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Self-Confidence Formula

First: I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my definite purpose, therefore I demand of myself persistent, aggressive and continuous action toward its attainment.

Second: I realize that the dominating thoughts of my mind eventually reproduce themselves in outward, bodily action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality, therefore I will concentrate My mind for thirty minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to be, by creating a mental picture of this person and then transforming that picture into reality through practical service.

Third: I know that through the principle of Auto- suggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of realizing it, therefore I shall devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of the factors named in the sixteen lessons of this Reading Course on the Law of Success **.

Fourth: I have clearly mapped out and written down a description of my definite purpose in life, for the coming five years. I have set a price on my services for each of these five years; a price that I intend to earn and receive, through strict application of the principle of efficient, satisfactory service which I will render in advance.

Fifth: I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice, therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I will succeed by attracting to me the forces I wish to use, and the co-operation of other people. I will induce others to serve me because I will first serve them. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness and cynicism by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me because I will believe in them and in myself.

I will sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory and repeat it aloud once a day with full faith that it will gradually influence my entire life so that I will become a successful and happy worker in my chosen field of endeavor.

~ Napoleon Hill, The Law of Success

MAN attains in the measure that he aspires. His longing to be is the gauge of what he can be. To fix the mind is to fore-ordain the achievement. As man can experience and know all low things, so he can experience and know all high things. As he has become human, so he can become divine. The turning of the mind in high and divine directions is the sole and needful task.

What is impurity but the impure thoughts of the thinker? What is purity but the pure thoughts of the thinker? One man does not do the thinking of another. Each man is pure or impure of himself alone. The man of aspiration sees before him the pathway up the heavenly heights, and his heart already experiences a foretaste of the final peace.

There is a life of victory over sin, and triumph over evil.

~ James Allen, Daily Meditations

By not adoring the worthy, people will not fall into dispute.

By not valuing the hard to get objects, people will not become robbers.

By not seeing the desires of lust, one’s heart will not be confused.

Therefore the governing of the saint is to empty one’s mind, substantiate one’s virtue, weaken one’s worldly ambition and strengthen one’s essence.

He lets the people to be innocent of worldly knowledge and desire, and keeps the clever ones from making trouble with their wits.

Acts naturally without desire, then everything will be accomplished in its natural order.

~ Lau Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Choose a heroic ideal, more as something to emulate than as something to imitate. Examples of greatness lie about us, living texts of renown. Let each set before himself the greatest in his line, not so much as something to follow as something to spur him on. Alexander did not weep over Achilles dead, but over himself unborn, as yet, to glory. There is nothing that so thrills the ambition as the clarion of another’s fame. For that same impulse which buries jealousy lifts up the noble spirit.

~ Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)

It is a study full of sad and mysterious interest to inspect the psychological involutions of an unbeliever. Hudibras contains a verse to which my mind frequently reverts when I think of the shiftings of the carnal mind. It describes the motions of a serpent:

“He wired in and out,
And left the gazer still in doubt
Whether the snake that made the track
Was going in or coming back.”

Some feeling like that which arises upon seeing these writhings affects me when I cast up the excuses of men for not being saved. With seemingly utter unconsciousness, I find the sinner on both sides of the same question. It is difficult to pin him to one spot. In one breath he will exploit his moral standing, in the next he will declare he is not good enough to be a Christian. When I try to make him feel his sins in order to bring him to the Saviour, he urges them himself as a reason why he will not come.

~ William Curtis Stiles, Excuse Me (1898)

There are two things to worry about: whether you are a success or whether you are a failure. If you are a success, there is no cause for worry, and if you are a failure –

There are only two things to worry about: whether you have your health or whether you do not have your health. If you are healthy, a healthy person certainly should not worry, and if you do not have your health–

There are only two things to worry about: whether you regain your health and get well or whether you fail to regain your health and pass on. If you regain your health, there is no cause for worry, and if you fail to regain your health and pass on–

There are only two things to worry about: whether you will go to the place where we all hope to go or whether you go to the other place. If you go to the place where we all hope to go, you should not have to worry, and if you go to that other place–

You are going to be with all your friends and the people here.

So why worry?

~ Anonymous

If you have a worry problem, apply the magic formula of Willis H. Carrier by doing these three things;

  1. Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen?”
  2. Prepare to accept it if you have to.
  3. Then calmly proceed to improve on the worst.

~ Dale Carnegie, How To Stop Worrying And Start Living (1944)

Paralysis of the Will.

The unpleasant job that is put off is likely never to get done. This is because of the human tendency to forget unpleasant things.

But there is a more serious aspect to the putting off of disliked duties. An accumulation of unpleasantness may cause abulia, or paralysis of the will. Apprehension over delayed unpleasantness may so preoccupy one that other things cannot be done effectively.

Thus putting off an unpleasant task handicaps other work.

It also means that we do the unpleasant task many times in worry, instead of actually doing it once in fact. Dreading a task can be more tiring than doing it.

Put the jobs you dislike at the top of each day’s schedule. You will be pleasantly surprised to discover how much easier this makes the rest of your day’s work.

Don’t file unpleasant tasks away in a drawer labeled “For Future Attention.” Keep them right at your fingertips until they are finished.

~ Dr. Donald & Eleanor Laird, The Technique of Getting Things Done. (1947)

Tao (The Way) that can be spoken of is not the Constant Tao’

The name that can be named is not a Constant Name.

Nameless, is the origin of Heaven and Earth;

The named is the Mother of all things.

Thus, the constant void enables one to observe the true essence.

The constant being enables one to see the outward manifestations.

These two come paired from the same origin.

But when the essence is manifested,

It has a different name.

This same origin is called “The Profound Mystery.”

As profound the mystery as It can be,

It is the Gate to the essence of all life.

~ Lau Tzu, Tao Te Ching

There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage and belief. No more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.

“Action is the real measure of intelligence.”

~ Napoleon Hill