When Napoleon Hill wrote the book “Think and Grow Rich”, he hid the secret to building wealth in plain sight.
The “secret” is right inside the title.
The secret he discovered by studying the wealthiest people on the planet at the turn of the century was that it was their THINKING that made them rich!
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” ~ Henry Ford
Now, when most people hear this, or read this quote from Henry Ford they think to themselves “Oh, I have no problem thinking. My mind thinks all the time. In fact my mind can’t stop thinking. I’m always thinking about this or that…”
The idea that “THINKING” is the key to success is only partially true though.
See, there are two types of thinking.
The first type of thinking is automatic / unoriginal thinking.
This first type of thinking is when you go through your day and your eyes and your ears and your other senses perceive the reality that you see in front of you and your mind THINKS about the things that it is seeing and perceiving, and your mind then tries to filter, categorize, judge, react and maybe take action on what it sees.
We might have 50,000 or 100,000 such thoughts throughout the day… essentially our mind is simply interpreting the reality in front of it and trying to do the best it can to survive within that reality.
The second type of thinking is ORIGINAL thought.
Original thought is different from regular thinking.
Original thought is when your senses perceive the reality in front of you, but your mind chooses to use the imagination center that it has at it’s disposal to imagine a different reality from the one you have right now.
For example, I’m currently driving an old Mazda 3, and when I get in that car and drive, it’s easy for my mind to think “I’m driving my old Mazda 3…”, but if I deliberately choose to do so I can use my imagination – the second part of my mind – to IMAGINE that I am driving my NEW car already, right now, even though I haven’t bought it yet.
When an architect sits down in front of a blank piece of paper his senses tell him that the paper is blank, but his imagination sees the blueprints for a new house. The architect can already SEE the blueprint in his mind’s eye, by creating original thought, and then he just has to draw what he sees.
When a musician sits down in front of a keyboard, or picks up a guitar, his senses tell him that the instrument is just sitting there… blank… making no sound… and it is up to the musician to take that instrument and create something with it. Something that wasn’t there just a few moment before the musician created it.
When a basketball coach sees a new player on his team, who has talent but hasn’t been trained to play well yet, the coach SEES the potential of the player even though the reality in front of his eyes is that of a player with a lot of weaknesses and unrefined skill.
When a hedge fund investor goes to invest in a company, he sees the potential that the company has – NOT just where the company is at right now.
The most powerful skill you can develop to become a great manifestor using the Law of Attraction is to develop your ability to THINK ORIGINAL THOUGHTS… to use your IMAGINATION to imagine that which isn’t there yet in your reality.
Looking at what’s in front of you and seeing what’s actually there is EASY! Anyone can do that. But there’s no POWER to be derived from seeing only that which is in front of you.
All the power in manifesting comes from your ability to imagine a BETTER reality, and not to just observe what’s already there.
For example, I already see myself making a six-figure income from my Blog, even though my current reality as I write this post doesn’t reflect that yet.
I don’t focus on current reality. I focus on what’s possible and what I’m going to manifest!
All manifesting and all innovation comes from a person’s ability to imagine something that isn’t there yet.
If you’re not using your imagination to imagine what you want your reality to look like every single day, then you’re essentially misusing your mind to continue to manifest only that which is already there.
ORIGINAL THOUGHT / IMAGINATION – that is the most powerful manifesting tool in the world.
And the cool thing is…. we’re all born with it! You just need to learn how to use it. 🙂