I think if checklists as the banks of the river, they’re secure and keep the ‘flow’ moving in the right direction.
Napoleon Hill has a great mental strength checklist that I’d like to share with you.
“There follows a list of very desirable qualities which almost any normal and reasonable person can come to possess and exercise. The list is long and perfection may be only slowly attained. Therefore, before entering into a detailed consideration of the things you would like to have your mind and body capable of doing, let’s at once enumerate those which are absolutely necessary.
Physical fitness is of tremendous importance for the simple reason that neither mind nor body can function well without it. Therefore, give attention to your habits of life, proper diet, healthful exercise and fresh air.
Courage must be the part of every man or woman who succeeds in any undertaking, especially that of selling in these trying time of intense competition after a devastating period of depression and discouragement.
Imagination is an absolute requisite of a successful salesman. He must anticipate situations and even objections on the part of his prospective customer. He must have such a lively imagination as to enable its operation to place him in sympathetic understanding with the position, needs, and objectives of his customer. He must almost literally stand in the other man’s shoes. This takes real imagination.
Speech. The tone of voice must be pleasing. A high-pitched squeaky voice is irritating. Words half swallowed are hard to understand. Speak distinctly and enunciate clearly. A meek voice indicates a weak person. A firm, clean-cut, clear voice that moves with assurance and color, indicates an aggressive person with enthusiasm and aggressiveness.
Hard work is the only thing that will turn sales training and ability into money. No amount of good health, courage, or imagination is worth a dime unless it is put to work; and the amount of pay a salesman gets is usually fixed by the amount of very hard, intelligent work that he actually puts out. Many people side-step this factor of success.”
Source: How to Sell Your Way Through Life, 1955, Ralston Publishing Co., Cleveland, Ohio, pgs. 72-73.
This is an awesome list! It has everything that is near and dear to my heart; physical fitness – everything comes through our bodies, no matter what we desire to manifest, we have to take action. That action can only be done through the body.
Courage – It takes mental strength to develop courage. And this is developed by constantly exposing oneself to uncomfortable situation….this creates courage and personal empowerment.
Imagination – I think if this as non-linear thinking. Imagination comes from our unconsciousness and collective unconsciousness mind. The more we tap into this ‘stream’, the more we’ll receive ideas to help us with my personal success goals.
Speech – The word we speak are carried on the voice of God. Out speech can uplift, inspire and motivate. Our speech is a direct reflection of our values, beliefs and thoughts. If want to know what your thoughts are, listen to the words you’re saying.
Hard Work – In others words, take massive action. Again, nothing happens without action. Take a little action, little things happen. Take massive action, great things happen. If you’ve been applying the same level of action and still have not achieved your peak performance, perhaps it’s about time to kick it up a few notches.
There you go…a fantastic mental strength list!
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