What Is A Definite Chief Aim?

‘Definite Chief Aim’ and its importance is one of the principles of the Law of Success.

Other names for this include Your Major Purpose, Mission Statement and so on.

These days folks tend to talk about goals, too, although seeing the great divide between what they say they want and what they actually do makes it clear that what they call a goal the practical man calls a wish.

Which is to say, it is:

  • What you are working for.
  • Why you want it.
  • How will you achieve it.
  • By what date you will have accomplished these things.

Why Do I Need One?

How can you ever accomplish anything if you don’t a sense or an idea of what it is you want to accomplish?

Back during the dot com boom I made a little money. When it crashed, one of the lessons I personally learned was that if I had:

  1. No debt, no calls on my paycheck
  2. A decent car
  3. Cable and high speed Internet access
  4. A fridge and pantry full of food
  5. If I can lay down on a Friday night in front of a fan and take a nap without worrying about what I have to do Monday

…then I am okay. Hell, more than that. I am happy.

Doesn’t sound like the motivation of a man destined for greatness, does it? Well, that’s as may be, but knowing what makes you happy lets you clear a lot of mental rooms that others set up for you.

Knowing what makes you happy, what you want, lets you examine all the struggles you have been engaged in and evaluate them.  It makes it easier to throw out the trash.

A definite chief aim is a road map. It is the concept, the idea, the center of what drives you. It focuses your energies and activities so that you can see the progressive realization of the things you say you want.

Getting rich is not a definite chief aim. One definition is “a goal, written down, that lays out what you want to accomplish in life; and how you intend to accomplish it.”

Having your definite chief aim well defined, written down, with a time table for its accomplishment and posted where you can see it every day and recite it, morning and evening, is a critical method for reprogramming your mind and strength on achieving that goal.

Any definite chief aim that is deliberately fixed in the mind and held there, with the determination to realize it, finally saturates the subconscious mind until it automatically inflluence the physical action of the body toward the attainment of that goal.

-Napoleon Hill

Definite Chief Aim Example

Here is an example of a definite chief aim that had some teeth.

Bruce Lee

I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward til the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.

Creating YOUR Chief Definite Aim

A path to a working main aim includes you deciding what it is you want. Write it out in clear, detailed, very specific language. Then outline your path to that.

Key Parts of a Definite Chief Aim

  • What you want.
  • What you are willing to give up or give in return to have what you want.
  •  Smaller, in route, goals that will help you achieve your Definite Chief Aim.

Always write in the present tense with power and commitment.

Saying ‘I want’ rather than ‘I will’ leaves room for failure both in actually accomplishing the goal and in your being able to reprogram your mind by verbal repetition of it.

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Best Regards,

Definite Chief Aim




Tim Singleton