Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Jean McLeod Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Posted: 2017-02-15

Imagination

Recently, when I attended a conference, we were asked to close our eyes and imagine that we were on a roof... (go ahead, start imagining!) How did you get there? Imagine the climb, feel the emotion, engage your senses, feel the breeze, the temperature, notice the weather, the smells, the sounds .  Ok you're up there.  You made the climb!  It is exhilarating and maybe terrifying all at the same time. Get centered, take a deep breath, enjoy the view.  Now walk slowly to the edge and put your toes over the edge.  Stay there a minute and take in all of that emotion.  Now back away slowly from the edge.  

That's what doing this business feels like to me.  Today, before I even knew what this chapter was about, I climbed back on that "roof" to see what the fear was all about.  I recognized that it is about doing this, as I have for 20 years, all by myself.  I went to the edge; fearful, nauseous, and shaking and put my toes over the edge and just stood there to see what would happen in that most terrifying spot.   Within seconds, someone walked up behind me and stood next to me.  The edge didn't seem so terrifying.  "He" put his arm around my waist and we backed away from the edge.  That was powerful!  

When I opened up Think and Grow Rich Lessons and saw what the lesson was about, I smiled, eager to get some more insight.  I was not disappointed!

Hill reminds us: "Riches, when they come in huge quantities, are never the result of HARD work! Riches come, if they come at all, in response to definite demands, based upon the application of definite principles, and not by chance or luck. Generally speaking, an idea is an impulse of thought that impels action, by an appeal to the imagination. All master salesmen know that ideas can be sold where merchandise cannot. Ordinary salesmen do not know this - that is why they are “ordinary."

Millions of people go through life hoping for favorable “breaks.” Perhaps a favorable break can get one an opportunity, but the safest plan is not to depend upon luck. It was a favorable “break” that gave me the biggest opportunity of my life— but—twenty- five years of determined effort had to be devoted to that opportunity before it became an asset. 

... begin at once to put your imagination to work on the building of a plan, or plans, for the transformation of your DESIRE into money. Detailed instructions for the building of plans have been given in almost every chapter. Carry out the instructions best suited to your needs, reduce your plan to writing, if you have not already done so. The moment you complete this, you will have DEFINITELY given concrete form to the intangible DESIRE. Read the preceding sentence once more. Read it aloud, very slowly, and as you do so, remember that the moment you reduce the statement of your desire, and a plan for its realization, to writing, you have actually TAKEN THE FIRST of a series of steps, which will enable you to convert the thought into its physical counterpart."  

Time to re-engage with that action plan.

Thank you Michael and Linda for your plan and purposefulness in creating this whole platform.  You have met many of us on our "roofs".  May we all continue to have amazing encounters on our "roofs" as we face our fears and construct our plans, change our stinkin' thinkin' and thrive in the amazing opportunities before us.  We are destined to win!  

Jean McLeod