Building a burning desire
Your thought can become a thing when it is fueled by a burning desire.
Napoleon Hill gives us a six step process for achieving this. It seems quite easy to implement and he assures us that anybody can do it. It requires no more work than what you are already doing. All you have to do is shift your focus to obtaining your desire.
Yet not everybody can implement it?
I started thinking about this in depth. You see if we can build this burning desire and carry it out to the tee, then we have in our hands the secret to obtaining whatever we choose.
“Think and grow Rich” has helped so many people do exactly that. The question I ponder very carefully is why do so many fail to master this process?
How many people have gone to the trouble to actually write it down and put it into practice. I recall that when I read this for the first time I just glossed over it as if it were something that sounded great but it didn’t really register as the be all end all of fulfilling my desire to reach my goals.
It sounded too easy and yet within this six step formula lies the secret to the most successful people in history.
First. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient
merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is
a psychological reason for definiteness which will be described in a subsequent
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
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
Napoleon Hill gives us many examples of people who have build this burning desire to a white hot crescendo. They had all burnt their bridges and become single minded in their endeavors to achieve the success they desired. Quitting or surrendering was not an option. Their whole existence became an obsessive desire to achieve their goals.
Every action they took was fueled by this obsessive desire to reach their goal.
Barnes could see himself working side by side with Edison he put him on notice that he would work as his business associate.
Marshal field would not let the Great Chicago fire make him pack up and leave to a new location.
DESIRE backed by FAITH, pushed reason aside, and inspired them to carry on.
Napoleon Hill shows us clearly that the formula works for all desires not just attaining wealth. His desire to have a son who could hear even though nature had not provided him with ears went through exactly the same stages.
In this beautiful recount of his son’s ability to learn to hear and make a success of himself in spite of his afflictions we see the real power that we have at our disposal.
It consisted of three very definite facts;
first, I MIXED FAITH with the DESIRE for normal hearing, which I passed on to
my son. Second, I communicated my desire to him in every conceivable way
available, through persistent, continuous effort, over a period of years. Third,
HE BELIEVED ME!
Here lies the clue as to why this formula may not work for all people. The belief that it will work and the belief in yourself to keep trying until it works.
You need to adopt a never give up attitude and persist with continuous effort until all of the pieces fall into place.
Don’t allow fear, doubt, negativity and procrastination make you shift your focus.