“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” – Helen Keller
Daily Nugget of Gold 1004
The Capacity for Applied Faith
Another of Napoleon Hill’s list of the twelve things that constitute true riches is “The Capacity for Applied Faith”. Once again, this might have surprised many. When we did a little research on the internet, we found that many websites listed this item as one of the 12 but very few attempted to explain it. This leads us to wonder if it’s possible that people might be missing something important because it’s not commonly understood. Let’s work through this one together for a bit:
Capacity– having the capability of being able to receive or contain.
Applied– able to put to practical use, especially as a branch of a subject that has both practical and theoretical aspects.
Faith– belief or trust: belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof.
So… being able to have or receive faith, and being able to put it to practical use. The first thing that comes to mind with us is that in order to enjoy this aspect of wealth, we would want to be able to have the ability to have faith. Faith in what? Faith in ourselves, faith in our fellow human beings, faith in our ability to succeed, faith in our own particular hope of future achievement, it would seem. Without faith, there just doesn’t seem to be much in the way of motivation to keep going through all of the tough times and obstacles we’ll likely face. Just as the definition states above- we need this faith especially when we don’t have logical proof.
“Wait a minute”, you might say, “I need faith even though I have no proof of anything?” Exactly. If it were a sure thing, everyone would be able to do it. The truth is, every one of us has the ability to do this, we just don’t have that logical proof of our ability. That’s why having the capacity of applying our faith is one of the things that constitutes true riches. Without it, we are impoverished in our ability to succeed to our fullest potential. Any little breeze coming around would knock us off-course, without applied faith.
Contained in every story of great success are the naysayers who said it won’t happen, that it can’t happen, that there is no way it will happen. Being able to apply faith to yourself and your mission powerfully moves you out of the circle of doubters and into a place and a state of mind they’ll never experience. The capacity for applied faith as an awesome thing to have, isn’t it?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to strengthen my faith in myself and what I am doing?”
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