Articles Tagged ‘Positive Influence’

What Is Drifting?

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

In the 2011 release of Napoleon Hill’s book, Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success, he discusses at length the concept of drifting. Here’s Hill’s definition taken from page 223:

“Drifting is nothing but a negative state of mind, a state of mind conspicuous by its emptiness of purpose.”

In the main pages of the book, Hill acts out a courtroom scene in which he puts the devil on trial and forces him to reveal why so many people never fully achieve their potential and so easily give up on their goals and dreams.

The dialogue is not only startling, but also enlightening on many fronts. Hill uses specific questions in his exchange to have the devil reveal many of the methods such as fear, doubt, negativity, and propaganda are cleverly positioned, mixed together, and reinforced by many ‘sacred cows’ at all levels of society to confuse and distract people away from their true calling.

His remedy is to suggest that each of us must deliberately and daily set ourselves up to be around positive information, people, ideas and surroundings to combat the negativity swirling around us within the media, government, and most other ‘well established’ organizations.

With that premise in mind, it’s easy to see why Hill’s family had deep reservations to ever release the book and why it was hidden for 72-years!

Here’s a quick list of the seven principles Hill describes in Outwitting the Devil that people can study and learn from to achieve greater happiness within their own lives. In future eletter issues we’ll take a closer look at several of these seven principles in greater detail.

1.Definiteness of purpose
2.Mastery over self
3.Learning from adversity
4.Controlling environmental influences (associations)
5.Time (giving permanency to positive, rather than negative thought-habits and developing wisdom)
6.Harmony (acting with definiteness of purpose to become the dominating influence in your own mental, spiritual, and physical environment)
7.Caution (thinking through your plan before you act)

Tony Rubleski
Mind Capture

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