Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Funny Ted Talk, definitely worth watching!

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Imagination

I’m still keeping up with the check list of self help success provided by Napoleon Hill in Think & Grow Rich.  It’s a great feeling to hold yourself accountable.  Will power is just like anything else we do in our lives. We need to practice it, foster its growth, and take time to reflect upon it.

In chapter 6 of Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is about IMAGINATION.

Imagination

Imagination

He calls imagination, “the workshop of the mind.”  That, “Man’s only limitation,within reason, lies in his development and use of his imagination.”

Napoleon Hill divides imagination into two categories: Synthetic Imagination, and Creative Imagination.  The first is where you create something from existing ideas.  The latter, is more about intuition and out of nowhere inspiration.

What’s really fun about this chapter, is reading about Hill’s thoughts about inter-connectivity, energy, and the universe.  For a book written in 1937, these are some pretty “new age” thoughts.

The takeaway from this chapter is to stay open, imagine in your mind your future situation, and listen to the ques on how to make that happen.

Until next chapter

-TT

Faith

Visualization of, and belief in, attainment of desire.

The second step towards riches: Faith

Faith is something that can be taught.  The most common use of faith is in religion.  In current times, the miracles of most religions are so far in the past, that all that is left are lessons and recycled faith.  In context with Think & Grow Rich, this 100% attitude in believing in something that isn’t 100% tangible and factual is what faith is all about.  We have to cultivate faith in our goals and abilities. Desire brought us to this step, now its up to us the build upon that desire and have faith that our goals will come to fruition.

HOW TO DEVELOP FAITH

Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.”

When faith is blended with the vibration of thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence  as in the case of prayer.”

A couple of posts ago I quoted this chapter’s “Self- Confidence Formula”

For convenience, here it is again 🙂

Self Confidence Formula

FIRST. I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my definite purpose in life.  Therefore, I demand of myself persistence  continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.

SECOND. I realize the dominating 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 thirty minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, therby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person.

THIRD. I know through the principle of autosuggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it.  Therefore, I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of self-confidence.

FOURTH. I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life, and I will never stop trying until I shall have development of self-confidence.

FIFTH. 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, selfishness, 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.

Good stuff!!

With that said, on daily task list is now:

1) Twice daily repeat my goals, what I will give in return, and means of achieving those goals- out loud.

2) Visualize daily for about 30 minutes the type of person I want to be.

3) Devote 10 minutes daily to cultivating self confidence.

Update: Yesterday I met with a home owner and have a contract set up to close in a month. Fingers crossed this can be a great win-win real estate investment transaction.

If you think you are beaten, you are,

If you think you dare not, you don’t

If you like to win, but you think you can’t

It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost

For out of the world we find,

SUccess begins with a fellow’s will–

It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think your are outclassed, you are,

You’ve got to think high to rise,

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man,

But soon or late the man who wins

Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!

 

**Quotes come from this post come from:  Think & Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill