Master Yourself

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Before trying to master others, be sure you are the master of yourself.

As we enter our last day at NLP, Timeline Empowerment® and hypnosis training the main theme I’m taking away is….master ourselves through the discipline of mental strength and personal development and become the leader we were born to be.

When you develop the discipline of mental strength, you immediately set yourself apart from the crowd. You become a leader; mental strength thinking leads to positive and strong action, while negative thinking leads to apathy and inaction.

When you take the initiative in any situation, others will follow simply because they like to associate with people who know where they are going. In order to lead, however, you must first be willing to discipline yourself.

The first rule of leadership is never to ask others to do what you are unwilling to do yourself. You can lead only by example. Being a leader requires you to work harder and longer than the others and proving you are the master of your own destiny.

I found the below excerpt from Napoleon Hill so powerful concerning one key attribute that all leaders must have….self-confidence. 

Self-Confidence Formula

by Dr. Napoleon Hill

I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my definite purpose in life; therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.

I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality; therefore, I will concentrate my thought, for thirty minutes daily, upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture.

I know through the principle of autosuggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it; therefore, I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of self-confidence.

I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life, and I will never stop trying, until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment.

I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice; therefore, I will engage in no transaction that does not benefit all whom it affects.  I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people.  I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others.  I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success.  I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself.  I will sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud once a day, with full faith that it will gradually influence my thoughts and actions so that I will become a self-reliant, and successful, person. 

Back of this formula is a law of nature that no man has yet been able to explain.  The name by which one calls this law is of little importance.  The important fact about it is—it works for the glory and success of mankind, if it is used constructively.  On the other hand, if used destructively, it will destroy just as readily.  In this statement may be found a very significant truth, namely, that those who go down in defeat, and end their lives in poverty, misery, and distress, do so because of negative application of the principle of autosuggestion.  The cause may be found in the fact that all impulses of thought have a tendency to clothe themselves in their physical equivalent.” – Source: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Collector’s Edition. Pgs. 86 & 87.

This has been one of the transformation weeks I’ve ever experienced and have unshakable self-confidence that I can assist anyone who truly desires more out of life and increase their personal performance.

I’d like to hear your thoughts and comments in the section below.

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  1. Thanks David for the great comment! It sounds like you’ve been on this path for awhile 🙂 Thanks again.

  2. Very true, to master the external one must master the internal; it is not what goes in that controls us but what comes out. One must control our thoughts and master them, once done it will act in the subconscious to act as an action. Our thoughts do not control us but WE control what goes out. Nurshure it and love it!

  3. Hi Matt, thanks for the comments! I really like the quote “All impulses of thought have a tendency to clothe themselves in their physical equivalent” and I agree “Think and Grow Rich” should be mandatory reading. Perhaps we can start a petition and send it to Congress LOL!

  4. Hi Gregg,

    Thank you for your post!

    Napolean Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich” should be made a mandatory read in our schools, not just for manifesting wealth as the title and man subject of the book suggests, but also for creating anything in life.

    “All impulses of thought have a tendency to clothe themselves in their physical equivalent”

  5. Thank you Richard!

  6. Very good

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