“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and bring itself to believe, it can achieve” ~ Napoleon Hill
When I was a little girl, there hung a painting above my bed at my grandparents house. I spent much time at my grandparents house and it is a place that, even now, often shows up in my dreams. It was a place of imagination and more importantly, safety. This was a place that cuddled me up and made me feel sweet and special.
Now to the painting…
It was a painting of a ballerina, a full body professional photo of a beautifully dressed ballerina. Her toe was pointed perfectly and her arms were stiff and raised, yet graceful and poignant. She was wearing a pink tu-tu. What intrigued me the most was the way her pointed toe sat so straight up from the ground. I often wondered how she could do that.
Although I had much awe for this ballerina and her talents, it did not intrigue me to be a ballerina. I do not feel compelled to dance or wear a shoe like hers.
What intrigued me about the painting was the text written above the ballerina in the painting…
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”
This really opened doors for me in my mind. Ok, so if I could imagine it, I could achieve it and if I could dream it, I could become it. Pretty straight-forward and applicable to many things.
Connection to Napoleon Hill
It wasn’t until years later that I was guided to the fine words of Napoleon Hill. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and bring itself to believe, it can achieve.”
I recognize now the part my dear, sweet ballerina was missing…. the part about belief.
Belief is where the magic happens…or doesn’t happen. Belief is where we find our power and ideas can turn into convictions. Dreams can morphe into passions and ambition is simply a word if not for belief.
I love the journey my belief takes me on and the decisions I am gifted with, thanks to belief. What drives me is not what I think, or even feel, for that matter…. it’s what I believe. The sooner I recognized this, the greater my journey became.
What Napoleon Hill taught about Belief
Napoleon Hill was taught by Andrew Carnegie that we were all given two envelopes at birth. One envelope held our riches, and the other envelope held the pain and loss we would experience if we did not use the gift we were given at birth to best serve ourselves and others. This gift has to do with our thoughts and our belief in the power of conviction and determination. We have everything we need… now let’s just believe.
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and bring itself to believe, it can achieve. ~ Napoleon Hill