Think & Grow Rich Lessons
John Smith Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK

Posted: 2017-07-30

Chapter 15 How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear

In the opening paragraphs of this long chapter, we read about the three ‘enemies’ we need to root out and get rid of, these being INDECISION, DOUBT, and FEAR!

Understandably, in a World which, mainly through gossip and the media,  seeks to focus on the negative, The Sixth Sense functions best when our mind is cleared of any negative thoughts or fears and filled with the positive.

That is not to say that positivity of itself is the complete solution, let’s face it, nobody wants to follow a positive idiot on a suicide mission, but a positive environment allows for the clarity of thought needed to reduce the ‘chatter’ where fear has room to grow.

Of the three ‘enemies’ INDECISION, often a trait of Green personalities, is the seedling of FEAR! Remember this, as you read. Indecision crystalizes into DOUBT, the two blend and become FEAR! The “blending” process often is slow. This is one reason why these three enemies are so dangerous. They germinate and grow without their presence being observed. Ken Klemms 5 second rule is a wonderful defence against Indecision as acting within the first 5 seconds of a decision being required simply allows no time for indecision, fear or doubt to take hold.

Remember:  Earlier in the book we read how leaders generally come from those with the ability to make quick decisions which are changed only rarely and then only slowly? The power of a fast decision is surely that it allows both the conscious and subconscious to work in harmony to move forward with the conscious part of our brain working on the here and now, while the subconscious part, through autosuggestion or daily self-talk, repeated many times a day with passion, emotion and belief, can work on the longer-term plan.

Imagine then how much faster we would be able to achieve that ideal life-style when neither doubt or fear existed and with our head and heart firing on all eight cylinders.  

Although Hill also lists the six basic fears, each of which could raise their ugly heads at one time or another with each having the power to dominate as circumstances change, interestingly both life and science seem to agree that those who live without fear of poverty, criticism or death tend to live longer and happier lives.

Hill states, “Fears are nothing more than states of mind”. “One’s state of mind is subject to control and direction”.  If that statement is held to be true, it means, although we are not able to stop our mind from working 24/7, we can take control and decide what we allow it to focus on, indeed Hill tells us we have ABSOLUTE power over what we think which means, as they are two side of the same coin, life, it is entirely our decision whether we allow the fear or joy of life to reign supreme.  

 John Smith – Gloucester UK.