The Power of Accurate Thought

The Power of Accurate Thought

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.

22 Responses to The Power of Accurate Thought

  • What you think about is what you talk about is what you bring about. Thoughts are where it all starts and short of mental illness, its the only thing we truly control. Great stuff.

    • Thank you for the kind words Sherman, I couldn’t agree more with your comments. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Well thought out and an excellent summary. Good point on not listening to the news. They simply PUSH at viewers what they decide………..and allocate their ads accordingly .

  • Bradley, I appreciate your kind words. I totally agree, the American people are always being sold. Most haven’t figured it out yet.

  • Thank you I needed to read your article. Iam an Insurance Agent/Producer

  • I get the idea I think. You and you alone are responsible for your success or happiness etc. I can buy into that most of the time. That said to ignore the world around you is folly. I am not talking about FACEBOOK which I view as mindless distraction . I am talking about ignoring what politicians are saying or current events of the world.
    Yes politicians lie. Yes people reporting news often have their own agenda. All that is true. All that has to be taken into consideration when evaluating these things but simply ignore it all is foolish in my opinion

  • John, I didn’t mean to stick your head in the sand as to not know what is going on in the world. But rather process information that is pertinent to you and your definite chief aim and not spend valuable time thinking of information that will not get you to your goals and dreams. Make sense?

  • Tim Yes it does! Sorry I have a tendecny to be very literal sometime.

  • This is very good, successful people use their time efficiently, so the references to getting involved in things that does not progress your life goal is very important. Thanks for sharing,I would also add to the reading list here in that Stephen Covey’s 7 habits of Highly Effective People, Anthony Robbins Ultimate Power and Awaken the Giant Within. Tim I note you work in insurance as do I, and it is great to be able to weave these great important messages into training material.

  • Joe, thank you, I really appreciate you sharing those books. I couldn’t agree more. No one can go wrong with Covey and Robbins, but you will notice in their words and styles a lot of Napoleon Hill influence.

  • Just ordered Napoleons book looking forward to reading one of the originals. Thanks for posting Tim.

  • Joe, that is awesome, you will not be disappointed. Just a heads up, it takes time to digest. It is 4 books long, 4 lessons per book, and it can be a bit of a challenge to read as it was written in 1927. However, it is absolutely amazing at how these principles are as relevant today as they were 80 years ago. Good luck, it has been life changing for me.

  • Thanks Tim will do. I did not realise it was four books long! As you say it will be well worth it and I am very tenaciuos when it comes to learning new concepts that will help so I can then help others. Thanks again Tim, another life changing moment?

  • Thanks. I will have to read it. I just found it on the Barns and Nobel site for nook for free.

  • Ted, that’s one hell of a deal. Thanks for sharing!

  • Brilliant and thought provoking …on these days when infoemation and opinions arw flooded ..,shiws the right way to think and work positively

  • Thank you Chandrakant for the kind words.

  • Excellent Post! , purpose, focus and massive action is all that it takes!.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Bravo! Nicely written. I was nodding my head the whole time. I too have read almost all of Napoleon Hill’s works and also everything from “Think and Grow Rich” to “Power of Positive Thinking” to “The Secret”. I also wrote post on Accurate Thought. I have really enjoyed all I’ve read on your profile and the many posts you have written.

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