Law of Success – Lesson 2 – A Definite Chief Aim


“You can if you believe you can!”

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“The best rose bush, after all, is not that which has the fewest thorns, but that which bears the finest roses.” ~Henry Van Dyke


The value of this formula lies in the stimulus to your thought process and the positive habits that you put in place.


Power is organized energy or effort. Success is the development of the power to get whatever you want without interfering with the rights of others.


The purpose of the Law of Success is to aid you in performing your choosen work in such a way that it will yield the greatest returns in both money and happiness.


Study these self analysis questions once a week for a period of a couple months until you uncover weaknesses to develop. Then come back to it at different points for refinement. These are from Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich.


Do you often complain of “feeling bad”? If so, why?

Do you find fault with other people easily?

Do you often make mistakes in your work?

Are you sarcastic and obnoxious?

Do you deliberately avoid anyone? Why?

Does life seem futile and hopeless to you?

Do you often feel self-pity? If so, why? Do you envy people who are more successful?Do you devote more time to thinking about success or failure?Are you gaining or losing self-confidence as you grow older?

Do you learn from your mistakes?

Are you permitting a relative or friend to worry you?

Are you sometimes elated and sometimes depressed?

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

Do you put up with negative influences?

Are you careless about your personal appearance?

Do you avoid your troubles by being busy?

Do you let other people do your thinking for you?

Are you annoyed by petty disturbances?

Do you resort to liquor, drugs, or cigarettes to calm you down?

Does anyone nag you?

Do you have n aim in life and a plan for achieving it?

Do you suffer from any of the six basic fears?

Do you have a way to shield yourself from the negative effects of others?

Do you actively attempt to keep your mind positive?

What do you value more: your physical possessions or your ability to control your own thoughts?

Are you easily influenced by others?

Have you learned anything of value today?

Do you accept responsibility for problems?

Do you analyze mistakes and try to learn from them?

Can you name your three most damaging weaknesses and explain what you are doing to combat the?

Do you encourage others to bring their problems to you for sympathy?

Does your presence have a negative influence on others?

What habits in others annoy you the most?

Do you form your own opinions or do you let yourself be influenced by others?

Does your job inspire you?

Do you have spiritual forces powerful enough to keep you free from fear?

If you believe that “birds of a feather flock together,” what do you know about your friends?

Are your intimate associates mentally superior or inferior to you?

How much time everyday do you devote to:

  • Your occupation?
  • Sleep?
  • Play and relaxation?
  • Acquiring useful knowledge?
  • Plain waste?

Who among your friends and family:

  • Encourages you the most?
  • Cautions you the most?
  • Discourages you the most?

What is your greatest worry?

Why do you tolerate it?

When others offer you unsolicited advice, do you accept it without question or do you analyze their motive for giving it?

What, above all else, do you desire? Do you intend to get it?

Are you willing to subordinate all other goals for this one?

How much do you devote to it daily?

Do you change your mind often?

Do you usually finish what you start?

Are you easily impressed by other people’s business titles, college degrees, or wealth?

Are you often concerned about what other people might think or say of you?

Do you try to make friends with people because of their social status or wealth?

Whom do you believe to be the greatest person living? How is this person superior to you?

How much time have you devoted to studying and answering these questions?


When you have a definite chief aim, your actions are in harmony with the dominating thoughts of your mind. This is done by deliberately fixing this aim upon your mind through focused and repeated repetition. This repetitious process is referred to as self suggestion or autosuggestion. A number of great men have used this technique to propel themselves to high stations in life.


Thomas Edison

Abraham Lincoln

Theodore Roosevelt


Suggested Titles:

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Martz

Visualization: Directing the Movies of Your Mind by Adelaide Bry

Getting Well Again by Dr. O. Carl Simonton

Self-Hypnosis by Leslie M. LeCron


Your mind takes on the qualities of a magnet when your mind is consumed of your definite chief aim. This is because like attracts like. It is a universal principle. You must only observe your environment for examples to prove this is true.

“Place all your eggs in one basket and then watch the basket to see that no one kicks it over.”~Andrew Carnegie

Excerpt from Law of Success:

In your struggle you should constantly keep in mind the necessity of knowing what it is you want – of knowing precisely what your definite purpose is. At the same time, keep in mind, the value of the principle of organized effort in the attainment of your definite purpose.


More examples of a Definite Chief Aim:

Choose a definite purpose as our life’s work and make up your mind that you will carry out that purpose. From the moment that you make this decision, gather information until you achieve this purpose. This purpose must become a burning desire. To ensure success you must have a burning desire for a definite purpose and the appropriate action to achieve this purpose.

“Know what you want, when you want it, why you want it, and how you intend to get it.”

1. Decide major aim in life

2. Write out a clear concise statement. Include the plans to achieve this aim.

3. Form an alliance with a person or persons who will cooperate with you in transforming your aim into reality.




Master of human destinies am I!

Fame, love, and fortune on my footsteps wait.

Cities and fields I walk; I penetrate

Deserts and seas remote, and passing by

Hovel and mart and palace-soon or late

I knock, unbidden, once at every gate!

If sleeping, wake-if feasting, rise before

I turn away. It is the hour of fate,

And they who follow me reach every state

Mortals desire, and conquer every foe

Save death; but those who doubt or hesitate

Condemned to failure, penury, and woe,

Seek me in vain and uselessly implore.

I answer not, and I return no more!

~John J. Ingalls


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Law of Success – Lesson 1 – Introduction to The Master Mind

Law of Success – Lesson 2 – A Definite Chief Aim

Law of Success – Lesson 3 – Self Confidence

Law of Success – Lesson 5 – Initiative & Leadership

Law of Success – Lesson 6 – Imagination


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