It gets difficult for us sometimes to grasp a simple truth that all our problems like impoverishment, debt, ill health, failing relationships, etc. has its roots in our thinking. Simply by changing our thoughts, we can take full control and change our life into what we exactly want them to be.“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” is a famous quote found in Napoleon Hill’s classic book Think and Grow Rich. This article presents a summary of the philosophy of the book with practical steps that will elevate your thinking into attracting as much money as you desire. Let’s learn how to think and grow rich.
There is a foundational step that you must begin with, to understand the philosophy of thinking and growing rich. Take a blank paper card and follow these steps precisely, and decisively:
a) Decide upon the exact amount of money you wish to accumulate, e.g. “$ 1,000,000”
b) Think of a service that you will provide in exchange for the money, e.g. “Referring affiliate programs”
c) Decide an exact date in the future when you wish to have possession of the money, e.g. October 20th, 2017
d) Think of a definite plan for carrying out your desire, e.g. “Selling two $3,000 priced products every day”
e) Write out a clear and concise statement with information derived from points (a), (b), (c)
and (d). Begin your statement by expressing gratitude, e.g. “I am so happy and thankful now that I have in my possession $1,000,000. I do this by referring affiliate programs and
selling two units every day with ….”
f) Read this goal card aloud every day before retiring at night and upon waking up in the morning.
That’s it! With constant repetition, you will slowly convince your subconscious mind that this is, in fact, real, and you will start taking actions (conscious actions) to make the plan work. Your subconscious will take care that miraculous things will happen that would help you achieve your goal that is written on your goal card.
The Carnegie Formula
Your goal card will lay a rock solid foundation for your success. However, you must develop consistent thinking patterns to grow rich and keep attracting abundance. To obtain any amount of money at a predefined time, you must:
i. Have a burning desire to obtain the money. Take your first step and make a goal card.
ii. Have full faith that you will achieve the money in the time you have defined to achieve it. Believe it!
iii. Read your goal card every day before retiring at night and upon waking in the morning. While reading you must be in the feeling of already having the possession of the money. As a matter of fact, you can feel that feeling all day long!
iv. Study as much as you can, related to your field. Find specialized knowledge from books, magazines, journals, websites, videos, etc that will help you grow your knowledge about the products and services of your respective industry.
v. Your mind has a workshop called imagination. Use it to build the exact picture(s) of your dream(s). The clearer the picture, the greater the feelings and greater feelings will attract the good that you desire faster.
vi. Develop leadership qualities through organized planning. While working with your goal card you will get hunches at times. These hunches will prompt you to take specific actions. Don’t delay. Trust your intuition and master the details of the process of attaining your goal.
vii. As soon as you get informational hunches, arrive at a definite decision and don’t change it. Once you’ve made a decision, stick to it.
viii. Develop persistence as it helps in dealing with resistance that you will doubtfully meet along the way as you start taking action towards your goal.
ix. Associate with like–minded people and form a Master Mind group. All members of the Mater Mind group will help each other in attaining their individual goals, including spiritual upliftment.
x. Sex is the strongest of all emotions. Transmute it into developing impressive ideas rather than giving it a physical outlet.
xi. Plant voluntarily, any idea in your subconscious mind and it will always help you in manifesting its physical equivalent.
xii. Your brain can be compared to a sending and receiving station of thought vibrations. Whatever vibrations you are emitting, you will get its equivalent in return. Happiness will bring more happiness while sadness will bring more sadness.
xiii. The sixth sense is a guiding light that we all possess but never realize its powers. By mastering the above twelve principles, you will always be guided in meeting the right person at the right place at the right time for the complete manifestation of all your goals.
The steps given above are collectively known as ‘The Carnegie Formula’ and are the heart of the philosophy of how to think and grow rich. You must not permit any alibis while following this philosophy and neither should be affected by negative emotions and fear.
The 7 Negative Emotions & The 6 Ghosts of Fear
While changing your thinking patterns, you might be surmounted by stumbling blocks such as negative emotions and fear. Remember that you have the power to change anything, including transmuting your negative emotions and fear into positive emotions and confidence.
Hill points out seven negative emotions, namely: fear, jealousy, hatred, revenge, greed, superstition and anger. Take a self-inventory and see if any of these feelings are residing in your mind. When you encounter a negative emotion, take control of your mind and replace them with any of the seven positive emotions like desire, faith, love, sex, enthusiasm, romance or hope.
Make sure to also eliminate the six ghosts of fear of poverty, criticism, ill health, loss of a loved one, old age and death. We are already born rich enough to become extremely wealthy, be appreciated, enjoy vibrant health and feel young always no matter what our chronical age is. Death must never be seen in a bad light as it is just a transition of life. It exists inevitably throughout nature, and therefore it must be for our good.
One of my mentors, Bob Proctor, has been reading a few portions of “Think and Grow Rich” every day, for the last five decades, and he recommends everyone to do the same. After trying this myself I can say that reading Think and Grow Rich every day will keep expanding your awareness to a level where you will set a goal for yourself and achieve it in the time you’ve specified yourself. Isn’t that exactly what we humans have been created for?