Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a very challenging book to summarise or even highlight the key points, because my copy of the book is entirely filled with highlighters and notes. But one of my favourite excerpt from the book is the following:
The harsh reality is that most of us don’t even know exactly what we want in our lives; let alone the specific plans to achieve these goals. How will you ever achieve greatness and success if you don’t know what you want in your life? You should never have your life under cruise control.
1. BRAINSTORM YOUR GOALS
The first thing you need is to have a very specific and detailed goal in ALL venues of life. My goals are sub-categorised into “professional”, “relationships”, “leisure and travel”, “finances” and “health”. It is very important that your goals are very specific and should include things like specific locations, exact sum of money and dates of the event. Brainstorm and decide what it is that you want to achieve in your life and write them out.
2. FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL
Everything starts with having clarity and specific visions in your life. After you've decided what your goals are, it’s important to build a very detailed map, a step-by-step process that will guide you towards your visions and goals. Don’t be abrupt and rush to complete your goals and plans, it’s your life, the blueprint to your success. Take time, think over and re-think it.
3. ATTITUDE AND HUSTLE
After you’ve written down and brainstormed your goals and plans, the next step is to develop a burning desire to execute your plans and achieve these goals. No one can have 100% control over the external factors and the environmental circumstances of our lives. But one thing that you do have 100% control over is, your attitudes and how you react to certain situations. It is your attitudes and the daily decisions that inch us towards success; separating the mediocrity from outrageous success.
4. FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
There are countless literature and philosophers that suggest that visualisation/manifestation technique alone is enough to achieve greatness and fulfil one’s visions. You should watch the movie “The Secret, the Law of Attraction” and read books like “Ask and It Is Given” by Esther and Jerry Hicks. Although it is questionable that, all you need to do is “ask” and “visualise” to achieve greatness; it is true that everything begins with understanding your higher purpose and vision in life. You are unlimited as the endless universe, and the only thing that is stopping you from achieving greatness is yourself and yourself only.