First Motivation Monday in October: Conceive, Believe, and Achieve

Motivation Monday:

Conceive, Believe, and Achieve



It’s the first Motivation Monday of October on my blog today!

Happy October 1st – already! I don’t know where the second half of September went, but I obviously missed blogging for the past couple of weeks! Still working on finding balance in my now full-time work schedule so I can also do OTHER things I enjoy doing, like blogging and sewing! So for awhile, I’m browsing older posts to re-publish, and this mini-series seemed especially relevant right now.

This cross-stitch piece (made by my mom-in-law), in the photo above, contains different sayings that all essentially mean, “You can do it!” as the first line states. I thought each of the four sayings might serve as good topics for Motivation Monday posts:

*Today (10-1): Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

*Next Monday (10-8): Faith removes limitations.

*In two weeks (10-15): Keep on keeping on.

*In three weeks (10-22): Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.




So for today, let’s explore this one:

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

I had to do some research and discovered on a site called The Mind Unleashed that this is a quote by Napoleon Hill, an entrepreneur and proponent of positive thinking in the mid 1900s (feels strange to even write that, since I was born in 1958!) He wrote a book called Think and Grow Rich, which sold more than 20 million copies by the time of Hill’s death in 1970.

The full quote actually says, “Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve, regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past.”

Related to this quote is the concept behind the Law of Attraction, which emphasizes making positive affirmations to manifest the things you are believing will happen. The key, however, is in fact belief, not merely spouting off words or chants to try to magically force something to happen or to manifest.

Furthermore, we often fail to achieve the things we conceive, because we don’t truly believe. Instead, limiting beliefs act as a hurdle or barrier to prevent what we’re endeavoring to achieve.



HOWEVER…I do think common sense needs to bring balance to the conceiving, believing, and achieving. I’ve heard some people caution against the “name it and claim it” or “blab it and grab it” mentality. That sounds reasonable to me, because again, this is not some magical incantation that will force things to happen. Words do have power, for good or bad, and there is some truth to the concept of speaking things into existence. But we have to be careful about what we say, and combine belief with effort, to achieve those things that are reasonable and appropriate for us in our lives.


So What About YOU?


Do you believe this quote is accurate?


Have you practiced speaking positive affirmations, and in fact, seen dreams come to fruition in your life?



**Next Monday: “Faith removes limitations.”




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38 comments to “First Motivation Monday in October: Conceive, Believe, and Achieve”

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  1. Andrea - October 1, 2018 Reply

    I’ve heard it said many times that if you can believe it, you can achieve it. But how many of us actually do so?

  2. Katherine - October 1, 2018 Reply

    I do use affirmations. I find they work the best when I can achieve a feeling tone that is coherent with them, rather than just saying the words. Getting better at it over time1

  3. Nikki Gwin - October 1, 2018 Reply

    The believing must be followed by doing. I am a firm believer that I can do anything that I set my mind to.
    🙂 gwingal

  4. Heather - October 1, 2018 Reply

    You have no idea the timing you have with this post. I am looking for a sign and this might be it.
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  5. Lois Alter Mark - October 1, 2018 Reply

    I love that your mom cross stitched that! It’s so inspiring and great encouragement when you need it. All of those sayings are so true.

  6. Gillian Kent - October 1, 2018 Reply

    I was a soccer coach for years and one of my rules was to be positive. Any criticism should be couched in a positive helpful way to help the player move forward. This eventually grew into to the realization that telling someone not to do something was very difficult for them. When you say “don’t do X” you are not giving them an alternative for the situation. when you give them what to do in a situation suddenly achievement happens and its an opportunity for lots of affirmation. It works off the soccer pitch too.

  7. Ray Ruzzo - October 1, 2018 Reply

    Mind over matter, it’s a real thing. Obviously we can’t break the laws of physics, but if we don’t believe in ourselves who will believe in us?

  8. Christa - October 1, 2018 Reply

    I have a friend who says this quote all the time! He had a very difficult childhood in another country and is now a successful businessman living in the US. This idea certainly rings true for him!

  9. Evelyn Hernandez - October 1, 2018 Reply

    Love that quote, whatever we believe we can achieve! Very inspiring and motivational quote!

  10. Erica - October 1, 2018 Reply

    I love the quote you added that says “never underestimate your own strength”. It is so true that your mind can be so powerful.

  11. Tiffany Khyla - October 1, 2018 Reply

    Woah! This is something I definitely needed to read today. I just started a new job last week, and I’ve already been doubting myself. This definitely helped give me a new perspective and a push to chance my mindset.

  12. Stephanie - October 1, 2018 Reply

    This quote is similar to what my previous boss once told me: whether you think you or you think you can’t, I believe you”. I’ve been trying to teach my oldest son, who is 5 years old, the power of positive thinking.

  13. Crystal - October 1, 2018 Reply

    It’s true although not always easy to follow! So much of life is our mindset and how we view things and what we do with it!

  14. MAYSZ - October 1, 2018 Reply

    “Never underestimate your own strength” This is really indeed. We have different ability in life you need to trust yourself and you can do it! powerful inspiring post from you!

  15. Jennifer - October 2, 2018 Reply

    I love that you do this. Motivation Monday’s are so important and hoenstly help me get through a pretty crummy day lol

  16. Cathy mini - October 2, 2018 Reply

    I really admire to this quote ,. Such a full of inspiration and motivation

  17. Angela Tolsma - October 2, 2018 Reply

    I love the never underestimate your own strength line. I think you always need to be aware of reality and adjust your goals but I also think you should shoot for the stars and go big!

  18. chelf - October 2, 2018 Reply

    I try to stay motivated and go on. It’s not always easy, and affirmations help sometimes. We do need to remember that as long as we want to. we can achieve a lot, if not anything!

  19. Ashley - October 2, 2018 Reply

    I follow Walt Disney’s motto of if you can dream it you can do it!

  20. Ruth I - October 2, 2018 Reply

    We can achieve it only if we believe and act upon it. We must do something to achieve anything that we want.

  21. Nancy at Whispered Inspirations - October 2, 2018 Reply

    Thanks for this motivation and inspiration. I needed it after a tough couple weeks. We can do whatever we set our minds on. We just have to act on it!

  22. Shannan P - October 2, 2018 Reply

    I do believe that speaking things into existence and affirmations absolutely are powerful things, but you have to be prepared to take the steps to make those things happen. I can sit in my empty living room and say that I’m going to have ice cream and it isn’t going to magically jump into a bowl and float to the table in front of me!

  23. Lynndee - October 2, 2018 Reply

    Love all those quotes – so true and very inspirational. Yes, it all starts with a dream…and then you’ll eventually get there.

  24. Lisa Favre - October 2, 2018 Reply

    I love the one about “small steps.” I totally agree with it and I can relate. No need to rush in things in life!
    Lisa Favre recently posted..Travel Habits: Disney To-Do List with Toddlers

  25. Lisa Fucci - October 2, 2018 Reply

    I truly believe that the mind can limit us. Especially if the left and the right brain aren’t incohoots. My emotions limit me often.

  26. Sara Welch - October 2, 2018 Reply

    This is great for people needing to set up the game plan. Having a goal in sight certainly helps that out.

  27. Laura Dove - October 2, 2018 Reply

    I love this and think that dreaming big is the start of a wonderful journey! The mind is a very powerful tool!

  28. Monidipa Dutta - October 2, 2018 Reply

    Lovely thought I personally believe it is incredibly important that I share the meaning of this quote with you because it can change your entire outlook on success and maybe even give you the breakthrough you need to take the next step.

  29. Becca Wilson - October 2, 2018 Reply

    It is amazing what we can achieve if we just put ourselves in the right mindset. You definitely have to believe in yourself to make things happen!

  30. Wendy Lemeric - October 2, 2018 Reply

    Thanks for this. I needed this motivation for a project I’m currently working on. I gotta keep on despite my inner critic.

  31. Geraline Batarra - October 2, 2018 Reply

    Such a great post and love all the beautiful quotes that has been used in this article very inspiring and motivating.

  32. Ty @ TravelTasTily - October 2, 2018 Reply

    What a super lovely post and I love the quotes/ So very inspiring and motivating!

  33. Melanie williams - October 3, 2018 Reply

    Love the quote: *Today (10-1): Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Feeling motivated already just reading this beautiful post – thank you so much x

  34. Elizabeth O - October 3, 2018 Reply

    This really is a motivating post indeed. I definitely agree with the sentiments in the quotes here. Believing in yourself creates achievement

  35. Trina - October 4, 2018 Reply

    This is such a powerful message, I need to remind myself of this at times when I just feel defeated.
    Trina recently posted..5 Fall Must-Haves for Busy Moms

  36. Barbara Chapman - October 5, 2018 Reply

    Good messages for every one of us. Thank you for sharing!

    Barb 🙂

  37. click here - November 1, 2018 Reply

    Making a list of things you want to do/accomplish this summer is the first step. By creating a list, you have something to reflect on at the end of the summer. Some of the items don’t have to be specific, like: work out more, read a book. Some of the items may be specific like: go to the beach with your family, write 3 blog posts a week. By writing down a list (and not just making one in your head) you can hold yourself accountable for how much you really accomplish.

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