When 3 ½ steps won’t do…

I have a very simple Thought this week. I was re-reading “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, and decided that this section was so simple yet so powerful that I wanted to share it with you.

“The only “break” anyone can afford to rely upon is a self-made “break.” These come through the application of PERSISTENCE. The starting point is DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE.

Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, though constant persistence.

There are four steps which lead to the habit of persistence. They call for no great amount of intelligence, no particular amount of education, and but little time or effort. The necessary steps are:

  1. A Definite Purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfilment.
  2. A Definite Plan, expressed in continuous action.
  3. A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.
  4. A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.

These four steps are essential for success in all walks of life. There is a magnificent reward for all who learn to take these four steps. It is the writing of one’s own ticket, and of making Life yield whatever price is asked.”

The above is taken from the famous book. I have found in coaching that following the four steps certainly does lead to success. Often, as the coach, I am step 4, encouraging, believing, pushing and guiding.

It’s a very simple formula. If you don’t have it in place, do something about it. If you do have it, make sure you are taking all 4 steps. Call me so I can help you.

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