Napoleon Hill Foundation Weekly Ezine for August 19, 2011

In this week's Napoleon Hill Foundation weekly ezine, Ping Yang writes about Self-Preservation in the first of a series on the ten basic motives that inspire all human action. I am writing next week's guest column on the emotion of love.

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Dear Readers,

It is never too late to focus on the picture perfect end result. Knowing that you can improve your life by making one positive choice at a time points you in the right direction. Also, this power to choose allows you to begin stepping into the footsteps successful people have left behind as a trail for you to follow. By knowing that you do not have to do it all on a moment's notice you establish a purpose and a plan for your journey. As you begin, the Universe locks onto your determination to succeed and you begin to lead the life you envision.

Really, success can begin with this simple start, but it also takes discipline and much perseverance to advance to the higher levels. For starters, here are some tips to follow: • Begin each day anew. Forget the setbacks and focus on comebacks.• Lighten your journey. Leave yesterday in the past and embrace your future.• Take time to refresh your mind, body and spirit as you transition to an improved you.• Reward yourself when you accomplish daily goals. It's good to feel good.• Extend a helping hand to others by sharing the goodness you possess. Joys shared are not halved, but doubled.• Chronicle your progress by keeping a daily log. Record positive actions and review at the end of the day. By counting your positive actions you soothe yourself more than by counting sheep.• Ask yourself if you made a positive difference in your life, someone else's life, or in the world today. If not, why not?• Resolve to not defer or neglect to commit a good deed daily because you will never get the opportunity to repeat this day's performance.• Focus on improvement not perfection.• Address the entire you - spiritual, emotional, physical, mental, financial, and social each day. Look at these elements of who you are as spokes on a wheel that need to be in balance. When balanced, you will roll comfortably on to your ultimate success destination.

It has been said that "what we think about we bring about." Focus on daily improvement, and not only will you feel better, but you will perform better too. The ultimate choice is yours. And, if one of the ten motives for voluntary action is self-preservation, then you better be about preserving the best you that you can create one positive action at a time.

Be Your Very Best Always,

Judy Williamson

Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Centre at Purdue University Calumet.

Ping Yang on Self-Preservation

Do You Really Want Professional Advice? By Napoleon Hill

Suppose some great man were to hand you an exquisite, beautifully built machine equipped with many self-repairing features. Suppose he explained to you that with reasonable care and proper handling, this machine would automatically, after about eighteen years of warming up, begin to deliver money from a slot, each week, in gradually increasing amounts for the next forty to sixty years. That the total amount delivered by this machine would not be less than two hundred thousand dollars. He might go on to say that if you really learned how to run and care for the machine like an expert, you might increase its output by millions of dollars.

Suppose the builder of this machine let you in on a little secret. He told you that there was another slot which every moment of its life produced either happiness and satisfaction, or despair and dejection. If you would learn to manipulate the controls for this slot with the deftness of an expert, the machine would purr at great speed, producing endless satisfaction and financial reward. He might warn you that it would take much patient learning and long trial and the careful following of instructions to achieve this result.

His parting words might be, "Others have done it before you, and there may be many who follow you. They all had one secret in common - they had faith in the machine and faith in me and faith in my instructions." With that, he might leave you to your own devices.

Now suppose that after many years of trial you had only half-mastered the technique and you learned that there were other experts who could help you. True, they had mastered only small segments of the knowledge of the master who built the machine; but if each in his field could help straighten you out and thus improve the way you handle your controls and the results you achieve, would you seek their advice?

Source: Napoleon Hill Foundation PMA Science of Success Course. Educational Edition., Pgs. 451 & 452.

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