Troubleshooting Thinking

“Truly, ‘thoughts are things,’ and powerful things at that, when mixed with purpose, persistence and a burning desire for their translation into riches or other material objects.”

– Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, page 1.

That statement is the first one made in the book, Think and Grow Rich. It’s also a great basis to start this subject on. The statement can be broken down into four elements: thoughts, purpose, persistence and burning desire.

Troubleshooting, on the other hand, can be broken down into these four problem solving steps from

  1. Define the problem. Diagnose the situation so that your focus is on the problem, not just its symptoms.
  2. Generate alternative solutions.
  3. Evaluate and select an alternative.
  4. Implement and follow up on the solution

Using questions, an on the rails example of troubleshooting thinking can be given.

Name an ambition you did or did not, have or have not achieved and determine the quality of your thoughts, purpose, persistence and burning desire on the subject of your ambition.

Did you tend to limit yourself or empower yourself to pursue it, whether by believing others or your own advice on it?

Was your ambition a clear target to hit?

In your persistence, on a scale of 1-10, did you take a little or a lot of action?

Were you disciplined after the cause was no longer visible in your rear view mirror?

When you think about your ambition, does it make you come alive?

How intense is your drive to see this ambition through?

Where to start?

In settling the problems with one’s thinking, the statement’s four elements above are a great place to start for goals provided we hold ourselves 100% accountable for our thoughts and actions. While it’s not something others can hold us accountable for without our consent, it’s one of the biggest influencers that may serve or inhibit us.

One of the best places to settle obstacles to erroneous thinking is a pursuit of critical thinking. Another is to engage in endeavors that require a means of thinking to achieve a level of results, like the principles of Think and Grow Rich. It’s on the reading list of several magnates. I’m sure that their intention, like mine, is for you to read and apply the contents of the book. Another is higher achievement in any vocation. It usually requires mindset to sustain it, whether you discover it on your own or another taught it to you with or without your knowing.

A study of thought can be strengthened and brought to light speed in comparison by tuning into those who do the work and are willing to share their results and processes in the service of others. From Bob Proctor, Jeffery Combs, Joe Dispenza, Earl Nightingale, Kristen Ulmer and so many others – you can find their principles and the base tools available for free. If you choose to be focused and resourceful you can find them. One inspired example is this book.


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Full text of Think and Grow Rich

Problem Solving

Critical Thinking

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