Archives For Daily Success Secrets


Why this fierce struggle to achieve thine ends?

This selfish argument? This fire which lends

Heat to resentment ashes to remorse?

Canst thou bend Truth and Nature to thy will?

Bend thou, and work and wait; be strong and still;

Soft growth is stronger than vehement force.

Be as a flower, content to be, to grow

In sweetness day by day; content to know

The hidden blessing in the seeming curse;

A child of Love, unargumentative;

Content to be and know—as thou dost live—

The simple secret on the Universe.

~ James Allen – Poems of Peace

Victory Over Intrusive Thoughts.

In the beginning of your practice of thought-control you will experience great difficulty.

You will have to wage war with them. They will struggle their level best for their own existence.

They will say, “We have every right to remain in this palace of mind. We have a sole monopoly from time immemorial to occupy this area. Why should we vacate our dominion now? We will fight for our birthright till the end.”

They will pounce upon you with great ferocity. When you sit for meditation only, all sorts of evil thoughts will crop up. As you attempt to suppress them they want to attack you with redoubled force and vigour. But positive always overcomes the negative.

Just as darkness cannot stand before the sun, just as the leopard cannot stand before the lion so also all these dark negative thoughts—these invisible intruders, enemies of peace—cannot stand before the sublime divine thoughts. They must die by themselves.

~ Sri Swami Sivananda, Thought Power

To avoid resentment and worry over ingratitude, here is Rule 3:

  1. Instead of worrying about ingratitude, let’s expect it? Let’s remember that Jesus healed ten leapers in one day—and only one thanked Him. Why should we expect more gratitude than Jesus got?
  2. Let’s remember that the only way to find happiness is not to expect gratitude, but to give for the joy of giving.
  3. Let’s remember that gratitude is a “cultivated” trait; so if we want our children to be grateful, we must train them to be grateful.

~ Dale Carnegie, How To Stop Worrying And Start Living

You never can tell what a thought will do

In bringing you hate or love;

For thoughts are things, and their airy wings

Are swifter than a carrier dove.

They follow the law of the universe,–

Each thought creates its kind,

And they speed o’er the track to bring you back

Whatever went out from your mind.

~ Napoleon Hill, The Law of Success

Ask people for their opinions, to help their self-confidence.

Ask them for favors, to arouse their cooperativeness.

Ask them “and, in addition to that?” to get to the bottom of things.

Try giving orders in the form of questions to keep cooperation.

Make suggestions to the boss in the form of questions.

Ask questions that will let people talk themselves into a cooperative attitude.

~ Donald A. Laird , The Technique of Handling People

IN every heart there are two kings, but one is a usurper and tyrant; he is named self, and his thoughts and deeds are those of lust, hatred, passion, and strife; the other, the rightful monarch, is named Truth, and his thoughts and deeds are those of purity and love, meekness and peace. Brother, sister, to what monarch dost thou bow? What king hast thou crowned in thy heart? Well is it with thy soul if Thou canst say: I bow down to the Monarch of Truth; in my inmost heart I have crowned the King of Peace.” Blessed indeed and immortal shall he be who shall find in the inward and heavenly places the King of Righteousness, and shall bow his heart to Him.

Power resides in blamelessness of heart. All earthly things are symbols.

It is by the eradication of the inward errors and impurities alone that a knowledge of Truth can be gained. There is no other way to wisdom and peace.

~ James Allen, Daily Meditations

“You are too apt to feel that your religious experience must be the same as others have; but where will you find analogies for this? Certainly not in nature. God’s works do not come from his handle like coins from the mint. It seems as if it were a necessity that each one should be in some sort distinct from every alike; no two buds on one bush have the same unfolding nor do they seek to have.

I heard one man say to another: Did you have such awful feelings as you describe? I never had any such feelings; and I am afraid I am not a Christian. The other man says: You say that the moment you thought of religion you broke out into rupture; but I did not. I was two months without the dawn of the light, and I fear I am not a Christian. Each thinks he is not a Christian because he did not feel as the others did, one . . . because he did not feel joyous, the other . . . because he did not feel bad.”

~ William Curtis Stiles, Excuse Me

A recent conversation with a prominent psychologist revealed that, in his opinion, the whole purpose of psychology was to get people to understand themselves and then ACCEPT THEMSELVES. “This is the only real basis of any new changes, development of growth,” he said. “People don’t know how to look at themselves as a total individual. What I mean is that they fail to see all of the facts. Their attention becomes fixed on a few points about themselves and they fail to see that overall people are good – considering all the facts.”

~ Strickland & Shafe, How to Develop an Attitude for Success

My words of Tao is easy to understand and to practice.

However, the world can neither understand nor practice them.

In my words of Tao, there is the subtle truth.

In my deeds, there is the Way of Tao.

Because people do not understand these,

Therefore they do not understand me.

Those who know me are few.

Hence, the essence of Tao appears to be more honorable and precious.

Thus, a saint may dress in ordinary coarse clothing,

Yet has a heart of gem with the true essence within.

~ Lau Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Instead of condemning people, let’s try to understand them. Let’s try to figure out why they do what they do. That’s a lot more profitable and intriguing than criticism; and it breeds sympathy, tolerance and kindness. “to know all is to forgive all.”

As Dr. Johnson said: “God himself, sir, does not propose to judge man until the end of his days.”

Why should you or I?

Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.

~ Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People