What things do you actually have control over in your life?
When you think about it, there are actually very few things that we can control.
For example, I was forced to give up my dream of boxing. I ruined my hands in the ring. The referee kept stepping on them.
We are required to buy insurance for our cars and houses. The kids must go to school and have supplies and clothes. We choose food, cars and most consumer goods based on the advertisements we see on television. Different levels of government and social pressures decide many things for us, or leave us with limited options to choose from.
And, it doesn’t get any better as time moves on. It seems the older we get, the fewer choices that we have. Men still chase women when they get older, but only downhill.
The One Thing We Control
Napoleon Hill says that we have control over but one thing, the ability to control our own thoughts. This is the most significant and inspiring of all human traits. It is part of our divine nature. This divine tool is the sole way to control your own destiny.
Mind control is the result of self-discipline and habit. You either control it or it controls you. The most effective way to control your mind is by keeping it busy with a definite purpose, supported by a clear plan.
The Ultimate Question
A lot of people I know have read Think and Grow Rich, and they say that they think it is a great book. But, very few know the answer to the following question.
What does Napoleon Hill say that you must do twice daily in order to make your desires become reality?
On page 36 of my copy of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill says that you should have:
1.) written a concise statement of what you want,
2.) how you plan to get it, and
3.) when you will get it,
then you should read your written statement aloud twice daily, once before retiring at night and once after arising in the morning.
What Does This Have to Do With Real Estate?
In the early 2000′s, I thought my job was going to be cut and I that would be unemployed. I decided I needed a steady second income so I wouldn’t have to rely on my 8:00 to 5:00 job to bring home the bacon .
After I concluded that buying fixer upper houses and renting them out was the best second income for me, I wrote down my desire on a piece of paper and carried it around in my wallet.
I wrote, ” I will find and buy a fixer-upper house in the next 60 days.” In less than a month, I found and bought my first fixer upper house, and that was my start in this business.
That was the first time I experienced the power of this technique. I have had many subsequent successes with the technique as well.
Like most of us. you have ideas and dreams. But, if you go beyond just identifying them and you write them down, and put your passion into them, they are more likely to come true.