In the collaboration of works, between W.Clement-Stone and Napolean Hill, which was (and is) better known as the masterpiece, “Think and Grow Rich”, one standout statement which strikes like the tip of an arrow, the nib piercing the centre of the gold of its target .. much like it did my mind :
‘One comes to believe whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement be true or false’.
So truthful and profound. So impactful and empowering. So incredibly path-enhancing if you permit yourself the freedom to succumb to thought, to digest the magnitude of this statement, and the self-revelation it offers.
How many times do we allow our self-image, self-worth or self-talk to be substandard or cruelly mocking of ourselves as we second-guess, belittle, badger and berate ourselves for some perceived level of failure? It is sheer madness that we instinctively opt to attack ourselves with falsely perceived, negative or derisive self-talk instead of acknowledging the moment of thought and meeting it with understanding, compassion, empathy and respect; in turn redirecting that self talk into a more positively enhanced expression.
“And most of all I will love myself. For when I do I will zealously inspect all things which enter my body, my mind, my soul, and my heart.’
I choose now, instead, to understand the concepts – those patterns of ingrained connectivity to sub-conscious thought – with a renewed commitment to cognitive consciousness. I choose to imbibe conscious mindfulness of this learnt behaviour and to drink of it in an all consuming manner. I am committed to my full self, at all levels, both consciously and sub-consciously, in order I may present the best version of myself to all opportunity with which I connect.
“I will greet this day with love in my heart. For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscle can split a shield and even destroy life but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of men and until I master this art I will remain no more than a peddler in the marketplace. I will make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend its force.” – Og Mandino
I will embrace the change which is required of me, of my person, of my mindset. I will meet the personal demands and requirements – inspite of their presence – I will do this until I master them, and, in turn, I master myself. For then, I will truly be of benefit and of best service to others.
Necessities are demands, and demands create action, and actions bring about results. The process of evolution is constantly building our tomorrows out of our todays. Individual development, like Universal development, must be gradual with an ever-increasing capacity and volume.
And this is where I find myself now:
– determined, as always.
– dancing, with many moments 0f overwhelm.
– discovering, my many (maaaaany) moments of subconscious self-sabotage – and meeting that beastly Audrey like the ninja-motherload-of-mumma-on-a-mission that I am.
– delighting, in the process of dawning.
For as I stretch myself, fall, fail, get back up and stretch myself again .. I know, with absolute certainty and conviction, that I have no other option but to submit to the process of self-discovery; to experience this journey mindfully. The responsibility of ownership is absolutely and acutely at the forefront of my mind – my conscious mind, stealthlike in its preparedness to ‘fight the good fight’; against my sabotaging subconscious mind – knowingly recognising the requirement or certain feelings and realigning the shift for a far greater optimised outcome. This process is essential to my journey. I get that. Much good shall be derived in the sharing of my experience and of my understanding and knowledge of the impact that positive will, mindset (and the power of mastery of self) which is acquired, in order to be of full service to others.
Here is the secret of power, of mastery. To overcome does not mean to go without things. Self-denial is not success. We cannot give unless we get; we cannot be helpful unless we are strong. The Infinite is not a bankrupt and we who are the representatives of Infinite power should not be bankrupts either, and if we wish to be of service to others we must have power and more power, but to get it we must give it; we must be of service.