The words seemed to pop off the page:
This is the First Step towards
Whoa - What?!? Stop for just one little moment here…
What's this first step?
I scroll back. “…we will have to acquire the ability to think the way we want to think. This is the first step towards getting rich.”
Ah. OK, got it: Acquiring the ability to think the way we want to think is the first step. That begs the question, What way do I want to think?
My short answer would be, "I want to think optimistically."
I do have some ability to think the way I want to think. Readers of my Happiness Experiment articles know they are about one little thought that I decided to think (to whit, "I feel happy").
It’s fairly easy to think such a thought once and it's not too terribly difficult to think it occasionally. I'm here to tell you, though, that using a chosen thought consistently, from morning to night, day after day and week after week, is not so easy. Not so easy at all!
It takes practice, lots of it, to acquire the ability to think the way we want to think. We also have to STOP thinking the counter-productive thoughts. I’m sure you know the ones I mean. I’ve got a l-o-n-g list of Thoughts I Don’t Want.
It's a long list, and I'm an expert at using it. I should be, considering how much I've practiced. You might remember some of the previous aritcles I wrote about these devilish ideas, such as the one about those tricky Donkey Moments, the early Camels & Caravans post or the one about Feeling Ba-a-ad
Remember those? I've found one way to get rid of such devilish ideas, and that's by preparing myself in advance with a better thought to over-ride the useless ones each and every time I catch myself using them.
It's not always easy.
We have, we're told here in Chapter 4, that we have “the natural and inherent power to think what we want to think, but it requires some effort to do so.”
Ain’t that the truth!!! It is SO much easier to think the same ol’ familiar lack-n-limitations thoughts. then we're told that it will require “deliberate attention …and action” which is to say, a lot of effort. Groan!
It requires “the expenditure of more power than any other work we have to perform."
To sum it all up: This won't be easy. Oh wait, we said that before, didn’t we? I must say, this 'getting rich' stuff isn't for cowards and lay-abouts, that's for sure!
It's more like climbing Mt. Everest than like