Mary Collier Arlington, Tennessee, United States
Think and Grow Rich
Chapter 3 - Faith
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.”
Napoleon Hill, says that faith is the “starting point for the accumulation of riches!” He is not only talking about just monetary riches, he is talking about achieving whatever type of success you would like to see happen in your life, such as better health, healthier relationships, a better career opportunity, a new car or home, more wealth and financial stability, whatever it is that you want, you must have enough faith in yourself to believe you can make it happen.
No matter what you do in life, or what your desired goal is, you will run into some challenges, roadblocks, and hardships on the way. Your ability to achieve the goal lies in the strength of your faith in yourself. How badly do you want your goal? Do you believe in yourself enough? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to achieve the goal? To achieve any level of success in life it is essential that you believe in yourself and your ability. You have to have FAITH in yourself.
Hill also talks about the subconscious mind as being part of your faith. In a book I read called “How to Build Self-Confidence” by Brian Tracy, he states that every thing that you have ever thought about, some of which you may have forgotten, positive or negative, is stored in your subconscious mind, ready to manifest itself at any given time. Our subconscious mind is just like a sponge. It absorbs everything we ever think about. You can literally think yourself into a disaster because the subconscious mind cannot distinguish between constructive and destructive thoughts. It works with the material that it is being fed. If you feed it fear, doubt, and unbelief, that is what you will get back. Just like the wind which carries on ship east and one west, your subconscious mind will pull you down according to the way you set your sails of thought.
But, if you constantly think thoughts of boldness and courage and self-assertion, you become progressively bolder and more courageous and more self-assertive. The more you dwell on the person you would like to be, with the qualities you would like to have, the more you implant those deep into your subconscious mind where they will become part of you. What you habitually think about eventually becomes a part of your character and your personality. Unfortunately, we cannot control the thoughts that enter our consciousness. We do, however, control what path to follow when we become aware of a thought.
That is where we really have to rely on our faith because faith can remove the limitations, we place on ourselves. Faith, in Hill’s words, means convincing yourself that your goal is achievable. And faith can be trained and improved through auto-suggestion. If you believe in something or have a specific end in mind, convince your subconscious mind of the opportunity to realize that goal, and after a while, your mind will start to subconsciously act on behalf of your belief system. In a nutshell, you become what you think about. Remember that faith is induced and strengthened by instructions you give to your subconscious mind.