James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Ctrl/Cmd+V The Six Ghosts of Fear
In the mornings, reading my purpose begins with the line: “With Your help Lord, I will grow and develop as a person so as to bring happiness and success into peoples’ lives”. I know that, although there is a long way to travel before my purpose will be completely realized, I have the help of my God and that therefore I cannot fail. He is the Creator of the universe, Whom Hill calls Infinite Intelligence. I am so privileged to be called to give service in His name to those I live among.
Hill says: “You have absolute control over but one thing, and that is your thoughts. This is the most significant and inspiring of all facts known to man! It reflects man’s divine nature. This divine prerogative is the sole means by which you may control your own destiny. If you fail to control your own mind, you may be sure you will control nothing else. If you must be careless with your possessions, let it be in connection with material things. Your mind is your spiritual estate!”. When you think about it, fear of poverty is a recipe for doing nothing. The world is so full of opportunity and we were endowed with super-human powers to fulfil the purpose for which we were created. Why would we let poverty, fear of criticism, fear of ill health, brooding over lost love, fear of old age or fear of death itself limit our possibilities by destroying the faculty of imagination and discouraging initiative by limiting our will power?
I wonder why this chapter is placed at the end of Think and Grow Rich: no progress in achieving our purposes can be made without first becoming aware of and then overcoming our fears. On the other hand, unless you know how to set a purpose and use self-talk to sustain it you will not fully grasp the importance of this chapter or be able to eliminate your fears. Hill says: “Mind control is the result of self-discipline and habit. You either control your mind or it controls you.” I must have decided what I really desire, have formulated my desires into a written-down purpose and use a self-talk to keep my quest for my purpose on track and plan for the attainment of my goals before becoming aware of the obstacles that lie in my path. Otherwise, the task would seem insurmountable. Hill puts it this way: “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. Study the record of any man who achieves noteworthy success and you will observe that he has control over his own mind, moreover, that he exercises that control and directs it toward the attainment of definite objectives. Without this control, success is not possible”.
Regards and best wishes for a happy and successful new Year to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.