Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Nathan Grimes Lubbock, TX, USA

Posted: 2016-06-05

CHAPTER 15- HOW TO OUTWIT THE SIX GHOSTS OF FEAR

 “You may control your own mind you have the power to feed it
 whatever thought impulses you choose. With this privilege goes
 also the responsibility of using it constructively. You are the
 master of your own earthly destiny just as surely as you have 
the power to control your own thoughts. You may influence, direct,
 and eventually control your own environment, making your life 
what you want it to be--or, you may neglect to exercise the privilege
 which is yours, to make your life to order, thus casting yourself 
upon the broad sea of "Circumstance" where you will be tossed hither 
and yon, like a ship on the waves of the ocean.”

When was the last time you went to a circus, a carnival, and a sideshow
 at the county fair? What was your favor acts or performances? For 
some it may have been the clowns, or the tumbling and jingling acts. 
For others like to watch the daring of the high wire or trapeze, or 
were you like me the thrill of the wild cats acts.

What is the draw to these daring dangerous acts? I may not know your 
answer, but for me it was the facing down of fears, their strength of 
focus to the task before them. Standing in a cage with wild beasts, 
looking them in the eye and bending them to their command and will.

This chapter reminds me that I can step into the cage of life and with
the thoughts of my own mind I can drive back the fears which came before 
me. As Napoleon say I have the power to feed whatever thought impulses I 
choose. I can see that “Fears are nothing more than states of mind. One's
state of mind is subject to control and direction.”

I understand to defeat the fear of poverty I need to start with the joy 
of what I have now, re-enforced the deep desire of where I am going, the
faith that I will receive it and take action to achieve it. Hill wrote, 
“MAN'S THOUGHT IMPULSES BEGIN IMMEDIATELY TO TRANSLATE THEMSELVES INTO 
THEIR PHYSICAL EQUIVALENT, WHETHER THOSE THOUGHTS ARE VOLUNTARY OR INVOLUNTARY.”

As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, ““Do the thing you fear and the death of fear
 is certain.” From this study of TGR we are given the thirteen principles 
that can change our life. He has given to us the tools to go into the cage
with our beastly fears, and driving them into submission to our will. It is 
all within our power, we only need to use it.

Thanks to Michael and Linda for a place to hone my mind. Here I have learned
that I do have absolute control over but one thing, my thoughts. Thanks 
for the freedom to think and the belief in my ability to think. Before each
of us is a bright hope and future.

Nathan Grimes

Lubbock, TX USA