Help From Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill talks about “Applied Faith” in his “Keys to Success“. As I was skimming through the chapters I saw this and felt it would be perfect as we continue on our positive path for 2012.

It’s called “Demonstrating The Power of Your Faith” and I’m just going to list the steps he talks about in order to build your faith and your “PMA” (Positive Mental Attitude):

1) Adopt a definite major purpose and begin to attain it. This is what we’ve been working on for the past 5-6 weeks now.

2) Affirm the object of your desire through prayer, morning and night. See yourself already in possession of it. You will achieve precisely the success you can envision for yourself.

3) Associate as many as possible of the ten basic motives with your definite major purpose. Give yourself a compelling motive for doing what you want to do. Bring that motive into your mind frequently through the day. Here are the 10 basic motives toward action:

  • Self-preservation
  • Love
  • Fear
  • Sex
  • Desire for life after death
  • Freedom for mind and body
  • Anger
  • Hate
  • Desire for recognition and self-expression
  • Wealth

4) Write out a list of all the advantages of your definite major pupose and bring them into your mind as often as you can.  This will make you success-conscious by the power of self-suggestion.

5) Associate with people who are like-minded.

6) Don’t let a day pass without making at least one definite move toward attaining your major purpose.  This is what he calls persistent action. It is key to take action. You can’t sit around and think that your denials and affirmations will make your desire come to pass. It just doesn’t work that way.

7) Choose a “pacesetter”.  Pick someone prosperous, self-reliant and successful and make up your mind not only to catch up with that person but to pass him or her by.  Don’t tell anyone your goal (we’ve told you that many times).

8) Surround yourself with books, pictures, mottoes and other suggestive devices.  Pick things that symbolize and reinforce achievement and self-reliance.  Keep adding to your collection, move things around, always making it fresh in your mind.  Keep a notebook or diary program around to write down things that inspire you.

9) Never run away from disagreeable circumstances. Fight them with all your resources.

10) Recognize that anything worth having has a definite price tag. The price of self-reliance is eternal vigilance in applying your faith.

Cloe the door of fear behind you and you will quickly see the door of faith open before you.

Write out (or print out) these ten steps and review them daily. Then put them all into practice. Each night you should review this list and see how you are doing with applying your faith!

Terrie

What’s Being Recorded In Your Subconscious?

As there is 1 1/2 more weeks left in January 2012, I continue to point out things that might have derailed you from your 2012 Success List. If you make it through January still on track, you’ll have a great chance of accomplishing your “successes”.

Emmet Fox wrote about “The Dictaphone” and I think that’s worth discussing today.

He proposed an imaginary experiment. Suppose that without your knowledge an invisible dictaphone was strapped to your shoulders the first thing tomorrow morning. You carry it with you all day long and every word you said was recorded. Tomorrow the recording was played back so you could hear every single word that you said. If you’re an average human being you’ll probably be a bit embarrassed. Think what would happen if the dictaphone also recorded every THOUGHT you had as well as every word you spoke.

Your subconscious mind absorbs EVERYTHING you think and say. Remember what I like to say “You are what you thought”, not really what you think. It’s what went into your subconscious before now that has molded your being and experience.

I emphasize that you need to monitor all your words – both spoken and thought. This is one of the most common reasons for “failure” in achieving your “Successes”. You set out with great intentions and do the groundwork of denials and affirmations but then go right back to your old ways of thinking and acting – using the same old phrases and thoughts – many of which are downright negative or have negative connotations. That will derail you as surely as quitting your pursuit. That’s why I’m emphasizing the “Words of Wisdom” series of posts. See what phrases we use in life on a daily basis, analyze what they mean and then wipe them from your vocabulary.

There is no way around it. You have to pay attention to what you’re saying and thinking. I suggest you get a small notebook you can carry in your pocket or purse and write down everything you hear and think as it happens. Then each night review this list and note the ones you want to eliminate and also think about the reason you need to do that. This will help you identify other phrases and thoughts you want to get rid of too. Things such as “I’m fed up”, “I’m sick and tired”, “You’re killing me”, “I can’t afford to….” etc.

Work on this for a week and see what changes in your life.

Terrie

The Cafeteria….again

I know I’ve posted this before and even made a video about it but it’s such an important concept that I feel I should repeat it frequently. It’s about the Emmet Fox short quip called “The Cafeteria”:

Emmet Fox was pretty new to the United States.  He’d come from London, I believe, England.  He passed by a restaurant and thought “this really looks kind of nice.”

He went in and seated himself at the table and sat there waiting  for the waiter to come on and take his order.  Nothing happened, no one showed up, and he saw all these other people getting their food and he couldn’t figure out what was going on.

He felt something was wrong, and he was getting a bit perturbed, but he’s a very smart man and finally realized that this was a cafeteria although they didn’t have cafeterias yet in England, and he realized that he had to get up and go get his own food.

He made an entire story out of that with excellent meaning and purpose.

In New Thought a lot of people just decide they want something and say “you’re supposed to let God tell you what it is that you want to do, that he wants you to do.”

Metaphysically this means – if we had a banquet table in front of us, and we walked around it for hour after hour after hour, but never said “this is what I want“, we wouldn’t get the food.

We have to get specific and say what we want and make a decision. A lot of people have never learned to make a decision and say “this is what I want.”

If you wanted a car, and you would never say what kind of car you wanted, or the color, or anything else, you’re not going to get it.

Emmet Fox was sitting there and finally realized that he had to get up and go get it, get the food, that it wasn’t going to be brought to him, but it took his watching all the people around him to finally realize that.

You can have a lot of thoughts and ideas but if you never settle on one, never say “this one is what I want”, you’re not going to get it.

No matter how much you watch, no matter how much you think, no matter how much you say you want it, you have to get up and do it.

You have to take action.

Once Emmet Fox  realized that he had to get up and go get the food, he actually had to put his feet on the floor and go do it. The realization wasn’t still going to get him any food. He had to go get it.

Which is the whole idea we have behind the principles that we teach in New Thought – that we have to do something. We can pray, we can meditate, we can find information, we can choose what we want, but unless we actually do something, it’s going to be a long time that we’re just sitting there.

We have omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience, and unless we put omniaction in, nothing happens.

We’re in a physical body to take action.

God is spirit.  God doesn’t have the hands and the feet. We’re the hands and the feet. We have to do something.

There’s a lot of people out there that sit and think, “I can create something or make something happen just by thinking it”. They have to be very far advanced for that to happen. They can get the idea from the universe, and it can be a pure idea eventually, but they actually have to implement it.

The more we know about metaphysics, the more we are responsible for.

We can know it and understand it, but we also take action.

Beginners, people who just get into it in the beginning, most frequently get  things right away because all of a sudden they’re getting a new approach to life.

But the more we get into it, the more we realize that for every thing that comes to us in our life, we have to have a change in our minds.

We have to change, have a change of opinion. We have to “let go”…..

We have to let go of “we can’t” and say we can. We have to let go of “not enough” in order to have enough. We have to let go of “poverty” in order to have plenty.

We learn these things. We begin to put these ideas and emotions into stopping the claiming of what we don’t want in our lives. We begin to claim what we do want in our lives and begin take whatever action is necessary.

There are people that say that the New Thought concepts and principles don’t work. Most likely if they have even tried it at all, they haven’t realized these  things from the past, their beliefs, their negative beliefs that they’re claiming, and therefore haven’t let go of them.  Those negative beliefs are anchors weighing you down when you’re trying to move around the ocean.

We’re being held back by our old beliefs and our old feelings and fears and anxieties, frustrations, thinking that we’re not supposed to or can’t or whatever reason we come up with.

What are you waiting for? Take action now!

Terrie

Quit Talking….

I was reading one of Florence Scovell Shinn’s books (“Secret Door to Success”)  today and was reminded of  a very basic principle of success.  Here’s an excerpt:

“”Living in the past, complaining of your misfortunes, builds a thick wall around your Jericho. Talking too much about your affairs, scattering your forces, brings you up against a high wall.

I knew a man of brains and ability, who was a complete failure.  He lived with his mother and aunt, and I found that every night when he went home to dinner, he told them all that had taken place during the day at the office; he discussed his hopes, his fears, and his failures.

I said to him, “You scatter your forces by talking about your affairs. Don’t discuss your business with your family. Silence is golden!”

He took my lead. During dinner he refused to talk about business. His mother and aunt were in despair. They loved to hear all about everything, but his silence proved golden!

Not long after, he was given a position at one hundred dollars a week, and in a few years, he had a salary of three hundred dollars a week.”

Why don’t you take a week and write down what you say to whom each and every day. That includes people at work and at home. Do you get caught up in the office complaining or the office gossip? Sometimes that is simply a habit that you’re not even aware of. But you must be cognizant of what’s going on and what words are coming out of your mouth and those going into your ears.

So write things down as they happen. Take a few minutes each hour (set your reminder on Outlook or on your watch) and jot notes so that in the evening when you really have time, you can remember that you talked about this or that – or even that you just listened to the conversation.  Listening is participating. Listening makes impressions on your subconscious mind.

Once that week has past review what you’ve written down for each day. How much of your time were you engaging in things that were not of any use (and potentially dangerous)?  I think you’ll be surprised.

Now, what can you do about this? Figure out your plan of action to avoid the negative participation.  One way to deal with this is to make a plan each morning. Write down something constructive you can do with your “free time” – that is, the time you’ve been involved in either listening or talking. Write down an affirmation to say instead of going to the “water cooler”. Frequently people are concerned that they will be looked on as an outsider if they don’t participate. Is this your concern? I think you can still be involved if you decide to change the subject or talk about something positive on that same subject.

In addition to writing down your plan for avoiding the negative self-talk, write down what you want to accomplish each day.

Do this for another week. Then repeat the same exercise of writing down what you say. But this week, also write down how your day has gone, how much success you’ve had at doing what you wanted to do, what you planned to do in the a.m. and did you succeed in doing it.

Let us know how this works out.

Terrie

Living in the past, complaining of your misfortunes, builds a thick wall around your Jericho.
Talking too much about your affairs, scattering your forces, brings you up against a high wall. I knew a man of brains and ability, who was a complete failure.
He lived with his mother and aunt, and I found that every night when he went home to dinner, he told them all that had taken place during the day at the office; he discussed his hopes, his fears, and his failures.
I said to him, “You scatter your forces by talking about your affairs. Don’t discuss your business with your family. Silence is golden!”
He took my lead. During dinner he refused to talk about business. His mother and aunt were in despair. They loved to hear all about everything, but his silence proved golden!
Not long after, he was given a position at one hundred dollars a week, and in a few years, he had a salary of three hundred dollars a week.

Power Through Constructive Thinking

Today this is from Emmet Fox – we talk about our inner power all the time and he puts it so very well:

Strange as it may seem to you, there exists a mystic power that is able to transform your life so thoroughly, so radically, so completely, that when the process is completed your own friends would hardly recognize you, and, in fact, you would scarcely be able to recognize yourself. You would sit down and ask yourself: “Can I really be the man or woman that I vaguely remember, who went about under my name six months or six years ago? Was I really that person? Could that person have possibly been me?” And the truth will be that while in one sense you are indeed the same person, yet in another sense you will be someone utterly different.

This mystic but intensely real force can pick you up today, now, from the midst of failure, ruin, misery, despair – and in the twinkling of an eye, as Paul said, solve your problems, smooth out your difficulties, cut you free from any entanglements, and place you clear, safe, and happy upon the highroad of freedom and opportunity.

This mystic Power can teach you all things that you need to know, if only you are receptive and teachable. It can inspire you with new thoughts and ideas, so that your work may be truly original. It can impart new and wonderful kinds of knowledge as soon as you really want such knowledge – glorious knowledge – strange things not taught in schools or written in books. It can do for you that which is probably the most important thing of all in your present stage: it can find your true place in life for you, and put you into it too. It can find the right friends for you, kindred spirits who are interested in the same ideas and want the same things that you do. It can provide you with an ideal home. It can furnish you with the prosperity that means freedom, freedom to be and to do and to go as your soul calls.

But where, it will naturally be asked, is this wonderful, mystic Power to be contacted? Where may we find it? And how is it brought into action? The answer is perfectly simple – This Power is to be found within your own consciousness, the last place that most people would look for it. Right within your own mentality there lies a source of energy stronger than electricity, more potent than high explosive; unlimited and inexhaustible. You only need to make conscious contact with this Power to set it working in your affairs; and all the marvelous results enumerated can be yours. This is the real meaning of such sayings in the Bible as “The Kingdom of God is within you”; and “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all the rest shall be added.”

The conscious discovery by you that you have this Power within you, and your determination to make use of it, is the birth of the child. And it is easy to see how very apt the symbol is, for the infant that is born in consciousness is just such a weak, feeble entity as any new-born child, and it calls for the same careful nursing and guarding that any infant does in its earliest days. After a time, however, as the weeks go by, the child grows stronger and bigger, until a time comes when it can well take care of itself; and then it grows and grows in wisdom and stature until, no longer leaning on the mother’s care, the child, now arrived at man’s estate, turns the tables, and repays its debt by taking over the care of its mother. So your ability to contact the mystic Power within yourself, frail and feeble at first, will gradually develop until you find yourself permitting that Power to take your whole life into its care.

Enjoy!

Terrie