Continuing on in our study of Napoleon Hill’s seminal book, Think and Grow Rich, we come to the second step in riches. Faith– the visualisation of, the belief in, and the attainment of desire.
Scripture tells us that Faith is:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
Everyone always says “just have Faith!” “Just keep the Faith and you’ll see it.” But, if you are starting with basically no Faith- or uncertainty- it is hard to “just have Faith.” It is unrealistic to ask someone to bench press 300 lbs when they just started working out. So, how do we develop our muscle of Faith?
Napoleon Hill suggests:
Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of Faith.
The first thing to notice here is that Faith is also an emotion. We all know that fear is an emotion, but do we ever stop to think of Faith as being an emotion? The other thing to notice here is that we must daily flex this emotive muscle we call Faith. How do we do this?
Here is a formula laid out in Think and Grow Rich:
- I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my definite purpose in life. therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.
- I realise the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality. Therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person.
- I know through the principle of autosuggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it. Therefore, I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of self-confidence.
- I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life, and I will never stop trying until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment.
- I fully realise that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice. Therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me because I will believe in them, and in myself. I will sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud once a day, with full Faith that it will gradually influence my thoughts and actions so that I will become a self-reliant and successful person.
Steven Ingram is a certified strategic interventionist and the owner of Liberty Strategic Coaching. He is a devoted husband and father working to free minds.