Napoleon Hill – Concentration Continued + The 3 R’s

We have seen what an important part environment and habit play in connection with the subject of concentration.  Let’s now get into the three R’s as stated in Napoleon Hill’s Law of Success.

  1. Retention: The receiving of a sense impression through one or more of the five senses, and the recording of this impression, in orderly fashion, in the mind.  This process may be likened to the recording of a picture on the sensitised plate of a camera or soda.
  2. Recall: The reviving or recalling into the conscious mind of those sense impressions which have been recorded in the sub-conscious mind.  This process may be compared to the act of going through a card index and pulling out a card on which information had been previously recorded.
  3. Recognition: The ability to recognize a sense impression when it it called into the conscious mind, and to identify it as being a duplicate of the original impression, and to associate it with the original source from which it came when it was first recorded.  This process enables us to distinguish between “memory” and “imagination.”

Now lets look at the principles and see how we can apply these….

First: when you wish to be sure of your ability to recall a sense impression, such as a name, date or place, be sure to make the impression vivid by concentrating your attention upon it to the finest detail.  An effective way to do this is to repeat, several times, that which you wish to remember. Just as a photographer must give an “exposure” proper time to record itself on the sensitised plate of the camera, so must we give the sub-conscious mind time to record properly and clearly any sense impression that we wish to be able to recall with readiness.

Second: Associate that which you wish to remember with some other object, name, place, or date with which you are quite familiar, and which you can easily recall when you wish, as, for example, the name of your home town, your close friend, the date of your birth, etc, for your mind will then file away the sense impression that you wish to be able to recall, with the one that you can easily recall, so that when bringing forth one into the conscious mind it brings, also, the other one with it.

Third: Repeat that which you wish to remember, a number of times, at the same time concentrating your mind upon it, just as you would fix your mind on a certain hour at which you wished to arise in the morning, which, as you know, insures your awakening at the precise hour.  The common failing of not being able to remember the names of other people, which most of us have, is due entirely to the fact that we do not properly record the name in the first place.

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Jack Canfield -How Much, By When?

Bob Proctor once asked a gentleman during an interview more than 30 years old, “how much money do you want?”

He replied, “a lot?”

“That’s not measurable.  That’s not a number.  You’re not specific so the universe has no idea how much “a lot” is.”

To make sure a goal releases the power of your subconscious mind, it must meet two criteria: how much (some measurable quantity such as pages, pounds, dollars, square feet, points) and by when (a specific time or date).

“I will have a six pack.”  That’s not as measurable as “I will have a six pack by the end of the month.”

The time and date is the most important because giving that specific aspect of your goals lets just say expedites it.  Include every little details about the goal you want to achieve.  The color, size, features, etc.  The more vague you are, the more vague the results are.

Jack Canfield also held a seminar whereas this lady specifically said, “I want a lot of money.” So he (acting as a universe) gave her a dollar.  She said, “I want more.”  He gave her an extra quarter and said, “is this enough?”

“No.  I want more!”

“Well be more specific,” he said.

A Goal Versus A Good Idea

Here’s a few examples on how to engage your subconscious mind, a goal or objective.

  • Good Idea

I would like to own a nice home on the ocean.

I want to lose weight.

I need to treat my employees better.

  • Goal or Objective

I will own a condominium in Pattaya oceanside on the 37th floor just outside Jomtien beach.

I will lose 5 pounds by April 15th, 2017.

I will give 25$ bonuses to each employees at the end of the month when all tasks are met.  If they complete more than what they’re paid to do, I’ll add on a vacation day.

The specificity that comes along with goal setting needs to be vivid.  Example, if you want a home, write down the location, landscaping, furniture, artwork, sound system, floor plan.  If you don’t have an idea, go on houzz.com.  They have such a wide variety of perks for home decor.

When you write it all down, your subconscious mind will know what to work on.  It will know which opportunities to home in on to help you reach goal.

When you create your goals, be sure to write down some big ones that will stretch you and require you to grow to achieve them.  It’s a good thing to have some goals that make you a little uncomfortable.  Why?  Because the ultimate goal, in addition to achieving your material goals, is to become a master at life.  And to do this, you will need to learn new skills, expand your vision of what’s possible, build new relationships, and learn to overcome your fears, considerations, and roadblocks.