It’s been about 5 years since I first read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich at the recommendation of a successful mentor when I was still a University student at Laurier. Widely considered to be the Bible of personal achievement, this book was a good starting point for my journey towards success in the real world. As I later learned, my original understanding of its content was somewhat misguided. Without a powerful why, it just won’t work.
Why You Need a Why
When I originally read Think and Grow Rich my understanding (based on the example in the book) was that I could cultivate a burning desire for the money I wanted, and accumulating a million dollars was my “definite major purpose”. As I later realized, money goals are empty. It’s hard to feel emotionally attached to a briefcase full of bills or a number printed on a bank statement.
What does work is having a powerful WHY for doing what you do. It’s not the million dollars (or any other amount) that matters. Instead it is about the freedom and lifestyle that you desire, and how you want to spend your time doing the things you love with the people you love. Get clear on exactly what that involves and you’ll get way more excited than you will by visualizing a briefcase full of cash.
The Benefits of Having a Powerful Why
When you have a clear and powerful why that you revisit on a regular basis you’ll soon see some great benefits.
On the good days, having a clear vision and knowing your why will help you to focus your thoughts and energy in a way that moves you closer to your goal. On the bad days, this same clear vision will help you push through negative emotions and continue moving toward your goal. Whatever the case may be, starting your day by focusing on your why will make you happier and more effective.
Revisiting My Own Why
Last weekend I started to sink into a mindset of scarcity and wasn’t on a very good mental plane. I decided to revisit my why, cut through the crap, and refocus. This turned my attitude a full 180 degrees and I’ve since been happier and more effective than I have in quite some time.
Here are a few benefits I’ve experienced this week since revisiting my own why:
- Waking up well before my alarm where I had previously sunk into a bad habit of snoozing until the last minute almost every morning
- Beginning my day by reviewing my ideal life and goals before anything else
- Starting off on the right foot with a better tone for the entire day
- Getting more done with better focus throughout the day
I usually keep my posts related to real estate and don’t add much detail from my personal life since it may be considered airy-fairy by some, but the mental 180 made me want to share this with others.
If you feel like you’re not on the right track lately or are not being as effective as you want to be, try revisiting your own why. When you get clear on why you want what you want and focus on that to start your day it’ll cure even the toughest case of “the Mondays” and motivate you to get ‘er done.
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