James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Ctrl/Cmd+V The Six Ghosts of Fear
A quotation from Napoleon Hill: “… every human being has the ability to completely control his own mind, and with this control, obviously, every person may open his mind to the tramp thought impulses which are being released by other brains, or close the door tightly and admit only thought impulses of his own choice”. We all are subject to receiving thought impulses from other brains: we have been receiving them since we were little, and some of those thoughts have been imprinted so solidly and stealthily in our subconscious minds that it takes an effort for us to even become aware of them.
We were taught that money is the source of all evil; that money is the source of corruption; that wealthy people hold power and that power corrupts; that it is harder for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to be saved; and so on and on. The implication is that as long as one has enough to get by, one should be happy. These are limiting beliefs because it is the love of money that is the source of evil and it is the pursuit of this love that leads to corruption and to sin. We were also told to mind your place; not to try to get too far beyond one’s self; to get a secure 9 to 5 job, and not to question what is commonly believed. Out of such thoughts arose the susceptibility to the fear of criticism.
Hill tells us that all is not lost because we have free will and the power to control our own minds: “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”. Developing the control of the mind is the secret to fulfilling one’s life purpose. Hill says: “… 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 chip on the waves of the ocean”.
It is necessary to decide on a life’s purpose and it should be written down and recited morning and evening with emotion, accompanied by visual images of attaining that purpose. It should be supported by an emotional self-talk said many times daily, without which it will die. The trick is to keep the mind so occupied that negative thoughts and fears cannot enter it. However, it is imperative that one also seeks out the negative thoughts that have already taken up residency in the mind and plan to evict them; for this reason, I would recommend diligently completing the questionnaire “Think before You Answer” at the end of this chapter. If you do this you will know more about yourself than the majority of people.
What you put into your mind is what you will get out. You wouldn’t put farm diesel into your car. You would feed it good quality petrol and you would have it serviced and checked regularly for faults by a qualified mechanic. Follow Hill’s advice in Think and Grow Rich and open your mind to the wisdom flowing week in week out from the Mentoring for Free mastermind.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.