A Napoleon Hill classic highlighting how the influence of your thoughts (think) can have a direct impact on your results (grow rich). Diving into the sub-conscious and conscious mind, addressing fears such as criticism, failure and death.
Read this book with an open mind as it provides a behind the scenes look at how you can master your mind to create the riches you desire.
The Power Of Thought
Positive Thought -> Desire -> Action -> Achievement
Thought: Have a clear idea of what you want
Desire: Determination to succeed
Action: Overcome hurdles, and get back up when you fall
Achievement: Never accept no
Negative thoughts lead towards the opposite direction
THE 12 STEPS TO RICHES
Step 1. Desire: The Starting Point of All Achievement
The power of desire backed by faith can help you achieve anything.
A burning desire lets no obstacles get in its way.
Handicaps or setbacks are only stepping stones towards a worthy goal.
Real Desire – win or lose, is definite
“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own mind.”
“No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.”
“Money consciousness means that the mind has become so thoroughly saturated for the desire of money that one can see oneself already in possession of it.”
Step 2. Faith: Visualizing and Believing in the Attainment of Desire
Thoughts which produce strong emotions creates faith in taking action to turn thoughts into reality.
Autosuggestion: Your thoughts develop the person you live up to be (self-fulfilling image). Thoughts become beliefs over time, positive or negative – the same process or reaction. Which thoughts do you choose to fill your mind with?
Repeated affirmations to the subconscious mind develop faith -> turns to action.
Faith (Thought)-> Desire-> Imagination/Plan (Action)-> Persistence (Achievement) As seen in the power of thought
“Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.”
“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.”
Step 3. Autosuggestion: The Medium for Influencing the Subconscious Mind
You will receive that which you focus on.
Create a visual representation of what you desire and repeat this visualization daily – with emotion and faith in achieving it.
Autosuggestion: Thought is registered on the Conscious Mind, which acts as a guard to the Sub-Conscious Mind. Although this guard is not always exercised.
Be careful what you program onto your sub-conscious mind.
Step 4. Specialized Knowledge: Personal Experiences or Observations
Proper planning on the back end can lead to significant results on the front end. Do the work/research before the sale.
Surround yourself with specialized knowledge for which you do not have – Master Mind Group.
Use imagination to acquire what you desire (resourcefulness)
Knowledge is only as good as your definite plan of action and executing it.
Do not mistake temporary defeat with failure.
“Success and failure are largely a result of habit.”
Step 5. Imagination: The Workshop of the Mind
Synthetic imagination: Based on old idea’s, experiences and concepts
Creative imagination: Intuition, hunch, feeling. Connected to the sub-conscious mind.
A definite decision to take persistent action on a purposeful plan can make imagination a reality.
Use imagination to paint a clear picture you’re striving towards.
To an extent, you’re only limited by what you can imagine.
Grow and develop imagination through use (practice)
True desire + imagination generate success in the face of doubt, scrutiny, and adversity.
Step 6. Organized Planning: The Crystallization of Desire into Action
Understand the economics of the world and seek how you can take advantage of it.
A failed plan is only a temporary setback – rebuild and try again.
Leader attribute to cultivate: Decisive decisions, courage, plan + execution
Leadership by mutual cooperation/partnership works best.
Don’t guess, think and find facts.
Gene lottery: You’re lucky to live in a place, which practices freedom of thought, speech, actions.
Step 7. Decision: The Mastery of Procrastination
Procrastination is the power of indecision.
Indecisions are the cause of most failures.
Important changes occur from definite decisions.
Reach decisions promptly and change them slowly.
Create the habit of prompt decision by talking less and listening more.
Decisions require courage.
Indecision is without definite purpose.
Step 8. Persistence: The Sustained Effort Necessary to Induce Faith
Persistence is the key to achieve anything.
Consistent effort creates persistence.
Burning desire can replace a lack of persistence.
Fear of Criticism: Live your life on someone else’s terms. A major cause of not pursuing your goals. Creates excuses which become self-fulfilling.
Success responds to definite plans (not wishes).
“Persistence is a state of mind that can be cultivated.”
Persistence, Massive Action, Consistency
Step 9. Power of The Mast Mind: The Driving Force
Riches are attracted through a group of intelligence, which creates a mastermind.
The knowledge you surround yourself with creates the power required to grow something great.
Step 10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation
Love, sex and romance are great stimuli’s. When transmuted into energy/desire can develop a sixth sense of genius and action (gut feeling).
Creative process works best at higher levels of vibration (stimulated).
Over indulgence reduces energy and desires.
Concentrate the mind on transmuting these stimuli to generate desire, passion, and enthusiasm.
Step 11. The Sub-Conscious Mind: The Connecting Link
The sub-conscious mind isn’t controlled but rather influenced by thought and desire.
How you talk and think attracts that into your life.
Practice positive emotions to shun negative ones. Can’t have positive or negative emotions at the same time, one will prevail.
Sub-conscious mind transmutes desires into reality.
Emotionalized thoughts have the greatest influence on the sub-conscious mind.
Step 12. The Brain: A Broadcasting and Receiving Station for Thought
The brain is a broadcasting and receiving station of thought vibrations.
Sub-Conscious: Broadcasting station of thought vibrations.
Creative Imagination: Receiving station of thought vibrations.
Autosuggestion operates broadcasting station (influences sub-conscious) to create desire.
Emotions increase thought vibrations [sex transmutation highest form of vibration]
We are controlled by unseen and intangible forces (pre-suasion)
Step 13. The Sixth Sense: The Door to the Temple of Wisdom
Sixth Sense: Intuiting, hunches, creative imagination
Emergency or danger generates high vibrations of thought which stimulate the 6th sense into action.
Your dominating thoughts and desires (autosuggestion) make up your character and who you are, which serves as a magnet that attracts into your life.
“The next best thing to being truly great is to emulate the great, by feeling and action, as closely as possible.”
How to Outwit The Six Ghosts of Fear (Clearing the brain for riches)
Voluntary or involuntary thought impulses control the mind and where desire will lead you. Feed it carefully, nurture it to become strong.
The six fears:
5.Loss of Love
Developed through indecision, which promotes doubt and fuels fear.
The road to poverty and riches are completely different; there is no compromise. It’s up to you to create the state of mind required to pursue riches (described in this book).
Make the decision not to worry what others think, and you won’t fear criticism.
Vibrations of fear can pass between others as much as the vibrations of courage, strength, etc.
The Devils Workshop
The seventh basic evil is susceptibility to negative influences.
What negative influences are you susceptible to? How will you handle them?
Use willpower and habits to protect yourself against negative influences.
You can accomplish anything when you create an opportunity and back it with persistence.
“Without a doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is the habit of leaving their minds open to the negative influences of other people.” You’re not good enough; you can never do that, you’ll never make it, etc.
“You have absolute control over but one thing, and that is your thoughts.”
“Mind control is the result of self-discipline and habit. You either control your mind, or it controls you.” You’re only as good as you can control your mind.
- Know you have the ability to achieve your definite purpose in life. Promise to demand persistent action of yourself in its achievement.
- Your thoughts dominate your mind which directs your focus. Promise to think 30 minutes daily and develop a clear picture in your mind of the person you want to become.
- According to the principal of Autosuggestion – my desires can be made a reality. Promise to think 10 minutes daily on developing my self-confidence.
- I have written down my definite goal in life. Promise to refer back to it daily until I have the self-confidence to achieve it.
- I will develop a network of trustee’s by providing my belief, value, service, and cooperation to them so that I may receive the same in return.
A Verse on Faith
If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t.
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a person’s will –
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man
But soon or late the one who wins
Is the on WHO THINKS HE CAN!
- Create alliances with as many people as you need to have your desired plan carried out.
- Determine what advantages or benefits you may be able to offer them in return.
- Meet with these members regularly to collectively perfect the plan.
- Work in harmony with the group and deliver on the promises each of you make.
- Definiteness of purpose: Knowing what you want
- Desire: Maintains persistence
- Self-reliance: Belief in your ability to succeed
- Definiteness of plans: Organized plans to execute
- Accurate knowledge: Knowing your plans are sound
- Cooperation: Work in harmony
- Willpower: Concentrating thoughts on executing a plan
- Habit: Showing courage against daily fears or criticisms
Top 10 Stimuli of the Mind
- Desire for sex expression
- Burning desire for fame, power, financial gain, money
- Master Mind alliance or partnership working in harmony
- Mutual suffering
- Narcotics and alcohol