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Religion Corner: 13 Principles To Success – #1 Is Desire

By Lyndia Grant
Special to the NNPA News Wire
from the Washington Informer

The 13 Principles to success were researched and studied over a 20-year period by a man who dedicated six hours every day to reading the holy Bible and then meditated. His name was Napoleon Hill.

Andrew Carnegie first suggested to Hill that he should contact successful men across America to come up with a formula that would help men and women for generations to come. Hill did it without pay. When finished, Hill published “Think and Grow Rich” during the Great Depression. It has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.

The goal of the first principle of Hill’s 13, “Desire,” is to remind you that desire could be anything, from channeling your energy toward a special cause to becoming an Olympics Champion, purchasing a nice home or to becoming an award-winning singer. See yourself already doing or having the dream you want so much.

First, make up in your mind the exact goal you desire. You can’t say, “I want a new job, or husband, wife, college degree, child, career whatever your dream is, you’ve got to write it down.” You must see, feel and believe you are already in possession of this thing you dream of.

Second, determine what you will give in return for the goal set. You can’t get “something for nothing.”

In the third step, establish a definite date when you intend to get it.

Fourth, create a definite step-by-step plan for carrying it out.

Fifth, write out a clear, concise statement of what it is you desire, and begin immediately, ready or not, get moving.

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Sixth, read your written statement aloud in the morning and at night. As you read, see, feel and believe with faith in God that you are already in possession of whatever it is you desire. It should read something like this:

I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life; therefore, I demand of myself ongoing action that moves me toward my goal, and I promise to deliver on this promise.

I know the dominating thoughts of my mind will gradually grow and become real, with daily physical steps taken that will gradually change themselves into something real; therefore, I concentrate my thoughts for 30 minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, seeing myself already there.

I know through the principle of speaking my goal aloud, any desire I hold in my mind will eventually become a reality; therefore, I devote 10 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 to make it a reality.

I fully realize no wealth or position can last unless built upon truth and justice; therefore, I don’t get involved in a thing that does not benefit all whom it affects.

I succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use and the cooperation of other people. Others will serve me because of my willingness to serve others. I 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 cause others to believe in me because I believe in them and in myself.

I sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud twice a day, with full faith that it is always influencing my thoughts and actions, affirming that I am a self-reliant and successful person.

Lyndia Grant is an author, inspirational and motivational speaker, radio talk show host and columnist. Visit her new website at HYPERLINK “” or call (202) 558-2107. Tune in Fridays at 6 p.m. to the radio talk show, 1340 AM, WYCB, a Radio One Station.

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