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#WeStayLearning Issue #005: Thoughts are things

#WeStayLearning Issue #005: Thoughts are things
“Truly, ‘thoughts are things’, and powerful things at that, when mixed with purpose, persistence and a burning desire…”
Think and Grow Rich is one of my all-time favourite books, primarily because of that quote above. So I’d break it down for you.

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Hold the image of what you want. Hold it. Hold it. Remember that thought are things.

Hold it and trust your process. It will manifest in the physical.
Thoughts are things
Our thoughts are as tangible as words written on paper. Everything that we can see, hold, touch, use, read all started as a thought. And so if you can think it, it can be.
In fact, once you have thought it, it is already; all that’s left is experiencing it in the physical.
That’s why the law of attraction is meaningful because it always starts and ends in the mind.
  • Create an environment for good thoughts: The quote says, “Thoughts are things”, not good thoughts are things. All thoughts, good and bad, are things. The law of attractions don’t just mean that only your positive thoughts will attract positive results; it simply is that you will attract all the things you think. Knowing this fact, it makes sense to become deliberate about your thoughts. To cultivate good thoughts, and I believe that it is easy. Surround yourself with the right people. Grow your knowledge, watch, read the right stuff. Expose yourself, travel, read books about places, have solid conversations, challenge your biases, open yourself to new ideas etc.
Remember this “ no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.”
  • Nurture your thoughts: Ever had a great thought one minute, and next thing you can’t remember it? Getting a good thought or idea is one thing; nurturing it is different. So as you think and have brilliant ideas, do the work to build it up. Expand on it, Make it bigger. Nurture them.
One way to nurture your thought is to give it a goal & a purpose. What can that thought become? What do you want that idea to become? You need to have definiteness of purpose to translate your ideas to reality.
Purpose is intention. Purpose is a person’s sense of resolve or determination. It is hard for a thought to become a thing if you have not identified its intention or translated it to goals.
One of my defining beliefs is that clarity comes in doing; this means that you will not always know the final intent or design of a thing at first, but you have to start with the little you know. Then, as you take steps, the definiteness of its purpose will become even more definite.
Think about it like this:
  • Your goal for your key thoughts is to know and pursue a definite purpose.
  • You might not know the extent of that purpose immediately, but you owe it to yourself to take the first steps with the little that you know because repetition and consistency drive definiteness.
  • So when you have a great thought, nurture it by first asking what its intention is. Then, nurture it by resolving to pursue it to the extent that it currently makes sense.
But you know intention (definiteness of purpose) is nothing if you do not break it down into actionable goals. It is only wishful thinking if you do not make a plan on how to achieve it. Set SMART goals with the level of clarity you have. Remember that as you knock each goal in the list off, it’d become even clearer where you are headed. Trust me!
A burning desire. A pulsating desire, almost obsession, but healthy :D.
It’s almost impossible not to succeed when you have a definite goal and place all your energy, willpower and effort into achieving it.
I have been watching the documentary of Kanye West, and from the first two episodes, I realized that Kanye is Kanye because of his desire and belief in himself. Get this; I am not a fan. I can’t even actively remember or name a Kanye song, but oh my! Does his story inspire me! Kanye believed in himself from Day 1. He was sure that he wanted (desire) to be the best rapper (definiteness of purpose), and he believed in and trusted himself to make it happen. And oh! did he put in the work. No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.
…the world is filled with an abundance of opportunity which dreamers of the past never knew. A burning desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off.
Having a clear goal is not enough. You need to want it badly enough. Kanye made music with a broken jaw!
How bad do you want it?
Feed that desire.
  • Faith: In the book, Napolean Hill says that one thing that feeds desire is Faith! You may never know how to get what you desire or create your idea, but you must believe that it is possible. That even if the resources you need to build it do not exist yet, the universe, by sheer force of your burning desire, will create it for you (the law of attraction). And it’s not just a burning desire; it’s not just about the Intensity. It’s the consistency. It is a persistent desire. That day one passes, day ten passes, year one, then year three, and still, your desire is constant, and your Faith and belief in your ability to attain it are unwavering.
…Nature wraps up in the impulse of strong desire, that something which recognises no such word as impossible, and accepts no such reality as failure.
  • Definiteness creates a burning desire: When you are clear with exactly what you want to achieve, it will birth a desire. And I maintain that the best way to get clarity is to do :D.
See this “Most ideas are stillborn and need the breath of life injected into them through definite plans of immediate action”.
Persistence is consistency over Intensity. It is showing up even when you don’t feel like it and that you keep trying even when it is hard.
You keep going; you keep putting out content, writing code, designing, working on strategies, editing videos, even though your big break looks like it is taking forever to come. Persistence is not giving up even when the odds are against you.
Napoleon says, “Persistence is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting desire into its monetary equivalent. The basis of Persistence is the power of will.
Willpower and desire when properly combines, make an irrestible pair.”
All you need to be consistent is willpower. It is the will, the desire to become all that you can.
I read something from Simon Sinek about the difference between consistency and Intensity. He said that “Intensity is like making regular appointments to the dentist and keeping to those appointments but doing only that - you don’t brush or care for your teeth except going for appointments. Consistency, on the other hand, is brushing every day. The difference is that if all you do is go for appointments, you very likely end up with severe dental problems. But, if you miss brushing for one or two days, your teeth won’t fall off. In other words, Intensity is not enough, and consistency doesn’t have to be all or nothing – you are not simply consistent or inconsistent; instead, it is an accumulation of what we do overtime”.
I mention this difference between consistency and Intensity because, in truth, Persistence does not mean no days off, no! Rather, I think it simply means constantly circling back and gathering the will (again) to do what you need to do.
For instance, writing this week’s newsletter was very hard for me.
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Honestly, writing consistently is hard
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Actually doing anything consistently is hard
I have been exhausted from my Nairobi trip, and even though I learned many things this week, I couldn’t find the inspiration to translate my thoughts into words. I wrote three drafts that weren’t just working for me, but here I am, on Thursday night, willing myself yet again to try again and, voila, this lovely piece (if I do say so myself).
Here’s the lesson: consistency/persistence is not giving up. It is showing up, even when you are late, even when you missed a day or two. And with every time you show up when it is hard, you build the muscle and cultivate the state of mind until it becomes easier to always just to be persistent.
PS: See an excerpt from the book on symptoms of lack of persistence.
You should read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill if you haven’t.
See you next week!
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