Formula for Right Thinking

The 7 Part Formula to regain and maintain total control of your mind, and thus your Life.

(Following these 7 Principles guarantees protection against mental *"drifting" -aimless thought.)

{Taken from the book "Outwitting the Devil" by Napoleon Hill -audio book version on Youtube HERE -for list begin @ 1:07:52}

[I have added bold type and underlining for emphasis ~ My notes added in italics and in brackets]

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1) Do your own thinking on all occasions. The fact that human beings are given complete control over nothing save the power to think their own thoughts is laden with significance. [Most, about 98% or so, of people do not truly use their brains properly, they "drift" from thought to thought, subject to subject, in their daily 'thinking'. Only a small percentage, about 2%, of us actually discipline our minds to think on what we really want out of life with deliberate concentrated focus to the exclusion of frivolous and aimless impulsive thinking]

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2) Decide definitely what you want from Life; Then create a plan for attaining it and be willing to sacrifice everything else, if necessary, rather than accept permanent defeat. [Life truly is what we make it, but first we must THINK, imagine, how we want our lives to be, and then with focused determination and disciplined thinking head towards our goals]

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3) Analyze temporary defeat, no matter of what nature or cause, and extract from it the seed of an equivalent advantage. [see the postive in every set-back, failure or "bad" situation]


4) Be willing to render useful service equivalent to the value of all materal things you demand of life, and render the service first. [This follows the Cosmic Law of Compensation as well as others. "God loves a cheerful giver", 2nd Corinthians 9:7; "Freely you have received; freely give", Matthew 10:8]

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5) Recognize that your brain is a receiving set that can be attuned to recieve communications from the unversal storehouse of infinite intelligence, to help you transmute your desires into their equivalent. [This is a direct reference to the Cosmic Law of Attraction]


6) Recognize that your greatest asset is time, the only thing except the power of thought which you own outright, and the one thing which can be shaped into whatever material things you want. Budget your time so none of it is wasted. ["Thoughts Become Things" is more than a enigmatic saying, it has scientific basis and endless testimonies of practical examples for evidence to prove it to be a statement of fact.



As to 'time' let the following old Celtic Druidic triad speak to the topic:


The Teller of Tales,

The Judger of Deeds,

The Arbitator of Disputes]

7) Recognize the truth that fear generally is a filler with which the 'Devil' occupies the unused protion of your mind. That it is only a state of mind which you can control by filling the space it occupies with faith in your ability to make life provide you with whatever you demand of it. [The old saying "An idle mind is the Devil's workshop" is VERY true]




*NOTE: Depression and Anxiety are direct results of mental drift; Mental drifting of thought allows NEGATIVE thoughts to develop  and flourish in the mind which becomes a habitually NEGATIVE thinking pattern, which in turns leads to a depressed and anxious MIND.

FOCUSED and DISCIPLINED THINKING extinguishes Depression and supresses Anxiety, and it GUARANTEES happiness, peace and success. 

Depression and Anxiety are emotion based thought patterns, and the emotion is Fear

~ F.E.A.R = False Evidence Appearing Real ~

Fear is faith in evil, Peace is faith in good.

The 6 Carnal Fears are:

1) of Death

2) of Old Age

3) of Poverty

4) of Criticism

5) of Illness

6) of Lovelessness


"Keep thy heart [mind] with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" -Proverbs 4:23

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus"-Phillipians 2:5

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:7


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The 7 Key Areas of Life

1) Personal Goals

2 Relationships

3) Health & Body

4) Career & Education

5) Recreation

6) Financial

7) Contributions/Charity