REVIEW OF CHAPTER 2 (PART 2), ‘THINK AND GROW RICH’ BY NAPOLEON HILL
DESIRE: THE STARTING POINT OF ALL ACHIEVEMENT
First, a couple of quotes to refresh your memory of where we left off in Part 1
Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success.
Just how much would you give up, how far are you willing to go to to achieve your burning desire?
Every human being who reaches the age of understanding of the purpose of money, wishes for it. Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure, will bring riches.
Desire is not a wish. It is not a hope. It is an obsessive, compulsive pull towards a desired end gain that is all consuming and always driving you forward in every step you take, through all adversity, towards your goals.
Pretty strong and emotive language isn’t it? How connected with it do you feel? Does this describe what you feel most of the time? Do you have what it takes to maintain this level of focus and obsession?
Do not fear if you don’t answer YES to these questions, there are ways to get you there!
Perhaps you need to dig deeper into what it is that you truly desire?
Here’s an exercise you can do to help you dig a little deeper.
Your Perfect Day – take 30 minutes to write out what your perfect day would be like if you could do anything, be anywhere and have anything you wanted or needed.
- How would you fill your day?
- How would it start?
- How would it end?
- Who is with you?
- Where would you be?
- What activities are you doing?
- Are you working or playing or both?
- What can you smell, see, hear and touch?
- How do you feel?
Write this down in clear detail, the more detailed the better. Use pictures if you want to in order to help you visualise this perfect day.
Take a step back and look at it now, from a higher level, as if you are someone else and ask yourself some questions:
- What aspect of your perfect day makes you feel joy when you read this?
- What aspect/s makes you feel a deep longing to have in your day/life right now?
- Is there an underlying message or a recurring theme that you can see?
If you want to share this with a friend or loved one, get them to read it and share what they observe from what you describe. Can they see an underlying message or theme? Is there something in that day that really fits perfectly with who they believe you are?
Sometimes others see more in us than we allow allow ourselves to see!
Perhaps you still need to to convince yourself that your desire is truly a burning desire?
This is something only you can answer. Perhaps you’re not really feeling it yet for a reason?
Danielle La Porte would remind you that:
You’re not chasing the goal itself, you’re actually chasing a feeling.
I listened to Danielle speaking today in an online event Limitless2014 hosted by Natalie MacNeil of She Takes On the World and she spoke about Desire. In fact, read Danielle’s bio, she considers it to be the most creative force in the universe. She’s curious about our relationship to “wanting”, and how we create lives that we love living.
Do you want to feel a certain way, everyday and all the time? If so – What is it?
Desire is to do what you want to do, to feel what you want to feel – in every area of your life. Walk through every part of your life and ask yourself “How do I want to feel?”. Perhaps the answers will formulate and become clearer. The clarity will help you believe that your desire really is a strong desire.
The Desire Instruction
To finish this post, we will look at the instruction (below) as written by NAPOLEON HILL in the book Think and Grow Rich, to define your Desire and repeat it to yourself everyday.
The method by which DESIRE for riches can be transmuted into its financial equivalent, consists of six 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 plenty of money.”
First. Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which will be described in a subsequent chapter).
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. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ – SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.
It is important that you follow the instructions described in these six steps. It is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in possession of money” before you actually have it. Here is where a BURNING DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE 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 money, and to become so determined to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.
Only those who become “money conscious” ever accumulate great riches. “Money consciousness” means that the mind has become so thoroughly saturated with the DESIRE for money, that one can see one’s self already in possession of it.
To the uninitiated, who has not been 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 six steps, to know that the information they convey, was received from Andrew Carnegie, who 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 mil- lion dollars.
It may be of further help to know that the six steps here recommended were carefully scrutinized by the late Thomas A. Edison, who placed his stamp of approval upon them as being, not only the steps essential for the accumulation of money, but necessary for the attainment of any definite 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 calls for no great amount of education. But the successful application of these six steps does call for sufficient imagination to enable one to see, and to understand, that accumulation of money cannot be left to chance, good fortune, and luck. One must realise that all who have accumulated 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 actually BELIEVE you will possess it.
You may as well know, also that every great leader, from the dawn of civilization down to the present, was a dreamer.
Does it work?
You be the judge of that. Personally I believe that it does. I’ll share with you now a little story of my own experience with this exercise to finish off…
About 3 months ago I began repeating my statement every morning and night. (We will get to refining this statement later in Chapter 4 on Auto-Suggestion and I will share it in it’s entirety with you then). For now if I take the part about the fixed amount of money that I desire to acquire in a defined timeframe in isolation from the rest, this is what I have stated twice daily for 3 months now:
By the last day of December 2014 I intend to have in my possession $100,000 net, which will come to me in various amounts from time to time during the interim.
Last week, I was most generously offered half this amount to help my husband and I refurbish our house! Not a loan. A gift!
Was it due to my desire? Was it due to this statement I have been reading aloud and manifesting twice a day? Was it a combination of these and faith?
Or was it just coincedence?
You be the judge… I know what I think!