Here’s a thing: Whenever we set out with a purpose, plan or proposal for success, the amount of faith, actual faith, will direct and proportionately affect our chances of success.

Faith is the ‘secret’ ingredient to all who achieve success

Welcome to the 2nd of the 13 principles of ‘Think and Grow Rich’. Here is the DailyStandards view and implementation directions on the second principle from Napoleon Hill’s work.

The 2nd Principle – Faith

If you believe in your plan and purpose then they will be  boosted by that belief. However, as you already know, your beliefs can change. Beliefs wax and wane. A far stronger elixir for success is FAITH. With faith you truly give your intentions the greatest boost.

While ‘faith’ surely includes the element of ‘belief’, they are not one and the same. Certainly one must believe that something, or someone, exists before it is possible to put one’s faith in that person or thing. However, I can believe that some things do not affect my life. I believe China exists, but I do not live my life any differently because of my belief. The Bible tells us that this type of ‘belief’ is not true faith and will not result in a saving relationship with God.

To put one’s ‘faith’ in something, or someone, means that one is putting his or her trust in that person or thing. Who or what one trusts can have far-reaching, even eternal, ramifications. It means reliance on, dependence upon, that person or thing. I can say that I believe a plane can take me from here to there, but if I’m afraid to get on it, I reveal that I have no ‘faith’ in that plane. Also, if I do not get on the plane, I have no reason to expect it to take me anywhere. I must exercise my ‘faith’ in that plane, by boarding it (and staying on it), if I am to receive the benefits it offers.

Whatever your Business or Commercial plans, purpose or proposal, they will be boosted by the following 6 steps:

1st) Fix in your mind the exact amount of money or outcome you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.”

2nd)  Determine exactly the service or value that you intend to give (there is no such reality as “something for nothing”) in return for the money you desire. Write out the Daily Standards that you will have to Be, deliver or live by, in order to best provide the service  which will give you the rewards you desire.

3rd) Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once WITH FAITH, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action. Ensure that your Daily Standards are commensurate and congruent with your intentions (or you’re just kidding yourself). Low Daily standards do not produce superior outcomes.

4th) Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition and state what you intend to give in return for the money.

5th) Create a written statement of your objectives and of the Daily Basis, Criteria, Levels, Qualities and Rules (Standards) you will maintain, WITH FAITH, to accumulate your wealth. Live by these Standards Daily. Just one day at a time. Surrender to your outcome, let go now and just focus totally and exclusively on maintaining your Standards each day

6th ) Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ, SEE AND FEEL, HAVE FAITH THAT YOU ARE ALREADY IN POSSESSION.

Check back with us next week for Principle number 3 of how to Think and Grow Rich