“Napoleon’s Secrets to getting what you want”
The next step is to believe in what you are thinking or “planting in your mind.” Just as when you plant a crop of corn, you believe in reaping corn after a while. It is this belief that leads you to water the crop, clear the weeds and provide the necessary fertilizer to bring about that crop. It is just the same as with everything else in life. For example, if you think about getting an A for a college class, you must believe that you can, otherwise you may not invest the study time or do the extra credit or seek out the extra tutoring you need to get that A. In short, it is the belief that fuels you toward achieving your goal or your dream. There is an old idiomatic expression that says, “Belief kills, and belief cures.” Have you ever heard of people overcoming major life adversity because of their mental disposition or have you heard of people dying because they thought (worry) themselves to death? Similarly, the Bible says, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20, KJV). The bottom line: you must have a firm, resolute belief in your ability to achieve the dream you desire.
This belief will keep you disciplined and intensely focused on what you are trying to achieve. Discipline is what will cause you to refuse your friend’s invitation to a club when you know you have to study to get that A. Discipline is what will keep you practicing in the rain, even after everyone else has gone home because you want to make the team. Discipline is what will make you not spend that money on a frivolous purchase when you know you have more important spending priorities. Discipline keeps you focused on the prize; without it, you will not attain your objective. Without discipline, you will not say the affirmations daily or stick to a workout regimen or guard against negative thinking. Bottom line: you need DISCIPLINE to achieve success—get some! After you perceive what you want and believe you can get it, you now must work relentlessly to achieve your desire.
Achieving anything in life takes effort. Go back as far as when you were a baby lifting your head for the first time or learning to walk. The level of effort increases as you get older and with your circumstances. Bottom line: you will have to exert effort (or work) to achieve what you want out of life—it will not just magically appear. Writing this blog is me putting effort into achieving what I want. Same as writing the children’s book. Whatever you have been thinking about achieving and believing that you can achieve, now requires physical effort to realize it. At this point is when you make and execute a plan. A plan is merely outlining how you are going to get from where you are to where you need to be. Like a roadmap: if the directions are correct, you will get to where you are going; however, if the directions are faulty, you will get lost or sidetracked. Make a good plan, based on correct knowledge and information. Seek help from experts, if you are uncertain about the way forward.
The plan will have goals or milestones that you hope to achieve toward reaching your ultimate goal. When deciding on your ultimate goals, ensure they are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and has a Timeframe for achievement). For example, you may say, “I will end the Fall semester with a 3.5 GPA”. Now, if you are currently in the Fall semester with a 2.0 GPA, it may not be realistic or achievable to say you will get a 3.5 at the end of the semester. However, if you were closer to 3.5, then your milestones may look like this: (a) I need straight A’s in the three subjects this semester (b) I need to get tutoring for Math and Biology (c) I need to study at least two hours after school every day (d) I have to turn in all assignments on time, etc. The keys to a good plan are first knowing where you are going (or what you want), then getting the correct guidance, and then the most important part is to get moving! This last step is what seems to trip people up a lot.
The best-made plan achieves nothing if it is not implemented. An essential factor to consider when you take action to achieve your goal is to be consistent. Like the positive affirmations, you have to be consistent for a new habit to take root or action to bear fruit. Consistency is a part of being disciplined. Being disciplined will keep you focused on your goal and help to keep your actions consistent with what you are trying to achieve. Imagine you want to get a better body, so you make a plan to work out at the gym and eat right. Unless you are consistent with your plan (i.e., workout 3-5 times per week, eat less fat, etc.), you will not achieve the physique you seek. So, there you have it: to achieve anything thing life, you need first to know what you want, believe that you can achieve it, develop a plan to achieve it, and consistently execute the plan. Here is the catch to this simplistic statement: you must have the right plan and execute it at the right time in the right way, to be successful. Now, that’s up to you. fff