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.
It’s Monday. For those still stuck in the rat-race or for those stuck in a job that they do not enjoy, Monday can be the most depressing and challenging of days. Maybe at some point you had dreams, but you gave up on them- ultimately paying the price of “reality.”
I want to encourage everyone to dig deep and take back that desire that we all had as children. Do you remember being a child and desiring that new toy? Do you remember those frenzied weeks just before Christmas when your appetites of desire were at its’ peak?
Recently, I have been re-reading Napoleon Hill’s seminal book Think and Grow Rich. He reminds us that the starting point of all achievement is desire. Desire is the first step towards the riches you aspire towards.
Here are Napoleon Hill’s six steps for riches being transmuted into tangible finances:
- Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness.)
- Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)
- Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
- Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
- Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you read, see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.
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Steven Ingram is a certified strategic interventionist and the owner of Liberty Strategic Coaching LLC. He is a devoted husband and father working to free minds.
Recently, I have been re-reading one of the bible’s of success- Think and Grow Rich. Oftentimes, we “success-junkies” will read a great book but never apply it. This is a vice. As the successful people and winners that we all are, we must work through the 3 stages of mastery and really apply what we read.
There are 3 stages to mastery:
- Intellectual Understanding
- Emotional Understanding
- Physical Understanding and Mastery
Intellectual Understanding: If we liken the application of knowledge to gardening (and all of our minds are gardens), then this first step is simply planting the seed. We read a book, listen to sermon or an audio book.
Emotional Understanding: After we plant the seed of information in our minds, we must consciously begin to feel the principles working out in our life. We water these prinicples with our emotions. For example, perhaps you have sown the seed of information in your mind that the best way to grow your wealth is to give back- to contribute. This might be difficult at first, but then you start to freely give money to family, friends, and those in need. In this stage, we begin to feel the benefit of the knowledge we have acquired.
Physical Understanding: This is the last stage towards mastery. We started off with planting the seed of information, then moving towards feeling its benefit; the last step is to automate it. There is great beauty and simplicity in automation. Once we have mastered something we have read, we don’t even have to think about it. It is simply a part of us. We are a Master of the Universe.
Stay tuned for more article about Napoleon Hill’s quintessential book on success- Think and Grow Rich.
Steven Ingram is a certified strategic interventionist and the owner of Liberty Strategic Coaching LLC. He is a devoted father and husband working to free minds.
Do you lead a busy and stressful life? Do you have too many things to do throughout your day: tasks, objectives, and goals but not enough day to achieve them? Rather than waiting for the weekend, or even for your next vacation to de-stress and pursue pleasure; we suggest that you plan your pleasure.
I have written many times about goal-setting and visualisation but have you ever thought about setting pleasurable goals? Something I have found very rewarding is to set daily pleasurable tasks or goals. This could be as simple as setting the goal to go out to eat with your family, watch a new movie on Netflix, or make love to your spouse later in the day. Whatever it is- plan your daily pleasure and you will find life much more rewarding.
Steven Ingram is the owner of Liberty Strategic Coaching LLC. He is a certified strategic interventionist, author, husband, father, and minister devoted to freeing minds.
In order for harmonious relationships to exist, we have to be meeting each others’ needs. Problems arise and communication breaks down in romantic, personal, and business relationships when we aren’t even aware of each others’ needs. What’s the best way to find out someone’s needs? Simply ask.
In order to understand someone, you need to know what they want, value, fear and believe. These are the filters through which they experience life. You need to understand which two of the Six Human Needs they value most and how those needs are habitually met as well as what is preventing those needs from being met. You need to know what emotions the person habitually experiences and what are the rewards and punishments they are currently facing.
At Liberty Strategic Coaching we also offer a free Human Needs Survey that is designed to detect your top needs. Once these needs are known, our lives can be integrated with our environment to meet those needs.
Steven Ingram is a certified strategic interventionist and also holds degrees from Liberty University in psychology and interdisciplinary science.
by Steven Ingram
Life is constant growth. From the time of our inception, we are hardwired to grow. Everything in the Universe is either growing or dying- there is no third alternative. When we stop growing in any area of our life: spiritually, emotionally, mentally, socially, financially, we become to feel stagnant. We feel as if we have a hit a wall. Whenever we encounter this wall (and we all will) we have a few options. We can try beating our head against this wall over and over asking God, “Why?!” Or, we can tap into the infinite intelligence that resides in us as Believers.
When we have hit a wall it is a great indicator that we need to “level up.” We need to both tap into hidden resources that we didn’t even know were there and we have to grow in a specific area (spiritually, emotionally, mentally, socially, financially) to solve our problem. Either way, a great system to achieve growth is by setting S.M.A.R.T. goals.
S.M.A.R.T goals stand for
Here is a great video on S.M.A.R.T goals:
Remember, we get right answers from asking right questions.
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