Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States

Posted: 2016-10-18

Chapter 4 Autosuggestion

  "Auto-suggestion is the agency of control through which an individual may voluntarily feed his subconscious mind on thoughts of a creative nature, or, by neglect, permit thoughts of a destructive nature to find their way into this rich garden of the mind."   --Napoleon Hill

Have you ever felt stuck, somehow unable to move forward and yet being very clear you don't want to go back?  Recently I let go of a long-held position as a volunteer staff person at a local organization.  I left  to free up time and energy for my business, and yet since leaving, more than anything, I have felt stuck. 

Reading this chapter helped me realize that what I have is a general idea of what I want to do and where I want to be in a year or 5 years, but these aren't burning desires..not yet, and if I want a burning desire, it's up to me to create it by using concentration to generate effective autosuggestion..or as Hill says:  "Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession."

Hill gives us an effective 6-step process to create a burning desire, but first we must state what that desire is.  I've noticed with myself and others I have worked with that initially desires or "whys" are expressions of lack..."I want this and this and this because I don't have it at the moment."  With time and self-development we become more introspective and authentic in what we ask the universe to provide....and it will provide.  If it hears lack, that is what we get.   If it hears a consistent and persistent statement of an authentic burning desire, then that is what we get instead.

Hill's 6-step process can be boiled down to the essentials, which are write down clearly what you want, state when you are willing to receive it and what you are willing to give in return.  Then read your statement out loud twice a day.  A recent post by Margi Starr was a great example and one I have adapted to my situation.

 I wrote down what I want in the way of a home, a car, relationships and business success, and added what I am willing to give back:  blog inspiring and informative info regularly, stay organized and focused, build relationships with regular follow-up and motivate others to be their best.  My statement also includes  who I want to be...as who we choose to be is ultimately our greatest gift (or not if we choose by default) to ourself and others.  Our state of being is also what attracts others to us and why Michael always says "To make more we must become more."  My list includes things like writing daily expressions of gratitude for an abundant life, and choosing joy, and peace of mind, while expressing patience and compassion and experiencing vibrant health with lots of energy.  

If you have been part of this mastermind for awhile you know how important auto-suggestion (or self-talk) is to your success.  When we follow Hill's 6-step process and express a genuine burning desire, then creating self talk that helps us achieve it is easy. (And then of course we need to commit to repeating it daily at least 1000 times)  What we're really talking about here is harnessing the power of the universe, letting go of the struggle, getting unstuck and flowing with a powerful energy that guides us to be our best.

Ultimately it is a matter of choice. Will we choose from lack or from our authentic selves?  Do we want the same old life we've always had, or are we ready for one that is new and different, that brings abundance and makes a genuine contribution to the world?  It's up to us to decide.

Celeste Smucker, Nellysford VA

“When you make a choice, you change the future.”  --Deepak Chopra