The Twelve Riches of Life
(continued from last week)
by Napoleon Hill
All riches, of whatsoever nature, begin as a state of mind; and let us remember that a state of mind is the one and only thing over which any person has complete, unchallenged right of control.
It is highly significant that the Creator provided man with control over nothing except the power to shape his own thoughts and the privilege of fitting them to any pattern of his choice.
Mental attitude is important because it converts the brain into the equivalent of an electro-magnet which attracts the counterpart of one’s dominating thoughts, aims and purposes. It also attracts the counterpart of one’s fears, worries and doubts.
1. A Positive Mental Attitude is the starting point of all riches, whether they be riches of a material nature or intangible riches.
It attracts the riches of true friendship.
And the riches one finds in the hope of future achievement. It provides the riches one may find in Nature’s handiwork, as it exists in the moonlit nights, in the stars that float out there in the heavens, in the beautiful landscapes and in distant horizons.
And the riches to be found in the labor of one’s choice, where expression may be given to the highest plane of man’s soul.
And the riches of harmony in home relationships, where all members of the family work together in a spirit of friendly cooperation.
And the riches of sound physical health, which is the treasure of those who have learned to balance work with play, worship with love, and who have learned the wisdom of eating to live rather than of living to eat.
And the riches of freedom from fear.
And the riches of enthusiasm, both active and passive.
And the riches of song and laughter, both of which indicate states of mind.
And the riches of self-discipline, through which one may have the joy of knowing that the mind can and will serve any desired end if one will take possession and command it through Definiteness of Purpose.
And the riches of play, through which one may lay aside all of the burdens of life and become as a little child again.
And the riches of discovery of one’s “other self”—that self which knows no such reality as permanent failure.
And the riches of Faith in Infinite Intelligence, of which every individual mind is a minute projection.
And the riches of meditation, the connecting link by which anyone may draw upon the great universal supply of Infinite Intelligence at will.
Yes, these and all other riches begin with a Positive Mental Attitude. Therefore, it is but little cause for wonder that a Positive Mental Attitude takes the first place in the list of the “Twelve Riches.”
2. Sound Physical Health
Sound health begins with a “health consciousness” produced by a mind which thinks in terms of health and not in terms of illness, plus temperance of habits in eating and properly balanced physical activities.
3. Harmony in Human Relationships
Harmony with others begins with one’s self, for it is true, as Shakespeare said, there are benefits available to those who comply with his admonition, “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou cans’t not then be false to any man.”
4. Freedom from Fear
No man who fears anything is a free man! Fear is a harbinger of evil, and wherever it appears one may find a cause which must be eliminated before he may become rich in the fuller sense. The seven basic fears which appear most often in the minds of men are (1) the fear of Poverty, (2) the fear of Criticism, (3) the fear of Ill Health, (4) the fear of Loss of Love, (5) the fear of the Loss of Liberty, (6) the fear of Old Age, (7) the fear of Death.
5. The Hope of Achievement
The greatest of all forms of happiness comes as the result of hope of achievement of some yet unattained desire; and poor beyond description is the person who cannot look to the future with hope that he will become the person he would like to be, or with the belief that he will attain the objective he has failed to reach in the past.
6. The Capacity for Faith
Faith is the connecting link between the conscious mind of man and the great universal reservoir of Infinite Intelligence. It is the fertile soil of the garden of the human mind wherein may be produced all of the riches of life. It is the “eternal elixir” which gives creative power and action to the impulses of thought.
Faith is the basis of all so-called miracles, and of many mysteries which cannot be explained by the rules of logic or science. Faith is the spiritual “chemical” which, when it is mixed with prayer, gives one direct and immediate connection with Infinite Intelligence.
Faith is the power which transmutes the ordinary energies of thought into their spiritual equivalent. And it is the only power through which the Cosmic Force of Infinite Intelligence may be appropriated to the uses of man.
(to be continued next week)
Source: The Master Key to Riches by Napoleon Hill