Of the 17 Laws of Success that Napoleon Hill wrote about, the number one law most people overlook is “Accurate Thinking.” The major reason for this becomes apparent when you begin to study human behavior. “Accurate Thinking” can only be accomplished if one is to learn to think accurately. Not only are most individuals never taught how to do this, their egos actually resist having to make this personal change. The average adult has a very difficult time accepting the idea that they don't think accurately. Interestingly enough, the more education and success they have managed for themselves the more ego that is usually built up and the more they resist these ideas.
I have witnessed many people who have paid for an expensive education (attaining various levels of success) meet terrible trouble once they are on their own in an entrepreneurial venture. The reasons for this are often explained by the entrepreneur pointing out what “circumstance” brought down his/her business.
With the EGO in control they hold tightly to their story and continue their downward spiral until they either change or become so frustrated and overwhelmed they quit. What's fascinating is another person can experience the same OR WORSE set of circumstances and not only does is not bring down their business, but it's used as a launching pad for even greater success.
When you break from the bondage of an employer and decide to follow your own path, you must understand that your success depends on a completely different set of rules than you played by before. The new path that you are on is filled with new decisions and the way you make these new decisions must come from this new form of “Accurate Thinking.” Prior to this, your decision making process was almost entirely based on weighing facts and circumstances ONLY and then making seemingly logical decisions based on prior knowledge. This knowledge came from the rules you had previously been told as truths for your life.
One of the most troublesome decisions a person must make is when money is involved. Usually it is the lack of money that is the problem. It looks something like this:
The lack (or limit) of money a person has in their possession is a hard fact to them. Yet they are attempting to follow their dream and whenever a person does this they are met with various opportunities that are essential to the fulfillment of the dream. What is not understood is each opportunity requires the person to step into an uncomfortable place and overcome whatever challenge keeps pressing their situation. In all cases, you are presented with the same challenge, though it may appear to come in different forms. If you look closely you will see the core of the problem is the same.
When the problem is money and it controls your decisions, you are not following the spirit within you, rather you are following a limited situation BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO OVERCOME THE SITUATION. This requires a new kind of thinking – “Accurate Thinking.” To acquire “Accurate Thinking,” you must learn not only the concepts behind it, but you must experience it and integrate it into who you are as a person. Now ask yourself this very important question. When opportunity to advance comes your way what is the underlying cause of your decision to either do it or not do it? The universe will give you whatever you ask for but if you ask from a place of lack you will never get what you want or need. The success you want is real, the wealth you desire is really here for you and everything you need to help bridge the gap between where you are right now and where you want to go is being presented to you everyday. If you are thinking accurately you will see it.