Napoleon Hill: The Secret To Getting Things Done

“If you do the things you don’t want to do, or if you don’t do the things that you do want to do, then this chapter is for you.” – Napoleon Hill

“How do you make the secret of getting things done a part of your life? By habit. And you develop habit through repetition. “Sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny,” said the great psychologist and philosopher William James. He was saying that you are what your habits make you. And you can choose your habits. You can develop any habit you wish when you use the self-starter.
Now what is the secret of getting things done and what is the self-starter that forces you to use this great secret?
The secret of getting things done is to act. The self-starter is the self-motivator DO IT NOW!
As long as you live, never say to yourself, “DO IT NOW!” unless you follow through with desirable action. Whenever action is desirable and the symbol DO IT NOW! flashes from your subconscious mind to your conscious mind, immediately act.

Make it a practice to respond to the self-starter DO IT NOW! in little things. You will quickly develop the habit of a reflex response so powerful that in times of emergency or when opportunity presents itself, you will act.
Say you have a phone call that you should make but you have a tendency to procrastinate. And you have put off making that phone call. When the self-starter DO IT NOW! flashes from your subconscious to your conscious mind: Act. Make that phone call immediately.

Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks.

The self-starter could be something difficult to do, but I’m developing (currently) a habit to get out of bed within 15 seconds of waking up.  What happens during this moment? Well, I know that if I lay there any longer, I’m going to lose valuable “down” time which I could be using on packing a bag, shower, posting something, or even creating a blog or podcast before 6am.

The Secret to Getting Things Done simply revolves around how another person would benefit if you get it done.  If your mother was in need of an ambulance call, you would make no hesitation to find that phone as quickly as possible.  I use that example because people need to develop that burning desire to get things done, hastily.

“Many persons have the habit of procrastination. Because of it, they may miss a train, be late for work, or even more important—miss an opportunity that could change the whole course of their lives for the better. History has recorded how battles have been lost because someone put off taking desirable action.” – Napoleon Hill


The letter

“Write yourself a letter. Here is an idea to help you get started. Sit down and write yourself a letter, telling the things you always intended to do as though they had already been accomplished—some personal, some charitable, and others community projects. Write the letter as if a biographer were writing about the wonderful person you really are when you come under the influence of PMA. But don’t stop there. Use the secret of getting things done. Respond to the self-starter DO IT NOW!”

Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks.




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