The book I’m reading for January is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It’s a fascinating book written in the 1930s. Hill devoted 25 years of his life and spoke with 500 successful and wealthy men. He discovered 13 steps that all the men had in common and used to obtain their wealth. This is my second time reading this book and Hill says it takes three times to fully understand the content. Also, you must faithfully complete the exercises he lays out to get the most out of the book. In this chapter, he writes about 5 techniques for using auto-suggestion to obtain what you desire.
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5 Techniques For Using Auto-Suggestion
Auto-suggestion is the third step to obtaining what you desire. I wrote about steps one and two, Desire and Faith, in my last two blog posts. When talking about auto-suggestion, you must understand how your conscious and subconscious mind works. All suggestions and self-administered stimuli reach our mind to your five senses. Auto-suggestion becomes a bridge between your conscious and subconscious mind. Your dominating thoughts are contained in your conscious mind. By using auto-suggestion or positive affirmations, they will move into your subconscious mind and influence you into action.
Your Conscious Mind
Everything you perceive through your five senses is stopped by your conscious mind. Your conscious mind has the power to pass these perceptions to your subconscious mind and it also has the power to reject them. The conscious mind cannot differentiate between positive and negative perceptions. Whatever thoughts are dominating your conscious mind will be passed to your subconscious mind.
Your Subconscious Mind
Your brain is built so you have complete control of what enters your subconscious mind. Whether they are positive thoughts or negative thoughts is up to you. You can control the type of thought you want to allow into your subconscious mind. Think of your thoughts like seeds. Positive thoughts will grow positive results (flowers). On the other hand, negative thoughts will grow negative results (weeds).
The five techniques for using auto-suggestion are:
- Write down a statement of what you desire and when you want to have it. Next, write what you are willing to give up and your plan for obtaining it.
- Read your statement aloud twice a day; once in the morning and once before going to bed.
- Close your eyes and see yourself having what you desire.
- Feel the emotions that you will feel when you obtain it.
- Have faith that everything you wrote in your statement will come true.
By feeling the emotions of having what you desire you will communicate your desire directly to your subconscious mind. Closing your eyes and seeing yourself in possession of your desire, along with feeling the emotions, will eventually lead to giving you the spirit of faith. Go back and read last week’s blog post to understand the importance of faith. Without faith, your statement is just words. This is the reason most people fail to obtain their desires; they never develop faith.
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5 Auto-suggestion Techniques
These 5 techniques for using auto-suggestion are necessary to get what you desire. You are applying the principle of auto-suggestion. Faith is your strongest emotion and your subconscious mind will act upon your faith. It is normal to be skeptical whenever you are approached with a new idea. It sounds too easy but the power of auto-suggestion will turn your skepticism into belief. Eventually, your belief will turn into faith.
Control Is In Your Hands
You are the master of your destiny. You and only you determine the life you want to live. The dominating thoughts in your conscious mind passed through to your subconscious mind determines your actions. In turn, your actions will determine your reality. If you want to change your life, it can happen with these 5 techniques for using auto-suggestion.
As always, if you enjoyed reading this post like, follow, and comment. Let me know if you have ever used these five techniques for auto-suggestion. If you want to make a change or need any help, send me an email, and we can set up a time for a call. You can check out my courses at the link above.
“Auto-Suggestion” Think and Grow Rich: The Complete Classic Text, by Napoleon Hill, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2008, pp. 80-90.