Today peace of mind is harder to acquire and maintain than ever before in history. Multiple distractions engage our attention minute by minute and it is nearly impossible to turn off the media that works to capture our attention. No matter where you turn it seems that the question "Have you heard . . . ?" is on everyone's lips. The newest segment of news, the newest gossip, the newest recipe, the newest product, it doesn't matter -- all compete for our attention. Information overload is a true cause of stress and can lead to disease and worse. Dr. Hill proposes establishing a routine for creating peace of mind in order to create the calm that can lead to increased creativity. When a person spirals out of control the only way to achieve peace of mind is to return to the unchanging center that is the hub of each of us - our spiritual self.
Recently, I have really been thinking and reflecting on why there is so much confusion in the world and why creations find it more challenging now to live right and imbibe virtues that make for better life and worthy of emulation. There is so much uncertainty and distrust in the world.
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I would like to introduce you to Don Green, the Executive Director for the Napoleon Hill Foundation. You probably already know him, but just in case you don't I will give you a little background. Don and I have worked together for the past 17 years in all things regarding Napoleon Hill, and I have come to know a great deal about him. For example, he once carved his wife's name - Phyl (short for Phyllis) on a silver dollar and still has it as a keepsake. Who could give that up? Worth far beyond its face value in precious memories. Also, as I do, Don loves animals and has raised a bear, a monkey, and even some snakes (he can keep the snakes!) but I always wanted a pet monkey and bears seem so worthy of friendship because everyone can relate to Smokey the Bear!
You may or may not know that “Personal Initiative” is Napoleon Hill’s 6th Principle in the Keys for Success. Being the Sixth Principle out of seventeen success Principles should give you a better sense as to the importance of Personal Initiative in relationship to the overall 17 Keys of Success. The sixth Key is what I call the DO IT NOW principle. I equate initiative with action, personal action. Things will only begin to happen when you start to make things happen. You can have the best plans, ideas and thoughts in your mind and nothing will happen until you take action. Like the old Chinese proverb elegantly says “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.
Letter writing is a lost art. It has gone the way of slow Sunday dinners, dressing "up" for special occasions, and leisurely walks taken with no agenda. High teas have been overtaken by fast food courts, snail mail letters by rapid fire texts, slow cooked meals by pre-packaged food ready in an instant, and personal conversational time by media overload. The rapid pace of today's lifestyle is not an improvement, because many significant things fall by the wayside. Well thought out "gifts" become user friendly gift cards, a thank you note becomes a smiley face, keepsake items are deemed too much clutter and thrown out, and things that take up space are quickly discarded without consideration of the aura or "jing" that lingers on each piece. Too much of a good thing can and does become overwhelming, but the answer is not to rid yourself of your heritage, memories, ancestry, and life's history without consideration of if, how, or even whether or not it can be replaced.
Success does not happen by accident. There is a science to achieving success. The good news is that the “science” itself is simple, doesn’t require a formal college education and has zero costs, making the attainment of success possible for virtually everyone. And, the only tool you need to begin to successfully use the science of success in attaining the life you desire, is one you already possess -- your mind.
Not so very long ago in nearby lands not so very far away lived three gentlemen who were soon to become brothers not by birth, but by heart. One extraordinary man traveled from Cambodia's Killing Fields to find his new home in New York, another equally extraordinary man lived his youth and adult life in Canada, and our beyond extraordinary man hails from the southern United States. And, once, not so very long ago, these three Knights Errant, soon to be dubbed Brothers of the Soul, set out independently to make the world a better place. During travels in search of life's meaning and the mystical keys to success, they journeyed to the magical Land of the Emerald Isle with the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center. Here they heard about and became acquainted with each other. Taylor and Tom were the first seekers who traveled in search of a success philosophy that would enrich their lives and the lives of others. Tim joined up on a later trip.
Everyone has heard of The Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have done unto you. The challenge is applying it in our lives, on a daily basis, in everything we do. An adaptation of The Golden Rule is to do unto others as they would have done unto them. We are all unique and what you would like people to do to you is often different than what other people want done unto them.