Hidden power by James van Fleet - Summary


James van Fleet really did a good job to explain in layman’s terms how everybody can leverage the hidden power that resides in ones mind. The teaching are not anywhere in school and if you are lucky you picked them up from you parents if you grew up in the right environment/family. But, not so anymore with this book.


How you can use the hidden power of your subconscious mind to work literal miracles for you

  • know how to impress a problem on the subconscious mind to become more effective

  • use imagination instead of will power to guide the subconscious mind

  • be wary of negative ideas of others that could imprint on your subconscious mind

How to communicate with your subconscious mind

  • Steps to solve a problem with your conscious mind:
    • Exactly identify the problem
    • Determine the cause of the problem
    • Think of all possible solution no matter how ridiculous
    • Evaluate the possible solution and don’t be fooled by biases
    • Pick the best solution or a combination of several with your conscious mind
    • Don’t hesitate to execute on the plan
  • Steps to solve a problem with your subconscious mind:
    • All of the above but your are still hesitant to execute upon it
    • Give all information over to the subconscious mind and listen for hunches and your intuition
    • Act on the intuition or on the received hunch
  • Write down your hunches immediately as they arise as they will probably never ever come as clearly as in the moment they came to you. My recommendation: always carry a piece of paper and a pen with you.

  • After thinking hard about the problem and having given the problem to your subconscious mind, use meditation of at least 30 minutes to clear you conscious mind and wait for the hunch to arise. Also, sleeping on the problem helps likewise if meditation won’t do its work.

  • Be aware of your mind’s different electromagnetic waves: Alpha, beta, theta and delta. Alpha waves are most prominent right before you go to sleep and they occur here and there during your sleep. They are the means of communication between your conscious and subconscious mind. Being in Alpha means that you feel completely at ease. As soon as negative feelings arise you will be jerked back into beta waves which occur while you are awake. Theta occurs while you are asleep and Delta during your deepest sleep phases.

How your subconscious mind uses the power of imagination to achieve success for you

  • you have to believe that you already have achieved what you desire to make your subconscious mind really effective

  • As Jesus said: Ask and it shall be given unto you…seek and ye shall find…if thou canst believe, all things are possible…as thou hast believed, so it be done unto you.

  • convince yourself in the mirror to make selling easier or to convince your subconscious mind

  • act upon hunches or else the subconscious mind could be come idle due to your insincerity

  • don’t ever talk about hunches that you received from your subconscious mind. not only do you put yourself at risk of ridicule but it could cause your subconscious mind to be thwarted in its effectiveness and you would have to start all over again. Fleet doesn’t even tell his wife that he wrote a new book unless it has been finished and readily printed.

  • negative thinking will produce negative results. positive thoughts will produce positive results.

My life has been filled with terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.

– Montaigne

Why the output of your subconscious mind always equals its input

  • the subconscious mind never forgets anything

  • 3 kinds of storage:
    • experiential storage
    • word storage
    • attitude and conceptual storage
  • 3 memory inhibitors which make recalling hard
    • events that were painful or distasteful to your conscious mind
    • unimportant events
    • too much happened at the same time
  • fear is the opposite of desire and harms the effectiveness of your subconscious mind

How to deactivate and defuse your failure attitudes and ideas

Act as if it were impossible to fail.

  • use positive language to reprogram you subconscious mind

  • fatigue increases your susceptibility to suggestions from other people.

How to use the powers of your subconscious mind to become a winner in everything you do

  • take initiative

  • own up to your decisions good and bad

  • don’t falter under criticism

  • be truthful and if there is nothing good to say, just say nothing. No white lies.

  • be accurate and truthful in everything

  • have integrity

  • keep your word

  • accept the blame when you are responsible for the mistake or failure

  • don’t be a downer at work. be happy and have a smile on even if personal matters pull you down.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

– Albert Einstein

How to program your subconscious mind by giving it goals to reach

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

– Proverbs 29:18

  • the goal must be concrete, measurable and have a definite time plan.

  • see the positive side effects of reaching your goal instead of the hardships that you will encounter on the way.

  • choose exiting and challenging goals

  • don’t discuss goals with others.

Go and tell no man.

– the best advice on earth.

  • concentrate your efforts on one thing only. don’t diversify.

Put all your eggs in one basket. Then watch that basket!

– Andrew Carnegie

How you can use the power of your subconscious mind to become successful and rich

Success is not the result of making money, making money is the result of success.

  • Like Andrew Carnegie, strive to make others rich and you will become rich as a result. He made steel affordable by lowering prices from $160 a ton to $20 a ton. This benefited everyone in America.

  • Use your natural talents to your advantage. Don’t live another person’s dream.

  • Accept your limitations.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.

– Francis of Assisi

  • become an expert in your field

  • you will act in the way you feel deep down in your heart about yourself. therefore have a good self-image. you can do this by knowing your talents and limitation and acting upon them.

  • go the extra mile.

How you can use the power of your subconscious mind to rid yourself of fears, worries, and anxieties forever

  • know the subject and ignorance disappears. as a result, fear vanishes.

  • Steps to overcome fear:

    • Admit it
    • Analyze its validity
    • Take action to get rid of your fear
    • don’t think about your fear

How you can use the mighty power of your subconscious mind to rid yourself of undesirable habits

  • the imagination is more powerful in breaking a habit than willpower

  • have a strong desire to change your unwanted habit

  • use your imagination to program good emotions about the advantages of eliminating the bad habit into your subconscious mind

  • do it one step at a time. always try to make today the day where you do not yield to your bad habit

  • procrastination is one of the most wide spread, bad habits.

  • fear can be beneficial to overcome the desire for smoking if it is greater.

How you can use the mighty powers of your subconscious mind ot improve your health

  • in a nutshell, don’t read and occupy your mind about diseases too much as you’ll get sick more likely.

  • use positive visualizations to fight existing diseases

How to use the hidden power of your subconscious mind to improve your personal relationships with people

  • be generous with praise

  • praise is uttered for the concrete and good acts a person has done. flattery is usually an exaggeration and equal to a lie

  • be courteous and pay attention to others

How you can use the mighty power of your subconscious mind to improve your family relationships

  • set a goal

You can be happy in your marriage if you just choose to be.

  • you have to make the first move in the right direction

The only person you can ever really change in your life is you, yourself, and you alone - no one else.

  • be courteous in every situation

How you can use perseverance to achieve total success

  • the headline says everything

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