I wanted to share with you some insights I am gaining by re-reading the wonderful book Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
My poor old dog-eared copy is looking a lot worse for wear as I drag it out every couple of years and read it again. It really is that good!
So I thought I'd create a Think & Grow Rich Study Guide. This article has been written after working my way through the book once again and I've picked out the most relevant thoughts as they apply to making money online - 'This Is My Desire',
I will share with you the ideas and actions that can make the most difference to your life and how you can apply them today.
I know this information can change your life, thoughts because it has changed mine and each time I refresh the information and put it into practice once again my life improves.
After reading The Teachings of Abraham by Ester & Jerry Hicks and also The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and now going back to Think & Grow Rich it is evident that the teachings of all three are one and the same.
I feel Napoleon Hill is the father of these teachings and while his original work is now some 5 decades old, the techniques he explains will never date, because they reveal a universal law that is as relevant today as it was when the book was first written. I recommend that you start with this book, but then expand your knowledge by include the other two.
Are you ready to ignite your passion and set the wheels in motion to achieve your greatest desires?
Dream Big and Set Your Goals High
After re-reading the book I have reassessed my goals and made them even bigger. You need to have goals that are so big that they ignite a strong desire within you to make them a reality.
Desire is the cornerstone to achievement. Without it you will not give what it takes, you will not open yourself up to the infinite possibilities that the universe can provide.
Our thoughts are the most powerful talent we have. Education and skills will not make you wealthy if you do not use the power of your thoughts wisely.
Thoughts combined with persistence, purpose and a burning desire will get you were you want to be. There is no doubt in this, it has been proven time and time again by those who are successful.
What Do You Really Want?
Set aside some time to dream big. What would be the very best lifestyle you could possibly have?
Don't limit yourself to what you think you can achieve, now is the time to dream.
I have a vision of working from a beautiful home office on my property, where I can look out the floor to ceiling glass doors which lead out to a delightful patio, and I can see my horses grazing on green rolling hills in the paddock.
My picture has a trickling stream in the background, I can see the tree-lined driveway that leads up to my new home and I feel the intense delight I have as I work on my online business from the comfort of my new surroundings.
This vision motivates me to do what needs to be done to achieve it. I will have my dream of this I am certain.
You need an all consuming motivator, what is the reason you get out of bed every morning and go to work on your business to make it a reality?
The road to online success can be a long one and if you are starting from scratch you will be learning as you go to start with also. This can put up some roadblocks that you need to have the desire to overcome to allow you to move forward.
Without a BIG dream, a burning desire and an all consuming passion to achieve you will not stay the course.
There is a story in Think & Grow Rich of a man who gave up his quest to mine for gold. He sold off all his equipment and returned to his home town a poor man.
The chap he sold all the equipment too, hired an expert to assess the mine and with that knowledge began to dig once more, to find very quickly that the original owner had stopped three feet from gold!
He had a burning desire and easily achieved what the original owner could not.
Affiliate marketing is like that. You just never know when that increase in traffic will suddenly take off, you don't know that the next blog you write won't be the one that rockets to the #1 spot on Google.
There is a lot of faith required when you start and you need to keep the momentum going when it would be easier to quit. Your dream is what will keep you going.
Don't be the one who stops three feet from gold!
You need to know the exact amount that you need to be earning to live this lifestyle. But more importantly you need to have a plan on how to get there.
What Are Your Prepared To Do To Achieve Your Goal?
You need a plan. A dream without a plan of action is just that ... a dream. It will not come to fruition if you keep doing what you've always done.
Building an affiliate marketing empire can be a lucrative business. Any amount of money or lifestyle is achievable but you need a plan of action to get you there.
What must you do to reach your goal?
If you don't know then start researching what it takes to earn the sort of money you need. Leave me a comment or send me an email and I am help to you and chat through the finer details.
- How many websites will you need to have up and running to achieve it?
- What niche markets appeal to you and how well do they pay?
- If this is all new to you what do you need to learn and how will you get that information?
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Your action list may change as you gain the knowledge you need to be successful. You might find a better, faster way to achieve your goal and this might require a different course of action.
A new opportunity might present itself and you decide to follow that lead. This is all fine, that's the life of an entrepreneur.
What won't change is your burning desire, the end goal that you have firmly in your mind.
When Do You Want It By?
Set a definite date. It is not enough to just say ohh sometime in the next year or two.
You must have a day, a month and a year for you to have the amount of money you desire or to be living the lifestyle you have set for yourself, what ever form your goal has taken.
This is a driving factor in the amount of effort you will be prepared to give to achieve your goal by the set date. It also gives you a finish line to aim for, your mind will quickly start to come up with ideas on how to meet that deadline.
Opportunities that you never thought possible will present themselves when you need them to meet your deadline.
If your dream is strong enough nothing will stop you from starting now. You will want to start putting your plan in to action as soon as possible. You will have so much motivation to get this thing kick started that even later today is too far away for you.
I have found that if you feel like you want to wait until the 'right time' then your desire is not strong enough. If this is the case go back to step one and rethink why you started your affiliate marketing journey or why you are wanting to make money online in the first place.
Don't wait because the time will never be just right to commence.
The time is right now and you must make a start.
Write It Down and Read It
The book recommends writing down your goal and then reading it twice every day. This should be last thing at night and then first thing in the morning. Your brain needs a constant reminder and by saying your goal out loud it reinforces the end goal and the finish date you have set.
This is a crucial step so don't be shy about doing this. Find yourself a quiet place if you don't want to be speaking your dreams and goals out loud to others in your household.
I find in the shower each morning, once I have memorised the words works for me.
Cultivate Your Burning Desire
Without it you are destined to mediocrity.
Before you commence make sure you have a clear vision that motivates you to take action every day, and when you think of it you are clear that 'This Is My Desire' and know without a shadow of a doubt that you will reach your goal.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog exploring this wonderful book, and as always if you have any questions or would like to discuss this blog please pop your comments in the box below.
BONUS VIDEO: As an added bonus I wanted to share with you Earl Nightingale. This video adds some clarify to what we have been talking about today, and if you have a spare 15 minutes it is well worth a watch.