The leaders and succeeders know where they are going. Napoleon Hill told us that last time. But too often indecision prevents us from being the leader in our own lives. And too often indecision is a well-learned and firmly imbedded habit that needs a firm hand to break it.
The Habit Of Youth
Indecision is a habit which usually begins in youth. The habit takes on permanency as the youth goes through grade school, high school, and even through college, without definiteness of purpose. The major weakness of all educational systems is that they neither teach nor encourage the habit of definite decision.
It would be help greatly if no college would enroll any student unless and until the student declared his major purpose in matriculating. It would be of still greater help, if every student who enters grade school had as part of their education instruction in the habit of decision, and was required to pass an exam on this subject before being permitted to advance to the next grade.
Life Choices or Indecision?
The habit of indecision acquired because of the deficiencies of school systems, goes with the student into the occupation he chooses . . . if … in fact, he chooses his occupation. Generally, the young people just out of school take any job they can find. Young people take the first place they find because they have already fallen into the habit of indecision. Ninety-eight out of every hundred wage-earners are in the positions they hold because they lacked the definiteness of decision to plan a definite position, and the knowledge of how to choose an employer.
Definiteness of decision always requires courage, sometimes very great courage. The fifty-six men who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence staked their lives on the decision to put their signatures on that document. The person who reaches a definite decision to land the particular job, and make life pay the price he asks, does not stake his life on that decision; he stakes his economic freedom. Financial independence, riches, desirable business and professional positions are not within reach of the person who neglects or refuses to expect, plan, and demand these things. The person who desires riches in the same spirit that Samuel Adams desired freedom for the Colonies is sure to accumulate wealth.
In the chapter on Organized Planning you will find complete instructions for marketing every type of personal services. You will also find detailed information on how to choose the employer you prefer, and the particular job you desire. These instructions will be worthless to you unless you definitely decide to organize them into a plan of action.
It does take courage to commit to a definite purpose and decision, and then action. It is much more “comfortable” for us to leave our options open. The problem is, we leave those options too open until there is no direction left in our lives. As Napoleon Hill told us early on, sometimes what really needs to happen is to burn the bridge so that forward-movement is the only option. It’s the only way to commit to a purpose that is definite and a motion that is progressive.
This brings us to the end of chapter 8 of Napoleon Hill’s Mindset Mastery book. We’ve much more to learn from Napoleon Hill, though, so do be sure to come back next time as we jump into Chapter 9 and more imperative life lessons.
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