You’ll Get There (In Six Simple Steps) -Wisdom from Napoleon Hill

By the end of this post, you can be on a proven path to your next-level self. I promise.

I’m a Self-Help and Success Book junkie- always dredging the literary mine beds for nuggets of wisdom. And I’m struck by how often the concept of faith is invoked in the various directives, regardless of any religious affinities. “Faith” is couched as “belief,” “intention,” “trust,” “confidence,” etc. Whatever it’s called, it comes up continually in the literature as part of a prescription for improvement in this basic form:

  1. Imagine a desired outcome.

  2. Begin taking actions to bring it about.

  3. Act in the assurance (faith) that the outcome will take place.

In my current picture book, which has been metamorphosing (even the title is in flux at this time), Arlow is an uncommonly wise lizard who speaks in rhyme. (Arlow is my son Nephi’s middle name. I have a formidable goal of getting each of my kids’ names into a book.) His rhyme is the aspect I will not change, because I adore how the lessons tend to stick in one’s mind and offer encouragement when needed, like a little internal hug. He says in the book:

A rhyme’s like a backpack. You take it along.

And then when you need it, it’s there like a song.

The rhymes have given me comfort in the frequent overwhelm attendant in my responsibility for so. many. little. souls. In particular, Arlow’s version (featured in my book) of the basic three part formula for change I mentioned earlier, often brings me hope. He says:

Imagine yourself where you’re hoping to be.

Keep painting the picture. You’ll get there. You’ll see.

I am of the faith-steeped opinion that you will get there. We can all make it over the next hill if we follow the formula and believe. My next hill is making it through the summer without my kids’ brains and muscles atrophying. And getting my book published. Yours might be to increase your income, achieve better physical health, or to speak more kindly and lovingly to your family (other hills I wish to climb myself). Let’s chart our “hills” with classic success guru Napoleon Hill himself. You see what I did there. When opportunity knocks you have to open the door!

The following six steps are from Napoleon Hill’s seminal 1937 book Think and Grow Rich, and are my favorite and most comprehensive version of the earlier prescription for change. I love these because you can substitute other goals for the amount of money i.e., “90 percent of my communication to my family will be positive and supportive,” or “I will achieve a body weight of 150 pounds,” or “I will have representation from a literary agent”. I also love step six, which keeps the goals firmly in mind, and saturates it all with the vital element of faith.


First. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount.

Second. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)

Third. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.

Fourth. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

Fifth. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.

Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ, SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.

I have begun this process, and have been working step 6, morning and night, for a few weeks now. My focus is publication of my book. I’ve made a plan and even specified the amount of advance I expect to receive. As you do this, if your goal is the right goal for you, the “powers that be,” will help to move things along. I know because I set today as a deadline in my plan to begin making monthly blog posts to my author site, and even though I often lament that I can “never get anything done,” it’s getting done. The bulk of this post kindly distilled on my mind as I showered the other day, and it’s coming along as easily as anything. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the plan unfolds and to report further successes to you kind friends. As you set your intention, and believe it will happen, I know that you will get little nudges. Getting out the door to jog will be easier than you thought, and easier than it was before. A solution will present itself to the problem you were stuck on. You will wonder how you handled that difficulty with your children with such uncommon patience and love in your heart. The particular hill you’re climbing will still require immense effort and willpower, but you WILL find yourself held aloft in patches as you...

Imagine yourself where you’re hoping to be.

Keep painting the picture. You’ll get there. You’ll see.

I would love to hear about the hills you’re climbing and your experiences with this process. I will answer your comments with gleeful delight. Much love.


Image of Napoleon Hill from Wikipedia

Image of Napoleon Hill from Wikipedia