Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Tony Harnett Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 2016-03-23

Chapter 4 – Auto Suggestion


Hill States “Recall what has been said about the subconscious mind resembling a fertile garden spot, in which weeds will grow in abundance, if the seeds of more desirable crops are not sown therein”

About 9 years ago I met my lovely wife (the Princess) and several years later I moved into her tiny apartment with her. Apartment living was all she’d ever known and the thought of home ownership was something that was only a dream to her.

We stayed in that tiny apartment for about a year and then went on the hunt for a home to call our own. I know Deb still didn’t think it was going to come to fruition but after looking at several homes … we finally found one that would fit our needs and I said to her “lets put in an offer” … her reply “really?”

We’ve been in that home for about 4 years now and I think back to when we first moved in.

Although not a huge lot … the lawn was over-run with weeds. Deb spent many hours on her hands and knees plucking-up those weeds, over seeding the lawn, fertilizing and plucking the few weeds that came back year after year. We still see a few from time to time but nothing compared to 4 years ago, and a whole lot easier to control. Deb is so very proud of her accomplishment and I’m so very proud of her for not giving up!

Our minds are similar to the lawn. We’re surrounded by negative input (the weeds) just waiting to overtake our minds (the lawn) if given the opportunity.

It’s tough to get away from the negative unless we live in a bubble. If we’re out in the world, we hear it all the time. Standing in line at the grocery store we hear someone complaining about this or that. When we’re out having dinner in a restaurant the negative is flowing from the tables around us. When we have family get-togethers … they sure love to complain.

No matter how hard we try … we just can’t seem to completely eliminate it. We can, however, minimize the effects.

Michael has been asked what his secret to success is … his answer “Self Talk”

When we say out Self Talk, it’s like we’re overseeding and fertilizing the lawn … the positive thoughts will flourish just as the grass flourishes. As the grass becomes lush and thick … there is no room for the weeds. When we say our Self Talk as many times as we possibly can in a day … the positive thoughts flourish and there’s no room for the negative to get in.

Micheal once said to me “Tony, when you say your self talk 600 to 1,000 times a day … magic happens” … He wasn’t wrong!

With Appreciation, Tony Harnett