Successful and productive people control and intentionally shape the course of their lives. They create opportunities for themselves through eight blueprints of life.
These written blueprints subconsciously activate their brain’s reticular activating system which goes to work behind the scenes to deliver for them a happy and successful life.
“No one may achieve success without first knowing precisely what he wants. Study any person who is known to be a permanent success and you will find that he has a Definite Major Goal; he has a plan for the attainment of this goal; he devotes the major portion of his thoughts and his efforts to the attainment of this purpose.” – Napoleon Hill
Let’s say you want to make more money.
Napoleon Hill talks about six steps to transform your desire into reality:
(1) Fix the exact amount of money you want to make in your mind.
(2) Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for making that amount of money. For example, working hard and being committed.
(3) Establish a fixed date for when the money shall be yours.
(4) Create a plan to make that amount of money and start to act on it immediately regardless of whether you are ready or not.
(5) Write a concise blueprint of the exact amount you want to make, the time limit for it, what you intend to give in exchange and the plans for accomplishing it.
(6) Readout this blueprint twice per day (morning and evening). When you do, you want to see and feel yourself owning the money.
The writing and regular reading of these blueprints will activate your brain’s reticular activating system. It will then go to work seeking out the things you desire, drawing them closer to you and directing your life and things you do.What are your blueprints for successful and productive living?
When you focus your time, efforts, and commitment on the eight blueprints that covers every area of your life, you can proactively take positive but targeted actions to achieve your objectives.
This blueprint is about your dreams, desires, and goals that will make an impact on other peoples’ lives.
What lasting impact do you want to make or create? What goals do you want to achieve in your life? Which dreams do you want to fulfill?
List down what you have accomplished so far and what you want to accomplish in the future.
Write a concise blueprint of your objectives, the time limit for achieving it, what you intend to give in exchange and the plans for accomplishing it. Limit it to 100 words.
This blueprint is about your ability and capability to make money by having a job, a career, or a calling. It’s also about creating a sustainable and secure stream of income.
What is your ideal work? How productive are you at work? What education, skills, and experience do you have now and need to acquire in the future to effectively perform your work?
List down what is your ideal work and determine what you need to do to get to this end state. Identify any skills gaps.
Write a concise blueprint for making money, how much you want to make, the time limit for obtaining this money, what you intend to give in exchange and the plans for accomplishing it. Limit it to 100 words.
This blueprint is about being fit and healthy to achieve your goals (Blueprint 1) and to make the required amount of money (Blueprint 2) to resource what you want to do.
The reality is that you cannot effectively achieve your goals, make a lasting impact, or just do what you want to do if you are unfit, overweight, or unhealthy. Your wellbeing should be your priority especially when you are getting old.
How much do you weigh? Are you obese or overweight? What shape are you in? What types of food do you eat to keep fit and healthy? How much exercise do you do per week?
Find out your current body mass index and body fat content. Visit your doctor and take a full medical and blood test.
Write a concise blueprint of how your health and wellbeing will look in the future using a time-based target, what you intend to give in exchange and the plans for accomplishing it. Limit it to 100 words.
This blueprint is about the person who you want to spend the rest of your life with either as a married couple or a single person with a partner or a close friend.
What kind of person is that? Are they upbeat, enthusiastic, and happy and anxious to succeed in life just like you? What are their personalities?
If you are married, do you have children? How many? What do they look like? What unique talents do they have? Are they happy? Do they play sports? What schools do they attend?
People around you do influence who you are. They also influence who you want to be and shape your identity. Having the right kind of people who will journey with you and support you is vital for your long-term success.
Paint pictures of who exactly these people are, what they look like, what they do for a living, their personalities and strengths, how they will or can influence you p0sitively, etc.
Write a concise blueprint of the people you want to intentionally surround yourself with, the time limit for establishing these relationships, what you intend to give in exchange and the plans for accomplishing it. Limit it to 100 words.
This blueprint is about how your home looks like and where it is located.
Where do you live? What’s attractive with the location and place you are currently living in? How big is your home?
Describe your neighborhood, your neighbors, your house, and the surrounding communities.
Write a concise blueprint of how your home will like and where you want to live to achieve your objectives (Blueprint 1), make the required sums of money (Blueprint 2), be healthy (Blueprint 3), and have positive relationships (Blueprint 4), the time limit for it, what you intend to give in exchange and the plans for accomplishing it. Limit it to 100 words.
This blueprint is about the kind of extracurricular activities you are engaging in every day, every weekend, on vacation, etc. when you are not working for your main income.
What hobbies you do have? Do you volunteer in your local community? Do you have a side business or side gig to supplement your income? Do you sit in front of the TV all day?
List down what you do outside-of-work, whether paid or not.
Write a concise blueprint of what activities you want to embark on to supplement the achievement of your objectives (Blueprint 1), the time limit for establishing these activities, what you intend to give in exchange and the plans for accomplishing it. Limit it to 100 words.
This blueprint is about owing assets and investments that will generate real or potential income for you into the future.
What assets do you own? What car do you drive? How much money do you have in the bank? What investments do you have in your wealth portfolio? What are your liabilities? How much do you owe people?
List down all your current assets and liabilities and investments you have.
Write a concise blueprint of what assets you want to acquire or debts to reduce, the time limit for doing so, what you intend to give in exchange and the plans for accomplishing it. Limit it to 100 words.
This blueprint is about having growth and money mindsets.
Our mindset leads to the priorities we set — both consciously and unconsciously. Priorities lead to the decisions we make. Decisions we make lead to the actions we take. Actions we take lead to the results we get — or DON’T get.
When we have a growth mindset, we know that our talents and abilities can be enlarged and developed through effort, good teaching, and persistence. It helps us face and cope with challenges and the implementation of the other seven blueprints.
Your money mindset is the feelings and thoughts you subconsciously develop towards money from your life experiences. A negative money mindset can create a barrier between you and financial health. It can keep you in a place of stress and anxiety. It can keep you from achieving your objectives (Blueprint 1) especially your financial goals.
Do you have a growth mindset? Do you have a positive money mindset?
Write a concise blueprint of your growth and money mindsets, the time required to develop these positive mindsets, what you intend to give in exchange and the plans for accomplishing it. Limit it to 100 words.
These eight blueprints will collectively help you gain clarity in every aspect of your life. They will awaken the incredible powers of your reticular activating system to work hard for you.
Without blueprints for your ideal, future life, you are flying blind and aimlessly drifting through life, unsuccessful and unproductive.