Excerpts from
Success Through a
Positive Mental Attitude

by Napoleon Hill & W. Clement Stone

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Book Description
"Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude" sets forth the unlimited, and for many the untapped, powers of the mind. It gives practical insight into using the mind to set and reach life's goals. It presents self-motivators, steps for dealing with guilt, ways to maintain a cheerful attitude and many other principles and examples of the benefits of creating and using a positive mental attitude.

How Do We Attain Success Through Positive Mental Attitude?

What does Success Through Positive Mental Attitude really mean?

Success through a positive mental attitude is one of the governing factors in the "get what you give" dynamics of life. You attract who you are at any given time.

So why is it any more difficult to achieve success through positive mental attitude? Conditioning, that is why.

It is amazing how many of us constantly go through life creating speaking and thinking negative affirmations all day long to ourselves, “I always do that, I’m so stupid, etc.” causing our ill emotional and mental states and counteracting success through positive mental attitude with an on-going dialog of negative self-talk.

Yet we have such an aversion to the idea that positive affirmations will have the same impact (but in the desired direction.) Pessimism and negativity are a much more accepted form of self-talk.

The way you speak to yourself molds your perception and therefore creation of life. How you ask a question can determine the answer. The Brain is an amazing machine, when you ask it a question it automatically searches for an answer.

For instance if you ask “Why did this happen to me?” you will most likely get a number of negative answers generated (you are stupid, or don’t deserve that promotion, or whatever), as opposed to “What can I do now to fix this?” which will generate possible solutions and take your life in a completely different direction.

Mentally we have been programmed and unfortunately, studies show that negative words seem to have more impact so that instead of success through positive mental attitude we end up with failure through negative mental attitude, depression or lack of drive.

We need to learn to verbalize positive words not just the negative. We punish ourselves when we make mistakes, but do not reward ourselves for our successes. You must always have a picture of your future or else you will replay your past. Your subconscious is something that will believe what you tell it. Your subconscious will continue to work even while you sleep.

Think about all of the affirmations that we do ourselves internally all the time that are negative without even realizing it. “Why did I do that again”? “I always do that”. “That was so stupid”. There are so many things that you constantly tell yourself and your subconscious says “oh, ok, I’ll take a note of that, you're stupid”.

Ultimately we are going to have to learn how to master the subconscious by reprogramming ourselves to create success through a positive mental attitude.

The majority of people are being programmed according to other people's agendas, or the mere seemingly accidental circumstances around them. Isn't it about time we decided to take the reigns and program ourselves according to our own agendas? Mold ourselves and our lives by our own design?

"What you think, so you will become." — Napoleon Hill

Your mind has a secret invisible talisman. On one side is emblazoned the letters PMA (positive mental attitude) and on the other the letters NMA (negative mental attitude). A positive attitude will naturally attract the good and the beautiful. The negative attitude will rob you of all that makes life worth living.

Your success, health, happiness, and wealth depend on how you make up your mind!

When motivational pioneer Napoleon Hill and millionaire CEO W. Clement Stone teamed up to form one of the most remarkable partnerships of all time, the result was Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, the phenomenon that proposed to the world that with the right attitude, anyone can achieve his or her dreams.