Thoughts Are Things

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We often think of thoughts as being only intangible things without any reality in them. But they are much more than that. Everything that exists in this world that has been created by man all had it’s beginning with a thought. We think and then we take action. We think about food, and what kind of food sounds good before we ever get anything to eat. We think of what clothes to wear before getting them and putting them on. We plan our day in the morning before we ever leave our home to do anything. Everything starts with a thought. Even spur of the moment things begin with thoughts. They might be quick bursts of thought, but we thought about it before acting nonetheless.


Napoleon Hill said, “Truly, thoughts are things, and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects.”


So thoughts become very powerful when they are mixed with some very important ingredients. Thoughts all by themselves do not have any power. But when they are mixed with these other ingredients, they become extremely powerful. Gunpowder is very powerful when all of the ingredients to make it are together in their proper mixture. If one of the ingredients is missing then it isn’t gunpowder, and will not have any power. We need to learn the proper mixture of how to make our thoughts powerful.


First, is definiteness of purpose. This is the ability to know what you want. It isn’t as easy as it sounds. I spend most of my life not knowing what I really wanted in life. I have met people trying to find their calling in life. We are all born with certain talents, abilities, likes and dislikes. In a free society you have the freedom to choose what it is that you want to do with your life. You need to learn what you really like and what you want to do. Discover your talents and abilities. Locate the one things that you desire above all else. Only that one thing will motivate you to take action without ever quitting, no matter what happens to you. And it is that one thing that you will love to do. It won’t seem as work to you because you love doing it.


Next, persistence is required. The attitude of persistence is “I get knocked down, I get up again, because nothing can ever keep me down.” Life will throw all types of problems, hurt, heartache, pain, temporary defeat, and all sorts of things against you. It is persistence that will see you through. You have made a decision to stay with your dream forever and to never quit no matter what happens.


A burning desire is developed because you think about your dream all of the time, you image your life having the dream already in living color, and you take action toward it’s accomplishment. You cannot any longer imagine your life not having your coveted goal or dream. It consumes you. You have decided what your life consists of and you refuse to accept anything other than your dream as a reality. You eat, sleep, and drink your dream. You are consumed with it every waking hour. This is what will produce a burning desire inside of you. It is the burning desire that unleashes powerful forces that will bring it to pass.


This is the path for translating thoughts into material things, circumstances, and riches. Learn the rules that govern this law, and you will unlock your own success and happiness in life. You CAN create the life of your dreams if you carefully learn and follow these steps. There is tremendous power inside of you waiting to be discovered and used. Every human being has this same power and ability. It’s amazing that so few people ever discover it and even fewer who use it. I wish you the best on your quest.


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