James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
The dictionary gives the following definitions of faith: 1. trust or confidence in someone or something, 2. strong beliefs in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof, 3. a strongly held belief. What, one might well ask, does faith mean in connection with thinking and growing rich in the material and spiritual senses? Surely, it means, firstly, that a person believes whatever life-purpose and desire that he/she conceives, is achievable, and secondly, that he /she has the mental capacity to achieve them.
Regarding the Five Steps to Self-confidence, Hill says: “Taking inventory of mental assets and liabilities, you may discover that your greatest weakness is lack of self-confidence. This handicap may be surmounted, and timidity translated into courage, through the aid of the principle of autosuggestion. The application of this principle may be made through a simple arrangement of positive thought impulses stated in writing, memorized, and repeated until they become a part of the working equipment of the subconscious faculty of your mind”. In my opinion, memorizing and repeating these positive thoughts along with autosuggestion and visualization many times daily covers all the requirements for the inducing of faith. Let’s look at each step of the process in turn.
In step one, having read your life-purpose, your confidence to achieve it is affirmed and consolidated through reading it with conviction. “I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my definite purpose in life; therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its achievement, and I here and now promise to render such action”.
Step two is a commitment to practise your self-talk, using visualization and sets out the benefits arising from doing this. “I will concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily, upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture”.
In step three, you affirm the need to incorporate a demand for self-confidence in your self-talk: “. . . therefore I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of self-confidence”.
Step four acknowledges that your purpose or definite chief aim in life has been written down and that the effort to achieve it must be unending: “. . . . I will never stop trying, until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment”.
By saying and memorizing step five you pledge to acquire the positive thoughts and attitudes needed to be successful. There is a commitment to be truthful and honest in all your dealings with people; a willingness to devote your life to serving others rather than your own greed and ego; to eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness and cynicism and to believe in others and in yourself. Finally, there is the promise to repeat and memorize the five steps once a day so that you will become a successful and self-reliant person, and to sign an undertaking to do so.
Repeating and memorizing the Five Steps to Self-confidence daily is a practical way of developing the faith that you can attain your purposes and desires through autosuggestion or self-talk.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.