My personal notes from the book The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill
This post contains notes on Lesson 11: Concentration
Concentration is the act of focusing the mind upon a given desire until ways and means for its realization have been worked out and successfully put into action.
Concentrating on a desire requires auto-suggestion and habit.
The law of habit grows out of environment. Doing the same thing in the same way, over and over, through repetition. Thinking the same thoughts over and over. Education requires habit.
Your habits increase or increase your education. What are your habits?
Environment: The sum total of sources that you are influenced by through your five senses of seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting and smelling.
Are you consciously creating your positive habits or following the habits of your environment by default? Are you a slave or a self leader?
Old habits are removed by engaging in new habits.
Auto-suggestion is the tool to dig a mental path. Concentration is the hand that holds that tool. Habit is the map which that tool follows.
To achieve a desire, it takes habit, faith, and persistence.
– The books we read.
– The people we associate with.
– The community we live in and the vibe of the community.
– The rules in the community we live in.
– The type of work we focus on. (physical, mental, spiritual)
– The country / state / city / neighborhood we live in.
– The clothes we wear.
– The music we listen to.
– The food and drinks we taste and nurture.
– The religious and intellectual training we receive, especially before the age of fourteen.
The elements of your environment have a major influence on the personality and character traits you are developing.
Concentrate on creating your ideal environment to achieve your definite purpose.
Read books that are about your definite purpose in life. Who do you listen to? It should be people who have what you want and have been where you are.. and ultimately, listen to yourself.
Talk with people who have similar goals as you.
Force yourself into the environment of progress.
Concentration: The ability, through fixed habit and practice, to keep your mind focused on one subject until you have thoroughly familiarized yourself with it and mastered it.
– The ability to control your attention and focus it on a given problem until you have solved it.
– Discard irrelevant habits.
– Create constructive habits.
– Complete self mastery.
– Organize your thoughts and knowledge into a plan of action to attain your definite purpose.
– Ambition and desire are key.
The flow from thought to manifestation: Imagination >> Desire >> Concentration >> Reality
Delete skepticism and doubt.
I am going to become a powerful ________ because this will enable me to render the world a useful service that is needed; and because it will yield me a financial return that will provide me with the necessary material things in life. I will concentrate my mind upon this desire for ten minutes daily, just before retiring at night and just after arising in the morning. I will do this for the purpose of determining just how I shall proceed to transform my desire into reality. I know that I can become a powerful and magnetic ________, therefore I will permit nothing to interfere with my doing so.
All great truths are simple and easily understood. If they’re not simple, they’re not great truths.
Forget your mistakes and failures, for yesterday never returns.
Organized effort: When two or more people ally themselves in a spirit of perfect harmony, for the purpose of attaining a definite end, and faithfully observed by all, this alliance brings super human power to each person involved. Example 1: One part hydrogen and two parts oxygen creates water, H2O. Hydrogen cannot create water by itself, and neither can oxygen, but combined correctly, they work together as a super power to form such a necessary ingredient of life. Example 2: In marriage, with a man and a woman, the woman stimulates and inspires a strong ambition in the man to achieve his goals and dreams. The man wouldn’t have that strong ambition without the woman being there to inspire him and encourage him.
A deep desire, once planted in the proper ‘mental soil’, attracts everything that harmonizes with that desire.
Think and research about your desire, then sit… concentrate your mind on that subject until thoughts related to it begin to flow right in. Write down these thoughts as they come into your conscious mind.
All of these thoughts of similar nature have been set in motion by others and endlessly cycle throughout the universe, available to tune into at any time in the form of a wave or frequency.
Read “The Man From Maine” by Edward Bok of the Saturday Evening Post Magazine, it pertains directly to the subject of concentration.
1. Retention: The receiving of a sense impression through one of the five senses, and recording it.
2. Recall: The reviving or recalling of those sense impressions which have been recorded in the subconscious mind.
3. Recognition: The ability to recognize a sense impression when it’s called into the conscious mind and identified as being a duplicate of the original impression, and to associate it with the original source it was recorded. This allows us to distinguish between memory and imagination.
The Law of Association: Record the name you want to remember along with a name similar to one you already remember.
Concentration requires the controlling of your attention.
Practice the memory principles with your written definite purpose.
Visualize yourself experiencing your definite purpose.
This is the end of my notes on Lesson 11: CONCENTRATION
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