Archive for November, 2009

Napoleon Hill – Success Principal #11 – Creative Vision

November 30th, 2009 2 comments

The human species is an amazing being.  We possess the ability to think and create.  When I was in school and dinosaurs roamed the earth, I was taught that the reason the human was so adapt, and had moved to the top of the heap in the evolutionary pile, was because of our opposable thumbs.  H-m-m, I know monkeys have opposable thumbs, but unless you are a Planet of the Apes fan, monkeys may have been put in space capsules to orbit the earth, but they didn’t create the technology to build the capsule.  Could it be there is more to this creative thing?  Napoleon Hill’s Success Principal #11 is going to discuss our imagination and our creative vision.

Some people, including Napoleon Hill, believe that our subconscious mind is attached to the Universal mind.  Some even call our subconscious the Universal mind.  No matter what you believe about that particular subject, you can’t deny that somehow we have the ability to create.  Napoleon Hill, in this video, discusses the 2 different kinds of creative vision.  If you believe that humans have the ability to create, how do we, personally, tap into that creative mind?  Here’s a few tips that might prove helpful to you in your quest for success.

1.  Spend some time each day in mediation.  If you don’t know how to meditate, learn something about it.  Closing your eyes and counting your breaths can be very calming.  By becoming quiet and taking our minds off our daily routines allows our creative juices to flow.

2.  Take a leisurely walk in nature.  Exercise, fresh air, and nature stimulates our ability to get outside box in our thinking.  The bonus to this method is that it is also very good for our overall health and nourishes the brain cells.  Making them ever ready when you want to call upon the creative you.

3.  One way that works for me is to put on some soothing music such as classical, get comfortable in my favorite chair, close my eyes, breath deeply and concentrate on the music.  I allow my mind to flow with the melody.  After about 10 minutes, I feel refreshed and most often I have accomplished getting in touch with the creative me.

4.  Mastermind with others is a great way to take the lid of the creative bottle.  Be careful in your choice of mastermind participants.  Someone with another agenda can put a dam in the creative flow.

5.  Set a goal to spend some time writing.  A habit of writing in a journal is good, but sometimes just writing random thoughts can lead to some interesting and creative things.  It lets your mind run free.  A word of warning, don’t restrict your thoughts.  Write them all down no matter how stupid and meaningless you feel they are.  When you write them all down you are telling your mind that you accept whatever it wants to give you and it will release all its creative thoughts without fear of judgment.

Napoleon Hill is going to give you 6 minutes of wisdom about your imagination in this video. If you like it, pass it on.

Napoleon HIll – Success Principal #10 – Overcoming Adversity and Defeat

November 29th, 2009 3 comments

Have you ever heard the expression, “in every cloud there is a silver lining”?  I have heard it many times from my Grandmother who was in control of her positive mental attitude.  In today’s world, the saying may seem a little hokey, or perhaps, clique.  When wisdom is tried and true and has held up for many generations, it gets repeated so many times that it loses it’s punch.  We look at it as “just another old saying”.  The idea that every adversity has a seed of opportunity is what Napoleon Hill is talking about in his Success Principals #10, Overcoming Adversity and Defeat.

I know this to be true from my own life.  No matter how bad something is that has happened to me, there is always good in it, if I choose to look for it.  Let me tell you a story that happened to me.  I woke up on a cold but sunny day in mid April in 1978.  The morning started out like any other morning.  It didn’t stay that way for long.  I received a phone call relaying to me that someone very close to me had been killed by the hand of an unknown robber.  I was completely devastated!  Thankfully, I was with the guy I had been dating.  Knowing that I was in shock, he took control of the situation.  He became my rock.  Not only was he my rock, but his family helped take care of the things my family, because of our deep loss, was unable to cope with.  They were an inspiration!  It was at that time I began to realize how much I loved him, and what an extraordinary family he had.  I have often wondered, if that terrible situation hadn’t happened, would I have realized how wonderful he is?  Would I have seen that deep loving soul that is his essence?  Perhaps, I would have found out with time, but out of that adversity our love has grown for over 30 years and we have built a life filled with blessings.

Napoleon Hill says, in this 10 minute video, that we should get into the habit of looking for the seeds of opportunity.  We can choose to have a positive mental attitude when it comes to the adversities in our lives.  Successful people have learned this lesson.  People who enjoy success haven’t been dealt a different hand then those who aren’t successful.  Sometimes, they have experienced worse things than the average person.  They have learned to pick themselves up from any adversities and  go on to triumph later.   Mr. Hill makes another even stronger statement saying that if you don’t use your positive mental attitude often enough, you will lose it.  His quote, that we should commit to memory is, “nothing can be called failure until you accept it as such.”

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Napoleon Hill – Success Principal #9 – Personal Initiative

November 28th, 2009 2 comments

Many times on this blog, I write about the differences between successful people and those that aren’t.  Successful people are wired differently.  They think in a totally different way than an average person.  Napoleon Hill talks about these difference in his Success Principal #9 which is about personal initiative.

In society today, we hear so much about “spreading the wealth around”.  It has become a buzz phrase.  Many people are adamantly against it.  Why is that?  Let’s look at personal initiative and the role it plays in moving individuals towards success and wealth and keeps our world moving forward.  What is personal initiative?  The dictionary definition is;

1.  an introductory act or step; leading action
2.  readiness and ability in initiating action; enterprise
3.  one’s personal, responsible decision
4.  of or pertaining to initiation; serving to initiate

It is very appropriate that in the dictionary definition of personal initiative, the synonyms are leadership, forcefulness, dynamism.

How does personal initiative impact the world?  When an entrepreneurial minded individual sets goals for personal wealth and success, takes personal initiative, he or she doesn’t wait for things to come to them.  They strike out with a great idea and they create something.  For instances, Bill Gates and Steve Job changed the way we live our lives by the invention of PCs and Apple computers.  They took personal initiative.  They didn’t wait for the wealth to be “spread to them”, they created an idea which created wealth. The world moved forward.

I was on a flight coming home from a business trip a few years back and I sat next to a very nice older man.  He told me he was 80 years old.  He was on my flight to visit his son who is a Doctor.  He was a fascinating man.  He had worked for General Foods all his life.  He and his team of people took personal initiative and create a new food product called Cool Whip.  It made General Foods millions!  That in turn increased his wages, retirement plan and bonuses.  And, Pie was never the same again!  The world moved forward.

If everyone waited for the wealth to be spread and didn’t use personal initiative the world would slow down completely.  Eventually, there wouldn’t be any successful people to take their wealth away from them.  Why would anyone choose to work only to have all their efforts transferred to those that don’t?  Productivity stops.  The world slows.

Napoleon points out in this 10 minute video that all the previous 8 success principals hinge on personal initiative.  A quote that really hit home for me was “Big success is made up of a great number of little circumstances which are so small and seemingly not worthy of notice.”  In my mind that says if we choose to be successful sometimes even the smallest things can keep us on that road if we take our own personal initiative to make it happen.

If you enjoy this video and feel it would be informative to your network of “peeps” don’t hesitate to spread the blog around!  Also, come tweet with me on twitter.  I am listed as NanMcAdam.  I would enjoy getting to know you!  🙂

Napoleon Hill – Success Principal #8 – Enthusiasm

November 27th, 2009 1 comment

Have you ever been in the presences of someone who always makes you feel good when you are with them?  They radiate something that makes you feel uplifted.  The smile on their face is an instant pick me up.  I’ll bet, just asking that first question immediately brought some one’s face into your mind.  This some one that you just thought of practices Napoleon Hill’s next success principal.  They show enthusiasm!

Enthusiasm puts things in motion.  A person who is enthusiastic broadcasts a vibration which we pick up as a feeling.  A person who is broadcasting that vibration will soon draw to them other people.  They are a people magnet.  People want to be around an enthusiastic person because it is a strong emotion and is contagious.  A perfect example of this contagious behavior is in the short movie “Validation”.

Napoleon Hill says that “enthusiasm is the most important trait in leadership”.  I know this to be a fact.  I have been involved with business and entrepreneurial people for the past 20 years and the strong leaders are those that have an abundance of enthusiasm.  Not only do they show mega amounts of enthusiasm, but they inspire other people to show their own feelings of enthusiasm.  It is chain reaction.  If the enthusiasm is for something positive, the reaction from others will be in the same vein.  If their enthusiasm is negative, they will lead others to behave like them.

Here is an example.  What does Ronald Reagan and Charlie Manson have in common?  Are you shocked that they might have anything in common?  What they have in common is their ability to show enthusiasm for what they felt their life purpose was. Their enthusiasm changed the world around them in very crucial ways.  Reagan was responsible for the collapse of the “iron curtain”.  Charlie was responsible for many deaths and the destruction of many lives in a very horrific way, that shocked a nation in a more innocent time.  What a thought to ponder!  It might be shocking to you to think of these 2 people even being mentioned in the same sentence.  I only do this as a example of polarity of positive versus negative in a leader’s ability to infect people to do some unbelievable things with their feelings of enthusiasm.

Napoleon Hill’s 10 minute video is filled with many important points for a person seeking to be  successful.  Feel free to pass this on.  I am, also, on twitter – let’s tweet! 🙂

Napoleon Hill – Success Principal #7 – Positive Mental Attitude

November 25th, 2009 2 comments

We are closing in on one of the greatest holidays of the year.  A day that is dedicated to giving thanks.  It is a day of getting together with friends and family, dining on a feast and remembering all the things that we are grateful  for. Thanks-giving should be an every day thing.  Gratitude is important to our positive mental attitude.

The 7 minute video for today from Napoleon Hill is about our positive mental attitude.  It is, not only, imperative to our success in life, but to our mental health as well.  He gives us a game plan for practicing our positive mental attitude every day.

Enjoy the video and have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Napoleon Hill – Success Principals – Part 6 – Self Discipline

November 24th, 2009 No comments

In my lengthy career coaching and working with corporate people and entrepreneurs, I have discovered today’s lesson from Napoleon Hill as one of the key components of a successful career and life.  Many people desire to become one of the “successful people”, but they have not learned that success comes from within. 

Successful people think differently than those that have not had lasting success.  If a person can’t master self discipline they will never accomplish the lasting success in what they pursue.

Napoleon Hill talks about the 8 steps of self discipline.  Each step is a critical step, but step 4 and 8 are, in my experience, the steps that can quickly derail one’s success.  Mr. Hill is quite adamant about the importance of this success principal.  It will be well worth the 9 minutes of time you will invest to watch it.

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Bob Proctor – Secret to Success – Part 2

November 23rd, 2009 5 comments

People who get involved with self improvement, usually, have one of two motivations.  The first motivation is from a feeling of lack.  Pursuing self improvement because they feel they are broken.  They will do anything to “get better” not realizing that they really aren’t in need of repair.  This is the hard road to success, because the road is strewn with the ideas of gurus that want their followers’ devotion.  They believe that we can “find ourselves” by doing incredible strange and harmful things…to “be worthy”.  It  can lead to sweat lodges of death and walking across pits of fire.  Are those things really necessary to “improve”?  What do they prove?  Could it be the gurus feel they need to have us prove something to be worthy of their time?  Perhaps, egos have gone astray and their need for some hero worship could be involved?

OK, now that I have annoyed some of you, it is time to bring up the second motivation for self improvement.  Some of us want more, and the way to get more is to know more.  It has often been said we are a product of our present knowledge and understanding.  If you know what you want, and have the desire to achieve it, find someone that has already accomplished what you want and study and model them.  Finding a coach or mentor can be a faster road to the success you want to achieve.  You can build on a level of achievement you already possess and with personal guidance go beyond to achieve more.

One of the reasons that I like Bob Proctor so much is because he comes to us with ideas of how to improve our lives, not “fix” our lives.  He believes each of us can attain the level of success, of our choosing, if we can define what it is we desire.  He gives lots of free coaching and information because he is a giver.  He encourages all of us to give freely because, “givers gain”.  Do yourself a favor, check out his site and cash in on the free information and “tasters” he has available.  If you are looking for a mentor and coach he, also, has that service available.

Now, here’s part 2 of his “Secret to Success” videos.  Watch for the 3 steps to success.  Don’t forget to pass it on to those that would enjoy it.  🙂