Napoleon Hill – The Power of Habit

Just four months ago, I had destructive habits in the morning.  I would literally get on social networking sites engaging in useless conversations that ended in a racial rant (towards me).  This would be from 6am-8am in the morning, completely throwing off my day before it even began – squandering out of bed with a frown on my face before putting my victim shirt on again.

Then, one day I was watching Tony Robbins ‘I’m not your guru’ and I saw that he would sit in front of the sea of his beachside resort in Florida while listening to a guided meditation.  He would do breathing exercises and also would jump in extremely hot water (manhole at his home) before jumping in the frigid cold (another manhole right beside it).

This is called habit.  When he does this, it shocks the body and stimulates the immune system immediately.  This man would have a ton of energy throughout the day and that’s without taking supplements.

See, I had a lack of understanding of applying this particular principle we call ‘habit.’ Habit ultimately grows out of environment; out of doing the same thing, thinking the same thing, and saying the same words repeatedly.

Just like affirmations, habit is created by literally reciting a statement to yourself or any desire.  This will eventually seek expression through physical, outward bodily efforts.

Henry Ford is the prime example of how it’s done.  Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, was just a labourer in a machine shop with little to no schooling and without capital.  He use to work around people who he deemed smarter and more fit than him until he threw off the poverty consciousness and developed confidence within himself.  He’s still amassing millions of dollars each year because he believed he can transform that belief….the belief of confidence…into a definite purpose and backed that purpose with a plan.

Oh, and guess what – the other machinists? All they did was vision nothing but a weekly pay envelop that never got him anywhere.  They demanded nothing out of the ordinary of themselves.

If you want to get more, demand more of yourself.  Notice that this demand is to be made on yourself!

I’ll leave you with a poem written in Napoleon Hill’s Law of Success.

If you think you are beats, you are;

If you think you dare not, you don’t;

If you like to win, but you think you can’t,

It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose you’ve lost,

For out of the world we find

Success begins with a fellow’s will –

Its all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclasses, you are –

You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the strong or faster man;

But soon or later the man who wins

Is the man who thinks he can.



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