James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
We have now reached the stage in Think and Grow Rich when we must think about planning and action. The definite purpose that drove Edwin Barnes to create a definite desire, that he churned round and round in his mind until it became a burning obsession, eventually impelled him to use his imagination to create a definite plan. Then he took action to give effect to his plan. Hill says in the chapter on desire: “Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.” That is, start with what you have, namely, the synthetic imagination, which is, the material of experience, education and observation.
We then bring that desire alive by repeating it over and over again in our minds, just as Barnes did, until it became a burning obsession. That self-talk or autosuggestion was concentrated, passionate and full of feeling and it doubled and re-doubled faith that the desire would be attained. If you use the synthetic imagination first and super-charge it with the passion of concentrated suggestion, inspiration will follow from the creative imagination, just as surely as day follows night. Hill describes the creative imagination, as follows: “Through the faculty of creative imagination, the finite mind of man has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence. It is the faculty through which ‘hunches’ and ‘inspirations’ are received. It is by this faculty that all basic or new ideas are handed over to man. It is through this faculty that one individual may ‘tune in’ or communicate with the subconscious minds of other men.” We must act on those inspirations when they are received in a spirit of gratefulness and humility. Use them to plan, revise and plan again helped by the specialized knowledge and support available from the mastermind of experienced like-minded people.
Every discovery, invention or business arose from an idea and ideas are products of the imagination. Asa Candler mixed an idea derived from his imagination with the formula given to him by the doctor to discover Coca-Cola. Frank Gunsaulus also had a definite purpose and a burning desire which he turned over and over in his head for two years until he forced himself to take his desire seriously, and act. The intense and passionate desire fermenting in his brain was passed on to his subconscious mind which called out to Infinite Intelligence for a plan to achieve his goal. The plan was simple but very practical and it achieved the desired result.
Hill too had an idea which he says “was coaxed, nursed and enticed to remain alive. Gradually, the idea became a giant under its own power, and it coaxed, nursed and drove me. Ideas are like that. First, you give life and action and guidance to ideas, then, they take on power of their own and sweep aside all opposition."
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.