Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) was an American author in the area of the new thought movement who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. Hill said, “One comes to finally believe whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement be true or false.”
If this is true, and I personally believe that it is, we must be very careful about our thoughts!
In line with Hill’s philosophy, one of the terms you run into over and over again if you read books on personal development is, “What Am I Thinking Right Now,” a question the reader is advised to ask herself throughout the day.
Are we thinking positive and empowering thoughts? If so, they are likely producing good feelings? If however, we are thinking negative or constricting thoughts, we likely are not feeling so great.
Thoughts affect feelings .If we think limiting or negative thoughts long enough, it becomes our reality.
Hill’s most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is
one of the best-selling books of all time. He became an advisor to President
Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1936. "What the mind of man can
conceive and believe, it can achieve" is one of Hill's hallmark
expressions. How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts
success in reach of the average person, were the focal points of Hill's books.
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Today's philosophy-of-success teachers still use the research formulas taught by Hill to expand their students' knowledge of personal development.
While many have read the book with the goal of increasing monetary wealth, the principles outlined in the book reach far beyond achieving personal riches. The philosophies contained therein are a guide for personal enrichment, organizing our lives, understanding how our brains work and letting go of limiting behavior.
It is reported that many readers of the book felt that Hill never explicitly identified this secret, but he offers these words about 20 pages into the book:
“If you truly desire money so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to be so determined to have it that you convince yourself that you will have it. . . You may as well know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities unless you work yourself into a white heat of desire for money, and actually believe you will possess it.”
Desire and Belief. Want something so badly you can taste it and Believe you will have it!
Substitute your own goal for the word “riches” above, or keep it in place if riches are your goal.
Today I am asking myself, "What Am I Thinking Right Now."
Please share your thoughts on this subject.