Motivational Monday ~ Napoleon Hill’s Advice on Training Our Subconscious

11 Jun

Today’s golden nugget comes from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. 

Mr. Hill encourages us to train our subconscious mind by focusing on positive emotions. The seven major positive emotions are DESIRE, FAITH, LOVE, SEX, ENTHUSIASM, ROMANCE, and HOPE.

“There are other positive emotions, but these are the seven most powerful, and the ones most commonly used in creative effort. Master these seven emotions (they can be mastered only by USE), and the other positive emotions will be at your command when you need them.”

Mr. Hill lists FEAR, JEALOUSY, HATRED, REVENGE, GREED, SUPERSTITION, and ANGER as the seven major negative emotions to be avoided.

“Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate. It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influence of your mind. Here the law of HABIT will come to your aid. Form the habit of applying and using the positive emotions! Eventually, the will dominate your mind so completely, that the negatives cannot enter it.”

As a bonus, I noticed the Kindle edition of Think and Grow Rich is only $0.99. The original edition was published in 1937, but Mr. Hill’s theories are still relevant today.

I’ve noticed that when I hold onto negative emotions, my mood quickly spirals downward. However, if I make the choice to “let go” and focus on the positive, I realize I truly have the choice to be happy.

Have you ever had a similar experience?


Alison Stone

3 Responses to “Motivational Monday ~ Napoleon Hill’s Advice on Training Our Subconscious”

  1. Amanda Usen June 11, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    Love it! Thanks for the reminder.

    • Alison Stone June 11, 2012 at 7:09 am #

      You’re welcome. These motivational Mondays are good reminders for me, too. 🙂


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