Success Passage: Old Man Worry by Napoleon Hill
An unsettled Mind is helpless. Indecision makes an unsettled Mind. Most individuals lack the Willpower to reach decisions promptly, and to stand by them after they have been made, even during normal business conditions . . . However, we do not worry over conditions, once we have reached a decision to follow a Definite line of Action. Kill the Habit of Worry, in all its forms, by reaching a general, blanket Decision that nothing which Life has to offer is worth the price of Worry.
Success Passage: "Old Man Worry" by Napoleon Hill
Today's post is the Success Passage "Old Man Worry" by Napoleon Hill. It is from the Epilogue to his all-time Classic Success Manual, Think and Grow Rich (Click to download the Success Manual Strategist Edition of Think and Grow Rich from The Success Manual Free Download Library).
We all recognize that Worry is wasted energy, resources and time. But, that is only the obvious damage. As Hill notes, Worry is insidious and it is this stealth nature that allows so much of the damage to accumulate. Consider the following:
First, Worry is a HUGE obstruction in and to our Creative Mind. It literally blocks our ability to tap the Infiniteness of Wisdom and Knowledge that we may normally access by way of our God-given faculties and talents. While Obstacles are to be embraced, Obstructions are to be avoided. Remember, there is a difference between Obstructions and Obstacles (See Steps 3, 4 and 5 in Success Manual Success Strategy/Success Key: The Ten (10) Universal Steps to Problem Solving, October 29, 2010; see also, Success Manual Success Key 5: Embrace Obstacles, the Stepping Stones to Success, January 23, 2010; see also, Success Manual Success Strategy: Converting Obstacles to Stepping Stones: The Key to Victory, March 7, 2010).
Second, when we Worry, we transmit our Fear to those around us. We may not realize it, they may not realize, but it happens nonetheless. Lower life in the animal kingdom can immediately detect our Fear and Worry; why not our fellow breathren?
Third, Fear and Worry assuredly manifest in more of the same. Remember what Job says at 3:25 - "For the thing which I greatly feared is come on me, and that which I was afraid of is come to me." (American King James Version)
Fourth, as Napoleon Hill points out, Fear and Worry express in a displeasing and antagonistic personality, thereby repelling the very people we love and who may be able to help us.
There is more, but you get the point.
Kill Fear and Worry immediately - there is absolutely NO Good that can come from it. None.
Fear and Worry can be overcome by Decision, Faith and Positive Thought.
Old Man Worry by Napoleon Hill
Worry is a State of Mind based upon Fear. It works slowly, but persistently. It is insidious and subtle. Step by step it “digs itself in” until it paralyzes one’s reasoning faculty, destroys self-confidence and initiative. Worry is a form of sustained fear caused by indecision; therefore, it is a state of mind which can be controlled.
An unsettled Mind is helpless. Indecision makes an unsettled Mind. Most individuals lack the Willpower to reach decisions promptly, and to stand by them after they have been made, even during normal business conditions. During periods of economic unrest (such as the world recently experienced), the individual is handicapped, not alone by his inherent nature to be slow at reaching decisions, but he is influenced by the indecision of others around him who have created a state of “mass indecision.”
During the Great Depression the whole atmosphere, all over the world, was filled with “Fearenza” and “Worryitis,” the two mental disease germs which began to spread themselves after the Wall Street stock market crash in 1929. There is only one known antidote for these germs; it is the habit of prompt and firm Decision. Moreover, it is an antidote which every individual must apply for himself.
We do not worry over conditions, once we have reached a decision to follow a Definite line of Action. I once interviewed a man who was to be electrocuted two hours later. The condemned man was the calmest of some eight men who were in the death-cell with him. His calmness prompted me to ask him how it felt to know that he was going into eternity in a short while. With a smile of confidence on his face, he said, “It feels fine. Just think, brother, my troubles will soon be over. I have had nothing but trouble all my life. It has been a hardship to get food and clothing. Soon I will not need these things. I have felt fine ever since I learned for certain that I must die. I made up my mind then, to accept my fate in good spirit.”
As he spoke he devoured a dinner of proportions sufficient for three men, eating every mouthful of the food brought to him, and apparently enjoying it as much as if no disaster awaited him. Decision gave this man resignation to his fate! Decision can also prevent one’s acceptance of undesired circumstances.
The Six Basic Fears become translated into a state of worry, through indecision. Relieve yourself, forever of the Fear of Death, by reaching a Decision to accept death as an inescapable event. Whip the Fear of Poverty by reaching a Decision to get along with whatever wealth you can accumulate without worry. Put your foot upon the neck of the Fear of Criticism by reaching a Decision not to worry about what other people think, do, or say. Eliminate the Fear of Old Age by reaching a Decision to accept it, not as a handicap, but as a great blessing which carries with it wisdom, self-control, and understanding not known to youth. Acquit yourself of the Fear of Ill Health by the Decision to forget symptoms. Master the Fear of Loss of Love by reaching a Decision to get along without love, if that is necessary.
Kill the Habit of Worry, in all its forms, by reaching a general, blanket Decision that nothing which Life has to offer is worth the price of Worry. With this Decision will come poise, peace of mind, and calmness of thought which will bring happiness.
A man whose Mind is filled with fear not only destroys his own chances of Intelligent Action, but, he transmits these destructive vibrations to the Minds of all who come into contact with him, and destroys, also their chances.
Even a dog or a horse knows when its master lacks Courage; moreover, a dog or a horse will pick up the vibrations of Fear thrown off by its master, and behave accordingly. Lower down the line of Intelligence in the animal kingdom, one finds this same capacity to pick up the vibrations of Fear. A honeybee immediately senses Fear in the mind of a person – for reasons unknown, a bee will sting the person whose mind is releasing vibrations of Fear much more readily than it will molest the person whose mind registers no Fear.
The vibrations of Fear pass from one Mind to another just as quickly and as surely as the sound of the human voice passes from the broadcasting station to the receiving set of a radio – and by the same selfsame Medium.
Mental telepathy is a reality. Thoughts pass from one Mind to another, voluntarily, whether or not this fact is recognized by either the person releasing the Thoughts, or the persons who pick up those Thoughts.
The person who gives expression, by word of mouth, to negative or destructive Thoughts is practically certain to experience the results of those words in the form of a destructive “kick-back.” The release of destructive thought impulses, alone, without the aid of words, produces also a “kickback” in more ways than one. First of all, and perhaps most important to be remembered, the person who releases thoughts of a destructive nature, must suffer damage through the breaking down of the faculty of creative imagination. Secondly, the presence in the mind of any destructive emotion develops a negative personality which repels people, and often converts them into antagonists. The third source of damage to the person who entertains or releases negative thoughts, lies in this significant fact – these Thought Impulses are not only damaging to others, but they imbed themselves in the Subconscious Mind of the person releasing them, and there become a part of his character.
One is never through with a Thought merely by releasing it. When a Thought is released, it spreads in every direction, through the Medium of the ether, but it also plants itself permanently in the Subconscious Mind of the person releasing it.
Your business in life is, presumably, to achieve Success. To be Successful, you must find peace of mind, acquire the material needs of life, and above all, attain Happiness. All of these evidences of Success begin in the form of Thought Impulses.
You may control your own Mind – you have the power to feed it whatever Thought Impulses you choose. With this privilege goes also the responsibility of using it constructively. You are the master of your own earthly destiny just as surely as you have the power to control your own Thoughts. You may influence, direct, and eventually control your own environment, making your Life what you want it to be – or, you may neglect to exercise the privilege which is yours, to make your life to order, thus casting yourself upon the broad sea of “Circumstance” where you will be tossed hither and yon, like a ship on the waves of the ocean.
Until next time, dear Friend . . .
Peace Out, and - Namasté!
To your Health, Wealth, Prosperity and Success,
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