Faith, is the third chapter of “Think and Grow Rich”. It’s a difficult one because each of us have our own interpretation of faith. Could it be religious, natural or anything else, faith is by natural particular.
Faith is the “external elixir” which gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought!
Here Napoleon Hills gives us his formula for self-confidence. Keep in mind that it’s not a religious chapter but more a suggestion on how we can grow faith “naturally”. Enough of waiting, here are the six sentences to build up our confidence and faith about you:
- I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life, therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continues action toward its attainment, and I here and new promise to render such action.
- I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality, therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for thirsty minutes daily, upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person.
- I know through the principle of auto-suggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it, therefore, I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of self-confidence.
- I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life, and I will never stop trying, until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment.
- I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice, therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself.
This formula is like a reminder or a recipe to grow the faith of YOU within YOU. Sometimes, we believe in ourself, for good or bad reasons. But here I particularly like that he didn’t try to suggest that one religion are better than another. I believe it’s our own matter. Faith could be meaningful for religious as well as atheist or whatever you believe. It’s all about ourself, what lay deeps in us.