James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Ctrl/Cmd+V Thoughts Are Things
Why did Hill entitle this chapter: “Thoughts Are Things”? He could have said, “Thoughts Are as Real as Material Things”, or, “Thoughts Are Things that Determine Our Success or Failure in Life”. Whatever title he gave this chapter, it would have been incomplete, and he wanted to draw us into the essential substance of the chapter by giving us practical examples of thoughts in action.
It’s not just the thought, but the nature of the thought that counts. You can be affected by idle thoughts or thoughts released by others, or, you can design your own thoughts and place tremendous power and energy behind them to realise your purpose and desires. The powerful self-originated thoughts arise from a definite purpose and desire and are pursued with belief and persistence in a planned way.
Barnes could visualise himself achieving his definite desire and he followed through with a plan and belief and persistence. Even though he didn’t get the partnership he wanted immediately, this did not discourage him: his desire was definite and red hot.
Darby, likewise, learned from the coloured child and from his mining experience the importance of persistence in the face of refusals to buy life insurance.
Henry Ford having dreamed of an eight cylinder engine cast in one block would not take “No” answers from his engineers. He was focused and determined and followed through with persistence.
Hill tells us why the right kind of thoughts are so powerful if pursued with conviction and persistence: “He should have told us that our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds and, by means with which no man is familiar, these ‘magnets’ attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.”
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.