James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Charting the progress of “Think and Grow Rich” to date, we are told in the chapter ‘Thoughts are Things’ that our thoughts determine our success or failure in life. Then, to make our thoughts effective, we are told, we must each have a definite desire that we completely believe in before they can have the potential to become our reality. Hill now tells us we need to use our imaginations so as to be able to form a definite plan of action. He says: “The impulse, the desire is given shape, form and action through the aid of the imaginative faculty of the mind.”
Hill tells us that in order to realize a desire, we must be decisive and take action. A touch of the red temperament in our make-up, enabling us to take charge of our thoughts and to confidently bring to fruition what we desire, is needed. He says: “Desire is only a thought, an impulse. It is nebulous and ephemeral. It is abstract and of no value until it has been transformed into its physical counterpart.” To do this effectively, a desire must be accompanied by a plan.
To plan effectively, we need to be able to use the creative imagination because, depending on how well we use our self-talk to influence our subconscious minds, Infinite Intelligence will inspire it with the necessary help. Our desires must be shot through with very strong feelings, if our subconscious minds can successfully enlist the help of Infinite Intelligence. While in communication with us, Infinite Intelligence directs us by means of hunches and inspirations through the sixth sense. If we don’t use this guidance when we get it, we lose out. This is where we again need to be decisive doers; we need to write down these hunches and use them as soon as possible. We can also work with the material of experience, education and observation, and use the synthetic imagination to design plans to achieve our desires.
The story of the clergyman, Frank Gunsaulus, is an excellent illustration of how to use a definite purpose, and a burning desire fanned by a suitable self-talk, to stimulate the imagination to provide us with a blueprint for success. He had the definite purpose of wanting to set up a college, where young people would be given the chance to do practical things, so as to correct what he saw as the defects in the education system of his day. Hill says: “He recognized too that definiteness of purpose takes on animation, life and power when backed by a burning desire to translate that purpose into its material equivalent.” His burning desire was to find a million dollars to execute his project and so intense was his self-talk that “he took that thought to bed with him. He got up with it in the morning. He took it with him everywhere he went. He turned it over and over in his mind until it became a burning obsession with him.” When he reached the decision to get the million dollars within a week, God (Infinite Intelligence) inspired him with a plan to “preach a sermon the following morning entitled, ‘What I would do if I had a million dollars’.” His sermon was so passionate and convincing that it touched the heart of a generous donor.
Like Frank Gunsaulus, Napoleon Hill also had a purpose. His purpose was to bring to the world the money-making secret that made fortunes for hundreds of very wealthy men, and he spent 25 years of his life in research before he fulfilled his purpose. He says: “When the idea was first planted in my mind by Mr. Carnegie, it 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.”
Are your purpose and desires so strong that they drive you?
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.