Summer, Time for Fun and Success – Part 11

A review of Napoleon Hills “Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement”.

Control Your AttentionThis is # 11.

11) “Control Your Attention” There is a proverb that states that you can not chase two rabbits at the same time. In other words, if you try to chase two rabbits you will not catch either of them. Napoleon Hill said “Great achievements are the results of the focused mind. Controlled attention leads to mastery in any type of human endeavor. As you concentrate on your major purpose, you project a clear picture of that purpose upon the conscious mind. Next, the subconscious mind takes over until you take action.” We see this in action in our everyday lives. When you see someone at work and they are a TRUE master in their trade, be it in wood working, music or mathematics, it does not matter, it is clear that they have devoted an astonishing amount of time and energy into it. They have had a sustained “Controlled Attention” to their craft.

I grew up in the foothills of North Carolina where there is a saying: I am a jack of all trades, master of none. We all need to be well rounded so that we can navigate our way through life but we also need to be masters of our chosen craft. Tiger Woods does not make a penny for his ability to shoot a basketball and he may like to play around sometimes but that is NOT where he puts his attention. No master became so by taking their eye off the prize or by spending too much of their life on trivial pursuits. Find your “Definiteness of Purpose” and apply “Controlled Attention” to it and see how far you can go.

I will follow with the next principle in a day or so. I hope that you enjoy this and benefit from it.

Scott Shields DPM

Remember: It shouldn’t hurt to walk.

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