James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Hill says: “You will find additional instructions for the development of persistence in the chapters on autosuggestion and the subconscious mind. Follow the instructions outlined in these chapters until your habit nature hands over to your subconscious mind a clear picture of your desire. From that point on, you will not be handicapped by lack of persistence.”
Without persistence you will not complete your life’s purpose or the desire associated with it. You may have temporary success, but it won’t last. Hill also says, “Persistence depends upon the intensity of your desire” and, “The ease with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely upon the intensity of one’s desire.” A weak flame will go out, but a fire with a strong one will survive.
If you truly believe that you can complete your purpose, you will have faith and self-confidence in your own abilities. As the opening quote says, your mind must be dominated by a clear picture of your desire and you must follow through with action so that your habit nature will hand over that picture to your subconscious mind.
The “Five Steps to Self-confidence” in the chapter on faith are important because they show us how to use self-talk to create a clear mental picture. By repeating the five steps daily, they also help us create this new picture of ourselves. Step 2 says: “I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality; therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily, upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture.”
Persistence is not quitting on your life’s purpose, no matter what obstacles are put in your way. Very often, we create those barriers ourselves; but, reciting a suitable self-talk many times daily will replace the old weak image of ourselves with a powerful self-confident one and bar entry to negative thoughts. However, action is required to imbed the necessary habits. If we feel reluctance to perform a necessary action, such as, saying to ourselves that we feel tired or just not in the mood to participate in this mastermind by writing a lesson, we should, as the title to a famous book recommends, “Feel the Fear but Do it Anyway”. Inspiration will follow action.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland. d+V