I have been intrigued by the word Alibi for some time. For most of us we probably think of this in terms of being used in relation to crime. A reason for why someone could not be guilty of committing a crime.
The definition seems to confirm this: A claim or piece of evidence that one was elsewhere when and act, typically a criminal one, is alleged to have taken place.
The origin of the word alibi comes from Latin: in another place; elsewhere. As I think about this origin I can see how an alibi could also be an excuse for not seeing through a task or an idea. A way of hiding behind something else and shifting the blame for not performing at the highest level.
Napoleon Hill said that "success required no explanations and failure permits no alibis".
In other words, do not make excuses when things go wrong. Failure is a learning moment, identify what went wrong and correct it. Do not hide from the cause, attack it head on and find success.
If at first you don't succeed; try, try again!
Limit: a point or level beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass.
My question to you today is this; where do our limits come from?
By definition our limits are points or levels beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass. These limits are set by our own mind. Yes, we control these limits so therefore we have the power to increase or decrease them at will.
In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill writes: "There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge". He goes on the add, "both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought".
These are powerful words and ones that we should embrace so that we can become the best version of ourselves. My virtual mentor, Walt Disney, is a great example of someone that pushed boundaries, in fact he didn't believe that there were boundaries - to achieve things that other people thought were crazy and impossible.
You can do the same, you have the power and the ability to think big, remove your limitations,...
What do you see when you imagine this word: Impossible?
The dictionary would say: not able to occur, exist, or be done - or very difficult to deal with when referring to someone as being impossible.
I like to break it down and make it I'm possible. You see everything is possible, we just need to find the way to make it work.
In his book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill writes: "Nothing is impossible to the person who backs desire with enduring faith."
If Thomas A. Edison had believed that it was impossible to create an incandescent light bulb we would all be sitting in the dark night after night. It famously took him 10,000 attempts to get it right, but he didn't give in. Edison had a burning desire backed by faith, and persistence to create light - and he did.
There are many more examples of this throughout history and we are all capable of achieving what others deem to be impossible. So I ask you this - What is your current impossible and how are you going to change it to I'm...
Jim Rohn says that "We become the average of the 5 people who we associate with the most".
With this in mind be conscious of who you associate with. Are these people modelling the behavior, attitude, and mindset that you are seeking? Are they going to help you to achieve your goals, your dreams, and your ambitions, or are they going to hold you back?
Sometimes we have to make decisions about friendships and associations that difficult. Always remember: Short term pain is often required for long term gain.
You can choose who you associate with so be intentional and surround yourself with people who will add value to you and encourage you to greatness.
In Napoleon Hill's book, Think and Grow Rich, chapter 2 is on Desire: "Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure, will bring riches."
As I read this chapter again and again, this section stands out to me because it highlights that everything starts with the desire. You have to have desire to create a state of mind where desire becomes an obsession. You cannot set definite plans and follow through with persistence unless you have that burning desire.
What is your "why"? Is it big enough and clear enough to become your burning desire?
Decision making is something that we all have to do. We are faced with choices every day and the decisions we make influence the path our lives take. Granted, some decisions have less impact than others, but all decisions have an effect.
I wrote about impulse yesterday and left you with three words: Purpose, Vision, and Strategy. I use these three words for my decision making process and here is why:
Purpose: This is the reason for wanting to do something.
Vision: What do I want the outcome to look like, in other words, how will I measure it's success?
Strategy: Finally, when I have clear answers for purpose and vision, I will move onto working out how I can make it happen.
This process has helped me to slow down my decision making and as a result I am much more effective. We are too preoccupied with "efficiency" and I now replace this word with "Effectiveness" as it will ultimately result in things being done right first time, which is ultimately more efficient.
I have always been prone to act on impulse - often regretting my decision soon after.
An impulse is a sudden strong and unreflective urge or desire to act.The important word in this definition is unreflective - in other words a decision taken without thinking it through.
Impulse can also be described as a driving or motivating force; an impetus. In this context it is more positive acting as the "driving force" and keeping the momentum.
As I learn more about myself and continue to expand my thinking I realize that I need to take more time in making my decision as it will more likely to be the right one. I will leave you with these 3 words, which I will expand on tomorrow:
Everything starts with an idea.
Thomas Edison had an idea that he wanted to create something that would provide light, so he set about creating the incandescent light bulb. It may have taken him 10,000 attempts to succeed but it all started with his idea, which sparked his imagination.
Walt Disney had an idea to create a place where families could go together and enjoy time in a clean and fun place. This transmuted into Disneyland, and now several other theme parks across the globe.
What idea do you have and what is stopping you putting it into practice?
All great ideas were backed by a desire and carried out with a high level of persistence that took them to fruition and ultimately success.
"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul"
As human beings we have a natural skepticism around anything new that may appear a little risky or outlandish. I wonder why this is? In my own life I am conscious about turning this skepticism into a belief and faith in ideas that can be turned into reality by use of autosuggestion, as I have written about previously.
We have the power to influence our subconscious minds and by using this power we will be able to become the master of our fate. Fate is seen as similar to luck: a path that is written out for us and not something that we can change. I don't believe that is true, we all have the ability to influence this and make a difference, not only to ourselves, but to the world.
"The subconscious mind makes no distinction between constructive and destructive thought impulses. It works with the material we feed it, through our thought impulses. The subconscious mind will translate into reality a thought driven by fear just as readily as it will translate a thought driven by courage, or faith" - Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
Our subconscious mind is a tremendously powerful thing and because it is subconscious we do not give it as much thought as we should. If we have a tendency to bemoan our "bad luck" or circumstances we will attract that which we are concentrating on - namely negativity and challenges.
It takes no more effort to be positive than it does to be negative so try it and see what a difference it makes to your life.