The Famous Little Red Book That Makes Your Dreams Come True

Have you ever read an entire book in 20 minutes? No? Well, I have.

It Works is a book by R.H. Jarrett, originally published in 1926. This book will surprise you with its simplicity and to-the-point nature. The (sort of) tagline of the book is “The famous little red book that makes your dreams come true!”.

This book is about 32 pages in length. But I had read the PDF version of it, which was only 11 pages.

According to this book, you can get anything that you want if you know what it is. So basically, you have to really know what you want.

The author had sent a manuscript of the book to a friend for criticism. After reading and applying the techniques in the book, the friend replied by saying, “It works”, which eventually became the title for the book.

Do You Know What You Want?

It is easy to get what you want in life – money, good health, relationships, job, or whatever. It doesn’t matter how big it is, it is achievable.

Have you ever wondered why some people get what they want in life and others don’t?

The main reason for this is that most people don’t know what they want in life. Those who know exactly what they want, get it.

The “I Wish” Mentality

You need to understand the difference between want and wish. Most people wish they had a better life. They wish they could live their lives a certain way – like the successful people around them. They wish they had that car, that amount of money, or that kind of relationship. The keyword here is “wish”.

When you wish for something, it indicates that you are not sure about it. When you say something like, “I wish I had that car”, it indicates that you are unclear of what you really want. Instead, you are just expecting to have it. I call it the “I wish” mentality.

You need to get out of the “I wish” mentality and you need to start giving some real thoughts to what you really want. The author says that the things we want are like radio waves. If we can tune it correctly, we will get perfect results.

The Great Power Within You

“You have within you a mighty power, anxious and willing to serve you, a power capable of giving you that which you earnestly desire.”

Wishing something will not communicate your desires to the great power within you. You must be in earnest, sincerely and truthfully desiring certain conditions or things – mental, physical, or spiritual.

Take your time and give some thoughts on what it is that you really want. It might not be easy. Your desires can change frequently. But be certain of what you want. Remember to avoid the “I wish” mentality.

The Plan

This is the most important part of the book. The author describes a simple, yet powerful, plan to achieve the things you want.

The plan is to simply write down the things that you want. It can be anything. Don’t limit yourself. Try to be as specific as you can about the things that you want. If it is money, write a specific amount. If it is a car, write about its color, size, price, style, etc.

Change the list daily. Yes. Unless you are certain of it, you can add new things or remove some unwanted things from your list. Make sure it is definite and clear. And then, complete the list.

You can still change it later you if are wanting more things or if you want to remove certain things.

Three Positive Rules of Accomplishment

Now that you have written down a list of things you want, here’s what you have to do with it.

  1. Read it three times every day – morning, noon, and night.
  2. Think of the things on the list as often as possible.
  3. Do not talk to anyone about your list. Do it only with the great power within you.

That’s it. That is all you have to do to achieve what you want.

But…How Does It Happen?

Now you must be thinking that it can’t be that easy. You probably have a lot of doubts and questions. It is understandable to not have faith from the very beginning.

The author says that you just have to follow the plan and the three rules. You don’t have to worry about how it will happen.

You have to trust the great power within you. The “how” part is a mystery.

Do these for effective result and make it more believable for you:

  • Keep reading the list when you have doubts, distrust, and questions.
  • Remove items as they make progress to accomplishment.
  • Talk to yourself about your desires time and again. (Silly, right?)
  • Once a desire has been accomplished, give credit to, and thank the power within you. (Again, what!!?)
  • Don’t try to understand it, but accept the accomplishment with thankfulness, happiness, and strengthened faith.

My Thoughts on The Book

I had first heard about this book in a YouTube video by ModernHealthMonk. After reading it, I wasn’t so sure about the things written in it. I thought that the process was too easy to be true. Recently, I have been reading and doing some research on content related to thoughts, feelings, and manifesting our desires. So I wanted to try this out too. I made a list of my own, like the author of this book suggests. There are currently 5 things on my list. I have also been following the three rules of accomplishment. So I am yet to be a hundred percent certain of the things said in this book. But, as the author suggested, I will not worry about the “how” and instead, keep believing in the great power.

I watched some of the reviews of the book on YouTube. The process described in the book is actually working for some of the YouTubers. So, we will see how it goes for me. You can try it out yourself. I mean, what have you got to lose, right?


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