There is a lot of false information being given out about
positive thinking and the abundance mindset. An increasing number
of people think that all they need to do is to “think positive”
and visualize better in order to attract everything they desire
into their lives.
While this is definitely a LOT of the total solution, it is not
ALL of it. The fact is that no matter how much people kick and
struggle against this idea, a degree of practical real world
action is nevertheless essential.
Although people are fond of quoting Napoleon Hill’s classic
self-help book, “Think & Grow Rich”, the little known truth is
that, towards the end of his life, Hill himself ended up almost
bankrupt. It was his future partner, billionaire W. Clement
Stone, who eventually bailed him out of this miserable state, by
buying the rights to all of Hill’s works, and putting him to work
as the chief sales trainer for his team of insurance salesmen.
Ironically, it was Stone, himself a big believer in the Hill
philosophy and one of its most shining success stories, who
realized that simply “thinking” was NOT the passport to great
riches. There is a doing part to it as well, and a major part of
that doing is to develop and grow a streamlined system for
attracting abundance to you. While Hill understood the theory,
and wrote and taught it with great ability, it was Stone who
was the more successful at putting that theory into practical
effect. And it didn’t all come about just by “thinking”!
The fact is that all the wealth creation literature, even the
metaphysically inclined, does talk about the need to DO as well
as visualize, but this fact has been rather de-emphasized in
recent years. This is probably due to the previous OVER-emphasis
upon practical business activity in total exclusion to developing
the abundance mindset.
Many of the wealth/abundance courses available today place a
heavy stress upon the success mindset, visualization, and
positive anticipation. However, it is also true that all of these
same courses DO clearly state that physical action in the real
world is going to have to take place as well!
This is definitely true of even the most “spiritual energy”
oriented wealth teachers, such as Bob Proctor and Robert Anthony.
Nobody, not least of all Napoleon Hill himself, ever went so far
as to teach that you could JUST think, be positive, and visualize
in order to attract what you desire. Maybe, at more advanced
levels of development, even that is possible. However, for most
us, it would be best to take the road more traveled.
Another interesting, but little known fact, about the super
wealthy is that they are NOT all positive abundance thinkers,
filled with a genius for visualizing their outcomes in 3D
Technicolor. Many of them are grumpy, jealous, unhappy, cynical,
and fiercely competitive abrasive people. Rather than having
positive motivation, a LOT of people become incredibly wealthy as
a result of anger, jealousy, the need to prove a point to someone
else, and a whole plethora of “unworthy” motives. It can be
argued that as many people became extravagantly rich through
precisely these attitudes as did through nurturing the positive
mindset taught in the self-help literature.
If they did so, it was probably because they had an emphasis upon
developing an efficient wealth producing system, set within a
target market highly likely to produce wealth! In other words,
they were NOT just thinking!
The point is that you should really not be doing one or the
other, but both. Focused action in the physical world will be
turbo-charged by properly connecting to the non-material realm,
from which all reality ultimately manifests. That is definitely
where most of the energy should go, since it is in the realm of
ideas and creativity that wealth and abundance are created.
Although it IS possible to manifest and achieve without making
any such contact, the fact is that you emerge as a far more
balanced, happy and well-centered person if you DO focus upon
both the mental/spiritual, as well as the material, rather than
if you merely focus upon the material alone. Success is also
likely to come more easily, in the RIGHT area for you, and with a
greater degree of peace of mind than would otherwise be the case.
Certainly, some of the most “hard-nosed” financial success
stories in America, as well as the rest of the world, have a firm
grip on the metaphysical secrets to manifesting prosperity. If
this is true for them, it might be a good idea for us to do the
same. However, at the same time, let us never forget that mere
thinking, positive or otherwise, needs to be backed up with a
firm system for manifesting those dreams in the physical world.
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