17 principles of success

I’m a very competitive person and never more so than when I am competing against myself. So I’ve always been quite keen on setting myself goals – and I’ve usually found that setting goals for myself has meant I’ve delivered them, and not setting goals has left me feeling a bit, kind of, lost.

Last year was the first for a while that I’d not really set myself any specific goals, because I didn’t need to. I was getting married in November, so the year was kind of geared towards saving up for that and making it happen. And it did. It was good, and I delivered on the goal I’d never set.

But now it’s almost April of 2019, and I’m seeing the increasingly light days and nights and wanting to “get shit done” again. I’ve always had a really clear idea of what I wanted to achieve, why and – after a short period of reflection – usually why too.

But at the weekend I was looking at Napoleon Hills’ 17 principles of personal success and I found myself getting stuck at the very beginning.

Lesson 1: Definiteness of Purpose

I feel like I’m between purposes. Like everyone who has ever logged into LinkedIn or Medium, I know there are various guides on how to find your purpose and tomes on how important having a purpose is. But I’ve never needed their advice.

I’ve never needed to “find” my purpose before – because it’s always been something that I’ve just known. It’s been obvious.

I said on New year’s day that my theme for 2019 was ‘simplification’ and that’s still true now. I’ve delivered a chunk of simplification in the first 3 months of the year, and there’s more to do – but simplification in and of itself is not, as perhaps is obvious, very purposeful.

In fact, it occurs to me that the simplification I’ve already done might have actually created the gap I’m now noticing.

So this week, I’m going to focus on trying to reach into my brain and find out what exactly it is. Because it must be there, right?

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