I wanted to share this amazing extract from one of my favourite books by Napoleon Hill; The Law of Success. Whilst the book was written in the 1930s a lot of the principles still apply to today’s society and I believe that if we all adopted the below formula we would be capable of achieving anything:
SELF CONFIDENCE FORMULA
FIRST: I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my DEFINITE PURPOSE, therefore I DEMAND of myself persistent, aggressive and continuous action toward its attainment.
SECOND: I realize that the dominating thoughts of my mind eventually reproduce themselves in outward, bodily action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality, therefore I will concentrate my mind for thirty minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to be, by creating a mental picture of this person and then transforming that picture into reality through practical service.
THIRD: I know that through the principle of Autosuggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of realising it, therefore I shall devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of the factors names in the sixteen lessons of this Reading Course on the Law of Success.
FOURTH: I have clearly mapped out and written down a description of my DEFINITE PURPOSE in life, for the coming five years. I have set a price on my services for each of these five years; a price that I intend to earn and receive, through strict application of the principle of efficient, satisfactory service which I will render in advance.
FIFTH: I fully realise that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice, therefore I WILL ENGAGE IN NO TRANSACTION WHICH DOES NOT BENEFIT ALL WHOM IT AFFECTS. I will succeed by attracting to me the forces I wish to use, and the co-operation of other people. I WILL INDUCE OTHERS TO SERVE ME BECAUSE I WILL FIRST SERVE THEM. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism by developing love for all humanity because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to BELIEVE IN ME because I will believe in them and in myself.
Such amazingly beautiful and fair words which have become my own personal mission statement.