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

Posted: 2017-05-29

Chapter 6 Imagination

                               The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. --Michelangelo

No matter what we want to achieve in life it starts with an idea, and all ideas come from the imagination.  When you imagine something not yet manifested like, for example, a $10,000 a month residual income, Hill tells us you "are drafting into your service the same 'stuff' that nature used in creating this earth, and every material form in the universe, including the body and brain in which the thought impulses function."  

In other words, we create what happens to us, we create our experiences including our material possessions, our income and our relationships and Hill's book shows us how to access the stuff of the universe that makes it possible.

Take the $10,000 monthly income as an example.  When we put that out as our goal, the universe begins to respond.  Hill's self confidence formula in Chapter 3 tells us that: "I succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people."   At MFF we attract people by introducing them to the ebook and helping them become educated about network marketing so they can succeed. 

We do this by marketing to people already sold on the concept of network marketing and, at the same time, by always affirming that the best possible leaders are coming our way.  How often have people shared on one of these mastermind calls that they were struggling until they created and used self talk that said exactly what they were on track to accomplish and consistently repeated it to themselves as they were writing ads and sending out contact requests?

Another part of achieving success is to recognize when we are off track and unconsciously putting out messages that don't support our goals.  

For example, how often have you said something like: "I can't even imagine having that much money."  Or "I can't imagine getting to diamond in 6 months," or "I can't even imagine how he or she accomplished so much in a year."  As soon as the words "I can't even imagine" cross your mind, you begin to negate all that you have accomplished with your positive self talk.  And while that may seem obvious, the challenge is to be aware enough to notice when you make that shift into negative thought patterns. 

Some of these thought patterns are so ingrained, so automatic, that we overlook them and don't even realize they are active in our brains.  So the other way to stay on track is to repeat positive self talk so consistently that it takes up all the space in our brains making it  less likely  to slip into default negative patterns.

Another challenge in using your imagination is to think big rather than settle for something small.

The great Michelangelo used his imagination to see a statue in a block of marble before he started sculpting it.  We can do the same by using our imagination to envision whatever creation we desire whether it is a successful business, a large portfolio of investments, powerful relationships or a chance to inspire and influence others to be their best.  And since all creations come from the same place and manifest by the same rules, we might as well go for the big ones by following Michelangelo's advice to aim high and possibly miss our goal rather than settling for something mediocre by aiming too low.

Are the big goals more difficult to achieve?    There is a famous quote from A Course in Miracles that tells us: "There is no order of difficulty in miracles."   If it is just as easy to manifest a big miracle as a small one, why settle for anything less than the best?

Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA