Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Tony Harnett Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 2016-10-19

Chapter 4 – Auto Suggestion

Hill States “Nature has so built man that he has ABSOLUTE CONTROL over the material which reaches his subconscious mind, through his five senses, although this is not meant to be construed as a statement that man always EXERCISES this control. In the great majority of instances, he does NOT exercise it, which explains why so many people go through life in poverty”

In previous lessons about this chapter, I’ve written about how I use auto suggestion to attract the things I WANT.

Yes I’ve been through the book multiple times and yes I say my self-talk regularly and yes I employ many of the ideas conveyed by others …

But … awhile back, I had to ask myself “do I really understand this principle of auto suggestion and am I doing it correctly?”

So, I went on a search to understand it more clearly and what I’m going to share with you is borrowed from someone else but my hope is that it can help others the way it has helped me.

To me … it’s a 5-Step Instruction Manual for Auto Suggestion

Auto Suggestions are positive words and sentences used repeatedly to change your perception. It is a self-development method used to create new, positive beliefs about yourself as well as an effective method for ending bad habits. Auto suggestion works by placing ideas into your subconscious and making it believe they are true.


Step 1 - Identify the things you want to change. Decide what personality traits you want. Identify the bad habits you want to get rid of. Determine the obstacles you want to overcome. Choose something that you really desire. Make sure it is consistent with your other goals, specific and detailed, not harmful to others, and is challenging but realistic.

Step 2 - Choose something believable. Make sure the auto suggestion is believable to yourself. If you don’t believe it, then it will not work. For example, instead of saying “I make $100,000 per year,” say “I choose to earn $100, 000 per year.”

Step 3 - Use emotions. In order for an auto suggestion to work, it must trigger feelings. The more meaningful the auto suggestion is to you, the more effective it is.

Step 4 - Use the first person. The auto suggestions are for you and no one else. Don’t make your auto suggestions based on what you want other people to be or how they think you should be. Make the auto suggestion what you want to be

Step 5 - Be positive. Auto suggestions are more effective when paired with positive thinking. Using positive statements also keep you motivated to accomplish your goals. Avoid negativity. Avoid using negative phrases such as “I cannot,” “I will not,” or “I do not want.” For example use “I am brave,” instead of “I am not afraid.”


I opened this lesson with a quote from Hill which I will paraphrase “the majority of people do not exercise absolute control over that which reaches their subconscious mind … this is why so many people go through life in poverty”

Again … my hope is that this will help you to exercise more control over that which reaches your subconscious mind … just as it has helped me!

With Appreciation, Tony Harnett.