James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Saying my self-talk is like printing on a blank page, chiselling a design in wood, making a new path or planting in my garden. I’m implanting new attitudes and habits in my subconscious mind when focused on what I’m telling it. In this way, I’m changing the neural pathways in my brain. In the morning, my first task is to make the porridge. Having poured the oat flakes into the saucepan, starting my self-talk, I add two cups of water, turn the cooker on and stir the concoction continuously to bring it to the boil, a procedure that takes five minutes. By this time, as I turn the spoon round and round, the gruel has thickened. Turning down the heat, while my spoon makes circles in the cooking porridge, I imagine what my self-talk is doing to my subconscious mind. It is imprinting potential new outlooks, attitudes and habits in my mind, slowly changing the pathways in my brain. Five more minutes of cooking and my porridge will be ready to eat. The ten minutes of self-talk is just the start, in the same way that the porridge is the nutritional foundation for my day.
My self-talk is based upon my life’s purpose and in order to achieve it, I must be consistent and persistent. Otherwise, I’m just wasting time. Hill says: “If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires”. By saying my self-talk, I’m building a fire under my purpose. It all starts with desire, followed by a written-down purpose, and a self-talk which must be said many times daily. Hill explains it this way: “Unless you are one of the two out of every hundred who already have a definite goal at which you are aiming and a definite plan for its attainment, you may read the instructions and then pass on with your daily routine and never comply with those instructions”. The instructions he is referring to are the ones in the chapters on autosuggestion (i.e. self-talk) and the subconscious mind.
Of course my persistence will be tested and there will be many failures along the way. Hill says: “Sometimes it appears that there is a hidden guide whose duty it is to test men through all sorts of discouraging experiences”. So the secret is to get up, dust yourself down and keep improving with the assistance of your mastermind. Eventually, through your self-talk, new attitudes and habits will be imbedded in your mind and success will follow from your actions.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.