by Lyndia Grant
Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer
Thoughts are extremely powerful. You can think yourself into becoming whomever you wish, or you can think yourself into the failure you continue to keenly visualize in your mind’s eye.
When you begin to think that something good is happening in your life yet don’t really believe it, it’s a total waste of time. It’s called faith! “Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, and it is the evidence of things not seen.”
How can you think positive thoughts without seeing, feeling and believing that it’s really true? If you fail to visualize what you want, you negate whatever you wish to take place. There must be an inner knowing that whatever you desire is already a reality; it’s only a matter of time.
When you visualize without that inner knowing, you are not a vibration match with what it is you believe. God – or if you prefer to call Him the Universe – knows your thoughts. There’s no way that you say empty words without belief and expect them to come true. God knows you don’t really believe that He has the ability to make your dreams and wishes come true.
Ever known someone who talked about doing something, and although it took longer than expected, one day you looked around and it had happened in that individual’s life? When we have good feelings in our heart, we change persons, places and things in the world that can cause good to come our way.
Many of you want to effect change, like make your new businesses grow, you want to increase membership in your groups, your church’s, social clubs, but in your heart, you don’t believe it will happen. Well it won’t as long as you continue to embrace that inner, negative thinking.
Let’s take a look at negatives versus positives. As I glanced through the newspaper, I saw ads that read: “Don’t forget to vote!” That’s not a positive statement. The best way to say that is “Remember to go vote today!”
Let’s take my own example: the bronze bust of the Rev. Jesse Jackson. During one of our fundraisers held at The Fox Trap Supper Club in Northwest, receptions took place upstairs. I booked the venue to help raise funds to pay for the bronze bust.
As I introduced Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis, our guest speaker, I said to the audience, “Thank you for coming to help us raise funds for the bronze bust of the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Though the money is being raised bit by bit, the bronze bust will be unveiled!”
I remember how certain I felt about that project. I spoke with a resolute tone. I could see, feel and firmly believe that this project would definitely be completed. What would have happened had I not really believed? What if I had thought, “Well, I’m not sure this thing will ever get paid for. I’ve got to find a way. This crowd is so small, and it will never get paid for like this!”
If I had said that, the project would never have been completed, because I would have been invoking a negative, doubting feeling into the project. I wouldn’t have sounded confident; that inner knowing would not have been present.
We must begin from within. It doesn’t matter how you look on the outside, for who you really are is who you are from within.
Author Napoleon Hill penned in his book “Think and Grow Rich”: “Through some strange and powerful principle of mental chemistry, nature wraps up in the impulse [of a] strong desire that something which recognizes no such word as impossible and accepts no such reality as failure.”
Lyndia Grant is an author, inspirational and motivational speaker, radio talk show host and columnist; visit her new website atwww.lyndiagrant.com and call 202-518-3192. Tune in Fridays at 6 p.m. to the radio talk show, 1340 AM, WYCB, a Radio One Station.