13 principles of Napoleon Hill

It is 2021 and a lot of people love to make new resolutions for the new year. Maybe you want to lose some weight or maybe you want to find a different job. And of course, everyone wants to achieve their goals and dreams, no matter how big or small your goals are. But how can you achieve your goals? I am currently reading ‘Think and grow rich’ by Napoleon Hill. This book is pretty old but it talks about how you can successfully achieve your goals. They are called the 13 principles by Napoleon Hill and these are the 13 steps to become successful. You don’t have to do all of these 13 steps, just implement a couple of them.


13 principles of Napoleon Hill


First, of all, you really have to want it. So for example, if your parents say you have to become rich, but it is not your dream, then you probably will never be rich. It has to be your dream and not somebody else’s. So find out what you really want and then follow your dreams.


Step 2 is that you really have to believe you can achieve it. And you don’t give up on your dreams too easily. These days there are a lot of Law of Attraction techniques/tools, but they all work the same. When you use a Law of Attraction technique, you will believe your dreams will come true. That is why and how those techniques work. But another way to have more faith is by auto-suggestion. (see next step).


When I grew up as a kid, some other kids would say that I was ugly. It doesn’t affect your mind if you only hear it once. But if you hear this day in, day out, you will start believing it. But that also means that you can undo this. Just tell yourself (once or twice a day) that you can do it, that you are confident and your dreams will come true. If you do this often enough, you will start believing it. And you will have more faith.

Specialized knowledge

If you want to become an author, you have to look at other authors. What are they doing, how can I improve myself? Do a lot of research to become better at what you want to do. It doesn’t matter what you want to achieve. If you just want to be rich, just look at how rich people live their lives. These days it is so easy to find information on the internet, this step shouldn’t be too hard.


Visualization is a powerful tool. Your mind doesn’t know the difference between daydreaming/visualization and reality. So if you visualize every single day the same thing/dream and you back it up with a great positive energy/emotion, your mind will change and it makes sure your outer world will match your dreams.

Organized planning

Planning is key. You have to look where you are now and where you want to be. What do you have to do to get there? Which steps do you have to take? Make a plan and stick to it.


We are not talking about ‘what’s for dinner’ kind of decision here. We are talking about life-changing decisions like picking a new job and you stick to it. You don’t think about what would happen if you had chosen the other job. For example, I have two blogs (and English and a Dutch one), but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Do I want to blog in Dutch or in English? At the same time, I was also setting goals like get 100K views on my blog. But I changed my mind so often, I had no vision of the future. If you make a decision, stick to it. Don’t doubt, have faith.


As I said, you don’t give up. Sometimes it can take months or years before your dreams become reality. But if you give up after 4 months, you will never achieve those goals. If you have a dream, don’t create a plan B. This is the only option and you will never give up on your dreams.

Power of the mastermind

If you have heard of the Law of Attraction before, you probably have heard of vibrations too. You have to raise your vibrations. You have to match the vibrations of your thoughts to the vibrations of your dreams. One way to do this is to spend time with other people who are positive. If you are feeling great around certain people then hang out with those people more often. This will raise your vibration.

The mystery of sex transmutation

Sex is very powerful and beautiful. We all have strong sexual energy within us and we can use that to achieve our goals.

The subconscious mind

The subconscious mind is also very powerful. If we have limiting beliefs or thoughts, we can control our minds by just meditating. Just sit down for a few minutes every single day and calm your mind.

The Brain

When our creativity spikes, our subconscious mind reaches a state where it can be re-programmed. That means when you reach the flow state, it is easier to enter the subconscious mind. This flow state is the best state you can be in when you want to use affirmations or do visualizations.

The sixth sense

And last but not least: your intuition! I recently discovered that my intuition is always right. It can be hard at first to listen to your intuition. Because sometimes it is just your ego talking to you. But your intuition can become stronger. And when you get this feeling in your gut that you have to do something or not, listen to it! You shouldn’t ignore your intuition.



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