This is a chapter that shows what happens if you still have no idea where you are going, or better put:
Your “WHY” is not strong enough, so you are easily distracted from your Goal!
Procrastination means several things to me:
The “WHY” is not a ‘Burning Desire’!
Decisions not being made promptly.
Faith is not strong enough or even a Lack of Faith,
No Self Confidence
There is a very Weak Plan in place or No Plan in place at all.
No ‘Masterminding’ has been done, trying to do it through ‘trial and error’, instead of discussing with your peer group.
Napoleon Hill, in this chapter defines this so clearly ...
The majority of people who fail to accumulate money sufficient for their needs, are, generally, easily influenced by the “opinions” of others. They permit the newspapers and the “gossiping” neighbors to do their “thinking” for them. “Opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are influenced by “opinions” when you reach DECISIONS, you will not succeed in any undertaking, much less in that of transmuting YOUR OWN DESIRE into money.
Hill continues with a stark warning about selecting your ‘Mastermind’ group wisely...
If you are influenced by the opinions of others, you will have no DESIRE of your own. Keep your own counsel, when you begin to put into practice the principles described here, by reaching your own decisions and following them. Take no one into your confidence, EXCEPT the members of your “Master Mind” group, and be very sure in your selection of this group, that you choose ONLY those who will be in COMPLETE SYMPATHY AND HARMONY WITH YOUR PURPOSE.
We have to be so careful who we discuss our plans with, save that they be acted upon by someone else prematurely...
Hill goes on...
“TELL THE WORLD WHAT YOU INTEND TO DO, BUT FIRST SHOW IT.”
Actions speak louder than words!
People who ‘Procrastinate’ are afraid to take risks.
That means Lack of Faith, Lack of Self confidence!
If you make decisions with confidence and faith, with a 'Mastermind Engineered Plan', once that type of Decision is made it is not made out of Fear, because it is what we truly believe we can accomplish, therefore it becomes: Exciting, Joyful and Optimistic in our minds and we look forward to the outcome, because we are ‘ALL-IN’, we KNOW exactly where we are headed!
If that decision fails, then we have ‘lessons to learn’, so that we don’t fail the next time, and the next time, and the next time, and as many times as it takes, until we eventually succeed in our endeavours! Winston Churchill’s famous three word speech rings in my ears all the time!
"NEVER... GIVE UP!!"
That is the opposite of Procrastination, a DECISION which has been made and is strong and secure in every way!
In that moment we have ‘mastered’PROCRASTINATION!
Last Wednesday, I made a Decision to fly to Gibraltar.
I received a message from the ‘Infinite Intelligence’ to go, when I was speaking with a dear friend who I had not seen for 12 years!
She was gently saying to me, in her own way, that she needed me to take Action and be there to help, on Thursday evening at a meeting she wanted to attend.
It was because the 'naysayers' were delivering their protective message, with some very negative comments, regarding our incredible industry of Network Marketing.
I have learnt through Michael's book Success in Ten Steps, that Network Marketing is indeed a Great industry to be in at this time, so I had incredible motivation to offer my assistance!
I just new deep down that I could help, even with my small amount of knowledge, by just being there and taking that ACTION with her.
I did this, in the face of never having gone anywhere without someone to physically help me, for that last twelve years. I had made the decision based on complete Faith in my abilities, I had a great reason to do it. I had total Self-Confidence that I would be able to do all this, on my own. I knew I had learnt enough from this incredible mastermind, for me to achieve my goal, and I was going to get there no matter what! Nothing was going to stop me.
Thursday Morning I rose at 3:00am, I drove for 2 hours to get to the airport for the only flight I could find, which left at 06:50am, with my power chair, loaded on to the aircraft, amazing assistance from the accessibility team, who place me in my seat and a very enjoyable 2.5hr flight into Gibraltar, where I was met and gently removed from the aircraft and place in my power chair , assisted to the Arrivals hall, where I was met, by my dear friend.
A highly successful 4 days of meeting and building new relationships and renewing old acquaintances ensued.
Many lessons were learnt, but I succeeded in my Desire, because I made a sound Decision, I had the Faith and Self Confidence to achieve and I had helped not just one person, but all who attended the meeting, by demonstrating that ANYTHING is possible in this life if you really want to do it and ENJOY it!
This has all happened in less than 7 months since I Graduated from the Mentoring forFree Boot Camp in July 2016.
I still feel a true sense of accomplishment today, and it is all because of the Teaching and Mentoring of our incredible leaders here in MFF!
My thanks go out to Michael, Ken, Bob and John Smith in sharing their guidance and wisdom with us all!