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A Word of Caution by Napoleon Hill

Keep your major purpose and your plans for attaining it to yourself except in connection with your master mind groups.  The reason for this is twofold:

a. Telling many persons, indiscriminately, will allow negative thinking persons to throw stumbling blocks in your path, or to discourage you from attempting to achieve your definite major purpose.
b. Too much talking about your definite major purpose may tend to dissipate the intensity of your desire to achieve your goal.

Either eventually would tend to destroy your enthusiasm and possibly even deter you from further efforts to achieve your definite major purpose.

So far as we are able to tell, this law of cosmic habitforce is absolutely neutral, just like the subconscious section of the human mind through which it operates.  It will accept and carry out a negative pattern as readily as it will a positive one.  If you allow the fear of criticism, doubt and other people’s negative suggestions to take shape in your mind, it will blot out the picture of your major purpose.

The reason for emphasizing this point is that it is a common tendency of people to boast and to express their greatest enthusiasm in the future tense, by telling what they are going to do.  When you speak of your ambitions, if at all, use the past tense, after they have become accomplishments and are not just words.

A word of caution:  Do not make the mistake of assuming that because you do not understand these principles completely, they are not sound.  Follow the instructions and you will be adopting the method used by some of the greatest leaders ever produced.  These instructions call for no effort that you cannot easily put forth.  They make no demand on your abilities with which the average person cannot comply.

Source:  PMA Science of Success.  Pg. 500.

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