I am currently reading the book Law of Success and it is blowing my mind. It has validated a lot of beliefs I had around how we are connected and how important it is to have a core purpose in life, how people who you call successful all have one clear purpose. Napoleon Hill, the author of the book calls it Definite Chief Aim.
“POWER ORGANIZED KNOWLEDGE, EXPRESSED THROUGH INTELLIGENT EFFORTS!”
I made a list of people who I call successful and they had all a definite chief aim. I also made a list of people who I do not want to be like (I don’t want to call anyone failures) none of them had a definite chief aim. I said I don’t like to call anyone failures, because I believe one can fail but one is never a failure. But nevertheless, I liked the description of Napoleon Hill for “failure”:
“….they had failed to find happiness and the ordinary necessities of life without struggle that was almost unbearable.”.
Argh, I guess in this sense, I was many times a failure. But that’s okay because anytime you fail, you learn something about you or the world that you wouldn’t learn otherwise and you activate a new power with this learning because you were able to work it out, live through it and be transformed by it.
Napoleon Hill says “Struggle is an advantage because it develops those qualities which you would forever lie dormant without. Many people find their place in the world because of having been forced to struggle for existence in early life.”
That also reminds me Viktor Frankl’s words “In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.” If you suffer for a purpose, then it is not a suffering because it has a meaning. Or if you are suffering right now, what can be the meaning of it? What can be the purpose for you to go through that?
Coming back to our topic the Definite Chief Aim…
You don’t only find your definite chief aim for yourself. (this shall sure bring you success and happiness) but you do it for your community and for the future generations. The changes in your habits will affect people around you, will help others see a different reality, establish new habits, feel the high energy radiating from you which will be contagious. The habits you established will be passed on through generations. They can be bad, or they can be good. You can pass on fears about standing out in the crowd, being poor, looking stupid or you can pass the courage, thoughtfulness, creativity, kindness…
“Your life is not about you. Your life is about the lives of everyone you touch. “ Neale Donald Walsch
I decided to write my own definite chief aim, I wanted to look for some examples so I googled “definite chief aim” and I found this:
It is a letter Bruce Lee wrote to himself. He wrote:
My Definite Chief Aim
I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.
I was very inspired by this letter. He determined a definite purpose, he gave a price for her services and the service he will render to get the fee, a date and how he wants to live his life. I got curious about the affects of this letter. I wondered what happened after he made this pledge to himself. I found out that before he wrote the letter, he wasn’t getting important roles in Hollywood. That did not actually change with this letter but what changed is that he made a huge movie in HongKong after his disappointment with Hollywood and moving to HongKong in 1971 and that was his breakthrough. He actually reached his definite chief aim, he became the highest paid Oriental super star, he is actually a legend.
With all this motivation I sat down and wrote my definite chief aim. It is as Bruce Lee’s letterhead says “secret”. A secret that I shared only with my husband, my mastermind member. I am repeating my definite chief aim every day aloud and he is telling it everyday to me, telling me how he believes that will happen. And I know it will happen, I will organise my effort and energy around it. And already I am on fire! I have so much energy, motivation, inspiration! I will not keep it a secret from you, you will see my purpose in everything I do. Because definite chief aim is only realised through continuous unyielding persistent effort!
Now I invite you to the boat with me.
What is your definite chief aim?
What do you want?
When do you want it?
Why do you want it?
How do you intend to get it? How will you serve people and give more than what you get paid for?
An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding; and it is not to be found in foreign lands, but in the heart itself. —Robert Louis Stevenson