Definiteness of Purpose with PMA-by: Napoleon Hill & W. Clement Stone
Let us repeat: The starting point of all achievement is definiteness of purpose with PMA. Remember this statement and ask yourself, what is my goal? What do I really want?
Based on the people we see in our PMA Science of Success course, we estimate that 98 out of every 100 persons who are dissatisfied with their world do not have a clear picture in their mind of the world they would like for themselves.
Think of it! Think of the people who drift aimlessly through life, dissatisfied, struggling against a great many things, but without a clear-cut goal. Can you state, right now, what it is that you want out of life? Fixing your goals may not be easy. It may even involve some painful self-examination. But it will be worth whatever effort it costs, because as soon as you can name your goal; you can expect to enjoy many advantages. These advantages come almost automatically.
1. The first great advantage is that your subconscious mind begins to work under a universal law: “What the mind can conceive and believe–the mind can achieve.” Because you visualize your intended destination, your subconscious mind is affected by this self-suggestion. It goes to work to help you get there.
2. Because you know what you want, there is a tendency for you to try to get on the right track and head in the right direction. You get into action.
3. Work now becomes fun. You are motivated to pay the price. You budget your time and money. You study, think, and plan. The more you think about your goals, the more enthusiastic you become. And with enthusiasm your desire turns into a burning desire.
4. You become alerted to opportunities that will help you achieve your objectives as they present themselves in your everyday experiences. Because you know what you want, you are more likely to recognize these opportunities.
Source: Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1960. Pgs. 24-25.