I was sitting at the Airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today during a stopover reading the all time classic Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. While doing so I found myself in the chapter about auto-suggestion. I red about that what ever success one aims to achieve is closely bound to what he thinks. Ergo one set his sails of though for success, that where he would be heading. Whilst if one clouds his mind with negativity and disbelief, the same sails of thought would drag him into misery and self-destruction.
One Word I red about often in those lines was fear, and how it defines our actions or non-actions for that matter and sooner or later keeps us from being successful. After all, success is first of all a state of mind. If one believes he can do it, he most certainly will. Persistence provided. On the flip side, if he does no believe he most certainly will fail.
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During my most recent holiday trip, I was traveling with a friend. A independent and inspiring young woman who runs her own company, and who herself went through ups and downs in life before she dared to leap and make her dream come true. This very friend, lets call her Lynn, disclosed to me during our holiday, that she can not swim. As a matter of fact she was scared of water and her fear stemmed from the fact, that she had very bad experience during her childhood, after an incident where she had to be rescued out of water by a bystander. During the trip it became obvious that this fear she was carrying in her, kept Lynn not only from enjoying her holidays more but also stretched out into other aspects of her life. Actually she told me on the daily, what she found scary, and showed me where her fears lied. I found it really sad, because this young woman, who already was successful most definitely kept herself from reaching further, just because she seemed to be scared by so many things, that the mere time she out into in order to identify seemed unbearable to me.
Besides trying to teach her swimming in a pool and take away her fear of water, I often found my self in arguments with her, trying to challenge her state of mind, and that she should be less scared. One quote was hovering in my mind, which I today would like to share with you. It is a quote from the not so well accepted movie After Earth with Will Smith and his son Jaden, where Will is Playing an unemotional Space Marine and seemingly ruthless father figure.
“FEAR IS NOT REAL. IT IS A PRODUCT OF THOUGHTS YOU CREATE. DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND ME. DANGER IS VERY REAL. BUT FEAR IS A CHOICE.”
another one goes as follows:
“FEAR IS NOT REAL. THE ONLY PLACE FEAR CAN EXIST IS IN OUR THOUGHTS OF THE FUTURE. IT IS A PRODUCT OF OUR IMAGINATION, CAUSING US TO FEAR THINGS THAT DO NOT AT PRESENT AND MAY NOT EVER EXIST. THAT IS NEAR INSANITY. DONOT MISUNDERSTAND ME, DANGER IS VERY REAL. BUT FEAR IS A CHOICE.”
The bottom line here obviously is that fear is a choice, if we choose to be scared and let fear take over, we allow ourselves to fail, be it through non action or during the process. All that according to Napoleon Hill, is following the rule of auto-suggestion. And its less scientific incarnations can be found in millions of other quotes and motivational speeches.
This led me to ask myself, what actually makes a good quote and how is it, that good quotes influence us in a positive way and may even drive us towards action. So what are good quotes triggering in our minds?
I believe that quotes most commonly do two things. The first is, that they are obviously inspiring. Therefore they often are challenging our state of mind and make us think about a certain assumption, our life style, our believes etc.
Second they often remind us of facts we have currently forgotten and somehow enable us to bring us back on track or even lead us to do what we always wanted to do but never really dared. Just because we find this moment of truth that acts like an enabler. At its bare minimum I do believe that good Quotes give us this moment of hope and trigger acknowledgment towards him who said it. In that sense quotes act like a boost to our perception and productivity. In a sense good quotes just augment our lives and often fill us with a certain kind of creative engery. It is like surrounding one selves with likeminded and aspiring people, and the energy within this ether will sooner or later propel us to new height. We just have to believe and stay positive.
What do you guys out there think, and what are you experiences when you hear good quotes?
A Quote as a finish? – here you go
“Extraordinary people are actually common folks with extraordinary belief and willpower”