To a person with a growth mindset, this definition provides a full range of possibilities. Planning the future! Imagining where you will be in one year, five years, or more. Charting the unknown.
And it all begins within your mind.
“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past,” wrote Napoleon Hill in his best-selling book, Think and Grow Rich, which examines the power of personal beliefs and the role they play in personal success.
Napoleon Hill’s interview with Andrew Carnegie, the American industrialist who led the expansion of the steel industry in the 19th century, changed Hill’s life. You can watch the whole video below:
Success, according to Hill, is within our reach. We each have the power to choose.
To thrive in the 21st century we must begin by visualizing our success. So unclamp your imagination and let it run free. This is the advice of William James, dean of American Psychologists, in his essay, “The Gospel of Relaxation.” Relaxing and letting go of responsibilities allows the creative juices to flow.
So I challenge you to take charge of your success! Follow these steps to help you visualize your success:
1. Find a quiet spot where you can relax and be totally alone.
2. In your mind, picture yourself doing what you love to do. This is your dream.
3. Now, what steps do you need to take to reach that dream? Brainstorm your ideas, writing them on paper in no specific order.
4. Once you have exhausted all of your ideas, organize them into steps.
You can use these steps to set your goals. Setting goals is the beginning of your journey to living your dream.
As Walt Disney said, “If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there is some way to do it.” With a bankrupt business and twenty dollars in his pocket, Walt went to Hollywood to start over. His dream of an amusement park came true in 1955 with the opening of Disneyland and the rest is history. His worldwide popularity was based upon the ideals of imagination, optimism, creation, and self-made success in the American tradition.
What Napoleon Hill and Walt Disney brought to the 19th and 20th Centuries, you can bring into your life in the 21st century.