Think and Grow Rich Chapter 9 – Persistence Lesson Plan
PERSISTENCE: THE SUSTAINED EFFORT NECESSARY TO INDUCE FAITH
The Eighth Step toward Riches
“Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you are asleep. Spasmodic, or occasional effort to apply the rules will be of no value to you. To get RESULTS, you must apply all of the rules until their application becomes a fixed HABIT with you. In no other way can you develop the necessary ‘money consciousness.’ ”
“HABIT. Persistence is the direct result of habit. The mind absorbs and becomes a part of the daily experiences upon which it feeds. Fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively cured by forced repetition of acts of courage.”
“Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant PERSISTENCE.”
Napoleon Hill – “Think and Grow Rich, Chapter 9
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this time around this Mr. Hill spoke directly to my habits. And what is persistence anyway but the developing of the HABIT to keep striving toward your goal(s), constantly and determinedly, no matter what. It is developing that “it’s not over until I win” mindset that Les Brown talks about.
When Hill laid out the Symptoms of Lack Of Persistence in this chapter, almost half of them contained the word HABIT.
The Habit of Indecision or Passing the Buck Instead of Facing Issues Squarely
The Habit of Relying on Alibis
The Habit of Indifference (implied by the phrase “compromising on ALL occasions”)
The Habit of Blaming Others
The Habit of Neglecting to Move on Ideas or to Grasp Opportunity When it Presents Itself
The Habit of Compromising with Poverty Instead of Aiming at Riches
This leads me to believe that it is my habits, or lack of good habits, that determines whether I succeed or fail.
Just about a week ago, I was on a training call with Michael Dlouhy, the author of “Success in 10 Steps” and founder of Mentoring for Free. I asked Michael what do I need to do to step up my activity and thus my productivity. He brought me right back to this book and asked me how often do I say my self-talk, am I saying it 500-700 times a day? And of course, the answer was no, not even close. This is something so simple, and it doesn’t even require me to step outside of my comfort zone. Even a green (analytical) introvert like me could do this with no problem. But it requires the development of the HABIT of saying my self-talk, EVERY day, as often as possible. Like Hill says, a “sporadic or occasional effort” just won’t cut it.
To some that may sound rather simplistic, just saying my self-talk. Well, Hill does say in the quote above to “apply all of the rules until their application becomes a fixed HABIT with you.” But why self-talk?
Hill tells us that, “The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE…Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires.” Constantly and repeatedly telling your subconscious mind what you want will definitely increase your desire as well as your focus.
Hill also tells us the first test of our persistence is whether or not we have made a HABIT of performing the 6 steps from Chapter 2. Those steps are:
1.) Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire…
2.) Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire.
3.) Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
4.) 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.
5.) 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.
6.) 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 money.
Step 6 is basically self-talk, telling your subconscious mind (and the universe) exactly what you want before you go to sleep so that your subconscious mind can chew on that all night. And then when you start your day, the very first thing you do in the morning is hold your desire, your purpose, your goal out in front of you.
Then Hill says, “You will find additional instructions for the development of persistence in the chapters on autosuggestion (self-talk), and the subconscious mind. Follow the instructions outlined in these chapters until your HABIT nature hands over to your subconscious mind, a clear picture of the object of your DESIRE. From that point on, you will not be handicapped by lack of persistence.” Once your subconscious mind gets that picture and goes to work on your desires, anything is possible. But it has to know that you are serious, that’s why you have to tell it so many times.
And finally, there is Self Reliance. Hill says that “Belief in one’s ability to carry out a plan encourages one to follow the plan through with persistence. (Self- reliance can be developed through the principle described in the chapter on autosuggestion”(self-talk)). No you don’t need to wait on some guru or expert, you don’t have wait on the right training, you have everything you need to begin, you can do whatever needs to be done. But you might need to convince yourself that you can. Self-talk.
So with self-talk I can develop self-reliance, increase my self-confidence, stoke my desire, influence my subconscious mind, communicate my desire to Infinite Intelligence, and focus my mind and my will on the object of my desire. With self-talk I can develop Persistence!
I will end with one last Hill quote from this chapter that plainly states the importance of persistence:
“Without PERSISTENCE, you will be defeated, even before you start. With PERSISTENCE you will win.”
You can’t succeed without it, so make it a HABIT. And if you lack persistence, then make a HABIT of doing your self-talk. You should make self-talk a HABIT whether you lack persistence or not.
Peace and Prosperity,
P.S. Thanks Michael Dlouhy for that truly priceless nugget of wisdom.
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