Putting an 80-Year Old Success Manifesto to the Test in 2017

It’s the beginning of 2017 and that means goal-setting, new resolutions, gym memberships, whole 30 diets, etc. We’ve all done them, tried them, failed at them, succeeded at some, fallen short on many. I've been there too.  

Why do we fail at these endeavors? Why does February 14th roll around and we simply succumb to the box of chocolates and let our goals by the wayside? (Or maybe that's just me since I'm a chocoholic and that's my birthday...)

I believe because we lack a deep desire.  We want to change, but we don’t want the changes deep enough. We get comfortable or “OK” with a bit of change, but we haven’t attached a deep enough “why” to the goal, to get life-long change or actually achieve the end goal. 

For me, this is the year to up-end all of it. And I’m going to be strategic about my desires, dive in to my “why” behind the desire and discover and become more of “who” I was meant to be. And I welcome you to join me!

How? By following an 80 year-old manifesto.

After spending the past few years studying various coaching, goal-setting and leadership strategies, I realized they all stem from one foundational teaching: Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. The 13 categories in this 80 year-old guidebook flow into all of the techniques and methods of more well-known coaches and strategies like Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, Bob Proctor, John Maxwell and Brendon Burchard. 

This year, I’m going to dive into the the 13 strategies Mr. Hill discovered after interviewing more than 500 great minds of the industrial revolution like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie. 

More than Just Success and Money

Think and Grow Rich was published in 1937 after more than 20 years of research. Hill was inspired to discover the “keys to success” by a suggestion from business magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. While the book's title and much of the text concerns increased income, I believe philosophy taught in the book can help people succeed in any line of work, to do and be anything they can imagine.

These 13 “principles to success” as outlined in his discoveries are:

  1. Desire: what do you really, really want?
  2. Faith: what do you believe about yourself?
  3. Auto-Suggestion: what are you telling yourself?
  4. Specialized Knowledge: what do you specialize in?
  5. Imagination: get creative!
  6. Organized Planning: creating tools to help you achieve.
  7. Decision: Tony Robbins' favorite!
  8. Persistence: Stephen Covey's favorite!
  9. Mastermind: gathering your tribe together.
  10. Transmutation: using your energies to win, not to escape.
  11. Subconscious Mind: another Tony Robbins favorite.
  12. The Brain: feed that gray matter!
  13. The 6th Sense: spirituality and mindfulness. Meditation anyone?

My Success Plan: Focus on 1 Step Each Month in 2017

In this blog, on  LinkedInInstagram, and Facebook, I’m going to focus on each one of these steps, on per month over the next year. (I’ll likely combine Decision and Persistence or Subconscious Mind and The Brain into a single month so we finish by years’ end.)  We’ll have audio, video, free downloads and guides. For starters, you can download a free PDF copy of Think and Grow Rich here. Or download the free Think and Grow Rich audio book here in MP3 format.

I’ll merge the latest thinking and wisdom from today’s leaders, psychologists and coaches with Hill’s incredibly forward-thinking tome, and we’ll discover how to best apply and implement each step. 

This is not just about our short-term goals. This is about “playing the long game” as Gary Vaynerchuk likes to say. I’m absolutely fascinated to take this journey and invite you to join me in it. 

Follow along at my blog, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Facebook. There, you’ll get videos, audio clips, inspirational quotes and more. 

Here’s to unleashing our super powers in 2017!