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!
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