With the beginning of a brand new year upon us, many ambitious people are formulating their annual goals. Personally, I’m a proponent of written goals, and believe most “successful” people to be diligent goal setters.
Creating a Definite Chief Aim for yourself supercharges goal setting success. Aligning with a major purpose gives you clarity. It puts ALL your actions and decisions into perspective, creating a laser-like focus in your endeavors.
All success begins with definiteness of purpose, with a clear picture in your mind of precisely what you want in life. – Napoleon Hill
WITHOUT a specific purpose in life, it’s difficult to harness the power of your mind, and attract the things you desire.
There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim. Ninety-eight out of every hundred of those whom I have analyzed, had no such aim. Perhaps this was the major cause of their failure. – Napoleon Hill
When you have a definite major purpose, you clearly see whether each action is moving you towards, or away from, your desire.
Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass. – Napoleon Hill
Thoughts Become Things
Think and Grow Rich was originally published in 1937. Napoleon Hill’s goal was to create a set of written principles to help people succeed at anything they desire. 100 million copies later, it is still one of the bestselling books of all time.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought. –Napoleon Hill
Outside of nature, every aspect of man-made reality began as a THOUGHT in someone’s mind. This is true whether you are talking about buildings, movies, or college degrees. Thoughts, when correctly applied, become things.
How can one apply thinking in order to achieve specific desires? Most people don’t know how, or are too lazy to apply correct thinking. Fleeting desires fizzle out as mere hopes and dreams.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. -Napoleon Hill
You are literally attracting into your life the things you dwell upon all day long. The generally accepted metaphysical term for this principle is the Law of Attraction.
Formulating a Definite Chief Aim
It’s important to know exactly what you want. The next step is to develop a white hot heat of desire for it. Become obsessive. Think about it night and day. Once you’ve decided upon your Definite Chief Aim, all of your decisions and actions align with this major purpose.
I don’t know why it is that when a man decides what he wants, the whole universe seems to come to his aid to see that he gets it. – Napoleon Hill
Bruce Lee’s Definite Chief Aim
Bruce Lee appears to have been an avid student of of the works Napoleon Hill. Putting the principles to work, his chosen Definite Chief Aim was to become the highest paid Asian celebrity in the United States. To make this a reality, the first step was to put the intention into physical form by writing it out:
I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness. -Bruce Lee, Jan. 1969
Auto-Suggestion and Self-Hypnosis
In his book, The Law of Success, Napoleon Hill introduces principles of self-hypnosis to engage the subconscious mind with the achievement of a definite chief aim:
The principle of psychology through which you can impress your definite chief aim upon your subconscious mind is called Autosuggestion, or suggestion which you repeatedly make to yourself. It is a degree of self-hypnotism…
Your subconscious mind already receives suggestions all day long through your own self talk. Auto-Suggestion, as recommended by Napoleon Hill, makes use of the principles of self-suggestion, affirmations, visualization, and imagination directed toward the attainment of a definite purpose.
Arnold’s Definite Chief Aim
Arnold Schwarzenegger was interviewed way back in 1976, before he was a big film star, and definitely before he was the governor of California. In 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself, his quoted response when asked what his plans were going to be after he retired from bodybuilding:
…with a voice as calm as if he were telling me about some mundane travel plans, he said, “I’m going to be the number-one box-office star in all of Hollywood.”
Arnold’s AutoSuggestion and Self Hypnosis
“It’s the same process I used in bodybuilding,” he explained. “What you do is create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that picture as if it were already true.”
That sounds quite simple, and it really is. But few people do this consistently, deliberately, and purposefully. My guess is that those who apply these principles are the top 5% most successful people in the world.