Who better to get some lessons from the achievements of the man who had ordered the French army when he was 26 years old?
Napoleon Bonaparte was a military leader is smart, ambitious and skilled who conquered much of Europe during the early 19th century. At age 30, he engineered a coup d-etat in Paris and declared himself Emperor of France a few years later. The rest is history.
It's safe to say he got the most out of life, albeit in an immoral way often. So what Napoleon can teach us about our own lives to maximize and take advantage of what the world has to offer?
I've built 4 lessons on achieving your goals inspired by the words of some of the most famous French Emperor.
"Victory belongs to the most persevering."
People who push through the adversity is the best opportunity to achieve their goals. Period of hardship taught us many lessons, the most important of these being the principle advanced testing. Without trial and error, no records were obtained.
Difficulty providing us with the goal of focusing the mind and concentration. Perseverance through adversity also teaches us the importance of responsibility, rather than assuming the right, which is an important component of success. Experience gained from taking control of our destiny contribute to the principles that form the essential character.
A good example of persistence is that Thomas Edison who goes through a long period of failure to finally create the electric light bulb. Electric light up a room with his dream continues his search for the right filament for the electric current priorities of dedicated deal.
Such as Edison said, "Genius is one percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration".
The lesson we can take from Edison and Napoleon is to never give up. Whatever difficulties you encounter along the route, taking you to your dreams, need to be faced and overcome. Fear is the enemy of anxiety persistence but this wall must be destroyed in order to achieve your goals and experience the joy of success, after the victory of Napoleon mention has been obtained.
"Imagination rules the world."
Shape our imagination how we interact with the world around us. If our mental images full of negativity and fear we become anxious, passive, and frustration. On the other hand, if we engage in positive thinking and imagery, our personality is formed to be more receptive to the good things in life.
Man has achieved remarkable achievements creativity using the power of imagination. A man can overcome overwhelming odds if he has developed a mind to see the benefits in any scenario that he encounters. However, another man accustomed to losing and poor self image will only remain stagnant, in the same situation.
Harnessing the power of your imagination to cultivate a positive mental image of yourself and the things you want to accomplish in life. Visualize the end result and believe juggle your emotions you will feel when you reach your destination. Your imagination is now ready to rule your world for the better.
"Torture precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. Sometimes it's better to leave yourself to fate."
Avoid situations or tasks may feel like a reasonable action to take at a particular point in time, but it really can be the riskiest decision you make or break. According to psychologist Daniel Kanheman, our brains have developed to become risk-averse that makes us almost twice as sensitive to potential failures as successes.
We over-precaution comes from the fear that transferred into our brains as a protective mechanism to deal with the danger. However, when left unchecked, and to its own devices, fear can creep into every part of our lives. This fear then reduces our ability to accurately assess risk and prevent us from taking action that might improve safety and our standing.
Human tendency to underestimate the negative outcomes of inaction described by Parmenides Fallacy which according to Professor Phillip Bobbit, "occurs when one tries to assess the future state of affairs by measuring against the current, as opposed to comparing it with other possible future", which often can lead to inertia .
It is always better to take some sort of action than no action at all, even if the result is not what you want. The 'torture precautions' Napoleon described include symptoms such as shame, fear, self-consciousness, nervousness, guilt and above all, frustration. To get rid of this frustration and move through inaction, we have to literally leave one's fears and let fate fall where it will, while continuing the forward momentum.
"Impossible is a word found only in the dictionary of fools."
A lot of people consciously set themselves up for continued failure to hold a negative attitude, as alluded to earlier, and used to imagine the lack of success in their imagination. Patterns of thinking are often developed over many years and its roots can be seen in childhood. Without realizing it, people are doom yourself to mediocrity and unfulfillment purely by thought they entertain in their minds.
General Eisenhower once said, when asked what would happen if the Allies had been thrown back into the sea when the attack Mussolini Italy, "it would be very bad, but I never let my mind to think that way."
This mindset is typical of all successful people. Holding the concept of "I can not" before it had even tried an action, without evidence to the contrary, it is not rational. This is a recipe for inaction and failure. It's important to move forward in a positive way using the best of the ability and knowledge, while letting the results take care of themselves. The fact that our dream became an impossibility in our minds before other places important to keep in mind.
Napoleon is not without faults, one of which is the famous Russian invasion that resulted in catastrophic loss and destruction of the French Grande Armée. French Emporer fixation on winning the next big, seemingly without consideration of the facts on the ground, led to the beginning of the end of his military and political career.
Even when focusing on the positive, it is important to be aware of potential problems and pitfalls in the short and long term. If the blind rush by positive injection is likely to cause as many problems as anxious inaction.
That is why it is important to "take time to discuss, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go", in the words of Napoleon Bonaparte.