Think & Grow Rich Lessons
James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Posted: 2017-10-03

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Two quotations spring to mind: “Before you can break out of prison, you must realize you are locked up” Healthy, and: “I know people in chains who are going to stay in chains. Why are they going to stay in chains? Simply because they haven’t the courage to break those chains” Anon. Hill tells us that: “The basis of persistence is the power of will”. To some extent, we are all in chains, chained by the weaknesses to which our personality types are subject and, if we want to establish rewarding relationships with other individuals, we need to diminish or remove those weaknesses.


Network marketing is basically a relationship business. Notice how I used the word “basically” in that last sentence. Maybe, that’s a clue to the greenness of my personality; it indicates I want to get at the facts, as I see them. However, people with green personalities also have a lot of strong points, such as, being organized, good planners and being accurate and persistent. We need to accentuate the good points of personality and eliminate the bad. To eliminate a weakness, one must first become aware of it. Greens tend to think that their way of seeing reality is the only true way, and tend to become dogmatic and controlling; I know this because I have lived through it. We over-analyse experiences and usually, frame them in a pessimistic light. We jump to conclusions, based on our limited expectations of what should happen, and ascribe motivations to peoples’ actions which they never had.


Persistence has a big part to play in breaking these habits. Studying the different characteristics of the different personality types, as in the “Color to Success” tape, is important in helping one realize how it is to live in another’s skin, why the other individual acts in a particular way and, how one's negative behaviour can erect barriers to good communication with that person. I also think it important to include relevant self-development goals in your purpose and desire statements and to include a reference to them in your self-talk. Self-talk spoken many times daily with concentration and feeling is vital for establishing good habits. It tells the subconscious mind the desires to which you want it to give precedence. It is also important to contribute to a master mind group so as to become informed of  limiting beliefs and how to overcome them by becoming success conscious. 


It takes courage to break the chains of bad habits; it requires the cultivation of persistence, such as, by using the following four steps described by Hill: “(1) A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfilment. (2) A definite plan expressed in continuous action. (3) A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances. (4) A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose”.   


                                                                                                                                   Regards and best wishes to all.


                                                                                                                                             James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.