Choose the Future

Lyndia Grant | 7/21/2010, 1:34 p.m.

Lyndia Grant

Over the course of the next 13 columns, I will share with you 13 success principles as outlined by Napoleon Hill, author of the book, "Think and Grow Rich." In this book, Hill teaches everyone who chooses to follow, that there are definite steps one must take in order to make whatever dream they are envisioning become a reality.

It is a book that I've studied over the years, and it is a workshop that I thoroughly enjoy teaching. In fact, I will begin teaching this seminar again, once each month on Saturdays at the Juanita Thornton Library, 7420 Georgia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. The first seminar is scheduled for Sat., August 7 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.; all sessions are free and open to the public.

In the meantime, I wish to share the first success principle with you. The principle is "Desire." Don't waste your energy on fear of the future until you first set your mind on what it is God has destined you to do. Put that energy into creating a future that's just the way you want it to be, and begin by taking the time to evaluate your life carefully, listen to the voice of The Lord, and hear clearly what it is, He called you forth to do.

Worrying about what might happen gets you nowhere. When you feel the need to worry, transform that negative energy into positive action. If you're motivated to worry, that very same motivation can push you to do something positive. Write out your statement using positive words such as this:
First: Determine the exact goal you desire.

It is not sufficient to merely say, "I want a new job, or husband, wife, college degree, child, whatever your dream is, you've got to write it down. You must see, feel and believe you are already in possession of this thing you dream of. Plus, you must take action.

Second: Determine exactly what it is you intend to give in return for the goal you've set. There is no such thing as "something for nothing."
Third: Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the goal you've set;
Fourth: Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, a step-by-step guide.
Fifth: Write out a clear, concise statement of what it is you desire, and begin immediately, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Sixth: Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and again when you wake up in the morning. As you read your carefully prepared goal statement, see, feel and believe with faith in God that you are already in possession of whatever it is you desire.

It's called "Walking by faith, not by sight" - Hebrew 11:1.

I'm not telling you anything that I'm not doing. Over the past 25 years, many of my goals have become reality. Now, I have set new goals and they too will become reality.

Remember, what you do today will determine what you will have tomorrow. I'm working with a tax-exempt, non-profit organization called Tomorrow is Today, Inc.; the executive director is, Ms. Kim Smith and the organization is doing great work for the Lord. The organization has chosen a future that includes fulfillment, joy, achievement, love and a peaceful purpose.

The company was awarded a substantial grant to provide an anti-gang program in New Jersey. I'm pleased that this program is giving me the opportunity to share these success principles with young people living in low-income housing in New Jersey. These success steps will help them, and if you would like to learn the steps, they will help you too.

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