Learn to Think Definitely

“Thinking in definite terms opens the way for definite results…” — Catherine Ponder

Unfortunately, most of us are not taught to recognize the power of our thoughts. There is no strong importance placed on how we think, negative or positive, nor on our attitude, outlook, and perspective.

As a young man, Napoleon Hill, was challenged and then commissioned by Andrew Carnegie, to write a book on what system successful people were using to become a success in life. Little did Napoleon Hill know it would take him twenty five years of interviewing thousands of successful men and women in order to find out what it was that would fill the book he wrote on his research. The book, Think and Grow Rich, has by far been the most successful book on success ever written.

His research uncovered a simple truth: it is what one predominantly thinks about, with burning desire, that one can and will become and thus attract, and obtain. He found passion was the necessary fuel to make that happen. He even found most men were never successful until they were around the age of 46 due to the fact previous to that age they were focusing their heated sexual passion toward immediate gratification instead of something of lasting and long term value.

To give you a real example of this, think of a musical prodigy, one such as YoYo Mah, who at an early age is discovered to have a natural bend in playing an instrument and an ear for music. Regardless of how good he or anyone like him may be, there is an incredible amount of work necessary in order for them to become the master musician to which the world will sit and listen as they play their instrument. Hours, upon hours of practice, day after day, week after week, and year after year, before anyone cares to listen. And, even after they have become an exceptional musician, they continue their regimen of practice. It never stops. Due to their focus, they develop a passion for their instrument and make it an extension of themselves.

These musicians think in definitive patterns about their instrument and how it is to be played in order to make that instrument reach into the heart of the listener with the emotion that is being conveyed by the player. These musicians do not think of missing a note, being off key, or even playing through an instrument separate from themselves. They think of this instrument in the same manner as we think of our arms, hands, feet, or legs – simply an extension of themselves. As such, this instrument conveys to the listening audience the living emotion that comes from their hearts and plays through their arms and hands, mouth and hands, or feet and hands. What the audience hears is music to their ears. They are moved by the emotion conveyed through the instrument.

In the same manner we, through our proper thinking, can do the same in whatever endeavor we may call our job. Instead of simply seeing it as a job, see it as a mission or a purpose to accomplish something better for yourself and those around you. Think definitively about how you can be the best at what you do. In doing so, you can become of better service to those around you. You will find your proper thinking will bring about proper results. Results that will make a difference, not only in your own life, but in the lives of all around you.

In Proverbs 18, it says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” What we think about with passion and conviction is what we are and what we become. In Matthew, it says, “A good man out of the goodness of his heart brings forward good things…” It all starts in the heart. It all starts in our thinking. If we want something we must be specific and definitive. We must decide exactly what it is we want. We cannot say, “I want a lot of money. I want a new car. I want a new home. I want a better job….” We must be specific. How much money? What kind of car? What size and type of home and where will it be located? What kind of job, what position, and with what company?

If you want something you must be specific. You don’t decide to go on a vacation without knowing where you are going, do you? You don’t start driving without knowing where you are headed, do you? You don’t go shopping without knowing what it is you want to buy, do you? No, we have specific vacation plans, specific driving plans, specific shopping plans and we set out to do just that. We need to do that in our lives. When we do, our lives will change for the better because we are focused on bringing that betterness into reality in our lives by our own specific thinking.

Best of LUCK as you
Labor Under Correct Knowledge…


Rick Cox