I wanted to write this following post about the second chapter of Napoleon Hill’s Think And Grow Rich and wanted to share some of my thoughts and what I got out of reading this second chapter.
The second chapter is on faith. Faith in Hill’s view is so vital that nothing great has been achieved without faith, according to him. Faith in its essence is simply self-confidence or the confidence in your ability to achieve what you set out to achieve; or desire.
And self-confidence – and thus faith – can be induced in yourself, in your sub-conscious mind through auto-suggestion which is simply self-suggestion, meaning suggestion by yourself to yourself. Comparably to an auto-biography which is written by the person about the person.
Hill suggests 5 steps to creates self-confidence and to create faith:
These 5 statements are basically affirmations geared towards creating self-confidence. This is the first one:
I know I ave the ability to achieve the object of my definite purpose in life, therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment. I herein now promise to render such action.
This is the first of five statements which affirms that self-confidence and belief that we are able to achieve our objective.
The second statement is about creating a mental image and visualizing, and knowing that those visual images will transform into physical reality eventually. So, the second statement is:
I realize the dominant thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward physical action and gradually transform themselves into physical reality. Therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for 30 minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become. Thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person.
The third statement is specifically about self-confidence and knowing that any desire that is held in the mind for long enough will seek expression though practical means of achieving that desire through auto-suggestions. it reads as follows:
I know through the principle of auto-suggestion, any desire I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of obtaining the object back of it. Therefore, I will devote 10 minutes daily to demanding of myself self-confidence.
Now, the fourth statement is about the definite chief aim in you life. Napoleon Hill does not go into much detail how you find out what your chief aim in life is, so what I did is get really quiet through meditation and looked at what I actually wanted and then wrote that down. That is a prerequisite for this following statement:
I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life and I will never stop trying until I have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment.
Thus, one step here is to actually write down your statement and the second would be to develop the self-confidence to obtain it.
The last – the fifth – statement is quite interesting because it is a bit different than the others. This one is about how nothing substantial, no wealth, no status, no power can ever last if it is not built on truth and justice. Hill mentions how important it is to eliminate negative thoughts from your mind and basically says that you have to give first in order to receive. The full statement goes as follows:
I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice. Therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use and the cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy and cynicism by developing love for all humanity because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me because I will believe in them and in myself.
Especially this last part is really powerful! You can get others to believe in you if you believe in the and in yourself. It’s not only about giving everything away completely but also about creating that self-confidence to believe in your own ability to achieve your desire.
Those are all very interesting points on faith and besides that Hill also lists a lot of people who have achieved what seemed to the impossible because of faith. Combining desire and faith is a powerful mechanism which will help most likely anybody to get just that much closer to their goal in life.