Think & Grow Rich: Chap. 9–Recipe for Persistence

As a young girl I remember my mother’s training on Persistence. She made it clear that I was never to be a “Quitter.” It simply was not an option to stop going to my dance classes or music lessons mid-year. Perseverance was a character trait that was drilled into me.

Napoleon Hill gives the Recipe for increasing Persistence in our lives in Chapter 9 of Think and Grow Rich.

  1. A definite Purpose backed by desire.
  2. A definite Plan of Action expressed in Continuous Action.
  3. A Positive Mindset that is not swayed by negativity, criticism, or discouraging influences.
  4. A positive alliance with one or more Persons who will encourage me in my purpose and plan.

A Definite Purpose…

  • Your Purpose can be a sweeping statement, such as “My purpose is to have financial freedom,” OR it can be something more concrete such as “My purpose is to create the income to pay for college for my kids.”
  • Choose the type of Purpose that will keep you laser focused.
  • My own Purpose is posted near my computer. I have a Life Purpose (which is broad in its scope) as well as a Purpose for My Business (which is more definitive). They really are one and the same, but by listing them separately, it helps me “see” them more clearly.
  • My Life Purpose: To help others Discover their Purpose, Infuse them with Hope and Empower them to Change their World.
  • My Purpose for my Business: To be able to purchase plane tickets whenever I want to visit my children & grandchildren all over this country.

A Definite Plan

  • Are you building your business by talking individually to each person OR primarily through social media?
  • What training do you need?
  • How many articles do you want to write each week?
  • How many calls do you want to make each week?
  • How many ads do you want to post and how frequently?

A Positive Mindset…

  • We are bombarded with negative influences. What can you do to minimize the influence of negative, critical, or discouraging influences?

A Positive Alliance…

  • Are you currently in a Master Mind group? If not, join one!
  • Are you receiving continual support from abundant thinking people?

To Your Success,

Margi Starr

http://margistarr@WordPress.com

937-360-9203 anytime

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Think & Grow Rich, Chapter 7–Let Freedom Ring!

While we will soon be celebrating America’s Independence Day with fireworks and parades, Chapter 7 of Think and Grow Rich helps us understand an integral part of our nation’s freedoms. The title of this chapter is “Organized Planning.”  Personally, I think a more fitting title would be “Let Freedom Ring!”

I certainly value my freedom of speech, my freedom to worship, my freedom to choose where to live, and my freedom to choose my own husband. Many around the world are not as fortunate.

Not only did our American forefathers declare freedom from tyranny, they bestowed upon us a Philosophy that would allow us the freedom to accumulate unlimited riches.

America is a Capitalistic society. Because of this, the greatest minds of our country have taken their specialized knowledge to great levels, which have benefited all of us, especially those of us in network marketing!  Compensation plans wouldn’t have the same meaning and attraction to us with this freedom.

Napoleon Hill calls free enterprise the “Capital Cornerstone of Our Lives.” That’s a sweeping statement, but it makes sense that without the ability to amass wealth, our growth as a society would have been stunted. We probably would not be enjoying our morning cup of Starbucks or be sitting at a computer equipped with Microsoft Office.  The driving force between much of the innovation in our country has been the desire for a better life.

It is interesting to note that when this book was written, the whole idea of “capitalism” was under attack. All you have to do is turn on the news today, and you see that it is STILL under attack.

One of my family’s traditions every year has been to watch a “Capitol Fourth” from the steps of  the United States Capital building.  After reading this chapter, I realize that we really are celebrating “Capital-ism,” one of the underlying freedoms of our nation.

Let Freedom Ring!

Margi Starr

937-360-9203 anytime

Chapter 3–Faith

In Chapter 3 of Think and Grow Rich, the author gives the RECIPE for transforming a life of despair into a life of power. It is no accident that this is Chapter 3.

The Universe’s foundation is evidenced in 3’s:

  • the Father, Son, & Spirit;
  • animal, vegetable, mineral;
  • past, present, and future;
  • three lines are necessary to form a triangle;
  • And three dimensions are necessary to make a solid.

The 3 powerful emotions of faith, love, and sexuality, when blended together, become like a laser cutting through a cancerous tumor.  The extraordinary energy created by these 3 emotions together can penetrate through the subconscious mind, obliterating deep rooted strongholds that keep one in poverty.

The wise individual uses this Recipe to their advantage.  One can choose to allow negative thinking to pull other negativity into his life…

OR one can allow the natural positive vibrations of Faith, Love, and Sex to act as a giant magnet, drawing into his life that which is positive, purposeful, and powerful.

The power of FAITH is evidenced throughout the Scriptures. It is what made blind men see and the deaf to hear. It is what allowed men and woman throughout the ages to stand true when threatened by the mouths of lions.

FAITH spoken over and over again washes the brain of its default negativity just as mud is washed from a dirty cloth.  By intentionally feeding the mind with FAITH, even when it may still be unseen, the Recipe for success is nourished and will eventually bear its fruit.

To Your Success,

Margi Starr

937-360-9203

Chapter 1–Thoughts Are Things

When I look into the mirror, what expression do I see written on my face?  Do I see complacency staring back at me? Or do I see intense determination to achieve financial freedom in my life?

Scarcity thinking has been my way of thinking for so many years that it still feels somewhat awkward to live my life from a new script. Financial scarcity is my default thinking pattern, robbing me of the joy of abundance. However, just as I can control my attitude, I can control my thoughts.

Awareness is only a first step. Without the next step, I stay stuck.

The next step is to intentionally declutter my mind from negative thinking. As I continue to feed my mind with nutritional thinking patterns, the scarcity thinking looses its death grip. Each hour of my day gives me opportunities to be truly grateful for what I now have and for the abundance that is coming to me. I choose to focus on the difference I will be able to make in the lives of my family. I think of a 2nd honeymoon that I will take with my husband of 28 years… the luxury vacations I’ll have with my children and grandchildren….and the difference I will make in the lives of others.

Today as I look into the mirror, I see staring back at me a woman who is grateful for what she has, knows exactly what she wants, and is rock-solid confident in what she’s creating financially for her family.

Your friend for life,

Margi Starr

937-360-9203

Chapter 2–Desire

Several years ago I set a goal to climb PIKE’S PEAK, one of the 14,000 ft peaks in Colorado.  I worked out for 8 weeks to get physically and emotionally ready.

I walked in the morning. I walked at night. I climbed stairs. I took spinning classes. I had the INTENTION to climb Pike’s Peak and live to tell about it. Being a baby boomer made this goal more challenging perhaps, but I was determined.

The 13 mile trail to the top of Pike’s Peak was grueling. Although my legs kept me going mile after mile, the oxygen is thin at such high altitudes and I had to stop FREQUENTLY just to get my breath.

FREQUENTLY is really an understatement.

There were times I wanted to quit. There were times I actually wanted to lay down on the trail and close my eyes forever, but my son & daughter who were with me, wouldn’t let me quit. At one point I actually took the hand of one of our fellow hikers, and his energy kept me moving forward.

Napoleon Hill calls it DESIRE in Think & Grow Rich Chap 2. I prefer the word INTENTION. Each day during my training I had rehearsed in my mind what it was going to be like to reach the top of that mountain. That mountain was with me day and night and caused me to stay focused.  Many people told me I couldn’t do it. Some people laughed at me. That made my INTENTION really clear.

I reached a point going up that mountain when there was no other option but to reach the summit. There was no retreat. Dark clouds were rolling in overhead and I had to keep my feet moving. It’s amazing how INTENTION intensifies when you fear a bolt of lightning.

Hour after hour I was looking down at my feet willing them to keep moving.  I was totally surprised to hear my son say, “Everyone step back and let Mom be the first on the summit.”

The final steps were totally effortless. I felt like something was lifting me up…it was that easy…and instead of looking at rock, I was looking at open sky. It took me 7 hr and 10 min….but my clear INTENTION had taken me to top of that mountain.

Now my INTENTION is to create royalty income so that I can have more choices in life.  Instead of hikers helping me up the mountain, I now have my mastermind groups.  I feel their energy and support as I follow Hill’s recipe for acquiring financial freedom.  In my mind, I’m already at the summit.

To your success,

Margi Starr

http://margistarr.com

Chapter 4–What If You Want to Change the Way You THINK?

Conscious and subconscious thoughts originate deep within the mystery of the human mind. Both are critical to our survival and to determining the way we live our lives.

The brain enables us to solve problems, such as balancing our checkbooks. When faced with a simple math calculation, our conscious mind leaps into action, recalling math facts from 3rd grade.

The subconscious mind never sleeps. It is making nearly all of our decisions for us based on our past experiences, many of which are rooted in our childhoods. Over the years the subconscious takes over more and more of our decisions. It’s like we go on autopilot.

In many ways that serves us. Our conscious minds are freed from making every single decision. Yet, because the subconscious mind is so powerful, it becomes our default. And we’re not even aware of it.

So what happens when we want to change the way we live? How do we switch from living a life of poverty to a life of abundance?

It is through the repeated practice of autosuggestion wherein we have the capability to rewire the subconscious mind. Fully engaging our emotions and five senses is crucial in this formula. Simply repeating sentences like a magical spell does NOT work.

Educators know that for children to learn, their emotions must be involved in that process. When learning is an enjoyable experience, children have fun and learning takes place.

Similarly, by consistent repetition of our specific desires, we are able to recircuit the brain’s wiring system. When our feelings are fully engaged, the subconscious is able to be reprogrammed. And since the subconscious mind doesn’t recognize what is present or future, we can literally trick our minds into thinking that what we desire has already been achieved.

Any woman who has experienced a natural childbirth can tell you exactly what her labor and delivery were like.  Every moment is seared into her brain cells because her emotions were so fully engaged in that process. Similarly, we have to sear into our brains a new message of wealth and abundance.

You friend for life,

Margi Starr

http://margistarr.com

Chapter 4–Auto-What? The Principle of Autosuggestion

Think and Grow Rich Chap. 4… Autosuggestion

Conscious and subconscious thoughts originate deep within the mystery of the human mind. Both are critical to our survival and to determining the way we live our lives.

The brain enables us to solve problems, such as balancing our checkbooks. When faced with a simple math calculation, our conscious mind leaps into action, recalling math facts from 3rd grade.

The subconscious mind never sleeps. It is making nearly all of our decisions for us based on our past experiences, many of which are rooted in our childhoods. Over the years the subconscious takes over more and more of our decisions. It’s like we go on autopilot.

To your success,

Margi Starr

In many ways that serves us. Our conscious minds are freed from making every single decision. Yet, because the subconscious mind is so powerful, it becomes our default. And we’re not even aware of it.

So what happens when we want to change the way we live? How do we switch from living a life of poverty to a life of abundance?

It is through the repeated practice of autosuggestion wherein we have the capability to rewire the subconscious mind. Fully engaging our emotions and five senses is crucial in this formula. Simply repeating sentences like a magical spell does NOT work.

Educators know that for children to learn, their emotions must be involved in that process. When learning is an enjoyable experience, children have fun and learning takes place.

Similarly, by consistent repetition of our specific desires, we are able to recircuit the brain’s wiring system. When our feelings are fully engaged, the subconscious is able to be reprogrammed. And since the subconscious mind doesn’t recognize what is present or future, we can literally trick our minds into thinking that what we desire has already been achieved.

Any woman who has experienced a natural childbirth can tell you exactly what her labor and delivery were like.  Every moment is seared into her brain cells because her emotions were so fully engaged in that process. Similarly, we have to sear into our brains a new message of wealth and abundance.