Hart to Heart on… Definiteness of Purpose


“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way” – Napoleon Hill

It is the start of a new year, and with that comes the cliché new year’s resolutions, and goals. These goals are usually so extreme they are irrational and unattainable, and sometimes causing so much self doubt and a high failure, that they can lead people to give up and stop trying to achieve their end goal… or worse. 

Before the new year, my father told me about the book, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. This is a self-help book people have used to attain their goals, dreams, and desires. First published in 1937 following the Great Depression, the book Think and Grow Rich is a state of mind; it utilizes the power of manifesting your desires and a definiteness of purpose into reality. 

Creating a definiteness of purpose is a way to trick your subconscious mind into having the right mental process to achieve your goal. It is easy for your definite purpose to become nothing more than wishful thinking. Writing down your major definite purpose and reading it aloud twice or three times a day, will create a burning desire that you require to achieve your goal. 

¨Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.¨- Clement Stone

 When writing your definiteness of purpose, you need to be very specific about your desire. Saying you want to be rich is vague, but saying you want to make $1000 a year is more helpful and accurate, or saying how you want to lose weight, but instead you should say how many pounds you want to lose in a certain amount of time.

You just have to make sure it’s realistic and attainable.

A major part of this is what you might have to sacrifice or give up, to achieve what you want. An example for myself would be writing something down similar to, ¨I ,Jaydn L Hart, want to save up $500 to have a decent amount of money ready for when I need to pay car insurance, and I am willing to sacrifice not spending that money to achieve my goal. ¨

When starting to write your definiteness of purpose, write it on something you can always look at everyday, and will remember. 

Next, take a look at each desire, and double check that it is reasonable to your life and can be done in the amount of time you wrote down. 

Then you will have to decide what you can sacrifice to achieve this. 

It is a hard thing to change but it can be done. It just requires you to make a commitment and then do the work necessary to change your circumstances and your life. If you want to get started on chasing your goals and tackling them one by one, start with this method, and keep constantly thinking about how you will feel in the end. 

¨Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”- Napoleon Hill