At the beginning of the book, Napoleon Hill says there is a Secret in it, and that Secret will show you how to achieve all your dreams. He mentions the Secret in every chapter at least once. It represents the first step to success. Moreover, in my own experience, success without knowledge of it is impossible.
I opened the book for the first time and I kept reading it over and over because one question was stuck in my mind. The question was…
What is the Secret in Think and Grow Rich?
“All achievement, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea!”
If you have read the book, you probably have read the chapter on Imagination. If not, read it. In this chapter, you learn that in our imagination we can build an idea or make a plan. It is, as he says, the workshop of the mind.
However, there is two types of imagination, synthetic and creative imagination. The difference is, we use synthetic imagination when we want to learn something which is already here. Like driving a car. Later on, it is a habit, and we stop using this faculty.
On the hand, creative imagination is deeper. Great inventors, philosophers, writers, engineers…know how to engage the creative faculty as well. The secret of the book is hiding in the creative imagination. We all have a small inventor, philosopher, writer, engineer, hiding in us. All we have to do is to learn how to use this power.
Think about that power. Just look around your self. Everything you can see with your eyes, even the screen you are looking at now, is a product of somebody’s imagination. Now, the person who used his or her imagination to make everything around you didn’t just come up with it just like that, there is a natural process involved. You may ask how the following…
How to Use the Secret?
So, to get to the point straight away. When we are in the process of learning, we use synthetic imagination. We watch, imagine us doing the same, and eventually, we learn it…
Remember the inventors, writers, etc? Once they learned how to do what they do using synthetic imagination, well, they didn’t stop. Moreover, they stayed in the process until they had to use creative imagination as well.
Example. When we confront a problem in our life, we bring creative imagination to use. Try to remember the last time you solved a problem in your life. Using the synthetic imagination you have reached all know facts regarding the problem, and you keep thinking about it until through the creative imagination you found a solution!
This is the first part of the secret. To properly use imagination, we have to stay in it as long as it is necessary until we create, in our mind, a solution, or idea, plan, anything we have never done before. We have to CREATE.
Napoleon Hill says that Secret comes in two parts. The first part is equally as important as the second one.
Now, the second part is more physical. It is true that everything you see around you is the product of someone’s imagination. The screen you are looking at is somebody’s imagination, the phone or computer, walls, house, road, buildings, the whole city you live in didn’t exist until one individual imagined it in his mind. However, it took some work to get those imaginative ideas into the reality.
Taking a pen and piece of paper, and writing down your imagined idea is the first physical step. Make a plan, set some goals. That is the second step. Later on, your creative imagination will lead you further.
When you learn how to use the secret from Think and Grow Rich, you can design your whole life.
It’s Time to Think and Grow Rich
One powerful tool for getting your imagination on the higher level is meditation. You don’t have to become Buddha or Prophet Mohamed, or go and climb the mountain, search a deep forest, roam through the desert.
However, by practicing meditation and relaxation you can turn up your imagination. And it can lead you on a right way of thinking. By this, I mean a positive way of thinking.
You see, when we are under stress and buried with worry and fear (most people live their day by day like that) it is impossible to use the imagination. Then what is the opposite of stress? Relaxation. And meditation is a great way to become stress-free and clear your mind of worries, so your imagination can work properly.
Worries and fear are, in the end, just a product of our imagination, moreover, they are the negative product. The emotion of faith and belief is the opposite. And we have to have faith to properly use imagination. Meditation can help you to develop what you need. Plus, the benefits of it will be multiple.
Proper meditation clears your mind. With your mind clear and body relaxed you will be able to turn your imagination whenever you want and wherever you want. Moreover, at some stage, it will be wild and go off by itself without you aiding it.
Great way to start is to create a habit in the morning, first thing in a day, to sit back, close your eyes, and just breathe until all thoughts go away. Then, when your mind is empty and relaxed, try to think about what you wrote on that piece of paper. Try to feel yourself doing it or having it. Just let your imagination go.
If you do this every day, as well as, if you take an action toward its realization, then there will be no other result except success. You will attract the good in your life. Use it to completely reshape your world. Some things will change quickly, however, some things will take more time. I will give you an analogy so you can understand this properly.
The Tree Analogy
John C. Maxwell is one of the best life coaches there is. He once told this analogy which was immediately planted in my mind. Try to imagine while you are reading.
You have a tree in your backyard and you want to cut down your tree with an ax. And if you swing at that tree every day for five times, that tree will eventually…….what? It will fall down. No matter what you do, if you swing at that tree just five times a day it MUST fall down. The time that is going to pass by until the tree falls down depends on the size of the tree. If it is a small tree, it will fall down in a week. However, if it is a great, big tree, it will take longer time. But the result will be the same, the tree will fall down!
Persistence is one of the keys!
I hope you imagined correctly what you just read.
Think and Grow Rich book is a product of Napoleon Hill’s imagination. He used his imagination to help many people all over the world to create a better life.
In this book, you will find that secret multiple times, as I mentioned earlier it is in every chapter, on every page, in every letter. Napoleon Hill analyzed hundreds and hundreds of people who used this secret to become whatever they wanted and to create anything they wanted in their world.
Don’t forget, you have to practice your imagination every day. It is like a muscle, if you want it to grow you will have to work on it every day.
So that is it! I hope you now know what is the secret in Think and Grow Rich, how to use it, and you made a decision to start using it.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,