Unformatted text preview: ost important step toward the development of persistence. A strong
motive forces one to surmount many difﬁculties.
b. DESIRE. It is comparatively easy to acquire and to maintain persistence in
pursuing the object of intense desire.
c. SELF-RELIANCE. Belief in one’s ability to carry out a plan encourages one to
follow the plan through with persistence. (Self-reliance can be developed through
the principle described in the chapter on auto-suggestion).
d. DEFINITENESS OF PLANS. Organized plans, even though they may be weak
and entirely impractical, encourage persistence.
e. ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE. Knowing that one’s plans are sound, based upon
experience or observation, encourages persistence; “guessing” instead of “knowing” destroys persistence.
f. CO-OPERATION. Sympathy, understanding, and harmonious cooperation
with others tend to develop persistence.
g. WILL-POWER. The habit of concentrating one’s thoughts upon the building
of plans for the attainment of a deﬁnite purpose, leads to persistence.
h. HABIT. Persistence is the direct result of habit. The mind absorbs and becomes a part of the daily experiences upon which it feeds. Fear, the worst of all
enemies, can be effectively cured by forced repetition of cwt8 of courage. Everyone who has seen active service in war knows this.
Before leaving the subject of PERSISTENCE, take inventory of yourself, and determine in what particular, if any, you are lacking in this essential quality. Measure yourself courageously, point by point, and see how many of the eight factors
of persistence you lack. The analysis may lead to discoveries that will give you a
new grip on yourself.
143 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH SYMPTOMS OF LACK OF PERSISTENCE
Here you will ﬁnd the real enemies which stand between you and noteworthy
achievement. Here you will ﬁnd not only the “symptoms” indicating weakness of
PERSISTENCE, but also the deeply seated subconscious causes of this weakness.
Study the list carefully, and face yourself squarely IF YOU REALLY WISH TO
KNOW WHO YOU ARE, AND WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF DOING.
These are the weaknesses which must be mastered by all who accumulate riches.
1. Failure to recognize and to clearly deﬁne exactly what one wants.
2. Procrastination, with or without cause. (Usually backed up with a formidable
array of alibis and excuses).
3. Lack of interest in acquiring specialized knowledge.
4. Indecision, the habit of “passing the buck” on all occasions, instead of facing
issues squarely. (Also backed by alibis).
5. The habit of relying upon alibis instead of creating deﬁnite plans for the solution of problems.
6. Self-satisfaction. There is but little remedy for this afﬂiction, and no hope for
those who suffer from it.
7. Indifference, usually reﬂected in one’s readiness to compromise on all occasions, rather than meet opposition and ﬁght it.
8. The habit of blaming others for one’s mistakes, and accepting unfavorable circumstances as being unavoidable.
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