How to Achieve Whatever You Want with lessons by Napoleon Hill, Albert Einstein, Jim Rohn, and the Bible.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
The first and most important aspect of achieving what you want, is the simple act of wanting it. Many times, we may confuse ourselves with what we really want. Being able to narrow down what it is you want to achieve is the very foundation of your next steps to build, create, or achieve your goal. Let’s take a look at some good advice from Jim Rohn.
Almost anything can trigger desire. It’s a matter of timing as much as preparation. It might be a song that tugs at the heart. It might be a memorable sermon. It might be a movie, a conversation with a friend, a confrontation with the enemy, or a bitter experience. Even a book or an article such as this one can trigger the inner mechanism that will make some people say, “I want it now!”
Therefore, while searching for your “hot button” of pure, raw desire, welcome into your life each positive experience. Don’t erect a wall to protect you from experiencing life. The same wall that keeps out your disappointment also keeps out the sunlight of enriching experiences. So let life touch you. The next touch could be the one that turns your life around.
“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Faith can be a difficult thing to have, but it is imperative that you develop it. Wanting is one thing, believing in yourself enough to do it is another altogether. Harness your faith, and you will move mountains in the process!
3. Specialized Knowledge
“General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity or variety it may be, is of but little use.”
We all know someone that seems to “know everything.” Truth is, they may not know quite as much as they are leading you to believe. Success requires a laser focused intensity on a specialized area or skill. It will not hurt you to have a vast general knowledge, but to really excel at your chosen path – you must do all you can to build your specialized knowledge.
“It has been said that man can create anything which he can imagine.”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
Imagination is Powerful. We live in the knowledge worker age where ideas are the new currency. Entire new industries, means of transportation, energy solutions, communications technologies, and sustainable living are being created on new ideas. Ideas are the products of imagination! If ideas are the new currency, and imagination is the paper on which they are printed, you can bet your ass imagination is unbelievably important!
“Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which must be conquered.”
Napoleon Hill first wrote his How To Think and Grow Rich in 1937, a long time ago! These teachings however are still incredibly relevant today. In his book, Hill completed an exhaustive study of hundreds of the most successful people of his time. A common theme he found among all of them was that they were quick to come to a decision, and made changes very slowly and only when absolutely necessary. It’s not a knock on you, but if you can never reach a decision or change your decisions quickly and frequently – you are likely limiting your own potential and success.
“Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair.”
How long should you try? Until.
Almost anything you set out to accomplish is going to come with a process. That process will be filled with ups, downs, emergencies, catastrophic failures, twists, turns, small wins, big wins, euphoria, and all other imaginable emotions. The truth is, most times, success is simply a war of attrition. Why shoot yourself in the foot by giving up? You can never give up, but you can fail. A failure is nothing more than one step closer to a success. Check out what Michael Jordan says about failure:
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
You can do anything you set your mind to do. Apply these lessons to your everyday life, they will be invaluable to you. Harness your desire. Have faith in your abilities. Grow your specialized knowledge every single day. Embrace your imagination, it is more important than knowledge! Make a decision, and then act on it. Embrace failures, and view them as simple steps to success. The more failures you have, the closer you are to success. Finally, you can never give up.
Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there, with open arms and open eyes.