Rick Burnett Spanish Fort, Alabama, USA
“NO THOUGHT, whether it be negative or positive, CAN ENTER THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND WITHOUT THE AID OF THE PRINCIPLE OF AUTO-SUGGESTION, with the exception of thoughts picked up from the ether. (Personally I think that those thoughts from the ether would be negative ones considering how they come by default) Stated differently, all sense impressions which are perceived through the five senses, are stopped by the CONSCIOUS thinking mind, and may be either passed on to the subconscious mind, or rejected, at will. The conscious faculty serves, therefore, as an outer-guard to the approach of the subconscious.” Napoleon Hill
Quite a statement it seems! You would think that a negative thought is going to get in no matter what with what we know about how easy it comes for negative thought to get in as opposed to how how much harder a positive thought is to pass through and register,
Hill says the conscious faculty serves as an outer guard to the approach of the sub conscious. Have you ever tried to call a lead and standing between you and them is a seemingly nosy husband or wife asking you qualifying questions before they will let you talk to them? We refer to those kind of people as gatekeepers which would be the same as an outer guard. Once they determine that we are not trying to sell them something they will let us communicate with that party that we were trying to get in touch with.
We have to let our conscious minds be that gatekeeper to what we will let through to the sub conscious mind. On the negative thoughts we have to put up a huge roadblock and refuse to let them through and on the positive thoughts we have to constantly submit them to our subconscious mind through repetition mixed with emotion.
One other thing….. the self confidence formula tells us “I will concentrate my thoughts for 30 minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person that I intend to become thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person.” In this chapter Hill tells us that we have to utilize that concentration and I have found that the only way to do that is my visualization exercises. I neglected that visualization for a long time rationalizing that I just didn't have the time to do it. When I finally did start doing it there was a world of difference. After all Hill tells us that we can’t just do some of the things, we have to do all of them. If we leave even one of the things out then we will fail and I was leaving that out.