualizing his dream. No. But he was able to make use of his present means, power and opportunity. He nursed the desire but for him was an opportunity to feel his mentality conscious and sub-conscious with the faith that he CAN get what he wanted. But the next question was one of methods.
May be young Barnes was not aware at the time, but his bulldog determination has persistence--- standing back of a single DESIRE, was destined to move down all opposition and bring the opportunity he was seeking. Of opportunity, Napoleon Hill, wrote, “It has the sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.”
“An intangible impulse of thought can be transmuted into physical counterpart by the application of known principles.”
- Napoleon Hill
There is a key lesson in this story of partnership between Barnes and Edison.
· Barnes literally thought himself into partnership with great Edison
When he came to Edison’s laboratory he announced that he came to work with Edison in a partnership. Did he get the position immediately? No. But he got a foot hold in having an opportunity for him to grow in the company and realize his dream.
· He thought himself into a fortune
It was not clear what the original intention of Barnes was when he desired to work with Edison. But when the opportunity came for the marketing of Edison’s dictating machine, all his staff in the marketing decline to pursue the challenge. However, Barnes saw it as an opportunity to show his ability to sale and market. He took on the challenge. Did he sale the machine? Yes he did and he became a partner with Edison.
· He had nothing to start with, except the capacity to know what he wanted and the determination to stand by that desire until he realized it.
Barnes was persistent. He stood by his definite purpose and desire --- and developed a plan a plan of action to make his dream come true. He had no money to begin with. He had no influence. But he had INITIATIVE, FAITH, and THE WILL TO WIN. With these INTANGIBLE FORCES he made himself number one man with the greatest inventor who ever lived.
How to develop persistence
“Confidence is a mixture of concentration and pure hunger”
- Arnold Palmer.
If we see the opportunities of life as a challenge and therefore face these opportunities as game, how are we supposed to play this game? We may differ in the way we look at these moments that face us all in life. One thing that separates winners from losers is that winners play to win. And they see every opportunity as a means to get better in the game of life. Persistent is one attribute of winners. Persistence is the character that enables is to think through and follow through. In their book, “Why we want you to be rich,” Donald J Trump and Robert Kiyosaki suggested a formula for making a life changing decision. It’s made up of the following:
In any accomplishment for example a desire to be rich, one may lack drive or discipline or both.
The three As:
One can have ambition, but never develop their abilities – with the result they have a bad attitude.
The triple Es:
You can have great education but lack world experience. As a result of this lack of real-world experienced, you are unable to execute --- perform, get thing done in a timely manner, produce results --- in real world.
And finally the Four Hs:
Any great accomplishment should be fun and seen as a journey not a destination. One needs to attain success with honor and humility. One should be able to have fun and have keen sense of humor --- ability to laugh at yourself. Moreover, one needs to be happy after all.
The ability to master the tenets of these traits expressed in Three Ds, Triple As, Triple Es and Four Hs will lead one to great accomplishments and keep you going. They give you the desire to persevere in the midst of great difficulties.
Persistence in four steps
1. Decide on a definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment. Align your conscious and sub-conscious mentality to align to this purpose until the desire is laser focused and clear
2. Create a definite plan, expressed in continuous action. Confidence comes from continual repetition of certain activity. According to Tony Robins repetition is the mother of all skills.
3. Be very enthusiastic on the dream you want to bring to birth. Stay away from all negative and discouraging influences; your mind closed tightly against them. (Including negative suggestions from relations, friends and acquaintances).
4. A friendly alliance with one more persons who will encourage you to follow through with both plan and purpose.
In conclusion this article is aimed at motivating the reader to the idea that there a train of thought that leads to success. But that this habit has to be harnessed and persistently and constructively followed to reality through persistence of effort. It can be applied to any type of accomplishment or success you want to pursue – wealth, riches, weight loss etc... Remember that, No meaningful accomplishments happen in anyone’s life until they link their thoughts with a PURPOSE, their own personal and meaningful reason WHY! I’ll leave you with this quote from Jim Edwards which appears to me as an idea that captures my thought for this work:
“Your level of success and achievement in any area of life is in direct
proportion to your ability and willingness to direct your thoughts into effective
planning and organized action towards a specific goal combined with a strong
reason WHY you’re doing it in the first place!"
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