Think and grow rich

Think and grow richIt can’t be that easy, can it? If it was then everyone would be rich. Well, it’s not just about thinking, you need to take some action too, and that is often where people fall down. However, let’s stick with just the thinking bit for now.

Thinking is hard work. So hard, in fact, that your brain tries to avoid doing it if it possibly can. Thinking uses huge amounts of energy and your brain is just as lazy as the rest of you. This is one reason why people find the thinking bit so difficult on the road to becoming rich.

How do rich people get rich?

In his famous book, Napoleon Hill looks at what makes very rich people very rich. He talks about “The Secret” long before the book of the same name and explains that “thoughts are things” and it is our thoughts that will make all the difference. Many people since have talked about how thoughts lead to feelings, feelings lead to actions and actions lead to results. Developing the ability to have helpful thoughts will lead to helpful feelings. These feelings will then enable us to take action and move towards the results we want.

The power of positive thinking

So what are you thinking about? When you are working are you thinking about going home early or are you thinking about what you really want and how you can get it. If you can’t imagine what it is that you want then it is very unlikely that you will be successful. Remember, thinking is hard work and we need to train ourselves to do it. Funnily enough, most of us are very good at visualising bad things happening, but not good things. Again, training ourselves to think about positive outcomes will help.

I am a millionaire, I am a millionaire…

Something that is often suggested to help us develop positive and goal-focused thinking is to make declarations. People are often uncomfortable about making these “every day in every way I’m getting better…”, “I am a millionaire…”  type declarations, and you don’t have to be saying them out loud to feel uncomfortable – just thinking these things can make you feel funny.

Understand the reason for positive declarations

Unfortunately a lot of people who recommend making these declarations don’t explain, or maybe don’t understand themselves, how they are supposed to work.  But making these declarations can help. For example, psychologists have shown that people try to be consistent with statements they have made previously.  Even though you may only be making the declaration to yourself you will try on some level to be consistent with it.

Write down your goals

So why not try making a list of your goals, in the present tense as usually recommended, and reading them out loud.  Something to notice while you are doing this is how uncomfortable you feel. Is it because you just feel silly doing it or is it because you don’t really believe it and you feel like you are telling lies. This is where regularly thinking about your goals and visualising them in detail (using all your senses) can help. Once you change your thinking to believe these things are possible then you won’t feel uncomfortable saying them and you will be getting somewhere.

Think and do anything

To finish off, let’s broaden it a bit. How about an alternative title, “Think and do anything”? It doesn’t have to be about getting rich (although that would be nice). Anything that we want to do requires some thinking about and visualising it can help. For example, I need to remove some wood from the bottom of a door and rehang it. The door is currently leaning against the wall and I need to get around to fixing it. My plan is to visualise the door rehung and think about how nice it looks. I’m then going to say out loud that it looks great and it was easy to do. This will make me feel like I have to get on with it so that I am consistent with my words. Result? Job done! Time to make a start.

Mike CJ February 15, 2010 at 11:55

I’m a strong believer in visualisation – it really, really works. The business about being shy about reciting your objectives is a peculiarly British one I suspect – I don’t know if you are a Brit, but I am, so I feel the same.

Just Not Last February 16, 2010 at 10:12

I agree – if you can’t visualise what you want it’s going to be difficult to get it. Interesting point about British people being shy about reciting objectives, I hadn’t thought about that before but I think you may be right. I am a Brit; from Scotland originally but living in London now. Often when I ask people about what they want to achieve they can hardly say the words for fear of looking foolish, even though their goals would be considered perfectly reasonable by most people.

Just Not Last February 19, 2010 at 08:28

By the way, the above worked for me. That door is planed and rehung and it does look great! it wasn’t so difficult once I got started.

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