Napoleon Hill’s Thought + Positive Emotion


In Napoleon Hill’s inspirational classic “Think and Grow Rich,” he asserts that we must add intense positive emotions (like love and faith) to the thought of our desire in order for us to successfully achieve that desire.

This is a concept that a lot of people have trouble understanding and implementing. How do we add intense emotions like faith or white-hot burning passion to a thing like a thought? Hill does teach us that we must repeat positive affirmations regularly to our subconscious. However, a lot of people have trouble successfully doing this.

Well, the answer to this problem lies in taking a small step backwards. Step back and take a closer look at the desire. When we have something we are truly passionate about and truly desire, we have intense positive emotions about it. The thought of that passion comes with its own built-in positive emotions. We can’t help but want to get involved in the passion. We don’t need to imbue this thought with any positive emotion such as love. Love is already there.

Even an initial lack of faith in ourselves can’t stop us from going after this desire. Our love of it, our passion for it, overrides everything else.

So, if we desire something but we are finding it difficult to feed positive emotion to the thought of it, chances are it’s not the right desire for us. Maybe we believe we should want that desire. But if we have to work to get passionate about something, then step back and look at it again. It may be time to shed the desire, let it go, and allow room for the right desire to come in.

Finally, note that when a desire is not right, we will shed the thought easily. We won’t struggle to get rid of it. It will fall off of our shoulders like a coat, which is not our real physical body. It was never the real us. It was covering the real desire in us. Just let it go.