Think and Grow Rich Chapter 4 talks about Autosuggestion and the subconscious mind.
Chapter 4 summary
How do you reprogram your subconscious mind for success?
A daily routine based on a series of affirmations will allow you to turn the power of self-hypnosis to your advantage. This summary contains some examples.
Talking to the subconscious mind
The nature has given us absolute control over what material reaches our subconscious mind. However, most people do not use it and experience failure and poverty.
The price of the ability to influence your subconscious mind is everlasting persistence in applying the principles described. It is important to note no thought can enter the subconscious mind without autosuggestion.
Do not wait for a definite plan through which you intend to exchange services in return for money. Begin at once to see yourself in possession of the money, demanding and expecting. But when the plan appears, put it into action immediately. It usually comes in form of inspiration and has to be caught. Failure to do this will be fatal for your success.
Do not trust your reason when creating a plan, for your reason is faulty. It is much better to count on Infinite Intelligence.
Instructions for autosuggestion
A good practice to do at least once a day : fix in your own mind the exact amount of money you desire, holding by concentration and your eyes closed, until you actually see the physical appearance of the money. Remember to emotionalize the instructions, because otherwise they won’t reach the subconscious mind. It is also important to see yourself rendering the service when visualizing the money.
How can I give suggestions to my subconscious mind?
If you follow the instructions, your scepticism will be soon replaced with believe, and believe in turn will be replaced with absolute faith. And then you may be on the point to say I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.
- First. Go into some quiet spot (preferably in bed at night) where you will not be disturbed or interrupted, close your eyes, and repeat aloud, (so you may hear your own words) the written statement of the amount of money you intend to accumulate, the time limit for its accumulation, and a description of the service or merchandise you intend to give in return for the money. As you carry out these instructions, SEE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.
“I believe that I will have this money in my possession. My faith is so strong that I can now see this money before my eyes. I can touch it with my hands. It is now awaiting transfer to me at the time, and in the proportion I deliver the service I intend to render in return for it. I am awaiting a plan by which to accumulate this money, and I will follow that plan, when it is received.”
- Second. Repeat this program night and morning until you can see (in your imagination) the money you intend to accumulate.
- Third. Place a written copy of your statement where you can see it night and morning, and read it just before retiring, and upon arising in the morning until it has been memorized.
Read the entire chapter every night until believing autosuggestion is sound, and that it will accomplish for you all that you have been claiming for.
How does Napoleon Hill define autosuggestion?
In Think and Grow Rich Chapter 4, Napoleon Hill understands Autosuggestion as a means to influence your subconscious mind.
There is a duality between subconscious mind and conscious mind. In fact, the subconscious mind represents a powerful part of the brain over which we have no control. On the other side, the conscious mind is less powerful but can be controlled at will.
Like the wind that carries one ship east and another west, the law of autosuggestion will lift you up or pull you down according to the way that you set your sails of thought.Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich Chapter 4
To be successful we have to keep our subconscious mind working on the issues we want to. To do that, we use autosuggestion, which is a sort of self-hypnosis. We repeat many times the same ideas out loud, so they penetrate to the subconscious mind.
When and idea we want gets down to the subconscious mind we become obsessed with that idea. Obsession is the state of mind in which everything we do is related to a particular idea. It means our brain is 100% focused on a specific idea and working on it.
What is the principle of autosuggestion?
The principle of autosuggestion is repetition. Think and Grow Rich Chapter 4 is all about instructions that make you repeat again and again. It might seem simple but carried out the right way with persistence it certainly pays off.
Through repetition we train our subconscious mind to focus on a particular idea and therefore, after we stop repeating, our subconscious mind keeps on focusing on those ideas as if it had some sort of inertia.
What is autosuggestion and example?
Autosuggestion is a way of shaping your subconscious mind in order to keep it working on the issues you want to.
A simple example of autosuggestion is studding mathematics at school. Kids have to learn numbers from 1 to 10 by heart, and must repeat it many times until they know it reaches the subconscious mind. After some months, the subconscious mind of the kids will start seeing those numbers everywhere : 3 cars, 5 apples, 15 years, 1 moon, 7 pens, 2 skates, etc.
What is the power of suggestion?
The power of autosuggestion is amazing. If instead of drilling with simple numbers you drill with business concepts, you will start seeing those business concepts everywhere as well.
Think and Grow Rich Chapter 4 contains the instructions, but it lacks good examples in real life.
A good example of autosuggestion is the case of a lawyer who sees litigations everywhere, or a basketball player who is so obsessed about his game he can always make a parallelism between real life and basketball. Same happens for an Instagram influencer who is so obsessed about fashion that when she meets someone she is unable to remember the name, but instead will remember the brand and color of the bracelet, the T-shirt and the handbag for months.
Autosuggestion is extremely powerful and has many applications. It is up to you to use it in order to be successful in your life.
How do I make auto suggestions work?
Autosuggestion works always. When you repeat something many times you end up becoming obsessed with it. It happens with studies, with work, with love affairs, etc. You only need (obviously) power of will.
It is important to approach autosuggestion the right way. Autosuggestion is a tool that is here to serve us. It is not that autosuggestion will reach your goals automatically, but it is definitely something which will help you significantly in accomplishing your goals.