Transform Your Desires Into Reality and Live the Life of Your Dreams
Lessons from “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
We all want to live the life that we dream of. Money, success, happiness, good health, freedom — we all want these things. People often work hard to achieve what they want in life. Yet, they do not get the results they wanted.
What if there was a way to get whatever you want in life? It is not the usual advice — work hard and be successful. What if there was another way? A simpler, easier way. And, with even better results.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is one of the best books ever written on achieving the things you desire. This book describes easy and practical ways to achieve your monetary goals in life. The methods described in this book can also be used to manifest any other desire of yours.
Thoughts are Things
The most powerful tool that we have is our mind. We create thoughts with our minds. All we have to do to create the life we desire is to carefully choose our thoughts.
But that won’t be just enough.
The very first line in Chapter 1 of the book goes like this:
“TRULY, ‘thoughts are things,’ and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects.”
This statement sums it all up. When our thoughts are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and desire, we will see that desire manifest into physical things.
Now let’s break it down.
What is it that you want to achieve? Be clear it and make sure you have a burning desire to get it. Do you want money? If yes, how much? What is the exact amount you want to achieve? Be as specific as you can be.
Desire is the first step towards riches.
The author describes the six practical steps to transform your desire into its financial equivalent. Here are the steps, in brief:
- Be specific about the amount of money you want to receive.
- Determine what you intend to give in return for the money.
- Fix a date you will receive this money.
- Create a plan to carry out your desire and put this plan into action.
- Write all of this down on a piece of paper.
- Read everything out loud twice a day, preferably in the morning after you wake up and just before you go to bed. Read it as if you have already received it.
When you do the things mentioned in the above steps, you show your intention and that you are ready to achieve what you desire. Remember, this is applicable to any desire, not just financial desires.
Definiteness of Purpose
Again, you must be absolutely clear about what it is that you want to achieve. It is very important that you are as clear and as specific as you can be. When you list out the things mentioned in the above steps, you clearly define what your purpose is. You are clear about what you want to achieve and you are also clear about the plan to achieve it.
Most people think that by knowing the end result and constantly thinking about it, we will manifest it.
You won’t become a millionaire just by thinking that you are a millionaire. You also have to know what it is that you are going to do that will help you become a millionaire. Are you planning on starting a business? Do you want to launch a product that will solve people’s problems? What value are you going to add to people’s lives? How will you benefit the world?
Have a clear plan.
Persistence is the path to success. If you do not see your desires come to reality, do not give up. Keep going. Riches will not come easily. You will fail on your path to success. But if you give up upon failing, you will never see success.
“Without PERSISTENCE, you will be defeated, even before you start. With PERSISTENCE you will win.”
Merely wishing for something will not get you to it. If it would, the book would be called Wish and Grow Rich, not Think and Grow Rich.
Don’t wish for something to happen or manifest. Riches respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant PERSISTENCE.
How to Get What You Want?
In addition to the above, there are certain things you need to do that will help you become a magnet to your desires.
Use Feelings and Emotions
When you mix positive thoughts with feelings and emotions, you create a vibration. If you are vibrating in the same frequency as that of your desires, you are likely to manifest them quicker.
Whenever you are thinking about your desires or you are following the six steps mentioned before, make sure to use feelings and emotions. If you are reading the written statement of your desires and plans, think about how you would feel if you already possessed these things.
For example, if you want to manifest your dream car, think about how it would feel to drive it, which places would you be visiting in your car, who will be sitting next to you when you are driving, and how would the car smell.
Believe you can achieve and you will achieve it. If you desire to manifest a million dollars but deep inside you don’t really believe you can do it then you are certainly going to fail. It is because you lack FAITH.
Faith is another powerful tool that will help you achieve your desires. How to develop faith? Through auto-suggestion or self-talk as described below.
Auto-suggestion is the use of affirmations to feed your subconscious mind with your desires. Repetition of affirmations will trigger your subconscious mind to develop faith. The thought of your desires can not enter into the subconscious mind without the use of auto-suggestions.
It is important to make use of emotions and feelings too.
“Plain, unemotional words do not influence the subconscious mind. You will get no appreciable results until you learn to reach your subconscious mind with thoughts, or spoken words which have been well emotionalized with BELIEF.”
Make sure to use the present tense when you are using auto-suggestion. Use “I am” or “I have” instead of “I want”.
- Wrong: I want to make $1,000,000.
- Right: I have made $1,000,000.
Remember this: You don’t manifest what you want. You manifest what you are.
Everything that has ever been created by man was first created through imagination. Imagination will help you see your desires come to reality. Make sure to use creative imagination when you are thinking about your desires.
The most practical way to use creative imagination is through visualization. The power of visualization is that you can see it before it has been done or achieved.
All you have to do is close your eyes, relax, and then see yourself living your dream life with all your desires coming to reality. Again, remember to mix feelings and emotions when you use your imagination.
The following steps will help you clear the doubts about transforming your desires into reality. Follow these steps precisely and see your life change for the better.
- Step 1: Set the intention. Have a definite purpose. Know what you want.
- Step 2: Create a burning desire to achieve what you want. Follow the six steps mentioned on the topic of desire.
- Step 3: Have faith. Don’t stop believing in yourself and your desires.
- Step 4: Use visualization and creative imagination to see your desires come to reality.
- Step 5: Use auto-suggestion and affirmations. Write down the affirmations and repeat them daily.
- Step 6: Remember to use emotions and feelings to create thought-vibrations and to create an alignment with your desires.
- Step 7: Develop persistence. Don’t give up.
“Our only limitations are those we set up in our minds.”
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