“Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision.” – V.S. Naipaul
Daily Nugget of Gold 1047
Addressing the Blocks to Thinking
What do you think about all this thinking talk we’ve done lately? Do you think we’ve hit the subject too hard? We’d like to suggest that if you do- you may want to consult the number one best seller (for over a half a century) as to whether or not thinking is important. Do you know what that book is? We’ll give you a hint- it’s by Napoleon Hill. Still not sure? Have you ever had a mental block to something obvious, like suddenly the brain cell responsible just went to sleep? We hear you on that! We’ve been there. Anyhow- his book? Think and Grow Rich. He’s written many others, too- but this one is the one which people of great success even today swear by. Please consider this very carefully- he could have entitled this book almost anything. The purpose of the book was to assist us in growing rich and the title gives us what the means are to doing so.
So what are the things that stop us from thinking? They are the commonly held beliefs we’ve foisted upon ourselves which make various proclamations regarding our abilities. In other words- they are the things we believe which interfere with our thinking. A kid in school who claims, “I hate science” will never be successful at it with that attitude, will he? How about you? Do you find yourself saying things like, “I don’t have time for this” or “I have too much going on in my life right now to do this”? Or maybe you’ve voiced “I’m just not good at thinking of ideas” or possibly, “It takes money to make money”.
The limits we place on ourselves are by no means imaginary. That statement coming from us might startle you, because you may have thought that we’d think just the opposite. Oh, no- they are real, concrete, as solid as steel. They are a created entity, yes- and we create them. If you used bricks to construct a wall instead- the bricks would no more be imaginary than the limits we’re talking about here. All of that being said- we also have the ability to remove those limits entirely. Just as we can demolish a brick wall, we can challenge and eliminate every single limiting belief we have. Anything we say or think which attempts to cut down on our creative ability by giving us excuses for avoiding thinking are in the collective heap known as limiting beliefs.
Our best bet is to carefully monitor and modify what we think and say to ourselves and about ourselves to others. If we are thinking or saying anything negative- even if (especially if!) we believe we are merely observing something about ourselves and commenting on it- we want to rephrase it to the positive. That boy who said he hates science? If we can teach him this point and tell him to tell himself that he finds science to be interesting, challenging, and fun and help him by giving him examples of how it can be- then we have a chance to help him do better at it. Worse than accepting limiting beliefs of our own is accepting them from our kids. But then, of course, they learn most of what they learn by observing their parents, don’t they?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What is stopping me from thinking… and then growing rich?”
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