Cultivate a Prosperous Mindset

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“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

— Napoleon Hill 

Prosperity thinking is not only about attracting financial wealth but about obtaining success in all areas of life, through the richness of an affluent mindset.

Below is a compilation of the seventeen essential principles for obtaining personal achievement by Napoleon Hill; who is probably best known for his extremely successful book entitled, Think and Grow Rich.

These lessons contain some of his most prominent insights and wisdom. Enjoy!

Lesson 1: Definiteness of Purpose

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. Without a purpose and a plan, people drift aimlessly through life.

Lesson 2: Mastermind Alliance

The Mastermind principle consists of an alliance of two or more minds working in perfect harmony for the attainment of a common definite objective. Success does not come without the cooperation of others.

Lesson 3: Applied Faith

Faith is a state of mind through which your aims, desires, plans and purposes may be translated into their physical or financial equivalent.

Lesson 4: Going the Extra Mile

Going the extra mile is the action of rendering more and better service than that for which you are presently paid. When you go the extra mile, the Law of Compensation comes into play.

Lesson 5: Pleasing Personality

Personality is the sum total of one’s mental, spiritual and physical traits and habits that distinguish one from all others. It is the factor that determines whether one is liked or disliked by others.

Lesson 6: Personal Initiative

Personal initiative is the power that inspires the completion of that which one begins. It is the power that starts all action. No person is free until he learns to do his own thinking and gains the courage to act on his own.

Lesson 7: Positive Mental Attitude

Positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude in all circumstances. Success attracts more success while failure attracts more failure.

Lesson 8: Enthusiasm

 Enthusiasm is faith in action. It is the intense emotion known as burning desire. It comes from within, although it radiates outwardly in the expression of one’s voice and countenance.

Lesson 9: Self-Discipline

Self-discipline begins with the mastery of thought. If you do not control your thoughts, you cannot control your needs. Self-discipline calls for a balancing of the emotions of your heart with the reasoning faculty of your head.

Lesson 10: Accurate Thinking

The power of thought is the most dangerous or the most beneficial power available to man, depending on how it is used.

Lesson 11: Controlled Attention

Controlled attention leads to mastery in any type of human endeavor, because it enables one to focus the powers of his mind upon the attainment of a definite objective and to keep it so directed at will.

Lesson 12: Teamwork

Teamwork is harmonious cooperation that is willing, voluntary and free. Whenever the spirit of teamwork is the dominating influence in business or industry, success is inevitable. Harmonious cooperation is a priceless asset that you can acquire in proportion to your giving.

Lesson 13: Adversity and Defeat

Individual success usually is in exact proportion of the scope of the defeat the individual has experienced and mastered. Many so-called failures represent only a temporary defeat that may prove to be a blessing in disguise.

Lesson 14: Creative Vision

Creative vision is developed by the free and fearless use of one’s imagination. It is not a miraculous quality with which one is gifted or is not gifted at birth.

Lesson 15: Health

Sound health begins with a sound health consciousness, just as financial success begins with a prosperity consciousness.

Lesson 16: Budgeting Time and Money

Time and money are precious resources, and few people striving for success ever believes they possess either one in excess.

Lesson 17: Habits

Developing and establishing positive habits leads to peace of mind, health and financial security. You are where you are because of your established habits and thoughts and deeds.

8 thoughts on “Cultivate a Prosperous Mindset

  1. Thank you fo another inspiring and also thought provoking post, Cathie! 🙂

    Very interesting how he uses the vocabulary and sound of so called “business talk” (which often seems to aim at action, keeping busy and doing) to provide a view which I would call more gentle and allowing, in effect.

    Much love,

    • Thank you Steffi! Yes, I like how he says, “harmonious cooperation is a priceless asset” in reference to teamwork in business, and how this is possible with a willing and giving spirit by each member of the team. Always appreciate your comments! Best, Cathie 🙂

      • I absolutely agree, Cathie!

        As somebody who went through traditional business coaching – with the effect that I felt terrible, afterwards, and needed time to detox from it – I first had to take a few deep breaths when I started to read the list above. But then I noticed that these tips are depicting a completely different image of the coorporate world than the coaches did during my “business training”. – One I am feeling much less misplaced in, actually. Fortunately there are more and more people discovering that “harmonious cooperation” actually IS priceless for a sustainable and successful business and that we are all market partners, rather than competitors.

        Warm regards, once more,

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