Think And Thrive This Year!

The Power Of The Mind

thinkDuring my last programme of studies, one that was undertaken at a Catholic university, faith and reason where up for plenty of discussion. There were those of the view that faith was all we needed. Then there were those who felt reason was more important. And, you guessed it, I was in the middle – faith AND reason are bedfellows. My spirituality and philosophy to that point were grounded in the teaching of James Allen that “as a man think, so is he.”

Why my studies took me to a Catholic university is material for another post. Suffice it to say that my need was to understand how Christianity developed. My inner quests, while still living in Jamaica, had taken me to a spiritual organisation that introduced me to the work of Napoleon Hill, “Think And Grow Rich.” The nexus between faith and reason was forming. My studies at this particular university and my later work in chaplaincy – both in hospitals and the prison system – deepened that link for me.

Written in 1937, Think And Grow Rich “was promoted as a personal development and self-improvement book.” It is said that Hill was inspired by a suggestion from business magnate and (later) philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. While the book’s title and much of the text concerns increased income, the author insists that the philosophy taught in the book can help people succeed in any line of work, to do and be anything they can imagine.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Money, Money, Money

It has been years since my last full reading of Think And Grow Rich. As with the last time that I read it, my concern was not with increasing my income. When I first read the book, my singular thought was, “How quickly will this make me rich?” Quite frankly, that might still be the concern of many first-time readers.  

thinkThe book suggests that one can become “rich” through one’s thought. I am sure many do. However, without putting words in Mr. Hill’s ‘mouth’, being rich means more than money. Granted that is one result of ‘right thinking’, the bigger picture here is success. That is held out in the revised edition of Think And Grow Rich.

More men and women have been motivated to achieve success because of reading Think and Grow Rich than by any other book written by a living author.  In 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton hosted a TV infomercial that sold the 1960 version. In the introduction, Tarkenton stated that he believed Think and Grow Rich to be “the greatest most honored formula for success that has ever been developed.” (Ibid)

Think And Thrive This Year

So, why is this book back on my night table?

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thinkTwo weeks into 2017, my thoughts are focussed on my intentions for my life this year. As I have shared before, New Year’s resolutions are not things that I write or follow. On the Eve of the New Year, the night is spent in quiet reflection, seeking guidance and direction for the unfolding year.

As if in response to my questioning this year, an infographic popped up in my Facebook newsfeed. Guess what it was summarizing? The book, Think And Grow Rich!

I saved it and, for several days, studied it. Then I decided to use the 13 Steps as my guide for 2017. My aim stays the same but going a bit deeper – how to thrive this year. See, money has never been a motivating factor for me. This realization hit me many years ago. That has made it easy to walk away from relationships and professional positions. My desire is to be the best human being that I can be. These 13 Steps, I believe, will help move me further along this year.

With this aim in mind – to truly thrive this year – you are invited to join me on this journey. What I have done is to review and revise the steps outlined in the book, applying them to my greatest desire for this year.

Here are my adaptation of the steps and a summary of each. Grab pen and paper, and as you read start jotting down how you might apply them to your own journey.

The 13 Steps

  1. Desire: choose an area or two that you want to ‘thrive’ in this year. Fix your mind on it/them, establish your definition of thriving in writing. Fall in love with your desire(s)!
  2. Faith: Cultivate a belief in your desire(s). Visualize them. Make a vision board of your desires. Remember, “You will see it when you believe it.” 
  3. Auto-Suggestion: In other words, talk to yourself about your desire(s) morning, noon and night!
  4. Specialized Knowledge: Get the skills and/or knowledge that you need to help prepare for your desires. Become the expert about your desire!
  5. Imagination: Apply your imagination and the ideas that come to you, to your specialized knowledge.
  6. Organised Planning: Having an idea is wonderful, but you must put them into action. That often needs the help of others but be mindful to select only those who share your vision and your passion!
  7. Decision: Hill wrote, “The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.” Work your plan!
  8. Persistence: Do not give up, especially when the going gets tough.
  9. The Master Mind: This relates to #6. Surround yourself with people who can lift you (spiritually/emotionally) if you falter.
  10. Sexual Transmutation: This is powerful energy. Channel it into your desire. The suggestion is not that you withdraw but be mindful of what distracts you.
  11. The Subconscious Mind: Continuously programme your subconscious with positive affirmations, that you can and will achieve your desire. Whatever negative beliefs you hold, reprogramme them with “I Am” statements.
  12. The Brain: This is connected to #11 as well as to the power of intuition. Listen to the messages your gut is sending you, processing them through your empowering “I Am” lens.
  13. The Sixth Sense: Make room for God/Source/The Higher Power; be open to The Universe
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Let’s Do This!

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Claudette P. Esterine


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42 thoughts on “Think And Thrive This Year!

  1. I do not do resolutions either. I set goals. Goals that can be achieved over a life time – and then I set mini goals for what I might be able to accomplish this year, but if I don’t accomplish them this year, it’s A-OK… Because I know that I had done everything in my power to try and get there and I am always striving forward, not back!

  2. Never give up. I hear that little whisper when I get ready to throw in the towel. Something I have to ask myself often….Are you helping or blessing someone? If so, you are on the right path. We may not make a lot of money fast, but being paid to see a smile or joy for another is worth a million bucks. So, reading your Never Give up confirms a lot for me today. 🙂

  3. That Book Think and Grow Rich is really something I love to dive into every year, And I learn something I missed every time. and Indeed its not so much about money as abundant living, in a way that you are happier in yourself an din whet you see in your life!
    I love your title, Think and Thrive this year…Yes You too Claudette. good to see you blogging again Sis! 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      You say that every week – “good to see you blogging again” – and I appreciate it but I didn’t stop, just changed my schedule. Thanks as always for your loving support Julie! 🙂

  4. Amer

    This book sounds enlightening. I’m with you, money is never a factor when it comes to motivation. It would be nice to have enough and some but not for an ultimate goal.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Couldn’t agree with you more Amer! 🙂

  5. Sounds like an amazing read, though it is pretty new for me. The idea of using those 13 Steps as your guide for 2017 is quiet amazing and I would have a look in to it to see how it can help me too!

  6. I’ve never seen this book before but it kind of sounds like the Secret. I’m glad that this book has helped you out and that it has come back into your life.

  7. This really sounds like an amazing read! I will be checking this book out.
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  8. This book sounds really good, im gonna have to order myself one. Some brilliant tips here aswell. Thankyou for sharing!

  9. I’ve read that book several times. I highly recommend it.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Well thank you Vanessa for confirming that it is a good book! 🙂

  10. Sounds like a good book. Have you also tried the Monk that sold his Ferrari? It’s not really a book to grow rich in itself but let’s you find happiness which ultimately will let you succeed in your chosen path.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, yes! I read that one Nadine! Great book! I might have to re-read now that you have brought it up. 🙂

  11. I’ve never heard of this book but it sounds interesting. I love the energy of think and thrive.

  12. This looks like a great book to read. Especially when you are struggling within one self. I may need to read this book myself in fact.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Let me do if you do and what you thought Ashlea! 🙂

  13. This book sounds really good. I like that he doesn’t necessarily mean rich as in money, but as in mind and spirit. That means a lot to me. I want to be more rich in that sense this year.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Good for you Krysten and my hope is that you attain it! 🙂

  14. TColeman

    This sounds like a very helpful book. I will have to look it up and read and see what I can get out of it personally.

  15. SHannon

    Think and Grow Rich is now a book I must have! Love motivational and self help books, great brain food.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am not so happy to have recommended it to you Shannon! 🙂

  16. Best way to think of the term “a rich life” in my opinion 🙂 Teaching my kids the same and mostly through emulation. Very inspiring and heart warming posting.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for that Michelle! Glad to hear that you are imparting the message to your children. 🙂

  17. I love number 3 – auto suggestion. A daily reminder of your goals or whatever it is you want to achieve is SO beneficial and doing this has definitely helped me, especially when it comes to my business!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Well thanks for that confirmation Erin! 🙂

  18. Jenni Petrey

    I’ve not seen that book before, it sounds interesting, am going to have to keep an eye out for it.

  19. Those 13 steps are well worth exploring and that book sounds like a good read.

  20. I agree that unless you think you can achieve something you won’t get it. But its also important in the actions you take that make it possible.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It all starts in the mind/imagination or that is my feeling Stacey. Thanks for the visit. 🙂

  21. This book sounds intriguing. I will add it to my list. It sounds like it could give me some great advice!
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  22. I need to read that book. I have seen it recommended.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes Samahria, it is quite popular. I do hope you read it. 🙂

  23. Thanks for the recommendation – I’ve added this book to my reading list and can’t wait to read it for myself. I imagine it’ll have quite an impact.

  24. I like these 13 steps, I’m going to try to adapt some of them into my life and see what happens. Thanks for letting me know about this book!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome Sarah. Do let me know if you do adapt and try some of the steps. 🙂

  25. Definitely adding this book to my must read list!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Do let me know what you thought when you get around to reading it Valerie. 🙂

  26. I’ve not seen that book before. Sounds interesting and I like the 13 steps.

  27. I like the 13 steps. It sounds like such a sweet thing to think positively about thriving this year! Thank you for all of your great insight.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      And thank you for your visit Kristi! 🙂

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