How to Conquer The 6 Basic Human Fears With Affirmation Tracing Journals

In Chapter 15 of Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow RichHow to Outwit The Six Ghosts of Fear, he outlines the six basic fears. According to Hill, all other fears can be grouped under the basic six. Take a close look at each of the symptoms listed under each fear and identify which fear(s) you most identify with.

  1. Fear of Poverty

    • Symptoms include: indifference, willingness to tolerate whatever life may offer without protest, laziness, lack of initiative and imagination, letting others think for you, doubt, using excuses to explain or cover up failures, worry, neglect of personal appearance, over-caution and pessimism, lack of self-reliance, expecting poverty instead of demanding riches, and procrastination
  2. Fear of Criticism

    • Symptoms include: self-consciousness and timidity when meeting strangers, nervousness, lack of poise, lack of charm and ability to make decisions or express opinions, inferiority complex, imitating others, extravagance, lack of initiative and confidence, lack of ambition, and mental and physical laziness
  3. Fear of Ill Health

    • Symptoms include: experimenting with diets, fads, and home remedies without professional guidance, hypochondria and obsessively reading about illness, avoidance of exercise and the outdoors, susceptibility to sickness, feigning illness for attention or to mask laziness, and frequent drug/alcohol use
  4. Fear of Loss of Love

    • Symptoms include: jealousy, suspicion and finding fault in others without reason, absolute faith in nobody, gambling or unnecessary risk-taking with the belief that love can be bought, monetary theft, excessive gift-giving to make a favorable showing, lack of self-control, and lack of persistence
  5. Fear of Old Age

    • Symptoms include: slowing down, developing an inferiority complex at the age of mental maturity, believing one’s self to be “slipping” because of age, talking about and apologizing for being old, making excuses due to age, and dressing and affecting mannerisms of youth with the aim of trying to appear much younger
  6. Fear of Death

    • Symptoms include: thinking about dying instead of making the most of life, lack of purpose or suitable occupation, and lack of occupational drive

By the time I’d put down Think and Grow Rich and mentally digested what I’d just read, I went straight to work on creating a series of Affirmation Tracing Journals. Hill speaks about the importance of daily repeated affirmation, so I loved the thought of marrying his concept of the six basic fears with daily written affirmations.

I’ve tried writing affirmations in the past, but it turns out I am lazy and even doing that once a day is too much. That’s why I thought if the affirmation was already written for me, and all I had to was trace it, then I could actually stay on track with this kind of self-growth work.

Each journal below contains a positive affirmation, repeated 365 times in traceable font, to address one of the six basic fears. The idea is to trace the affirmation once each day, thereby reprogramming your subconscious beliefs using the power of autosuggestion. Which affirmation resonates with you?


“I have clarity, energy, and endless prosperity. I concentrate all my efforts on the things I want to accomplish in life. I complete an action toward my goals every day.”


“I never worry about what others think about me. I am competent, smart and able. I am confident with my life plan and the way things are going.”


“My body is always doing its best to create perfect health. I love every cell of my body. Every day in every way, I am healthier and stronger.”


“I give and receive love freely and joyfully. I love that my relationships are in harmony with my highest good. I give love. I receive love. I am loved!”


“I am grateful for the wisdom and experience that comes with age. Age is a blessing. I love that I have so many healthy, happy years ahead!”


“I live life to the fullest and am of service to others. I am unafraid of dying because I always live in the present moment. I accept that death is a natural part of all life.”

All of the above Affirmation Tracing Journals are available on Amazon here. You can also click any of the cover images above to be redirected to Amazon.

If you end up getting one, please leave a review and comment below to let me know what you think! I’m super excited about this project and hope you get a lot of value out of it.

P.S. I do not intend to put a lot of marketing/designing effort into these because, to be honest, this is a hobby side project. However, the journals are print on demand, so it’s easy to make changes! Please comment below with any thoughts and suggestions! ❤


Wife, yogi, and cat mama living in the SF Bay Area.

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