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Weakness of and often total lack of self-confi dence

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Unformatted text preview: Weakness of, and often total lack of self-confi dence, defi niteness of purpose, self-control, initiative, enthusiasm, ambition, thrift and sound reasoning ability. Expecting poverty instead of demanding riches. Association with those who accept poverty instead of seeking the company of those who demand and receive riches. SYMPTOMS OF THE FEAR OF CRITICISM. This fear is almost as universal as the fear of poverty, and its effects are just as fatal to personal achievement, mainly because this fear destroys initiative, and discourages the use of imagination. The major symptoms of the fear are: SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS. Generally expressed through nervousness, timidity in conversation and in meeting strangers, awkward movement of the hands and limbs, shifting of the eyes. LACK OF POISE. Expressed through lack of voice control, nervousness in the presence of others, poor posture of body, poor memory. PERSONALITY. Lacking in fi rmness of decision, personal charm, and ability to express opinions defi nitely. The habit of side-stepping issues instead of meeting them squarely. Agreeing with others without careful examination of their opinions. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill An Action Summary www.secret2dollars.com INFERIORITY COMPLEX. The habit of expressing self-approval by word of mouth and by actions, as a means of covering up a feeling of inferiority. Using “big words” to impress others, (often without knowing the real meaning of the words). Imitating others in dress, speech and manners. Boasting of imaginary achievements. This sometimes gives a surface appearance of a feeling of superiority. EXTRAVAGANCE. The habit of trying to “keep up with the Joneses,” spending beyond one’s income. LACK OF INITIATIVE. Failure to embrace opportunities for self-advancement, fear to express opinions, lack of confi dence in one’s own ideas, giving evasive answers to questions asked by superiors, hesitancy of manner and speech, deceit in both words and deeds. LACK OF AMBITION. Mental and physical laziness, lack of self-assertion, slowness in reaching decisions, easily infl uenced by others, the habit of criticising others behind their backs and fl attering them to their faces, the habit of accepting defeat without protest, quitting an undertaking when opposed by others, suspicious of other people without cause, lacking in tactfulness of manner and speech, unwillingness to accept the blame for mistakes. SYMPTOMS OF THE FEAR OF ILL HEALTH. The symptoms of this almost universal fear are: AUTO-SUGGESTION. The habit of negative use of self-suggestion by looking for, and expecting to fi nd the symptoms of all kinds of disease. “Enjoying” imaginary illness and speaking of it as being real. The habit of trying all “fads”....
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