About three years ago, I started using the Audible app for the first time. One of the first books I listened to and have listened to several times since is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. The challenge for me with with listening to a book like this is when there is something I want to internalize, there must be physical interaction. Otherwise, I find myself zoning out and getting lost in my thoughts and missing parts of what was said. So, late last year I purchased a physical copy of the book. Since then it has been dog-eared, heavily underlined, and the margins contain many of my thoughts. While the premise of this book is about using the power of our thoughts to lead us to a financially prosperous life, for me, it's about so much more. My definition of prosperity transcends just money and includes an abundance of physical and mental health, joy, and peace for me and my family. The state of our mind has a direct impact on each of the things I just listed. I know this to be true because I have testimonies of periods in my life were I was intensely focused on one thing and aligned my thoughts, visions, and actions until I achieved my desired result.
This morning after doing a morning run for coffee and donuts, I snuggled back into bed with all my guys. I picked up my copy and turned to a previously dog-eared page containing a poem by Walter D. Wintle. This poem resonated so strongly with me that I'm planning for our sons and I to memorize it. I've been focusing heavily on renewing my thoughts and ensuring I'm thinking about the things I expect to see in my life and not things that are detrimental. This poem hones in on this. I'm not sure if the poem has a title because a quick Google search shows several different titles attributed to it. Anyhow, here it is.
“If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you like to win, but you think you can't
It is almost certain you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you're lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”
How clear is this poem? We have the power to chart our own path and direct our destinies, but it all begins in the mind. While this is an easy concept to understand, it's not always easy to practice. While I've always understood the power of meditation and affirmation and the internal transformation repeating and believing them can bring, I'd fallen out of the practice. With the state of affairs of the world and our vision for our sons' futures, I felt myself becoming increasingly anxious. I knew something needed to change in my own mind lest I begin to attract the things I feared. Additionally, my oldest son and I share many similar traits... some of these are good and others.. not so much. So, while I've battled with negative self-talk for as long as I can remember, it's painful to see him go down this path. The Mama Bear in me has come out strongly to help him navigate life in a healthier way. I need him to understand that his thoughts become reality and words can come to life and because of this, he must choose wisely.
Naturally, the reader and writer in me turns to books. I'm going to list a series of books that I've read myself and others that we've read together. The books that I've read myself have given me suggestions that I've put into practice for my own edification and with the boys. The ones we've read together have led us to create and recite our own affirmations and have regular conversations about how we think and talk about ourselves and others. Here's my list, and it's important to note these are affiliate links and I get commission if you purchase through links in this post.
- I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes
- I am Enough by Grace Byers
- I Promise by Lebron James
- The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be by Joanna Gaines