Napoleon Hill is possibly the most well-known author in motivational/positive thinking writing. (His books are available in most bookstores and he is often quoted by other authors. I’ve read a few of his books. Just wanted to share with you his 10 Steps to Positive Thinking.
10 Steps to Positive Thinking:
1. Take Possession of Your Own Mind with Conviction
We are a mind with a body not vice versa. We become what we think about most of the time.
I believe my mind is my own.
I believe I can take possession of my own mind.
I believe I can direct and control my emotions, moods, feelings, intellect, tendencies, attitudes, passions, and habits with the intention of developing a positive mental attitude.
I will develop a positive mental attitude.
2. Keep Your Mind ON the Things You Want and off the Things You Don’t Want
A picture is worth a thousand words. You must learn therefore, to discipline your thoughts and visualise the things you want.
With every adversity, failure, defeat, sorrow, or unpleasant circumstance (either of your own or someone else’s making), you have the opportunity to react positively.
In the face of adversity, realise what is done is done. We cannot change the past but we can affect what happens in the present and the future.
Make a list of 3 things we want:
3. Live the Golden Rule: Do Unto Others as You would have them do unto you. Conversely, do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you.
Consistently look for the good in everyone and in every circumstance. Be a good-finder, not a fault-finder.
The little difference that makes the big difference as to whether a person is happy, unhappy, or miserable is whether his attitude toward himself and others is positive or negative.
Share a portion of what you have. Help others. By helping others, you have in turn helped yourself; and together you have set in motion a chain reaction of goodwill and PMA.
Think of 3 things you would like people to do for you.
4. Eliminate All Negative Thoughts by Self-Inspection
Process of self-analysis is simple. Just ask yourself: “Is this positive or negative?”
§ You are feeling sorry for yourself and indulging in self-pity.
§ You are passing judgement or blaming a person, situation, or environment.
§ Your ego has been hurt or deflated. Your pride has been damaged.
§ You are being selfish about yourself, someone, or something.
5. Be Happy! Make Others Happy!
To be happy, Act Happy! Act enthusiastic, smile at yourself and at the world.
The subconscious mind can’t distinguish between a real experience and an imaginary one.
Everyday at a particular time close your eyes and daydream about your goals. Picture yourself as having already achieved those objectives. Imagine what your attained goal feels, smells, and look like.
Examine your accomplishments and successes. Reduce to a formula, in writing, the details of the experiences that helped you to succeed. Be proud of your achievements, family, religion, country but be modest and have a sense of humility.
6. Form a Habit of Tolerance
Keep an open mind toward people. Try to like and accept people as they are instead of demanding or wishing that they be as you want them to be. Look for the good in others and learn to like people.
7. Give Yourself Positive Suggestions
Tell me what you think about and I’ll tell you who you are – William James
We become what we think about most of the time.
Underlying philosophy of PMA: Look for the good in whatever you see or hear or taste or smell or feel. The more your purposely repeat a message to yourself, and the more emotion and belief you imbue it with, the more effectively it is implanted in your subconscious mind.
8. Use Your Power of Prayer
When you pray, have faith and believe in that which you ask for. Reaching deep within yourself, as you do when you pray, is what opens the storehouse of infinity to you. You can and you will receive direction from God.
Good Morning, God. What have you got for me today? I want to be a part of it.
9. Set Goals: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu.
It is up to you to decide what you want from life. Setting goals is one way to keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don’t want.(Step 2)
You need to learn to set short and long term goals on a daily basis. Write your goals on a sheet of paper. Visualise yourself achieving those goals. Constantly refer to them in an expectant, positive manner.
Determine what do you want, be definte.
Evaluate what will u give in return
Set a date. When will you have what you want?
Identify: Make a plan. What will you do at once?
Repeat your step by step plan in writing.
Each day read your written statement aloud. Visualise yourself already in possession of your objective as you read.
Memorise the 3 words Do It Now and repeat those 3 words fifty times a day.
Success is achieved by those who try. Where there is nothing to lose by trying and a great deal to gain if successful, by all means, try….DO IT NOW!
10. Study, Think and Plan Daily: Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend – Laertius Diogenes
It is important that EACH Day you spend private time with yourself. (at least 15 mins)
Think about your goals with PMA
Inspect your attitudes with PMA
Inspect your actions and thinking with PMA
Read inspirational, self-help action material, with PMA
Take time to study, to think and to plan with PMA
Memorise self-motivators that you believe will help you.
Have a permanent notebook in which you write down resolutions, self-motivators and ideas that should be reviewed with regularity.