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Accepting reality is the first step toward self-realization. Most of us look at ourselves “as we would like to be” instead of how we actually are. Getting to know the real self is interesting, even fascinating. Getting to know others is even more so.

~ Strickland & Shafe, How to Develop an Attitude for Success (1969)

. . . we strongly urge “creative visualization”, “autosuggestion” or “the quiet room technique.” These ideas of creative visualization are not strange to you. They suggest that you set aside some time every day to recall your successful moments, your previous accomplishments, and your past happiness and good experiences, so that you can see yourself as a valuable individual. Looking at yourself in that manner, your computer will automatically bring up from memory similar experiences and feelings. Once you see yourself in this light it becomes easy to see yourself successfully achieving end results. The ideas and feelings are received so clearly and vividly that action has to follow. With thought and actions, dreams can be materialized.

~ Strickland & Shafe, How to Develop an Attitude for Success (1969)

You must learn how to compare yourself with your own norms or standards. That means you must be able to look at your background, your education, and your experiences to generally determine how these influences helped create the man you are today. It is the man, that you have to understand and accept.

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

Now the satisfying thing about self-acceptance and self-respect is that it means believing in the real you, just as you are. That mental attitude of acceptance is transferable to other “selves.” This simply means that if you can accept, like and respect your true self, then you should be able to accept, like and respect others. If you can accept yourself as you are, then others become acceptable. If you accept people, they will respond in kind. Soon you find yourself liking and accepting more people. After awhile the old saying of Will Rogers takes on actual possibilities: “I never met a man I didn’t like.”

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

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

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Man is not only a creature, he is a creator. Man has the same kind of guidance system as a plant or animal, but the system cannot function properly until man sets a goal. But man has to choose, or create the goal. It is not given to him. He must decide upon one. That is why there are such incredibly diverse human vocations. It is for the same reason that there are so many meaningless lives. Many people never set a goal. Their hope is too weak. Their self-images do not rally include their being successful, and their machinery never gets a chance to function.

Man has the same success mechanism to succeed as a human being, as a rosebush has to succeed as a plant. We are obviously made to think, to act, to carry out, to perform, and to create. We are obviously programmed by the Creator to succeed. We can easily determine that each of us has the automatic creative guidance system composed of a brain and nervous system and that it works like any other servo-mechanism, guidance mechanism, or computer. The system is a machine which you the human operator have to work for you or against you.

To grossly over-simplify the complexity of your mind’s functions, let us say the mechanism performs two major activities: (1) It keeps you on target, (2) it stores and gives you answers when you need them.

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