Think and Grow Rich: A Practical and Comprehensive Interpretation.
Think and Grow Rich: Part 4 – Autosuggestion and Faith
(part 2 of 2)
As the Napoleon Hill states;
its self-suggestion – to continuously repeat a statement (the suggested steps from chapter 2 in Think and Grow Rich) to yourself so that you can build a strong Faith in it and then build an even stronger belief that it can exist in your life.
It’s is only then that we’ll start taking action towards achieving our desires that are way out of our current comfort zones and ultimately translating our intangible thoughts into physical (tangible) things.
If you have read the Autosuggestion chapter, you will have come across the directions that you must follow in order to build a strong faith and belief that will enable you to acquire your desire/s. The directions are important but what is most important is that these steps must be repeated daily.
Why do we need to repeat them daily?
Repetition is the device that saturates our subconscious mind into believing that we can acquire our desire.
Napoleon Hill states that;
‘there is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage or belief”.
Our subconscious mind is believed to be our emotional mind. This part of our mind responds to all of the habits and actions that we perform on a daily basis that doesn’t require any conscious thinking (e.g. walking). The things that we do that are considered ‘second nature’ to us fall within our subconscious mind/comfort zone.
However, these things were learned at some point in our lives and we have just been doing them for an extremely long time. These habits feel as if they are on autopilot like walking, reading, driving, etc. – they all feel comfortable to do but it required us to practice/repeat it for the habit to become a natural state in us.
These things feel natural to us because we have learned to master them over time and no longer require conscious thinking to figure out how to walk each day or drive our cars. These actions exist in a state of belief in our subconscious mind – we don’t question if we can walk or drive – we absolutely know that we can walk and/or drive and therefore it is a belief accepted by us without any conscious thought towards it.
Similarly, the imagination that simulates us being, doing or having this desire (which is activating our conscious mind) extracts emotions (good emotions if done constructively) that we can associate with from our subconscious mind.
The repetition of these vivid simulations and emotions is what helps us develop a strong faith in acquiring it and eventually a deep belief that we will acquire what we desire within our subconscious mind – the part that holds our current habits and beliefs.
Once the state of belief is reached in our minds, we feel as if we are ready to receive this desire.
In other words, we are now mentally and emotionally prepared to do whatever it takes to get that desire to physically exist within our reality because it's now apart of our self-image and belief system.
Here’s an analogy that will easily explain how this process works as well as introduce our next principle of success.