The Consciousness of Think and Grow Rich?
A great weakness of us humans is the habit of measuring things based on our own system of measurement. What we believe is how we measure other people and things. This bad habit must be broken, for this is one of the things that are holding us back from success. We have a bad habit of thinking that what we believe is the correct and only way of viewing things. These are the chains that bind us, in other words we are what keeps us from achieving our dreams.
In the book Think and Grow Rich, the author tells the story of how Henry Ford thought of and desired an eight-cylinder engine, and how his engineers said it was impossible. The short version of this story goes that because Henry was persistent, even against the advice of his engineers, that the eight-cylinder engine was indeed invented. What we have to do is take from that example that what we can conceive we can achieve if we are persistent.
The consciousness we carry around with us is what we use to measure all other things with, and this is what must be examined. Think and Grow Rich tells us that we must change our failure consciousness into success consciousness. To do that we must change how we measure things. For example, in the book Think and Grow Rich there is a story of how a young Chinese man came to America to study. When he met President Harper he was asked what impressed him about the American people, and the young man replied that American eyes are off slant. Hmmm, a prime example of foolishly measuring with our own limitations, it is a mistake to assume that our own standard is the correct standard.
The book Think and Grow Rich also points out that we refuse to believe what we do not understand. Most of us think that what they believe is the only and correct way to measure people, places and things with. While if we simply do not try to measure then we do not limit what we can believe and if there is no limit then we can be and do anything that we can think of. We need to simply stop measuring things with our own standard, next time you meet someone try to see their soul, rather than body shape, color, dress, eyes, or any physical part of them. When you talk with that person, listen to the actual words they speak and not what you think you hear.
As an example, let us say that a person refuses to believe that the sky is blue. This person will argue with you until the sun sets that you are wrong for believing the sky is blue, and that your belief in a blue sky is what makes you all screwed up. While you on the contrary believe his view that the sky is not blue makes him all screwed up, and that he needs to change his belief. Of course, this is a rather silly example but it is far more educational than to use a religious or political belief as the example, for had such a view been used then the point of the conversation would have been lost. Because when a point of belief is made, then those of an opposing view immediately would get defensive and offensive. Their internal dialog would kick in with the old “how can he say that?” argument, and as in the blue sky argument above there would be no resolution, and you would miss the point entirely that you should not be measuring with your beliefs…