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Proven Activities For Health, Wealth, Happiness, and Success

Book Cover Napoleon Hill's Action Activities
Who does not want health, wealth, happiness, and success in life? The book Napoleon Hill’s Action Activities: for Health, Wealth, and Happiness is an official publication of the Napoleon Hill Foundation to continue his legacy of leadership. It includes excerpts from his books as well as ideas for ways to apply his teachings in today’s world.

Attributes of Personal Initiative include:

  • Adoption of a definite major purpose
  • Motivation to inspire continuous action toward that purpose
  • Self-discipline and persistence to keep moving forward
  • Habit of going the extra mile
  • Capacity to concentrate your full attention on one task at a time
  • A positive mental attitude at all times
  • Habit of following through with any task once begun

Anything worth having is worth pursuing. According to Hill, the desires would not be placed in us unless we had the potential to achieve them.

Have a world vision that is larger than yourself. Give yourself away for a cause that is greater than you. This must be something you willingly give to others because you find it rewarding.

Many innkeepers decide to become B&B owners and hosts because of their desire to help their guests feel welcome. Proprietors also have the opportunity to promote their local area.

Magnificent Outcome (M.O.):

  • What you desire: Who am I? What is my special calling? Innkeepers may ask, “How can my inn reflect the talents and gifts that are uniquely my own?”
  • How you will achieve it: What positive dream engages my mind, monopolizes my thoughts, and pushes me forward? What is it I would do for the sole enjoyment of doing?
  • The positive outcome you can expect to achieve for staying the course: How, when, and where do I envision my magnificent outcome?

There is a sense of satisfaction that comes from using your unique talents and gifts. Your gifts could include teaching a cooking class, guiding guests on local trails, giving yoga instruction, hosting private parties, demonstrating art techniques in your retreat, coordinating weddings, leading conferences, and so much more. The key is to choose the things that you love doing and that will help your inn to stand out from your competition.

Habits Are the Stairway to a Richer Life

You can see many outcomes in your life (and the lives of others) based upon examining personal habits. When habits are entrenched, people operate on autopilot. Little brain power is involved in recalling these habits once learned.

Little actions taken over time create profound lifetime habits that determine our destiny. Through our simple daily actions we create the patterns that become automatic through repetition in our lives. Habits of action will create the life you choose to live one step at a time.

“A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.” (Napoleon Hill)

Habits begin with thought. Look for the positive (rather than the negative). Look for something to praise (rather than something to complain about). Our thoughts shape our world and, in turn, shape our earthly destiny.

The 12 Riches of Life:

  • A positive mental attitude
  • Sound physical health
  • Harmony in human relationships
  • Freedom from fear
  • The capacity for faith
  • Willingness to share one’s blessings
  • A labor of love
  • An open mind on all subjects
  • Self-discipline
  • The capacity to understand people
  • Financial security

When we discipline ourselves, our life goes better. Our lives are the results of the choices we make. When we delay gratification, we can reach higher, more ideal levels of performance. Self-discipline begins with the mastery of our thoughts. Self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.

Develop the Habit of Going the Extra Mile:

  • Do more than you are paid for
  • When you sow the seeds of excellent service, you reap the harvest
  • Listen to those around you to see if you can uplift them in some way
  • Do something special for someone else

Going the extra mile is related to the hospitality that innkeepers extend to their guests. Innkeepers seem to be blessed with the seemingly effortless ability to anticipate the needs of their guests. I admire their dedication to go above and beyond guest expectations.

Live Life to the Fullest:

  • Celebrate the beauty of life and cherish the time given to you
  • Choose life each moment and live it to your fullest potential
  • Think good thoughts and keep focused on advancing your life
  • Memorize and recite positive affirmations and quotes
  • Express heartfelt gratitude for what you already have
  • Make time for relaxation and fun
  • Read biographies of successful people
  • Identify positive attributes that you want to develop
  • Move beyond your comfort zone to expand your horizons
  • Share your blessings and be a giver
  • Be true to your calling by defining your purpose and acting upon it
  • Focus on completion and not perfection
  • Bloom when you are ready
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” (Napoleon Hill)

I believe it is important to continue to read and learn throughout your life. I read more books now than I did in college and graduate school! I love that this book encourages readers to continue to develop your mind and your habits because that influences your destiny. Napoleon Hill lived an inspirational life and his legacy continues through his foundation.

 

How to Have an Attractive Personality

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Having an attractive personality makes a significant impact on one’s life, according to the late Napoleon Hill, who is thought to be one of the great writers on success. “Your personality is your greatest asset or liability. It embraces everything you control, your mind, your body, and your soul.” We will look at several components of a pleasing personality:

  • Positive mental attitude: people must be positive to attract others to them
  • Flexibility: to adapt oneself to any circumstances by controlling emotions and without losing composure
  • Ability to control or direct your energy: having a genuine enthusiasm and fondness for people (especially your guests)
  • Sincerity of purpose: a character quality which cannot be faked; a true and lasting dedication to your definite major purpose in life
  • Pleasing facial expressions: develop the habit of smiling sincerely and frequently to make your personality more appealing to others
  • Pleasing tone of voice: controlling your tone of voice so it carries meaning beyond mere words
  • Appropriateness of words: speak with precision, tactfulness, the habit of doing or saying the right thing at the right time and remaining silent (when not all thoughts should be expressed)
  • Common courtesy in speech and mental attitude: respecting people’s feelings in all circumstances
  • Tolerance: be fair toward those whose opinions, practices, or beliefs are different than yours
  • Versatility: knowing what to talk about, having a wide range of knowledge of people and world events
  • Promptness of decision making: reaching a decision definitely and quickly
  • Keen sense of humor: relax and remain positive, learn to laugh at yourself, helps in adapting to the changing circumstances of life
  • Habit of going the extra mile: doing more than what is required of you, going “above and beyond the call of duty”
  • Patience: under all circumstances remaining patient and understanding of others

An attractive personality can truly make one rich. Rich in friendships, returning guests, and an excellent reputation for hospitality. Thus, according to Mr. Napoleon Hill, an attractive personality is vital to one’s success in life.

Quoting Experts Gets Results

quoting experts gets results

 

Did you know that quoting experts gets results? Those who quote experts show they recognize the key people associated with a specific subject. In Ali Luke’s blog post “26 Essentials for Blogging Success What You Need To Know” she wrote, “When you include quotes from established experts…you add authority, value, and interest to your blog.”

 

People love reading quotes from:

  • Actors
  • Activists
  • Athletes
  • Authors
  • Celebrities
  • Comics
  • Entertainers
  • Experts
  • Leaders
  • Inventors
  • Philanthropists
  • Politicians
  • Role models
  • Speakers
  • etc.

The following success quotes come from a variety of people:

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” (Albert Einstein)

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” (Rosa Parks)

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” (Bill Cosby)

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” (Charles Swindoll)

“Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says, ‘I’m possible.'” (Audrey Hepburn)

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” (Mark Twain)

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” (Napoleon Hill)

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” (Wayne Gretzky)

What about you?  Do you have a favorite success quote you would like to share with us?  I respond, when appropriate, to every comment.

 

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Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Success

 

Napoleon Hill discovered the keys to success. Ironically, he was born into poverty in 1883, but later achieved great success as an attorney and a journalist. He was an advisor to Andrew Carnegie and together they formulated a philosophy of success. One of Hill’s most famous books was called Think and Grow Rich.

His books are full of practical wisdom that, if applied, can lead anyone to success.  He talked about having a “definiteness of purpose” as a starting point for all achievement.  It is important to know what you do well and to actively look for opportunities related to your major purpose.

 

 

He emphasized over and over in his writings the importance of having a positive mental attitude. According to Hill, “Your mental attitude gives power to everything you do.” Visualizing yourself succeeding in your mind will lead to you accomplishing it in real life. He encouraged people to “keep your mind focused on the things, conditions, and circumstances you really want.”  That will make you much more likely to get them.

He was a big believer in what he called the “Law of Compensation”–everything you do will bring you some sort of result of the same kind.  If you go the extra mile for someone, that good favor will come back to you greatly multiplied. The following is the book description:

If he were still alive to have a conversation with you today, he may have asked you these three questions:

  • Do you know what your purpose is?
  • How positive is your mental attitude?
  • Based on what you are doing, what kind of results should you expect?

We are more likely to succeed when we read inspiring books like the famous Think and Grow Rich book. Happy Reading!