Mindset Mastery 192 – Symptomatic

Self-reflection is a great tool, but it can also be very useful to look at your analysis from a different point of view. Today, Napoleon Hill delivers to us a list of symptoms that people show when lacking persistence. See if you recognize yourself among any of these symptoms of a lack of persistence.

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 wealth.

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, excuses, and justifications).

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 and justifications).

5. The habit of relying on alibis instead of creating definite plans for the solution of problems.

6. Self-satisfaction. There is 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.

9. Weakness of desire, due to neglect in the choice of motives that impel action.

10. Willingness, even eagerness, to quit at the first sign of defeat. (Based upon one or more of the 6 basic fears).

11. Lack of organized plans, in writing, placed where they may be analyzed.

12. The habit of neglecting to move on ideas, or to grasp opportunity when it presents itself.

13. Wishing instead of willing.

14. The habit of compromising with poverty instead of aiming at wealth. General absence of ambition to be, to do, and to own.

15. Searching for all the short-cuts to riches, always trying to ‘get rich quick’, trying to get without giving a fair equivalent, usually reflected in the habit of gambling, endeavoring to drive “sharp” bargains.

16. Fear of criticism, failure to create plans and to put them into action, because of what other people will think, do, or say. This enemy belongs at the head of the list, because it generally exists in one’s subconscious mind, where its presence is not recognized. (See the Six Basic Fears in a later chapter).

Are You Symptomatic?

This is a lot to digest, so we’ll leave off here for this installment of Mindset Mastery and Napoleon Hill’s work. Take the time to reflect and decide which of these symptoms you exhibit, and begin to think how you might cure those symptoms. Rest assured, though, that as we progress Napoleon Hill will continue to deliver the remedy you need!

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2010

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Hi Sean,
    These are all powerful points. I regard point 2 (procrastination) as being one of the most harmful symptoms. You have to be willing to make mistakes and take measured risks in order to achieve. Sure, most of us have days that we display some of these symptoms – but if these days are the exception rather than the rule we’re on the right path.
    .-= David Moloney´s last blog ..Free Logo Design Brief: Download Yours Now =-.

  2. Hi Sean,
    that’s a powerful list …
    I guess my main issue is with #11, writing down my plan so I can make sure I follow it. Sometimes it’s also being unclear about the big goal and motivation behind all of it. But pushed by reading your blog (and related books) my mind is constantly rotating around these issues at the moment and I can’t avoid getting more and more clarity on my real goals – which I love 🙂
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Self Improvement – 25 Self Motivation Quotes =-.

    • G’day Renee,
      That was my biggest problem for some time – i.e. not defining my goals / wants properly. When I saw The Secret I discovered the Vision Board ! Yeehah !

      May I suggest you try one ? One is in front of my desktop and the other very close, so I see them all the time.

      1st one has a sketch / plan I’ve drawn of my dream house which is quite modest, but individual.
      2nd one has 2 pretend cheques from the Secret with my goals of weekly income and my desired net worth, pictures of Aston Martin and Porsche cars, and in huge letters ” EARN $2000 PER MONTH FROM WHAT I LEARN FROM YOTACADEMY BY OCTOBER 2010.” That’s when Sean is hosting the 2 day bootcamp on the Gold Coast.

      Hope that is of some help.
      .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..MY EIGHTH STEP TO PROSPERITY =-.

      • Hi Harry,

        thanks for the suggestion. And guess what – I just have created my first Vision Board!! 🙂 I have to say I am very proud of it. And now more and more ideas flow through my head which is great. And I have a very clear long-term goal set up, which feels good.

        So, thanks again for that tip, it came at the right time 🙂
        .-= Renee´s last blog ..Donald Trump – Think Big And Kick Ass – Book Review =-.

  3. Procrastination – My arch enemy!

    For years this foe has hampered my efforts in every way imaginable. And you are so right Sean, you usually use every excuse in the book to convince yourself that you could not take some action or perform some activity – at the end of the day it is just another excuse.

    Not any more. I will not let procrastination be the catalyst for not achieving what I want in life 🙂
    .-= Cemil´s last blog ..Following a Entrepreneurs Mindset =-.

  4. G’day Sean,
    What a list !
    As I progress with my studies of Yotacademy I sometimes pause and think I’ll do something easy and meaningless, but the lessons of persistence and overcoming procrastination you’ve given us say in loud definite tones ” HEAD DOWN & BUM UP ” and so I don’t check email ten times daily, make coffee or any of those time wasters – in other words, I’m trying very hard to do as SLOA says in Chapter 12 – Efficient Action.

    I’m also applying it to piano practice and I don’t let myself get away with ” fluffing ” a few notes during finger exercises. Hate to confess I used to ! Tsk Tsk Tsk No More !

    Thankyou very much for these important lessons on Mindset you give us – they are very important to all aspects of life, not just in finances. As someone we know says regularly, ” Success is 80 % mindset and 20 % strategies ”

    1 000 000 000 000 Blessings to you. [ At Least ]
    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..MY EIGHTH STEP TO PROSPERITY =-.

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  6. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    This is an amazing list and even though I count being persistent as one of my strengths, I still see myself on it. I agree with Dave in that as long as that is the exception rather than the rule, we’ll still achieve our goals.

    I have come to believe that consistency is the key. I need to make having a successful mindset a way of life. It’s easy enough to do when everything is going right and much harder to do in times of trouble. Persistence is integral to my success.

  7. Oh Boy, sometimes the truth hurts. This is certainly a good summery of all my failures. But also a great formula for success, and so with great tenacity I pledge here in writing to persist in all my desired endeavors. Thanks for the “shakubuku” – a swift spiritual kick to the backside 🙂
    .-= Terry Tiessen´s last blog ..Do You Need Money? Fast? =-.

  8. These are great points that everyone need to listen too. 16 Fear of criticism is a big one. To many people worry about what someone may think. Great people have never worry about this and never will. thank you for the reinforcement. I am doing a blog on happiness and refuse to give up. I may not have the formal education some have, but I do have a lot of life experience and wisdom to pass alone. Much more to learn also if I may say so myself.

    • Cathy Howitt says:

      Hi Debbie,
      You are absolutely right. Fear of criticism stands in the way of many a great achievement. Keep up your great work. never give up. I think you are getting the idea with persistence.

  9. Lack of organized planning for sure. I get on the computer to read/ write and then end up online “just for a second” only to realize my son has slept for an hour and I haven’t gotten a thing accomplished :(. And then it’s time to play with my son and not worry about what I haven’t gotten done until he goes to sleep again lol
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..Live With Regis And Kelly in PEI!!! =-.

  10. Hi Sean,
    Number 11 on the list is significant at this time in my progression to a more disciplined way of life. Failing to plan is a notable weakness to overcome. I heard a wise aphorism that is well known and goes, “To fail to plan is to plan to fail”

    Defining a purpose, and having persistence with a plan of action is where I am at, at this stage and is mainly thanks to you Sean by your teachings in this article.

    A great article, Thanks.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

    • Hi Jill,

      I love making plans. I find they give my activities some defined structure and help me to track my progress. If I do it right, I can clearly see when I’m falling off the bandwagon.

      Persistence is the key to working my plans and reaching my goals.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  11. Cathy Howitt says:

    I was a bit scared to read through the list as I could well be Symptomatic with a few of these weaknesses on the list.
    Number 16 (Fear of Criticism) and number 2 (Procrastination) are probably the main ones I have to work on.
    I am getting better, but still have a long way to go. Being part of this forum really helps with all of these things because we have such a supporive group.


    • Hi Cath,

      You’re not alone with this. But, all of us have weaknesses that can get in the way of being successful. I think that the most important thing is just to make sure that they’re not dominating your life.

      If one particular weakness is really getting in the way of your success, you need to find a way to strengthen it. Other than that I think it’s normal to have weaknesses and not such a big deal. As long as you’re aware of the effects they’re having on your life.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Internet Marketing Success – Make It Happen =-.

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