Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Nathan Grimes Lubbock, TX, United States

Posted: 2017-07-30

 

CHAPTER 15 HOW TO OUTWIT
THE SIX GHOSTS OF FEAR

Fears are nothing more than states of mind. One's state
of mind is subject to control and direction. Man can
create nothing which he does not first conceive in the
form of an impulse of thought. Man’s thought impulses
begin immediately to translate themselves into their
physical equivalent, whether thoughts are voluntary and
involuntary.

Worry is a state of mind based upon fear. It works slowly,
but persistently. It is insidious and subtle. Step by step
it "digs itself in" until it paralyzes one's reasoning
faculty, destroys self-confidence and initiative. Worry is
a form of sustained fear caused by indecision therefore it
is a state of mind which can be controlled.

I am going to tell you about one of the yellowest person
I have ever known, my mother. She was a very caring person,
always concerned about anyone else. She loved the four of
us deeply and provided as much attention to each of us as
she could. Mom and Dad did love each though there were
conflicts that did come up. My Dad was a strong green with
a shade of red, you know the one that was always right and
it had to be done his way.

My Mom did have one overwhelming trait, she was the queen
of worry and fear. From a difficult childhood, her mother
died when she was 12 and granddad was an alcoholic, life
was not easy. She born at the beginning of the depression
and lived through WWII. She married Dad 3 week shy of her
16th birthday.

You could take all of six ghosts of fear, she had them all,
sometime all at the same time. I can tell you her fears
could be put into three columns: fear of what might happen
(future events, most of which ever happen) fear of what is
happening (what will others think) and fears about did happen
(they are now past and could not be change with one ounce of
worry). Let me assure you I loved my Mom, but this was just
who she was.

I am grateful to have witnessed this, even though the memories
bring sadness, I now see that I do not have to live in those
fears. No longer is there a need to worry about what others
think about me for I know they only concerned about themselves.
Fear of Poverty is not the road I will run on, but on the
assurance of the wealth that is mine.

The six basic fears become translated into a state of worry,
through indecision. Relieve yourself, forever of the fear of
death, by reaching a decision to accept death as an inescapable
event. Whip the fear of poverty by reaching a decision to get
along with whatever wealth you can accumulate WITHOUT WORRY.
Put your foot upon the neck of the fear of criticism by reaching
a decision NOT TO WORRY about what other people think, do, or
say. Eliminate the fear of old age by reaching a decision to
accept it, not as a handicap, but as a great blessing which
carries with it wisdom, self-control, and understanding not
known to youth.

If you demand riches, determine what form, and how much will be
required to satisfy you. You know the road that leads to riches.
You have been given a road map which, if followed, will keep you
on that road. If you neglect to make the start, or stop before
you arrive, no one will be to blame, but YOU. This responsibility
is yours. No alibi will save you from accepting the responsibility
if you now fail or refuse to demand riches of Life, because the
acceptance calls for but one thing--incidentally, the only thing
you can control--and that is a STATE OF MIND. A state of mind is
something that one assumes. It cannot be purchased it must be
created.

Thanks to Linda and Michael Delouhy for putting me on the path
to controlling and conquering the ghosts of fear. Thank you,
Thank you to Bob Shoaf for being my personal mentor and friend.
A loud Thank You to each person on these calls for the gifts of
your wisdom. I must give a very special Thank You to everyone
​who downloaded the email and now allows me to be a mentor.

Nathan Grimes
Lubbock, TX USA