At the end of my recent post, Speak It Into Existence, I discussed the importance of approaching your goals with absolute certainty that you will achieve them. This is something that so many people struggle with; in fact, many would advise against this mentality. Our society emphasizes options (we are all taught to always have a plan B). As I said in the Speak It Into Existence post, plan B should only be developed once the window of opportunity for plan A has been extinguished. More often than not, those who have back-up plans will find that they end up needing them. Although this may seem scary, irrational even, it does not mean that you cannot adapt and engage in another interest with the same tenacity should that become necessary. It also does not mean that you cannot explore and have other fields of interest. Rather, to have one definite plan at a time is to have the kind of burning desire and singular focus required to succeed. In order to do so, we must reject failure as an option. Failure is defined as a lack of success. One can only lack success when s/he quits before obtaining it. All of the obstacles that occur on the journey to success—which we often perceive to be failure—are merely necessary setbacks in order to increase our desire and improve upon our plan of action. In fact, life works in such a beautifully ironic fashion that our biggest breakthrough often follows our greatest disappointment. Furthermore, these hindrances will only make the fruits of our labor that much sweeter. In his work, Think And Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill shares an anecdote about a great warrior going into a seemingly unwinnable battle. In this story, the warrior sails to the enemy’s country and, upon landing on the shores, sets fire to his entire fleet of ships. The warrior had eliminated the option of retreat. The choice was clear: win or die (25). Another great example of this is free climbing. In this extreme sport, men and women are so confident in their rock climbing abilities that they scale mountains without a rope. We only begin to discover the magnitude of our own power when we cut the rope that secures (or shackles) us to our starting point. Life begins outside of our safety net. When we adopt this principle as a constant state of mind —not as a mood when we are feeling particularly motivated—we convert our dreams into reality and thoughts into fact.
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Hill, Napoleon. Think and Grow Rich. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, 1960. Print.