“BEFORE you can put any portion of this philosophy into
successful use, your mind must be prepared to receive it.
The preparation is not difficult. It begins with study,
analysis, and understanding of three enemies which you
shall have to clear out. These are INDECISION, DOUBT, and
FEAR!” Napoleon Hill
Most military leaders spend years studying the tactics of
past foes and likely future foes. They study, analysis and
develop an understanding of them for the purpose developing
plans for defense and offense action.
According to Napoleon Hill, we are told to do the same with
these three enemies: indecision, doubts and fear. Knowledge
of these three begins with definitions: “indecision” is
uncertainty, doubt, indecisiveness, irresolution or vacillation;
“doubt” is lack of faith, conviction, apprehension or distrust;
fear is alarm, despair, terror.
Last week we studied the power “The Sixth Sense” can manifest
in our lives. This we are warned “The Sixth Sense” will never
function while these three negatives, or any of them remain
in your mind. The members of this unholy trio are closely
related; where one is found, the other two are close at hand.
Hills states, “Fears are nothing more than states of mind.
One's state of mind is subject to control and direction.”
The assurance before us is this “fear” as a state of mind
can be controlled and directed. This ability is a gift from
the Infinite Intelligence, God, placed within each of us.
The choice is ours to use or ignore. Nature has endowed man
with absolute control over but one thing, and that is thought.
This fact, coupled with the additional fact that everything
which man creates, begins in the form of a thought, leads one
very near to the principle by which fear may be mastered.
For many years I had dream of writing or publishing an article,
a post, a blog, even reading a book. The fear of criticism
always seen to raise it ugly head. A few of the message I hear
in my head or I spoke to myself were “What would others think
or say?” Or “I am a poor speller!” Another, “I wouldn’t know what
to say?” The big one “You don’t have everything important to say!”
The truth is this. It does not matter what another think or say,
it matters what I think of myself. I have spellchecked on my
computer! God will and has given me the wisdom I must share.
The messages I need to write could be what just one person may
need right now and wouldn’t want them to die within me.
Thanks to Linda and Michael Dlouhy for not let their message to
die within them, but boldly gives them to us. To Bob Shoaf, my
gratitude for all the encouragement you give. To all of my
fellow travelers on this journey called Mentoring for Free,
thank you, thank you thank you. My deepest appreciation to
everyone who has downloaded the e-book and speak with me weekly.