Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States
Chapter 3 Faith
The subconscious mind makes no distinction between constructive and destructive thought impulses...
it will translate into reality a thought driven by fear just as readily as
it will translate into reality a thought driven by courage, or faith. --Napoleon Hill
In Chapter 3, Hill tells us how a strong faith can help us achieve our goals and transform a desire into its physical equivalent. He also introduces us to the idea of self talk as the main tool for developing faith.
In an early trip through this chapter, the connection between self talk and faith was a huge "aha" moment for me, and I continue to be awed by it each time through the book. Not only does it make sense, but it makes the idea of faith into something that is clear and attainable for anyone.
Based on this idea, I like to think of faith as something we invest in that over time pays big dividends. When we create and practice an emotion-packed self talk every day we make a positive investment in our faith, and it grows helping us achieve the outcomes we desire. It's just a matter of being consistent.
But consistency is also what makes this process challenging. Like the quote says, "the subconscious mind makes no distinction between constructive and destructive thought impulses," so we must be alert to the messages (the unconscious self-talk) we feed ourselves throughout the day. We need enough self awareness to notice when we turn negative (and we will) and say "Stop It" to ourselves, and/or immediately watch the Stop It video.
If we don't, our investment in faith is negative, making it weaker; and when that happens we begin to question our desires wondering if they are really worth the time and trouble. Or maybe we start looking around for other opportunities or companies that someone convinces us will make us richer faster. Or perhaps we distract ourselves by deciding we need a new computer or an improved iPhone, and run up the tab on our credit cards.
But these distractions only cause our faith to shrink faster and we end up with undesirable outcomes like struggle, anxiety about where the next dollar is coming from, sleepless nights and unfulfilled lives full of disappointment about what could have been.
Yet all of this is within our control. We always have the choice of whether to build our faith or tear it down, whether we live in a state of love with a growing faith in ourselves and our choices or a state of fear.
As Hill says, the subconscious "will translate into reality a thought driven by fear just as readily as it will translate into reality a thought driven by courage, or faith." And the good news is we always have the power to choose which one it is.
Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA