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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If You Don’t Do This, You’re Headed For Trouble

I’m a person who has a tendency of forgetting names.  There, I said it! We’ve all fell victims to this type of crime, and quite frankly you can lose a lot of respect, especially in the business world.

What is it that Jim Kwik knows and does to establish himself as one of the best memorization beings on the planet?

Sometimes it’s difficult to remember names, particularly if it’s hard to pronounce.  For example, Korean, Japanese and Chinese names are relatively easy for me.  However, there are German names and French names that are always difficult.  Instead of learning how to say an individuals name, we give them a nickname.

Most notably, comedian Kevin Hart called Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – DJ.  Another example would be my name.  I’m named after a comedian back in the 1980’s and people would call me ‘A,’ which I believe is pretty pathetic.

I’ll mention Jim Kwik again, who I have come in contact with on instagram.  His video about 3 years ago changed the way I view names; in addition, it gave me additional techniques to use so I can better myself.

Technique Number 1: Repetition

Yes.  When you reach out and shake someone’s hand for the first time, repeat their name after they say it.  Before you leave the common area, say their name again…..not only will this boost your confidence, but the faith in the other person because then they will say, “wow, he remembered my name.”

Technique Number 2: Word of Association

Emotional reactions to meeting someone triggers something within the brain/mind whereas you’re more predisposed to remembering the name.  You can remember a beautiful woman’s name, or a handsome man’s name….but you can’t remember anyone’s name where there isn’t an attraction, right?  If you think of the name Carol….how about Christmas Carols? Picture a Christmas tree overtime you see “Carol.”

How about Tom “The Bomb”….every time you see this individual, you remember the good ol,’ classic game Superbomber Man for SNES.

Here’s a video of Jim Kwik and Lewis Loews to further develop your ability along with my podcast.

Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/12393376

Enthusiasm + Creed

I will repeat again, “the human mind is a marvelous piece of machinery!”

One of the most outstanding characteristics are the impressions which reach it, either through outside suggestion or auto-suggestion.  The negative impressions could be stores away, all in one portion of the brain, while the positive impressions are stored in another portion.  When one of these impressions is called into the conscious mind, through the principle of memory, there is a tendency to recall with it all others of a similar nature, just as the raising of one link of a chain brings up others links with it.

For example, anything that causes a feeling of doubt to arise in a person’s mind is sufficient enough to call forth all of his experiences which caused him to become doubtful.

If I’m engaged in a conversation with someone I met online and my instinct begins talking to me, that’s because my guards are being raised and I ultimately reminisce what happened the last time I was in a situation similar to the one that was taking place.

If a man is asked by a stranger to cash a check, immediately he remembers having cashed checks that were not good, or of having heard of others who did so.

Through the law of association all similar emotions, experiences, and sense impressions that reach the mind are filed away together, so that the recalling of one has a tendency to bring back to memory all the others.

Take the feeling of fear, for example; the moment we permit a single emotion that is related to fear to reach the conscious mind, it calls with it all the relations.

You need to deliberately place in your own mind, through the principle of Auto-suggestion, the ambition to succeed through the aid of a definite chief aim, and notice how quickly all of your latent or undeveloped ability in the nature of past experiences will become stimulated and aroused to action in your behalf.

There are a few things I want you to read aloud and do this daily either before you get out of bed, or before you retire at night.

I do not believe that i can afford to try to deceive anyone, about anything, but I know that I cannot afford to try to deceive myself.  To do so would destroy the power of my pen and render my words ineffective.  It is only when I write with the fire of enthusiasm burning in my heart that my writing impresses others favourably; and it is only when I speak from a heart that is bursting with belief in my message, that I can move my audience to accept that message.

There have been times, and many of them, when it appeared that if I stood by this principle it would mean starvation.

There have been times when my closest friends, and business advisers have strongly urge me to shade my philosophy for the sake of gaining a needed advantage here and there, but somehow I have managed to cling to it, mainly, I suppose, for the reason that I have preferred peace and harmony in my own heart to the material gain that I might have had by a forced compromise with my conscience.

Strange as it may seem, my deliberations and conclusions on this subject of refusing to strange my own conscience have seldom been based upon what is commonly called “honesty.”  That which I have done in the matter of refraining from writing or speaking anything that I did not believe has been solely a question of honor.

Also, read the following law aloud because it embraces a great law that you must understand and apply before you can become a person of influence.

In making these requests, for the sake of emphases, I am not trying to take undue liberties with you.  I am giving you full credit for being an adult, a thinker, an intelligent person, yet I know how likely you are to skip over these vital laws without being sufficiently impressed by them to make them a part of your own workaday philosophy.  I know you weakness because i know my own.  It has required the better part of twenty-five years of ups and downs – mostly downs – to impress these basic truths upon my own mind so that they influenced me.  I have tried both them and their opposites; therefore, I can speak, not as one who merely believes in their soundness, but as one who knows.

Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/12270145