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.

Chapter 5–Specialized Knowledge

Think and Grow Rich–Chapter 5

We do not choose the family we are born into. Some are born into homes of luxury; some are born in homes of despair. Many of us are born somewhere in the middle.

We start making choices as children. We choose our friends, we choose our favorite TV shows, and we choose the picture in our minds of what we’ll be when we grow up.

I mentor a third grader. This little boy has already decided that he is the one who gets the D’s and F’s. His father was in prison so he already knows street smart terminology. He had never been to a library or even a movie theater until I became his mentor. Even as a third grader, he’s at the bottom of life.

The likelihood of this little guy moving up from the bottom is slim, but not impossible. Unless he learns to hold his head up, his future is bleak. Opportunity will not be recognized even if it stares him in the face. His eyes have already been conditioned to look at the ground instead of the sky.

There are others who are able to break through the invisible chains that they were born with. Despite poverty, or abuse, or tragedy, they are somehow able to rise up out of their circumstances. Even in the midst of great odds, some find ways to break the chains and begin to own their life.

It might come through formal education. And then it might not. Maybe it comes because of an adult who believed for him, until he could believe for himself.

Once DESIRE takes over, nothing can hold that child back from achieving the greatness that was placed within him at conception.

Imagination kicks in, circumstances begin to align, and even the child who many said would be at the bottom of life, can rise to the top.

It all comes back to what goes on in the mind.

To your success,

Margi Starr

Chapter 6–Talking to Spiders and Stretching Our IMAGINATION

Anyone who has been in the presence of a three -year-old has witnessed Creative Imagination.  At my former pre-school, a little boy was placed in time out because of his misbehavior. His chair was near a white, blank wall. Within seconds he started weaving an imaginative story about a spider that was crawling up the wall. Soon, all the teachers were staring at the wall to see this mysterious creature with 8 legs. It was of course invisible to all but the little boy.

But three-year-olds grow up and that power of Creative Imagination is replaced by being influenced by the negative thinking that permeates our culture. However, the good news is that by immersing ourselves with positive thought, our Creative Imagination can be revived.

When our intention is clear as to what we want, our thought impulses (ideas) increase their vibration. The laws of the universe begin drawing that to us as long as we fuel our passion.  A mentor of mine, Janet Henze, says, “Whatever you want, wants you.” That’s true!

The chapter concludes with:   “Ideas are intangible forces, but they have more power than the physical brains that give birth to them. They have the power to live on, after the brain that creates them has returned to dust.”

Consider the magnitude of those words!  What we are thinking about today…our passions and our creative thoughts…do not die when our physical bodies are laid to rest. They will continue to be lived out.

What right do I have to THINK small or to LIVE from a place of scarcity?

In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill discusses the importance of training our mind to believe in limitless possibilities. Perhaps it would serve us well to talk to a few spiders today just for practice.

Your friend for life,

Margi Starr

http://margistarr.com