“Boys, make sure you read this book from cover to cover,” my father told my brother Peter and I as he handed us one of the most powerful books about the mind. It was Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich.’
Although we were still teenagers he was convinced that the transformative words in the book would sink into our psyches and help us in the respective journeys of our lives. I devoured it not once or twice, but thrice.
The book starts with this powerful sentence, ‘TRULY, THOUGHTS ARE THINGS—and powerful things at that when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches or other material objects.’
This morning at 4.45AM when I was running along Kangundo Road in Nairobi’s Eastlands area, this sentence stormed into my mind. But it didn’t just storm there uninvited. As my feet were sputtering along, as my navy-blue running hoodie started soaking in the drizzle, I made a conscious decision to invite this sentence into my mind and eject a negative thought that I had started entertaining. So I thought about the power of thoughts to deliver physical results. I thought about my father and how he has always employed positive thoughts to lead a fulfilling life.
A negative thought is to the mind what a parasite is to your body. It saps your positive energy and injects into you negative energy. This morning, as I ran in that beautiful drizzle and enjoyed its beautiful breeze, I was reminded that a negative thought only lingers on in your mind if you entertain. As soon as a negative thought shows up in your mind, replace it immediately with a positive thought and entertain that positive thought.