“Can the difference between success and failure be seen from the outside? Do you reflect all that is going on within? Can people read you like a book? Does it make a difference? The answers are a resounding ‘Yes!’. What goes on inside you definitely shows and others can see and are affected by it.
Not only are they affected by it but may or may not offer opportunity depending on what you display. I mentioned Barnes, in my recent blog, and will continue today. This is what I understand about him from my reading of Think And Grow Rich.
‘When Edwin C. Barnes climbed down from that freight train in Orange, N.J., he may have resembled a tramp, but his thoughts were those of a king!’
His Thoughts Were Those Of A King – Are Yours?
That says it all. His outward appearance was poverty and lack, that of a tramp but his inner world, rich, vibrant, and powerful. His thoughts were those of a king! Could Edison tell? Did this matter? It most definitely did. Does it matter to people you meet? You bet it does!
A few paragraphs later, Hill writes, ‘Years later, in speaking of the first meeting between Barnes and Edison, Mr. Edison said, ‘He stood there before me looking like an ordinary tramp, but there was something in the expression of his face which conveyed the impression that he was determined to get what he had come after.’
Edison saw something in the young man. Something in his eyes, his expression spoke volumes. Edison could tell he was determined to get what he had come after. Can others read you? Of course they can? What are they seeing? He continues.
I Saw He Made Up His Mind To Stand By Until He Succeeded
‘I had learned from years of experience with men that when a man really desires a thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win. I gave him the opportunity he asked for because I saw he had made up his mind to stand by until he succeeded.’
He points out that he realized Barnes had made up his mind already. From the first meeting, he knew Barnes would stick with it until he succeeded. These are powerful statements. Would someone say that about you? If not, you might want to explore how you can have those kind of powerful thoughts and feelings, that determination, that will affect people in positive ways.
Hill wrote about Barnes as he made his way from the train tracks to Edison’s office that, ‘his mind was at work. He saw himself standing in Edison’s presence. He heard himself asking Mr. Edison for an opportunity to carry out the one CONSUMING OBSESSION OF HIS LIFE, a BURNING DESIRE to become the business associate of the great inventor.’ Barnes spent time in his mental movie theater. Mental rehearsal is a key!
What You See Is What You Get
He visualized what he want he wanted. He saw it, he heard it, he felt it. His mind was at work. He absolutely knew what he wanted, without doubt, fear or any question. It was a burning desire and nothing would prevent him from getting what he wanted. His thoughts were definitely those of a king. Are yours?
This was not the first time he imagined this. He lived these thoughts and images for years. His original wish became a burning desire through auto-suggestion. He repeatedly imagined and affirmed what he wanted, again and again in his mind. Eventually, he hopped a train to make his dream come true.
‘Barnes’ desire was not a hope! It was not a wish! It was a keen, pulsating DESIRE that transcended everything else. It was DEFINITE.’ Hill points out, Barnes was of singular purpose, completely congruent. Totally focused. He knew his destiny and he went forth to make it happen.
It Was What He Thought That Counted
Hill says, ‘Just what young Barnes said to Mr. Edison on that occasion was far less important than that which he thought. Edison himself said so! It could not have been the young man’s appearance which got him his start in the Edison office, for that was definitely against him.’
He wasn’t dressed for success on the outside but he was on the inside. What mattered most to Edison was Barnes’ attitude of determination. Hill continues, ‘It was what he THOUGHT that counted. If the significance of this statement could be conveyed to the person who reads it, there would be no need for the remainder of this book.’
IT WAS WHAT HE THOUGHT THAT COUNTED! What does Napoleon say after that? ‘IF the significance of this statement could be conveyed to the person who reads it, THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR the remainder of this book.’ What do you think? What do your thoughts reveal about you? Do you GET how important this is?
From Within So Without
Thoughts of a king! If your thoughts are strong, rich, and powerful, on purpose and persistent there would be no need for the book. If you can see and hear and feel yourself already in possession of the good you desire you are on your way. Claim it, own it. Make it happen. A king would! A champion would. Will you?
There is a reason the book is titled THINK and grow rich. Our thoughts create our present and future reality. Learn to control your thinking! When your thoughts are aligned, completely congruent, and you are convinced that your future destiny is yours, there will be no stopping you.
You will radiate and reflect that inner strength. You will look and sound powerful and persuasive. You will be a force to be reckoned with! Never let your thoughts stop you! Make them support you! Through consistent practice and by developing positive, powerful thought habits YOU CAN make yourself indomitable. You too, like Barnes, can make your dreams come true.” Rex Sikes
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