Napoleon Hill, a Great Depression-era author and former advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his famous book “Think and Grow Rich” stated that thinking about being rich is as important as the act of making the money for being rich. You must have come across thousands of personal finance books on the shelves these days you will find hundreds of titles on how to spend less, how to save more, how to invest better, how to retire early, how to get out of debt faster so on and so forth. But the most important thing all these books fails to mention is taking the first step – get the “desire” to be rich first.
You must be thinking how is desiring to be rich can bring you riches. Simply wishing something does not make it magically come to life. It’s true, yes. Wishing to be rich won’t bring you riches. But desiring with a solid state of mind will make it into an obsession, and then your mind will plan definite ways and means to fulfill that obsession, making you rich and successful.
Today I’ll explain to you five very simple steps that will turn your desire of being rich to actually being rich and successful. And these steps must be integral to your business plan because these steps will ensure a smooth journey from the desire to reality.
Step 1: Spend some time alone and fix the exact amount of money you desire. Create a benchmark for yourself. It is not enough for you to say something intangible like “I want a lot of money” or “I want plenty of money”. You have to have a tangible amount in mind and be definite to the imagined amount.
Step 2: Now comes the very important next step. Determine exactly how much you intend to give in return of getting the imagined amount of money in future. You have to realize that there is no such fact as “something for nothing”. You must be ready to sacrifice and toil for reaching your monetary goal. How much will you sacrifice and toil is entirely upto you, but remember, your effort is directly proportional to the results.
Step 3: Now establish a definite date when you want to possess the money you desire. Like the desired amount can’t be an intangible number, same with the date. You need to have a target date fixed in your mind so that you have a clear path laid in front of you, a clear path with a deadline. Without a deadline, there is no way for you to reach your goal, on time.
Step 4: Now what you need to do is create a definitive plan for carrying out what you desire, and begin immediately. Once you have the plan, start without further delay. Once the plan is set, it’s set. Whether you are ready or not, get on with it immediately.
Step 5: The final step of the plan is basically a culmination of the last four steps. Write down a clear concise statement of the amount of money you desire to acquire, the time limit for the acquisition, your intention to what you want to give for the money, and the entire roadmap of your desired acquisition. Now what you need to do is read out the written statement aloud, twice daily. Once right before bed at night and once in the break of the morning.
It might seem like a pretty basic plan if you compare it to all those heavy personal finance guides you read, but believe me this is what all of them come down to. They just come with a lot of bells and whistles but their entire matter speaks of the steps I mentioned above.
So start desiring to get rich today, because that is the first step to a plan that will actually make you rich and successful in your life.