Any definite chief aim that is deliberately fixed in the mind and held there, with determination to realize it, finally saturates the entire subconscious mind until it automatically influences the physical action of the body toward the attainment of that purpose. – Napoleon Hill, The Law of Success
I’m currently reading The 7 Minute Solution by Allyson Lewis, and she included this quote at the beginning of one of the chapters. It’s not a new concept to me, of course, but I was struck by the phrase “definite chief aim.” Do I have a chief aim? Is it definite? Do I really know what I want in my life and in my business? If I don’t know what my chief aim is, I’ll never get anywhere but meander about, well, aimlessly.
In the process of going through the book, Allyson has readers develop a purpose statement after first figuring out priorities. It’s been a while since I wrote a purpose statement, and frankly I totally forgot what was on it. I’m pretty sure it was about 20 years ago when I was soaring in idealism before marriage, children, work, and life. It’s obviously time to think through this again.