Having a Definite Chief Aim is a key to achieving high level success in business and As a matter of fact, the most well know, most feared, most dominant martial artist of our time has been Bruce Lee and he created a definite chief aim when he was writing his goals to become the best, most well know martial artist and actor in America. So we thought we would show you how to create your Definite Chief Aim like Bruce Lee did in 1969, a few years before he became the most well known martial arts actor of our time.
Have you ever asked yourself why you are settling for less than you deserve? Have you ever had big dreams and goals and gave up before you achieved them? Have you ever asked yourself why you are not achieving more when you know you deserve it?
If you or someone you know fits this picture, don’t despair as there is good news because you can change your course and become whatever you want to be and live the life you always dreamed of.
These are common refrains for people all over the world, from all walks of life, all ages that want more, desire more, dream for more, yet never make it to their desired goal or station in life.
In almost every case it boils down to one of two things, either you feel you don’t deserve it or you lowered your standards to justify your achievements.
Now I know some people are going to argue the point, but the proof is in the pudding, or should I say where you are at in life, that’s the proof.
Now let’s point out that everyone in the world wants more, dreams of more, hopes for more and in many cases believes they are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams and goals. The reality is that somewhere along the line they stop believing they can achieve their dreams/goals and they lower their standards to justify the results thus avoiding the realization that they failed.
The root cause of settling for less, lowering your standards and avoiding the realization that you failed, lies in the way you think. Specifically, what you believe in at your core. To achieve your dreams and goals, you have to be willing to confront your self-limiting beliefs as your dreams and goals must be in congruence with your beliefs, otherwise achieving them are damn near impossible.
It’s a well established principle of psychology that a person’s acts are always in harmony with the dominating thoughts of his/her mind.
Your self-limiting beliefs are the things that have been drilled into your head (mostly by your parents) since you were old enough to listen. They also consist of all of your life experiences that are in a file drawer in the back of your brain.
Think about the things your parents said to you when you were young like: don’t touch the hot stove you’ll get burned, money doesn’t grow on trees, you don’t need money to be happy, rich people are greedy, all you need is a good government job health insurance and a pension, if you don’t go to college you will be only be able to be a blue collar worker or any of the other thousands of beliefs your parents instilled in you as a child.
Now keep in mind, those beliefs were based on what our parents believed and what they were taught from their parents. Are they all based in fact? No, some are (like don’t touch the hot stove or you will get burned) but most are strictly based on what they believe. So in reality they are just beliefs, not facts.
So how do we get from where we are at today to where we want to be in the future? How do we change our belief patterns? How do we raise our standards? How do we raise our game so get what we believe we deserve?
The following steps are achievable by anyone that truly wants to change their life. If you think you want to try this but are not committed to getting the end result, I am sorry to say it’s not going to work. This is a process that takes time (you can change any habit in 30 days), but it’s not going to happen overnight or in a few days, so if you are not willing to commit to the process and changing your life, don’t even try. Because without the commitment, you will not follow through, you will not ending up changing your life and then justify to yourself why it didn’t work.
You have to make a commitment that you will follow the steps and give yourself at least 30 days for this to start to take hold and then give yourself 90 days to make the changes permanent. If you are willing to do that, you can change your life forever and accomplish anything and everything you truly desire.
First thing you need to do, is come up with a Definite Chief Aim or a Primary Goal in Life. This is something that all the actions you take will lead to. Just like they say it’s hard to serve two masters, the same goes for goals and dreams. We all have multiple dreams and goals, but your mind cannot focus on all of them at the same time.
Vitalize and thoroughly saturate your mind with your Definite Chief Aim. Concentrate on the end result as you see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of it. Your Definite Chief Aim is a blueprint that will lead you, step by step, toward its attainment. It’s a bridge between your dream and your reality.
Remember, your mind accomplishes what you think about the most. It’s your Definite Chief Aim and Dominating Thought that’s the key. So the idea here is to get you thinking about what you want and what you want to accomplish most of the time. The more you think about it, the faster you move towards achieving your dreams and goals.
So how do you come up with a Definite Chief Aim? If you want to understand this concept in depth, I suggest you read the 4 volume set – “The Law of Success in 16 Lessons” written by Napoleon Hill in the early 1900’s. This is the book set that the book “Think and Grow Rich” was based on. If you don’t want to take the time or don’t have the time (even though I would highly suggest it) to read those books then follow these steps on how you can change your life and learn how to create your definite chief aim like Bruce Lee did in as little as 30 days.
To see exactly what makes up a Definite Chief Aim let’s look at the legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee and see his as written in January, 1969. Yes, even Bruce Lee read “Think and Grow Rich”.
Brue Lee My Chief Aim
Notice there is a pattern as to how his Definite Chief Aim is written. First off, it’s written by hand first. You can put it on your computer after you do the exercise by hand first. If you are not familiar with why we recommend you do it first by hand, know there is proof that when you write it out by hand first, it’s 16.6 times more effective than doing it on the computer first. See my article from Jan. 6, 2014 (Why You Should Write and Not Type Your Goals Out) for the science behind writing your goals out as compared to typing them out.
Now let’s look at the key elements of a Definite Chief Aim:
1) The main goal/achievement that you want to accomplish, be specific as possible and make it the ultimate dream/goal all your other goals lead up to.
2) What you are willing to give up or give in return to achieve your main goal
3) Your three to four smaller secondary goals that will make your primary goal a reality.
You want to write it in the present tense with all your goals starting with “I will” or “I am”. Make it short enough to fit on one sheet of paper and make sure to place it somewhere you can see it throughout the day.
Your goal is to develop the habit of reading your goal at least 3 times a day and preferably more, as often as you can. Remember, your mind accomplishes what you think about the most. So you should develop the habit of saying it out loud with emotion as soon as you wake up, during the day and again right before you go to bed.
You take advantage of Auto Suggestion (planting the idea in your subconscious mind) and your subconscious mind then takes the goals and puts them in the forefront of your mind. The more you repeat your Definite Chief Aim with emotion, the more you build belief and a burning desire to accomplish whatever you set your mind to. The two operative words in that sentence were: belief and desire. They are the 2 keys to you doing what you need to do and achieving the goals you set for yourself.
As Napoleon Hill writes in “The Law Of Success In Sixteen Lessons”: the subconscious mind may be likened to a magnet, and when it has been vitalized and thoroughly saturated with any definite purpose it has a decided tendency to attract all that is necessary for the fulfillment of that purpose.
He goes on to write: Until a man selects a definite chief aim in life, he dissipates his energies and spreads his thoughts over so many subjects and in so many different directions that they lead not to power, but to indecision and weakness.
If you don’t think this philosophy is powerful and will change your life forever then take a look at a partial list of some of the titans of industry at the turn of the 20th century that understood the power of having a Definite Chief Aim and used this philosophy to change their lives and the world:
Andrew Carnegie – Founder of US Steel
Frank Winfield Woolworth – Founder of Woolworth’s Five and Dime
George Eastman – Founder of Eastman Kodak Camera
Marshal Field – Founder of Marshall Field department stores
Philip Armour – Founder of Armour Meats Company
Thomas Edison – Founder of General Electric and inventor of the light bulb, the motion picture camer and the phonograph
William Wrigley – Founder of Wrigley Chewing Gum
Woodrow Wilson – 28th President of the United States
Abraham Lincoln – 16th President of the United States
John D. Rockefeller – Founder of Standard Oil
King Gillette – Founder of Gillette Razor Company
The Wright Brothers – Created the first airplane
William Randolph Hearst – Founder of Hearst Newspaper Conglomerate