James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Ctrl/Cmd+V The Six Ghosts of Fear
“Fears are nothing more than states of mind. One’s mind is subject to control and direction”. Indeed, the title of this chapter is aptly chosen: fears are called ghosts because they are not real, existing as they do only in fearful minds. Minds that are directed by a definite purpose and consumed by a burning desire will quickly send fears on their way.
The trick is, as Napoleon Hill so well puts it: “The most practical of all methods for controlling the mind is the habit of keeping it busy with a definite purpose backed by a definite plan”. In other words, a definite purpose, backed up by a burning desire which is expressed in an empowering self-talk and repeated many times daily, together with specific plans for implementing that desire, is what is needed.
Hill says that fear of poverty and the fear of criticism are the most prevalent fears which must be conquered. Both of these fears inhibit the use of the creative imagination, which is the part of the brain that receives inspiration from Infinite Intelligence. When this faculty is inactive, you are relying on sensory perception for knowledge, and this source of knowledge is notoriously unreliable: read the accounts of evidence given by different witnesses in court cases as proof that perceptions of the same event can vary so much. So, without a fully functioning creative intelligence or sixth sense, access to reliable knowledge is limited.
Fear of poverty does not have to mean fear of impoverishment. It can reveal itself, in the case of network marketing, as an unwillingness to invest in products to enable a distributor to provide prospects with samples of a great product, based on the principle that to accumulate you must be prepared to speculate. To overcome the fear of criticism can mean severing ties with long-time associates and friends and demands a high degree of single-mindedness.
Without an empowering self-talk, vanquishing fears would be impossible. Fears can be compared to diseases that attack the mind and take it over. To conquer disease, you need antibodies to resist it. In a similar way, we need strong empowering words in a self-talk to conquer fears. I would suggest words like calm which encourages level-headedness in all situations; confident, to encourage you never to be afraid of what others think, or be over-awed by their opinions; respectful, to ensure you treat everyone with due respect and to cause you to empathise with them; grateful, for what you have without regretting the mistakes of the past, and exhilarated to indicate that despite the obstacles that will be encountered you are full of life and prepared to overcome them. I would love to hear from members of this mastermind about suggestions for alternative power words that could be used to inoculate against fear.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.