I was reading Napoleon Hill’s bestseller Think and Grow Rich on a plane, when the woman sitting next to me wisely said, “That’s not what life is about.” She was referring to the dollar bills decorating the book cover. Having almost finished the book and understanding its contents, I rebutted, “Actually, it is.”
Yes, it does refer to money, but more to abundance in all facets of life. I’m a fan.
Of all the books I’ve read, this book has made the greatest and most lasting impact. The story of how Hill gained the knowledge to write the book is itself an amazing story of American History. The wisdom contained in the book is never-ending. Every time I pick it up, I gain a better understanding of something. It just keeps giving as much as I can handle.
Now, this is beginning to sound like a book review, but it isn’t. I just want to give credit where credit is due, and Hill has done the best job (that I’ve been exposed to) of describing autosuggestion and how our minds can work for us.
My interpretation is that autosuggestion is what we often hear called Affirmations. The movie, The Secret, refers to this process as well through the Law of Attraction. What we think, we attract. We are who we surround ourselves with and we are what we eat. Darwin’s studies of evolution and athletes visualizing themselves participating in their event prior to the actual race, competition, or game day are prime examples of the theory of autosuggestion.
Autosuggestion, self-suggestion, affirmations, vision boards and tying a string around your finger all have this in common: they direct our focus both consciously and sub-consciously.
Have you ever heard the quote by Ghandi or Margaret Thatcher or Lao Tze that summarily goes like this:
Thoughts become words, words become action, and action becomes destiny.
This is the same thing as autosuggestion.
Whether doing a visual meditation or simply trying to remember to go by the grocery store on the way home, we constantly tell ourselves things. We constantly shape our lives with these things we tell ourselves. The instant information and endless distractions that have surfaced with this digital era (aka The Information Age) can distract us from our goals. Autosuggestion is a practice, it’s something that must be done daily. It demands repetitive focus on what you consider important.
What do you need to be mindful of to meet your goal?
Do you want your jewelry to work for you in a positive way and act as an instant tool to be mindful?
Mindful jewelry? Yep, read what I do here.
XO, The Heart Department
Listening to my favorite song of all time: The Talking Heads ~ Naive Melody – This Must Be the Place