I have been reading and studying Napoleon Hill’s “Success in 16 Lessons” for some time now. A very intriguing lesson is the eleventh lesson on Accurate Thought. I must admit by the title, Accurate Thought, it really did not sound like it would be a very interesting lesson, but to the contrary, it has been my favorite lesson thus far. Even though the lesson was written in 1927, there have been countless books that have spawn from this one lesson. Everything from “Think and Grow Rich” to “Power of Positive Thinking” to “The Secret” can be directly traced to Hill’s lesson eleven, Accurate Thought.
Hill’s eleventh lesson has more to do with thinking about your definite chief aim than thinking accurately. The lesson teaches to process information in one of two categories. First, does this information gained help me achieve my chief aim? If yes, this is accurate thought, learning and using information that helps me move towards my ultimate goal. If your answer is no, discard the information, because this information is a distraction. If you spend your time and thoughts on things that will not help you achieve where you want to be in life, you hurt yourself or at least slow yourself down from success.
For example, Facebook has become one of the biggest, worthless distractions of people’s thoughts. As soon as a news story breaks, be it a shooting, natural disaster or a celebrity faux pas, everyone starts spewing their opinions and you know what opinions are like, all over the page. Abraham Lincoln once stated “better to be a fool and silent, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” Read Facebook for a while and quickly understand why 95% work for the 5% that are not on Facebook. This is where the majority of people occupy their precious thoughts. This negativity breeds negativity and their life is a cesspool of bad things. They blame situations, other people, politicians and the weather for their own misfortunes. We all are creators and we create our lives with our thoughts. Just like the secret, which teaches how to use the Law of Attraction, to get what you want. Remember positive attracts positive and negative attracts negative.
The lesson of Accurate Thought is about the Law of Attraction or like attracts like. If you spend a lot of time reading Facebook idiot posts, watching the news or listening to politicians, I am willing to bet, you have a lot of bad situations in your life. How do I know? You are attracting them like a giant magnet. I am betting you are not truly happy. I don’t watch the news, rarely on Facebook and only associate with positive uplifting people. I love my life. If you feel this ball of negative energy, change it just like the station on your radio, when your frequency changes, so does your life. If your thoughts don’t align with where you want your life to go, change it. Only you have that power. Honestly, you only have yourself to blame for the bad or praise yourself for the good, it’s up to you.
“Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.”– Napoleon Hill
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Tim Wilhoit is owner/principal of Your Friend 4 Life Insurance Agency in Nashville, TN. He is a family man, father of 3, entrepreneur, insurance agent, life insurance broker, salesman, sales trainer, recruiter, public speaker, blogger, author and team leader with over 28 years of experience in sales and marketing in the insurance and beverage industries.