THE POWER OF CONCENTRATION – FULL AudioBook 🎧📖 | by Theron Q. Dumont – Self Help & Inspirational

THE POWER OF CONCENTRATION – FULL AudioBook 🎧📖 | by Theron Q. Dumont – Self Help & Inspirational


The Power
of Concentration, by Theron Q. Dumont The Power of Concentration By THERON Q. DUMONT
Author of “Personal Magnetism”; “Practical Memory
Training”; “Mental Therapeutics”; “Successful Salesmanship”; “Master Mind”; etc., etc. TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION. It is of the utmost value to
learn how to concentrate. To make the greatest success
of anything you must be able to concentrate your entire thought upon
the idea you are working on. The person that is able to concentrate
utilizes all constructive thoughts and shuts out all destructive
ones. The greatest man would accomplish nothing if he
lacked concentration. LESSON 1. CONCENTRATION FINDS THE WAY. Our
two natures; one wants to advance; the other wants to pull us back.
The one we concentrate on and develop determines what
we will become. How you may change your whole career and accomplish
miracles. We can be completely controlled by our concentrated
thought. How can you make an “opportunity”. One man’s opportunity
is usually another man’s loss. A very beneficial practice. Why
we get back what we give out. A wonderful encouraging tonic. Every
man that is willing to put forth the necessary effort
can be a success. The man that is best prepared to do things. How
to make your services always in demand. How to reach the top. The
man selected to manage is not usually a genius. He does not
possess any more talent than others. What he does possess that
others do not. Why a few succeed and so many fail. LESSON 2. THE SELF-MASTERY. SELF-DIRECTION
POWER OF CONCENTRATION. Very few men possess the power
to concentrate as they should. The cause of poor concentration.
A very good practice. Concentration means strength of
mind. The person unable to concentrate never accomplished a great
deal. How many weaken their powers of concentration. How concentration
can only be developed. How to control your every thought,
wish and plan. What concentration is. The person that is able
to concentrate gains the Power to control others. Concentration
makes the will and intellect act in unison. Why some people are
not magnetic. When a powerful personal influence is generated.
How to become influential. The cause of spasmodic, erratic
concentration. How to centralize your attention. A quick way
to develop concentration. The development of physical
and mental concentration. How to learn a valuable lesson.
One of the best ways to influence another. A good exercise.
The real benefit of physical culture usually lost sight of. How
to hold the facilities at work. LESSON 3. HOW TO GAIN WHAT YOU WANT THROUGH
CONCENTRATION. The mistake made by those that do not understand
the power of mental attraction. How to get what you want. We are
not living in a “fairy age.” Not the age for a “dreamer.”
The secret of getting what you concentrate on. How a messenger in
a bank became its president. “Power to him who power exerts.” LESSON 4. CONCENTRATION, THE SILENT FORCE
THAT PRODUCES RESULTS IN ALL BUSINESS. The power of thought. An
experiment showing the power of thought. By concentrated thought
you can make yourself what you please. How to greatly increase your
efficiency. The face reflects how a person has spent his life.
How to awaken possibilities within, you never dreamed of.
How to inspire confidence in those you deal with. The value
of concentrating your thoughts in the proper channels. How
to attract the good things without a, great effort. By concentration
you can revolutionize your life and gain happiness
greater than you can imagine. LESSON 5. HOW CONCENTRATED THOUGHT LINKS ALL
HUMANITY TOGETHER. How you may become successful. The barriers
to success can be controlled. How to realize your fondest ambitions.
How to overcome destructive forces. How to become
the master of circumstances. Through concentration you can
mold your environment. You can get what you want. Sowing
the thought seeds of success. Mind forces that are hardly dreamed
of at present. A method for removing unfavorable conditions.
Concentration makes you happy and gives you plenty to do. LESSON 6. THE TRAINING OF THE WILL TO DO.
The great secret of any accomplishment. Everything Is possible today.
The inner energy that controls all conscious acts. How you
can become a genius. A mighty force at your disposal. Rules that
will make you a “man” among men. The spirit that wins. Concentration
develops determination and perseverance. Some special
instructions. What will power is. You have as strong a will as
anyone. You determine your own fate. The importance of learning
to use your will. LESSON 7. THE CONCENTRATED MENTAL DEMAND.
The attitude of the mind affects the expression of the face. The
wonderful power of the concentrated mental demand. How to desire
something and exclude all distracting thoughts. The silent
force of wonderful power within all of us. How to make plans
work out. The mightiest power in the world is free for you to use.
The motive power which supplies the energies necessary for achievement. LESSON 8. CONCENTRATION GIVES MENTAL POISE.
The man that can concentrate is well poised. What you must
do to be successful today. Concentration that is dangerous. How
to make those you come in contact with feel as you do. The man
that becomes a power in the world. You can control your life and
actions. Successful lives are the concentrated lives. Why people
do not get what they “concentrate” on. LESSON 9. CONCENTRATION CAN OVERCOME BAD HABITS.
Habit is but a powerful enemy and wonderful ally of concentration.
Most people are controlled through the power of habit.
Most people are imitators and copiers of their past selves.
All physical impressions are the carrying out of the actions
of the will and intellect. How everyone could be made happier
and successful. Some wonderful maxims. Habit the deepest law
of human nature. How to overcome undesirable habits. Some special
instructions by Dr. Oppenheim. LESSON 10. BUSINESS RESULTS GAINED THROUGH
CONCENTRATION. A successful business not the result of chance.
Failure not caused by luck. The intense desire that is necessary
to make a business a success. Those that achieve permanent success
deserve it. The man that is able to skilfully manage his business.
How to realize your ambition. The successful business attitude.
Your opinion should be as good as any one else. How many
ruin their judgment. The man that gets the best results. A successful
business not hard to build up; may be built up In a few
years now whereas formerly it took a lifetime. How to do more
and better work. How to attract the ideas thought out by others.
Many attract forces and Influences that they should not. Broaden
the visions of those you come in contact with. LESSON 11. CONCENTRATE ON COURAGE. Lack of
courage creates financial, as well as mental and moral difficulties.
The man without courage attracts all that is contemptible,
weakening, demoralizing and destructive. It is just as
easy to be courageous as cowardly. Courage concentrates the mental
forces on the task at hand. Cowardice dissipates both mental
and moral forces. How to banish doubts. No one knows what they can
do until they try. Once you understand the law everything is
possible. How to build up courage to do as you wish. Difficulties
soon melt away before the courageous. LESSON 12. CONCENTRATE ON WEALTH. No one was
intended to be poor. Through wealth we can uplift ourselves and
humanity. Uncongenial and unpleasant conditions are not conducive
to proper thought. First step toward acquiring wealth. Most men
of all ages have been comparatively rich. Wealth not altogether
the result of being industrious. No one can become wealthy
from his earnings. Why some have to be taught such painful lessons.
How many attract poverty instead of riches. Why it is necessary
to give a fair exchange for what we receive. How to make
your society not only agreeable to others but sought after. LESSON 13. YOU CAN CONCENTRATE, BUT WILL YOU?
All have the ability to concentrate. More ability not used
than is used. Sometimes only a trifle keeps one from becoming
a success. The fault is all your own. How to discover the
cause if you are not making good. Make conditions favorable and
do not expect them to shape themselves. Stumbling blocks but stepping
stones. Hard Passages can be bridged if you just concentrate
on them. Why more people do not succeed. Don’t be afraid of
a rebuff. The man that knows no such thing as failure. Be ready for
an opportunity when it comes, No circumstances can keep the determined
man from succeeding. LESSON 14. ART OF CONCENTRATING WITH PRACTICAL
EXERCISE. A daily habit will wonderfully increase your concentration.
Seeing yourself as you would like to be. Instruction
of the greatest importance. The great creative spirit of the
universe. Why things manifest as they do. The cosmic intelligence.
A most desired state. How to receive messages from the universal
mind. How to develop power, unknown to you before. Make
your mind a powerful transmitter of thought. The best time to practice
concentration exercises. How to rejuvenate every cell of
your brain and body. An exercise that will give you a self-poised
manner. Instead of a nervous strained appearance. Concentrating
on the powers within. Concentration will save your energy. How to
keep from getting irritable or nervous. The Eastern way of concentrating.
Exercise in controlling desires. LESSON 15. CONCENTRATE SO YOU WILL NOT FORGET.
Why people forget. An easy way to remember. How to deepen your
impression. Exercise in Memory Concentration. LESSON 16. HOW CONCENTRATION CAN FULFILL YOUR
DESIRE. The desire to do implies the ability to do. Man has within
him the power to gratify his every wish. If you have been unable
to satisfy your longings, it is time you learn how to use
your God-given powers. Priceless knowledge and unlimited possibilities
within you that Is foreign to most people. How to concentrate
on what you want and get it. The miraculous help we apparently
receive at times. How one man started a business on thirteen
cents and in six years built up a business that pays him $6,000 a
year. When you put forth the necessary concentrated effort you
will receive great help from unknown sources. LESSON 17. IDEALS DEVELOP BY CONCENTRATION.
Your happiness and success depends upon your ideals. A valuable
lesson. Through concentration we can work out our ideals In
physical life. What a different world this would be if we would
build the right kind of ideals. Every time you change your ideal you
think differently. Life is one continuous unfoldment. You can
be happy every step of its way or miserable as you please. How our
grandest thoughts come to us. LESSON 18. MENTAL CONTROL THROUGH CREATION.
An inventor’s vision. Why It is easy to project your thoughts to
another. How your mental powers can draw to you forces of a
helpful nature. The big business man must possess mental power of
control. How to make a friend or relative succeed. How to generate
enthusiasm and the spirit of success. Your environment is either
helpful or harmful. Mental starvation. How to instil your thoughts
and ideas into others. Influence that must be shaken off
before you can advance. Our attitude has more to do with success than
you realize. LESSON 19. A CONCENTRATED WILL DEVELOPMENT.
A most effective and practical method of developing the Will. Practical
exercises. Will training without exercises. Will-power
can overcome big obstacles. The Will to win. Man an unknown
quality until his powers are developed. Ability plentiful, but
organizing, initiative and creative power not so plentiful.
The driving force within. LESSON 20. CONCENTRATION REVIEWED. Those unable
to concentrate will generally suffer from poverty and unhappiness,
The best instructor will only help you to the extent
you put it into practice. Gaining the mastery of your work,
life powers and forces. Concentrate the dominant quality that
makes men successful. Everyone can learn to concentrate
better. An experiment to try. Final instructions. INTRODUCTORY We all know that in order to accomplish a
certain thing we must concentrate. It is of the utmost value to
learn how to concentrate. To make a success of anything
you must be able to concentrate your entire thought upon the idea
you are working out. Do not become discouraged, if you are unable
to hold your thought on the subject very long at first. There are
very few that can. It seems a peculiar fact that it is easier
to concentrate on something that is not good for us, than on
something that is beneficial. This tendency is overcome when
we learn to concentrate consciously. If you will just practice a few concentration
exercises each day you will find you will soon develop this wonderful
power. Success is assured when you are able to concentrate
for you are then able to utilize for your good all constructive
thoughts and shut out all the destructive ones. It is of
the greatest value to be able to think only that which will be beneficial. Did you ever stop to think what an important
part your thoughts, concentrated thoughts, play in your life?
This book shows their far-reaching and all-abiding effects. These lessons you will find very practical.
The exercises I have thoroughly tested. They are arranged so that
you will notice an improvement from the very start, and this
will give you encouragement. They point out ways in which
you can help yourself. Man is a wonderful creature, but he must be
trained and developed to be useful. A great work can be accomplished
by every man if he can be awakened to do his very best. But the
greatest man would not accomplish much if he lacked concentration
and effort. Dwarfs can often do the work of giants when they
are transformed by the almost magic power of great mental concentration.
But giants will only do the work of dwarfs when they lack
this power. We accomplish more by concentration than by
fitness; the man that is apparently best suited for a place does
not always fill it best. It is the man that concentrates on its
every possibility that makes an art of both his work and his
life. All your real advancement must come from your
individual effort. This course of lessons will stimulate and
inspire you to achieve success; it will bring you into perfect harmony
with the laws of success. It will give you a firmer hold on
your duties and responsibilities. The methods of thought concentration given
in this work if put into practice will open up interior avenues
that will connect you with the everlasting laws of Being and their
exhaustless foundation of unchangeable truth. As most people are very different it is impossible
to give instructions that will be of the same value
to all. The author has endeavored in these lessons to awaken
that within the soul which perhaps the book does not express. So
study these lessons as a means of awakening and training that
which is within yourself. Let all your acts and thoughts have
the intensity and power of concentration. To really get the full benefit of these lessons
you should read a page, then close the book and thoughtfully
recall its ideas. If you will do this you will soon cultivate a
concentrated mental habit, which will enable you to read with
ordinary rapidity and remember all that you read. LESSON I. CONCENTRATION FINDS THE WAY Everyone has two natures. One wants us to
advance and the other wants to pull us back. The one that we cultivate
and concentrate on decides what we are at the end. Both natures
are trying to gain control. The will alone decides the issue.
A man by one supreme effort of the will may change his
whole career and almost accomplish miracles. You may be that man.
You can be if you Will to be, for Will can find a way or make one. I could easily fill a book, of cases where
men plodding along in a matter-of-fact way, were all at once aroused
and as if awakening from a slumber they developed the
possibilities within them and from that time on were different
persons. You alone can decide when the turning point will come. It
is a matter of choice whether we allow our diviner self to control
us or whether we will be controlled by the brute within us.
No man has to do anything he does not want to do. He is therefore
the director of his life if he wills to be. What we are to
do, is the result of our training. We are like putty, and can be
completely controlled by our will power. Habit is a matter of acquirement. You hear
people say: “He comes by this or that naturally, a chip off the
old block,” meaning that he is only doing what his parents did.
This is quite often the case, but there is no reason for it, for
a person can break a habit just the moment he masters the “I will.”
A man may have been a “good-for-nothing” all his life up
to this very minute, but from this time on he begins to amount
to something. Even old men have suddenly changed and accomplished
wonders. “I lost my opportunity,” says one. That may be true,
but by sheer force of will, we can find a way to bring us another
opportunity. There is no truth in the saying that opportunity knocks
at our door but once in a lifetime. The fact is, opportunity
never seeks us; we must seek it. What usually turns out to be
one man’s opportunity, was another man’s loss. In this day one man’s
brain is matched against another’s. It is often the quickness
of brain action that determines the result. One man thinks “I will
do it,” but while he procrastinates the other goes ahead and
does the work. They both have the same opportunity. The one will
complain of his lost chance. But it should teach him a lesson,
and it will, if he is seeking the path that leads to success. Many persons read good books, but say they
do not get much good out of them. They do not realize that all
any book or any lesson course can do is to awaken them to their possibilities;
to stimulate them to use their will power. You
may teach a person from now until doom’s day, but that person
will only know what he learns himself. “You can lead him to the fountain,
but you can’t make him drink.” One of the most beneficial practices I know
of is that of looking for the good in everyone and everything, for
there is good in all things. We encourage a person by seeing his
good qualities and we also help ourselves by looking for them. We
gain their good wishes, a most valuable asset sometimes. We
get back what we give out. The time comes when most all of us need
encouragement; need buoying up. So form the habit of encouraging
others, and you will find it a wonderful tonic for both those encouraged
and yourself, for you will get back encouraging and uplifting
thoughts. Life furnishes us the opportunity to improve.
But whether we do it or not depends upon how near we live up
to what is expected of us. The first of each month, a person should
sit down and examine the progress he has made. If he has not come
up to “expectations” he should discover the reason, and by extra
exertion measure up to what is demanded next time. Every time
that we fall behind what we planned to do, we lose just so much
for that time is gone forever. We may find a reason for doing it,
but most excuses are poor substitutes for action. Most things are
possible. Ours may be a hard task, but the harder the task, the
greater the reward. It is the difficult things that really develop
us, anything that requires only a small effort, utilizes very
few of our faculties, and yields a scanty harvest of achievement.
So do not shrink from a hard task, for to accomplish one of these
will often bring us more good than a dozen lesser triumphs. I know that every man that is willing to pay
the price can be a success. The price is not in money, but in
effort. The first essential quality for success is the desire
to do–to be something. The next thing is to learn how
to do it; the next to carry it into execution. The man that is the
best able to accomplish anything is the one with a broad
mind; the man that has acquired knowledge, that may, it is true,
be foreign to this particular case, but is, nevertheless, of
some value in all cases. So the man that wants to be successful
must be liberal; he must acquire all the knowledge that he can;
he must be well posted not only in one branch of his business
but in every part of it. Such a man achieves success. The secret of success is to try always to
improve yourself no matter where you are or what your position.
Learn all you can. Don’t see how little you can do, but how much
you can do. Such a man will always be in demand, for he establishes
the reputation of being a hustler. There is always room for
him because progressive firms never let a hustler leave
their employment if they can help it. The man that reaches the top is the gritty,
plucky, hard worker and never the timid, uncertain, slow worker.
An untried man is seldom put in a position of responsibility
and power. The man selected is one that has done something, achieved
results in some line, or taken the lead in his department.
He is placed there because of his reputation of putting vigor
and virility into his efforts, and because he has previously shown
that he has pluck and determination. The man that is chosen at the crucial time
is not usually a genius; he does not possess any more talent
than others, but he has learned that results can only be produced
by untiring concentrated effort. That “miracles,” in business
do not just “happen.” He knows that the only way they
will happen is by sticking to a proposition and seeing it through.
That is the only secret of why some succeed and others fail.
The successful man gets used to seeing things accomplished and
always feels sure of success. The man that is a failure gets used
to seeing failure, expects it and attracts it to him. It is my opinion that with the right kind
of training every man could be a success. It is really a shame that
so many men and women, rich in ability and talent, are allowed
to go to waste, so to speak. Some day I hope to see a millionaire
philanthropist start a school for the training of failures.
I am sure he could not put his money to a better use. In a year’s
time the science of practical psychology could do wonders for
him. He could have agencies on the lookout for men that had lost
their grip on themselves; that had through indisposition
weakened their will; that through some sorrow or misfortune had
become discouraged. At first all they need is a little help to get
them back on their feet, but usually they get a knock downwards
instead. The result is that their latent powers never develop
and both they and the world are the losers. I trust that in the
near future, someone will heed the opportunity of using some of
his millions in arousing men that have begun to falter. All
they need to be shown is that there is within them an omnipotent
source that is ready to aid them, providing they will make use
of it. Their minds only have to be turned from despair to hope to
make them regain their hold. When a man loses his grip today, he must win
his redemption by his own will. He will get little encouragement
or advice of an inspiring nature. He must usually regain the
right road alone. He must stop dissipating his energies and turn
his attention to building a useful career. Today we must conquer
our weakening tendencies alone. Don’t expect anyone to help
you. Just take one big brace, make firm resolutions, and resolve
to conquer your weaknesses and vices. Really none can do this
for you. They can encourage you; that is all. I can think of nothing, but lack of health,
that should interfere with one becoming successful. There is no
other handicap that you should not be able to overcome. To overcome
a handicap, all that it is necessary to do is to use more determination
and grit and will. The man with grit and will, may be poor today
and wealthy in a few years; will power is a better asset than
money; Will will carry you over chasms of failure, if you but
give it the chance. The men that have risen to the highest positions
have usually had to gain their victories against big odds.
Think of the hardships many of our inventors have gone through before
they became a success. Usually they have been very much
misunderstood by relatives and friends. Very often they did
not have the bare necessities of life, yet, by sheer determination
and resolute courage, they managed to exist somehow until
they perfected their inventions, which afterwards greatly helped
in bettering the condition of others. Everyone really wants to do something, but
there are few that will put forward the needed effort to make
the necessary sacrifice to secure it. There is only one
way to accomplish anything and that is to go ahead and do it.
A man may accomplish almost anything today, if he just sets his
heart on doing it and lets nothing interfere with his progress.
Obstacles are quickly overcome by the man that sets out to accomplish
his heart’s desire. The “bigger” the man, the smaller
the obstacle appears. The “smaller” the man the greater the obstacle
appears. Always look at the advantage you gain by overcoming
obstacles, and it will give you the needed courage for their
conquest. Do not expect that you will always have easy
sailing. Parts of your journey are likely to be rough. Don’t
let the rough places put you out of commission. Keep on with the
journey. Just the way you weather the storm shows what material
you are made of. Never sit down and complain of the rough places,
but think how nice the pleasant stretches were. View with delight
the smooth plains that are in front of you. Do not let a setback stop you. Think of it
as a mere incident that has to be overcome before you can reach
your goal. LESSON II. THE SELF-MASTERY: SELF-DIRECTION
POWER OF CONCENTRATION Man from a psychological standpoint of development
is not what he should be. He does not possess the self-mastery,
the self-directing power of concentration that
is his by right. He has not trained himself in a way to promote
his self-mastery. Every balanced mind possesses the faculties
whose chief duties are to engineer, direct and concentrate the
operations of the mind, both in a mental and physical sense.
Man must learn to control not only his mind but his bodily movements. When the controlling faculties (autonomic)
are in an untrained condition, the impulses, passions, emotions,
thoughts, actions and habits of the person suffer from lack
of regulation, and the procedure of mental concentration is not good,
not because the mind is necessarily weak in the autonomic
department of the faculties, but because the mind is not properly
trained. When the self-regulating faculties are not
developed the impulses, appetites, emotions and passions
have full swing to do as they please and the mind becomes impulsive,
restless, emotional and irregular in its action. This
is what makes mental concentration poor. When the self-guiding faculties are weak in
development, the person always lacks the power of mental concentration.
Therefore you cannot learn to concentrate until you
develop those very powers that qualify you to be able to concentrate.
So if you cannot concentrate one of the following is
the cause: 1. “Deficiency of the motor centers.”
2. “An impulsive and emotional mind.” 3. “An untrained mind.” The last fault can soon be removed by systematic
practice. It is easiest to correct. The impulsive and emotional state of mind
can best be corrected by restraining anger, passion and excitement,
hatred, strong impulses, intense emotions, fretfulness, etc.
It is impossible to concentrate when you are in any of these excited
states. These can be naturally decreased by avoiding
such food and drinks as have nerve weakening or stimulating influences,
or a tendency to stir up the passions, the impulses and
the emotions; it is a very good practice to watch and associate
with those persons that are steady, calm, controlled and conservative. Correcting the deficiency of the motor centers
is harder because as the person’s brain is undeveloped he lacks
will power. To cure this takes some time. Persons so afflicted
may benefit by reading and studying my course, “The Master
Mind.”[*] [*] To be published by Advanced Thought Publishing
Co., Chicago, Ill. Many have the idea that when they get into
a negative state they are concentrating, but this is not so. They
may be meditating, though not concentrating. Those that are in
a negative state a good deal of the time cannot, as a rule, concentrate
very well; they develop instead abstraction of the mind,
or absence of mind. Their power of concentration becomes weaker
and they find it difficult to concentrate on anything. They
very often injure the brain, if they keep up this state. To be able
to concentrate you must possess strength of mind. The person
that is feeble-minded cannot concentrate his mind, because of lack
of will. The mind that cannot center itself on a special subject,
or thought, is weak; also the mind that cannot draw itself
from a subject or thought is weak. But the person that can center
his mind on any problem, no matter what it is, and remove
any unharmonious impressions has strength of mind. Concentration,
first, last and all the time, means strength of mind. Through concentration a person is able to
collect and hold his mental and physical energies at work. A concentrated
mind pays attention to thoughts, words, acts and plans.
The person who allows his mind to roam at will will never
accomplish a great deal in the world. He wastes his energies.
If you work, think, talk and act aimlessly, and allow your brain
to wander from your subject to foreign fields, you will not be
able to concentrate. You concentrate at the moment when you say,
“I want to, I can, I will.” Some Mistakes Some People Make. If you waste
your time reading sensational stories or worthless newspaper
items, you excite the impulsive and the emotional faculties, and
this means you are weakening your power of concentration. You
will not be a free engineer, able to pilot yourself to success. Concentration of the mind can only be developed
by watching yourself closely. All kinds of development
commence with close attention. You should regulate your every
thought and feeling. When you commence to watch yourself and your
own acts and also the acts of other people, you use the faculties
of autonomy, and, as you continue to do so, you improve your
faculties, until in time you can engineer your every thought,
wish and plan. To be able to focalize the mind on the object at
hand in a conscious manner leads to concentration. Only the trained
mind can focalize. To hold a thought before it until
all the faculties shall have had time to consider that thought
is concentration. The person that cannot direct his thoughts,
wishes, plans, resolutions and studies cannot possibly succeed
to the fullest extent. The person that is impulsive one moment
and calm the next has not the proper control over himself. He
is not a master of his mind, nor of his thoughts, feelings and
wishes. Such a person cannot be a success. When he becomes irritated,
he irritates others and spoils all chances of any concerned
doing their best. But the person that can direct his energies
and hold them at work in a concentrated manner controls his every
work and act, and thereby gains power to control others. He
can make his every move serve a useful end and every thought a noble
purpose. In this day the man that gets excited and
irritable should be looked upon as an undesirable person. The
person of good breeding now speaks with slowness and deliberation.
He is cultivating more and more of a reposeful attitude. He is consciously
attentive and holds his mind to one thing at a time. He
shuts out everything else. When you are talking to anyone give
him your sole and undivided attention. Do not let your attention
wander or be diverted. Give no heed to anything else, but
make your will and intellect act in unison. Start out in the morning and see how self-poised
you can remain all day. At times take an inventory of your
actions during the day and see if you have kept your determination.
If not, see that you do tomorrow. The more self-poised you
are the better will your concentration be. Never be in too much
of a hurry; and, remember, the more you improve your concentration,
the greater are your possibilities. Concentration means
success, because you are better able to govern yourself and centralize
your mind; you become more in earnest in what you do and
this almost invariably improves your chances for success. When you are talking to a person have your
own plans in mind. Concentrate your strength upon the purpose
you are talking about. Watch his every move, but keep your own plans
before you. Unless you do, you will waste your energy and not
accomplish as much as you should. I want you to watch the next person you see
that has the reputation of being a strong character, a
man of force. Watch and see what a perfect control he has over his
body. Then I want you to watch just an ordinary person. Notice how
he moves his eyes, arms, fingers; notice the useless expenditure
of energy. These movements all break down the vital cells and
lessen the person’s power in vital and nerve directions. It is
just as important for you to conserve your nervous forces as it
is the vital forces. As an example we see an engine going along the
track very smoothly. Some one opens all the valves and the train
stops. It is the same with you. If you want to use your full amount
of steam, you must close your valves and direct your power of
generating mental steam toward one end. Center your mind on
one purpose, one plan, one transaction. There is nothing that uses up nerve force
so quickly as excitement. This is why an irritable person
is never magnetic; he is never admired or loved; he does not develop
those finer qualities that a real gentleman possesses.
Anger, sarcasm and excitement weaken a person in this direction.
The person that allows himself to get excited will become
nervous in time, because he uses up his nerve forces and his
vital energies. The person that cannot control himself and keep
from becoming excited cannot concentrate. When the mind can properly concentrate, all
the energy of every microscopic cell is directed into one channel
and then there is a powerful personal influence generated. Everyone
possesses many millions of little trembling cells, and each
one of these has a center where life and energy are stored up
and generated. If this energy is not wasted but conserved and controlled,
this person is influential, but when it is the opposite,
he is not influential or successful. Just as it is impossible for a steam engine
to run with all its valves open, so is it impossible for you to
waste your energy and run at your top speed. Each neuron in the
gray layers of the brain is a psychic center of thought and action,
each one is pulsating an intelligent force of some kind,
and when this force, your thoughts and motions, are kept in cheek
by a conservative, systematic and concentrated mind, the result
will be magnetism, vitality and health. The muscles, bones, ligaments,
feet, hands and nerves, etc., are agents for carrying
out the mandates of the mind. The sole purpose of the volitional faculties
is to move the physical mechanism as the energy travels along
the wires of nerves and muscles. Just for that reason,
if you throw a voluntary control over these messages, impulses,
thoughts, emotions, physical movements and over these
physical instruments you develop your faculties of self-mastery
and to the extent you succeed here in proportion will you develop
the power of concentration. Any exercise or work that excites the mind,
stimulates the senses, calls the emotions and appetites into
action, confuses, terrifies or emotionalizes, weakens the power
of concentration. This is why all kind of excitement is bad.
This is the reason why persons who drink strong drinks, who allow
themselves to get into fits of temper, who fight, who eat stimulating
food, who sing and dance and thus develop their emotions, who
are sudden, vehement and emotional, lack the power to concentrate.
But those whose actions are slower and directed by their intelligence
develop concentration. Sometimes dogmatic, wilful,
excitable persons can concentrate, but it is spasmodic, erratic
concentration instead of controlled and uniform concentration. Their
energy works by spells; sometimes they have plenty, other
times very little; it is easily excited; easily wasted. The best
way to understand it is to compare it with the discharge of a gun.
If the gun goes off when you want it to, it accomplishes the purpose,
but if it goes off before you are ready for it, you will
not only waste ammunition, but it is also likely to do some
damage. That is just what most persons do. They allow their energy
to explode, thus not only wasting it but endangering others.
They waste their power, their magnetism and so injure their
chance of success. Such persons are never well liked and never
will be until they gain control over themselves. It will be necessary for them to practice
many different kinds of concentration exercises, and to keep them
up for some time. They must completely overcome their sudden, erratic
thoughts, and regulate their emotions and movements. They
must from morning to night train the mind to be steady, and direct
and keep the energies at work. The lower area of the brain is the store house
of the energy. Most all persons have all the dynamic energy
they need if they would concentrate it. They have the machine,
but they must also have the engineer, or they will not go very
far. The engineer is the self-regulating, directing power. The
person that does not develop his engineering qualities will not
accomplish much in life. The good engineer controls his every
act. All work assists in development. By what you do you either
advance or degenerate. This is a good idea to keep always in mind.
When you are uncertain whether you should do something
or not, just think whether by doing it you will grow or deteriorate,
and act accordingly. I am a firm believer in “work when you work,
and play when you play.” When you give yourself up to pleasure
you can develop concentration by thinking of nothing else
but pleasure; when your mind dwells on love, think of nothing but
this and you will find you can develop a more intense love than you
ever had before. When you concentrate your mind on the “you”
or real self, and its wonderful possibilities, you develop concentration
and a higher opinion of yourself. By doing this systematically,
you develop much power, because you cannot be systematic
without concentrating on what you are doing. When
you walk out into the country and inhale the fresh air, studying
vegetation, trees, etc., you are concentrating. When you see
that you are at your place of business at a certain time each morning
you are developing steadiness of habit and becoming
systematic. If you form the habit of being on time one morning,
a little late the next, and still later the following one, you
are not developing concentration, but whenever you fix your mind
on a certain thought and hold your mind on it at successive
intervals, you develop concentration. If you hold your mind on some chosen object,
you centralize your attention, just like the lens of the camera
centralizes on a certain landscape. Therefore always hold your
mind on what you are doing, no matter what it is. Keep a careful
watch over yourself, for unless you do your improvement
will be very slow. Practice inhaling long, deep breaths, not
simply for the improvement of health, although that is no
small matter, but also for the purpose of developing more power,
more love, more life. All work assists in development. You may think it foolish to try to develop
concentration by taking muscular exercises, but you must not
forget that the mind is associated with muscle and nerve. When
you steady your nerves and muscles, you steady your mind, but let
your nerves get out of order and your mind will become erratic and
you will not possess the power of direction, which, in other words,
is concentration. Therefore you understand how important exercises
that steady the nerves and muscles are in developing concentration. Everyone is continually receiving impulses
that must be directed and controlled if one is to lead a successful
life. That is the reason why a person must control the movements
of his eyes, feet, fingers, etc.; this is another reason why
it is important to control his breathing. The slow, deep, prolonged
exhalations are of wonderful value. They steady the circulation,
the heart action, muscles and nerves of the mind. If
the heart flutters, the circulation is not regular, and when the
lung action is uneven, the mind becomes unsteady and not
fit for concentration. This is why controlled breathing is very important
as a foundation for physical health. You must not only concentrate your mind, but
also the action of the eyes, ears and fingers. Each of these
contain miniature minds that are controlled by the master engineer.
You will develop much quicker if you thoroughly realize this. If you have ever associated with big men,
or read their biographies, you will find that they usually
let the others do the talking. It is much easier to talk than
it is to listen. There is no better exercise for concentration
than to pay close attention when some one is talking. Besides
learning from what they have to say, you may develop both mental
and physical concentration. When you shake hands with some one just think
of your hand as containing hundreds of individual minds, each
having an intelligence of its own. When you put this
feeling into your hand shake it shows personality. When you shake
hands in a listless way, it denotes timidity, lack of force and
power of personality. When the hand grip is very weak and stiff,
the person has little love in his nature, no passion and no magnetism.
When the hand shake is just the opposite, you will find
that the nature is also. The loveless person is non-magnetic
and he shows that he is by his non-magnetic hand shake. When two developed
souls shake hands, their clasps are never light. There
is a thrill that goes through both when the two currents meet. Love
arouses the opposite currents of the positive and negative
natures. When there is no love, life loses its charm. The
hand quickly shows when love is being aroused. This is why you
should study the art of hand shaking and develop your social affections.
A person that loves his kind reflects love, but a person
that hates reflects hate. The person with a bad nature, a hateful
disposition, evil thoughts and feeling is erratic, freakish
and fitful. When you allow yourself to become irritable, watch
how you breathe and you will learn a valuable lesson. Watch how you
breathe when you are happy. Watch your breathing when you harbor
hate. Watch how you breathe when you feel in love with the whole
world and noble emotions thrill you. When filled with good
thoughts, you breathe a plentiful supply of oxygen into your lungs
and love fills your soul. Love develops a person, physically,
mentally and socially. Breathe deeply when you are happy and you
will gain life and strength; you will steady your mind and you
will develop your power of concentration and become magnetic
and powerful. If you want to get more out of life you must
think more of love. Unless you have real affection for something,
you have no sentiment, no sweetness, no magnetism. So
arouse your love affections by your will and enter into a fuller
life. The hand of love always magnetizes, but it
must be steady and controlled. Love can be concentrated in your
hand shake, and this is one of the best ways to influence another. The next time you feel yourself becoming irritable,
use your will and be patient. This is a very good exercise
in self-control. It will help you to keep patient if you will
breathe slowly and deeply. If you find you are commencing to
speak fast, just control yourself and speak slowly and clearly.
Keep from either raising or lowering your voice and concentrate
on the fact that you are determined to keep your poise, and
you will improve your power of concentration. When you meet people of some consequence,
assume a reposeful attitude before them. Do this at all times.
Watch both them and yourself. Static exercises develop the motor
faculties and increase the power of concentration. If you
feel yourself getting irritable, nervous or weak, stand squarely
on your feet with your chest up and inhale deeply and you will see
that your irritability will disappear and a silent calm
will pass over you. If you are in the habit of associating with
nervous, irritable people, quit it until you grow strong in the
power of concentration, because irritable, angry, fretful,
dogmatic and disagreeable people will weaken what powers
of resistance you have. Any exercises that give you better control
of the ears, fingers, eyes, feet, help you to steady your mind;
when your eye is steady, your mind is steady. One of the best
ways to study a person is to watch his physical movements,
for, when we study his actions, we are studying his mind. Because
actions are the expressions of the mind. As the mind is, so
is the action. If it is uneasy, restless, erratic, unsteady, its
actions are the same. When it is composed, the mind is composed.
Concentration means control of the mind and body. You cannot secure
control over one without the other. Many people who seem to lack ambition have
sluggish minds. They are steady, patient and seemingly have good
control, but this does not say they are able to concentrate.
These people are indolent, inactive, slow and listless, because
they lack energy; they do not lose control because they have
little force to control. They have no temper and it therefore
cannot disturb them. Their actions are steady because they
possess little energy. The natural person is internally strong,
energetic and forceful, but his energy, force and strength,
thoughts and physical movements are well under his control. If a person does not have energy, both mental
and physical, he must develop it. If he has energy which he
cannot direct and hold to a point he must learn to do so. A man may
be very capable, but, unless he Wills to control his abilities,
they will not do him any good. We hear so much talk about the benefit of
physical culture, but the real benefit of this is really lost sight
of. There is nothing that holds the faculties at work in
a sustained and continuous manner as static exercises do.
For, as stated before, when you learn to control the body, you are
gaining control over the mind. LESSON III. HOW TO GAIN WHAT YOU WANT THROUGH
CONCENTRATION The ignorant person may say, “How can you
get anything by merely wanting it? I say that through concentration
you can get anything you want. Every desire can be gratified. But
whether it is, will depend upon you concentrating to have that
desire fulfilled. Merely wishing for something will not bring
it. Wishing you had something shows a weakness and not a belief
that you will really get it. So never merely wish, as we are not
living in a “fairy age.” You use up just as much brain force
in “vain imaginings” as you do when you think of something worth while. Be careful of your desires, make a mental
picture of what you want and set your will to this until it materializes.
Never allow yourself to drift without helm or rudder.
Know what you want to do, and strive with all your might to do it,
and you will succeed. Feel that you can accomplish anything you
undertake. Many undertake to do things, but feel when they
start they are going to fail and usually they do. I will give an
illustration. A man goes to a store for an article. The clerk
says, “I am sorry, we have not it.” But the man that is determined
to get that thing inquires if he doesn’t know where he can get
it. Again receiving an unsatisfactory answer the determined buyer
consults the manager and finally he finds where the article
can be bought. That is the whole secret of concentrating
on getting what you want. And, remember, your soul is a center
of all-power, and you can accomplish what you will to. “I’ll find
a way or make one!” is the spirit that wins. I know a man that
is now head of a large bank. He started there as a messenger boy.
His father had a button made for him with a “P” on it and put
it on his coat. He said, “Son, that ‘P’ is a reminder that some
day you are to be the president of your bank. I want you to
keep this thought in your mind. Every day do something that will
put you nearer your goal.” Each night after supper he would say,
“Son, what did you do today?” In this way the thought was always
kept in mind. He concentrated on becoming president of that
bank, and he did. His father told him never to tell anyone what
that “P” stood for. A good deal of fun was made of it by his associates.
And they tried to find out what it stood for, but they never
did until he was made president and then he told the secret. Don’t waste your mental powers in wishes.
Don’t dissipate your energies by trying to satisfy every whim.
Concentrate on doing something really worth while. The man that
sticks to something is not the man that fails. “Power to him who power exerts.”–Emerson. Success to-day depends largely on concentrating
on the Interior law of force, for when you do this you awaken
those thought powers or forces, which, when used in business,
insures permanent results. Until you are able to do this you have not
reached your limit in the use of your forces. This great universe
is interwoven with myriads of forces. You make your own place,
and whether it is important depends upon you. Through the Indestructible
and Unconquerable Law you can in time accomplish
all right things and therefore do not be afraid to undertake whatever
you really desire to accomplish and are willing to pay
for in effort. Anything that is right is possible. That which
is necessary will inevitably take place. If something is right
it is your duty to do it, though the whole world thinks it to
be wrong. “God and one are always a majority,” or in plain words,
that omnipotent interior law which is God, and the organism
that represents you is able to conquer the whole world if your
cause is absolutely just. Don’t say I wish I was a great man.
You can do anything that is proper and you want to do. Just say:
You can. You will. You must. Just realize this and the rest is
easy. You have the latent faculties and forces to subdue anything
that tries to interfere with your plans. “Let-the-troubles-and-responsibilities-of-life-come-thick-and-fas
t. I-am-ready-for-them. My-soul-is-unconquerable. I-represent-the-Infinite-law-of-force,-or-of-all-power.
This-God-within-is-my-all-sufficient-strength-and-ever-present-he lp-in-time-of-trouble.
The-more-difficulties-the-greater-its-triumphs-through-me. The-harder-my-trials,-the-faster-I-go-in-the-development-of-my-in
herent-strength. Let-all-else-fail-me. This-interior-reliance-is-all-sufficient.
The-right-must-prevail. I-demand-wisdom-and-power-to-know-and-follow-the-right.
My-higher-self-is-all-wise. I-now-draw-nearer-to-it.” LESSON IV. CONCENTRATION, THE SILENT FORCE
THAT PRODUCES RESULTS IN ALL BUSINESS I want you first to realize how powerful thought
is. A thought of fear has turned a person’s hair gray in a
night. A prisoner condemned to die was told that if he would
consent to an experiment and lived through it he would be
freed. He consented. They wanted to see how much blood a person
could lose and still live. They arranged that blood would apparently
drop from a cut made in his leg. The cut made was very slight,
from which practically no blood escaped. The room was
darkened, and the prisoner thought the dropping he heard was
really coming from his leg. The next morning he was dead through
mental fear. The two above illustrations will give you
a little idea of the power of thought. To thoroughly realize the
power of thought is worth a great deal to you. Through concentrated thought power you can
make yourself whatever you please. By thought you can greatly increase
your efficiency and strength. You are surrounded by all kinds
of thoughts, some good, others bad, and you are sure to absorb
some of the latter if you do not build up a positive mental attitude. If you will study the needless moods of anxiety,
worry, despondency, discouragement and others that
are the result of uncontrolled thoughts, you will realize how
important the control of your thoughts are. Your thoughts make you
what you are. When I walk along the street and study the
different people’s faces I can tell how they spent their lives.
It all shows in their faces, just like a mirror reflects their
physical countenances. In looking in those faces I
cannot help thinking how most of the people you see have wasted
their lives. The understanding of the power of thought
will awaken possibilities within you that you never dreamed
of. Never forget that your thoughts are making your environment,
your friends, and as your thoughts change these will also. Is
this not a practical lesson to learn? Good thoughts are constructive.
Evil thoughts are destructive. The desire to do right carries
with it a great power. I want you to thoroughly realize the
importance of your thoughts, and how to make them valuable, to
understand that your thoughts come to you over invisible wires
and influence you. If your thoughts are of a high nature, you
become connected with people of the same mental caliber and you
are able to help yourself. If your thoughts are tricky, you
will bring tricky people to deal with you, who will try to cheat
you. If your thoughts are right kind, you will
inspire confidence in those with whom you are dealing. As you gain the good will of others your confidence
and strength will increase. You will soon learn the wonderful
value of your thoughts and how serene you can become even
when circumstances are the most trying. Such thoughts of Right and Good Will bring
you into harmony with people that amount to something in the world
and that are able to give you help if you should need it, as nearly
everyone does at times. You can now see why it is so important to
concentrate your thoughts in the proper channels. It is very
necessary that people should have confidence in you. When two people
meet they have not the time to look each other up. They accept
each other according to instinct which can usually be relied on. You meet a person and his attitude creates
a suspicion in you. The chances are you cannot tell why, but something
tells you, “Have no dealings with him, for if you do,
you will be sorry.” Thoughts produce actions. Therefore be careful
of your thoughts. Your life will be molded by the thoughts you
have. A spiritual power is always available to your thought,
and when you are worthy you can attract all the good things
without a great effort on your part. The sun’s rays shine down on our gardens,
but we can plant trees that will interfere with the sun light. There
are invisible forces ready to help you if you do not think
and act to intercept these. These forces work silently. “You reap
what you sow.” You have concentrated within powers that if
developed will bring you happiness greater than you can even imagine.
Most people go rushing through life, literally driving away
the very things they seek. By concentration you can revolutionize
your life, accomplish infinitely more and without a great
effort. Look within yourself and you will find the
greatest machine ever made. How to Speak Wisely. In order to speak wisely
you must secure at least a partial concentration of the faculties
and forces upon the subject at hand. Speech interferes with
the focusing powers of the mind, as it withdraws the attention
to the external and therefore is hardly to be compared with that
deep silence of the subconscious mind, where deep thoughts, and
the silent forces of high potency are evolved. It is necessary
to be silent before you can speak wisely. The person that is really
alert and well poised and able to speak wisely under trying circumstances,
is the person that has practiced in the silence.
Most people do not know what the silence is and think it is easy to
go into the silence, but this is not so. In the real silence we
become attached to that interior law and the forces become silent,
because they are in a state of high potency, or beyond the
vibratory sounds to which our external ears are attuned. He who
desires to become above the ordinary should open up for himself
the interior channels which lead to the absolute law of
the omnipotent. You can only do this by persistently and intelligently
practicing thought concentration. Hold the thought: In-silence-I-will-allow-my-higher-self-to-have-complete-control.
I-will-be-true-to-my-higher-self. I-will-live-true-to-my-conception-of-what-is-right.
I-realize-that-it-is-to-my-self-interest-to-live-up-to-my-best. I-demand-wisdom-so that-I-may-act-wisely-for-myself-and-others. In the next chapter I will tell you of the
mysterious law, which links all humanity together, by the powers
of co-operative thought, and chooses for us companionship
and friends. LESSON V. HOW CONCENTRATED THOUGHT LINKS ALL
HUMANITY TOGETHER It is within your power to gratify your every
wish. Success is the result of the way you think. I will show
you how to think to be successful. The power to rule and attract success is within
yourself. The barriers that shut these off from you are
subject to your control. You have unlimited power to think
and this is the link that connects you with your omniscient source. Success is the result of certain moods of
mind or ways of thinking. These moods can be controlled by
you and produced at will. You have been evolved to what you are from
a lowly atom because you possessed the power to think. This power
will never leave you, but will keep urging you on until you
reach perfection. As you evolve, you create new desires and these
can be gratified. The power to rule lies within you. The barriers
that keep you from ruling are also within you. These are
the barriers of ignorance. Concentrated thought will accomplish seemingly
impossible results and make you realize your fondest ambitions.
At the same time that you break down barriers of limitation
new ambitions will be awakened. You begin to experience conscious
thought constructions. If you will just realize that through deep
concentration you become linked with thoughts of omnipotence,
you will kill out entirely your belief in your limitations and
at the same time will drive away all fear and other negative
and destructive thought forces which constantly work against
you. In the place of these you will build up a strong assurance
that your every venture will be successful. When you learn
thus how to concentrate and reinforce your thought, you
control your mental creations; they in turn help to mould your
physical environment, and you become the master of circumstances
and the ruler of your kingdom. It is just as easy to surround your life with
what you want as it is with what you don’t want. It is a question
to be decided by your will. There are no walls to prevent you
from getting what you want, providing you want what is right.
If you choose something that is not right, you are in opposition
to the omnipotent plans of the universe and deserve
to fail. But, if you will base your desires on justice and good
will, you avail yourself of the helpful powers of universal
currents, and instead of having a handicap to work against, can
depend upon ultimate success, though the outward appearances may
not at first be bright. Never stop to think of temporary appearances,
but maintain an unfaltering belief in your ultimate success.
Make your plans carefully, and see that they are not contrary
to the tides of universal justice. The main thing for you
to remember is to keep at bay the destructive and opposing forces
of fear and anger and their satellites. There is no power so great as the belief which
comes from the knowledge that your thought is in harmony
with the divine laws of thought and the sincere conviction that your
cause is right. You may be able seemingly to accomplish results
for a time even if your cause is unjust, but the results will
be temporary, and, in time, you will have to tear down your thought
edifice and build on the true foundation of Right. Plans that are not built on truth produce
discordant vibrations and are therefore self-destructive. Never
try to build until you can build right. It is a waste of time to
do anything else. You may temporarily put aside your desire to do
right, but its true vibrations will interfere with your unjust
plans until you are forced back into righteous paths of power. All just causes succeed in time, though temporarily
they may fail. So if you should face the time when
everything seems against you, quiet your fears, drive away
all destructive thoughts and uphold the dignity of your moral
and spiritual life. “Where There Is A Will There Is A Way.” The
reason this is so is that the Will can make a way if given the
chance to secure the assistance of aiding forces. The more it is
developed the higher the way to which it will lead. When everything looks gloomy and discouraging,
then is the time to show what you are made of by rejoicing
that you can control your moods by making them as calm, serene
and bright as if prosperity were yours. “Be faithful in sowing the thought seeds of
success, in perfect trust that the sun will not cease to shine
and bring a generous harvest in one season.” It is not always necessary to think of the
success of a venture when you are actually engaged in it. For when
the body is inactive the mind is most free to catch new
ideas that will further the opportunity you are seeking. When
you are actually engaged in doing something, you are thinking
in the channels you have previously constructed and the work does
not have to be done over again. When you are in a negative mood the intuitions
are more active, for you are not then controlling your thoughts
by the will. Everything we do. should have the approval
of the intuition. When you are in a negative mood you attract
thoughts of similar nature through the law of affinity. That is
why it is so important to form thoughts of a success nature
to attract similar ones. If you have never made a study of this
subject, you may think this is all foolishness, but it is a
fact that there are thought currents that unerringly bring thoughts
of a similar nature. Many persons who think of failure
actually attract failure by their worries, their anxieties,
their overactivity. These thoughts are bound to bring failure.
When you once learn the laws of thought and think of nothing but
Good, Truth, Success, you will make more progress with
less effort than you ever made before. There are forces that can aid the mind that
are hardly dreamed of by the average person. When you learn to believe
more in the value of thought and its laws you will be
led aright and your business gains will multiply. The following method may assist you in gaining
better thought control. If you are unable to control your
fears, just say to your faulty determination, “Do not falter
or be afraid, for I am not really alone. I am surrounded by invisible
forces that will assist me to remove the unfavorable appearances.”
Soon you will have more courage. The only difference between
the fearless man and the fearful one is in his will, his hope.
So if you lack success, believe in it, hope for it, claim
it. You can use the same method to brace up your thoughts of desire,
aspiration, imagination, expectation, ambition, understanding,
trust and assurance. If you get anxious, angry, discouraged, undecided
or worried, it is because you are not receiving the co-operation
of the higher powers of your mind. By your Will you can
so organize the powers of the mind that your moods change only as
you want them to instead of as circumstances affect you. I was recently asked if I advised concentrating
on what you eat, or what you see while walking. My reply was
that no matter what you may be doing, when in practice think of
nothing else but that act at the time. The idea is to be able to
control your unimportant acts, otherwise you set up a habit
that it will be hard to overcome, because your faculties have
not been in the habit of concentrating. Your faculties cannot
be disorganized one minute and organized the next. If you allow
the mind to wander while you are doing small things, it will
be likely to get into mischief and make it hard to concentrate on
the important act when it comes. The man that is able to concentrate is the
happy, busy man. Time does not drag with him. He always has plenty
to do. He does not have time to think over past mistakes, which
would make him unhappy. If despite our discouragement and failures,
we claim our great heritage, “life and truth and force, like
an electric current,” will permeate our lives until we enter into
our “birthright in eternity.” The will does not act with clearness, decision
and promptness unless it is trained to do so. There are comparatively
few that really know what they are doing every minute
of the day. This is because they do not observe with sufficient
orderliness and accuracy to know what they are doing. It is
not difficult to know what you us doing all the time, if you will
just practice concentration and with a reposeful deliberation,
and train yourself to think clearly, promptly, and decisive.
If you allow yourself to worry or hurry in what you are
doing, this will not be clearly photographed upon the sensitized
plate of the subjective mind, and you therefore will not
be really conscious of your actions. So practice accuracy and
concentration of thought, and also absolute truthfulness and
you will soon be able to concentrate. LESSON VI. THE TRAINING OF THE WILL TO DO The Will To Do is the greatest power in the
world that is concerned with human accomplishment and no
one can in advance determine its limits. The things that we do now would have been
a few ages ago impossibilities. Today the safe maxim is:
“All things are possible.” The Will To Do is a force that is strictly
practical, yet it is difficult to explain just what it is. It can
be compared to electricity because we know it only through
its cause and effects. It is a power we can direct and to
just the extent we direct it do we determine our future. Every
time you accomplish any definite act, consciously or unconsciously,
you use the principle of the Will. You can Will to do
anything whether it is right or wrong, and therefore the way you
use your will makes a big difference in your life. Every person possesses some “Will To Do.”
It is the inner energy which controls all conscious acts. What you
will to do directs your life forces. All habits, good or bad,
are the result of what you will to do. You improve or lower your
condition in life by what you will to do. Your will has a connection
with all avenues of knowledge, all activities, all accomplishment. You probably know of cases where people have
shown wonderful strength under some excitement, similar to
the following: The house of a farmer’s wife caught on fire. No
one was around to help her move anything. She was a frail woman,
and ordinarily was considered weak. On this occasion she removed
things from the house that it later took three men to handle.
It was the “Will To Do” that she used to accomplish her task. Genius Is But A Will To Do Little Things With
Infinite Pains. Little Things Well Done Open The Door Of Opportunity
For Bigger Things. The Will accomplishes its greater results
through activities that grow out of great concentration in acquiring
the power of voluntary attention to such an extent that
we can direct it where we will and hold it steadily to its task until
our aim is accomplished. When you learn so to use it,
your Will Power becomes a mighty force. Almost everything
can be accomplished through its proper use. It is greater than
physical force because it can be used to control not only physical
but mental and moral forces. There are very few that possess perfectly
developed and balanced Will Power, but those who do easily crush
out their weak qualities. Study yourself carefully. Find
out your greatest weakness and then use your will power to overcome
it. In this way eradicate your faults, one by one, until you
have built up a strong character and personality. Rules for Improvement. A desire arises. Now
think whether this would be good for you. If it is not, use your
Will Power to kill out the desire, but, on the other hand, if
it is a righteous desire, summon all your Will Power to your
aid, crush all obstacles that confront you and secure possession
of the coveted Good. Slowness in Making Decisions. This is a weakness
of Will Power. You know you should do something, but you
delay doing it through lack of decision. It is easier not to do a
certain thing than to do it, but conscience says to do it. The vast
majority of persons are failures because of the lack of deciding
to do a thing when it should be done. Those that are successful
have been quick to grasp opportunities by making a quick decision.
This power of will can be used to bring culture, wealth
and health. Some Special Pointers. For the next week try
to make quicker decisions in your little daily affairs. Set
the hour you wish to get up and arise exactly at the fixed time.
Anything that you should accomplish, do on or ahead of time.
You want, of course, to give due deliberation to weighty matters,
but by making quick decisions on little things you will acquire
the ability to make quick decisions in bigger things. Never procrastinate.
Decide quickly one way or the other even at the risk
of deciding wrong. Practice this for a week or two and notice
your improvement. The Lack of Initiative. This, too, keeps many
men from succeeding. They have fallen into the way
of imitating others in all that they do. Very often we hear the expression,
“He seems clever enough, but he lacks initiative.” Life
for them is one continuous grind. Day after day they go through
the same monotonous round of duties, while those that
are “getting along” are using their initiative to get greater
fullness of life. There is nothing so responsible for poverty as this
lack of initiative, this power to think and do for ourselves. You Are as Good as Anyone. You have will power,
and if you use it, you will get your share of the luxuries
of life. So use it to claim your own. Don’t depend on anyone else
to help you. We have to fight our own battles. All the world loves
a fighter, while the coward is despised by all. Every person’s problems are different, so
I can only say “analyze your opportunities and conditions and study
your natural abilities.” Form plans for improvement and
then put them into operation. Now, as I said before, don’t just
say, “I am going to do so and so,” but carry your plan into execution.
Don’t make an indefinite plan, but a definite one, and then
don’t give up until your object has been accomplished. Put these
suggestions into practice with true earnestness, and you will
soon note astonishing results, and your whole life will
be completely changed. An excellent motto for one of pure
motives is: Through my will power I dare do what I want to. You
will find this affirmation has a very strengthening effect. The Spirit of Perseverance. The spirit of
“sticktoitiveness” is the one that wins. Many go just so far and
then give up, whereas, if they had persevered a little longer, they
would have won out. Many have much initiative, but instead of
concentrating it into one channel, they diffuse it through several,
thereby dissipating it to such an extent that its effect is lost. Develop more determination, which is only
the Will To Do, and when you start out to do something stick to
it until you get results. Of course, before starting anything
you must look ahead and see what the “finish leads to.” You must
select a road that will lead to “somewhere,” rather than “nowhere.”
The journey must be productive of some kind of substantial
results. The trouble with so many young men is that they launch
enterprises without any end in sight. It is not so much the start
as the finish of a journey that counts. Each little move should
bring you nearer the goal which you planned to reach before the
enterprise began. Lack of Perseverance is nothing but the lack
of the Will To Do. It takes the same energy to say, “I will continue,”
as to say, “I give up.” Just the moment you say the latter
you shut off your dynamo, and your determination is gone. Every
time you allow your determination to be broken you weaken it.
Don’t forget this. Just the instant you notice your determination
beginning to weaken, concentrate on it and by sheer Will Power
make it continue on the “job.” Never try to make a decision when you are
not in a calm state of mind. If in a “quick temper,” you are likely
to say things you afterwards regret. In anger, you follow impulse
rather than reason. No one can expect to achieve success
if he makes decisions when not in full control of his
mental forces. Therefore make it a fixed rule to make decisions
only when at your best. If you have a “quick temper,” you
can quickly gain control over it by simple rule of counting
backwards. To count backwards requires concentration, and you
thus quickly regain a calm state. In this way you can break the
“temper habit.” It will do you a lot of good to think over
what you said and thought the last time you were angry. Persevere
until you see yourself as others see you. It would do no
harm to write the scene out in story form and then sit in judgment
of the character that played your part. Special Instructions to Develop the Will To
Do. This is a form of mental energy, but requires the proper mental
attitude to make it manifest. We hear of people having wonderful
will power, which really is wrong. It should be said that they
use their will power while with many it is a latent force. I want
you to realize that no one has a monopoly on will power. There
is plenty for all. What we speak of as will power is but the
gathering together of mental energy, the concentration power at
one point. So never think of that person as having a stronger
will than yours. Each person will be supplied with just that amount
of will power that he demands. You don’t have to develop will
power if you constantly make use of all you have, and remember
the way in which you use it determines your fate, for
your life is moulded to great extent by the use you make of your
will. Unless you make proper use of it you have neither independence
nor firmness. You are unable to control yourself and become
a mere machine for others to use. It is more important to learn
to use your will than to develop your intellect. The man that
has not learned how to use his will rarely decides things for
himself, but allows his resolutions to be changed by others. He fluctuates
from one opinion to another, and of course does not
accomplish anything out of the ordinary, while his brother with
the trained will takes his place among the world’s leaders. LESSON VII. THE CONCENTRATED MENTAL DEMAND The Mental Demand is the potent force in achievement.
The attitude of the mind affects the expression
of the face, determines action, changes our physical condition
and regulates our lives. I will not here attempt to explain the silent
force that achieves results. You want to develop your mental powers
so you can effect the thing sought, and that is what I want
to teach you. There is wonderful power and possibility in the concentrated
Mental Demand. This, like all other forces, is controlled
by laws. It can, like all other forces, be wonderfully
increased by consecutive, systematized effort. The mental demand must be directed by every
power of the mind and every possible element should be used to make
the demand materialize. You can so intently desire a
thing that you can exclude all distracting thoughts. When you
practice this singleness of concentration until you attain
the end sought, you have developed a Will capable of accomplishing
whatever you wish. As long as you can only do the ordinary things
you will be counted in the mass of mediocrity. But just
as quick as you surpass others by even comparatively small
measure, you are classed as one of life’s successes. So, if
you wish to emerge into prominence, you must accomplish something
more than the ordinary man or woman. It is easy to do this
if you will but concentrate on what you desire, and put forth
your best effort. It is not the runner with the longest legs
or the strongest muscles that wins the race, but the one that
can put forth the greatest desire force. You can best understand
this by thinking of an engine. The engine starts up slowly,
the engineer gradually extending the throttle to the top notch. It
is then keyed up to its maximum speed. The same is true of two
runners. They start off together and gradually they increase their
desire to go faster. The one that has the greatest intensity
of desire will win. He may outdistance the other by only
a fraction of an inch, yet he gets the laurels. The men that are looked upon as the world’s
successes have not always been men of great physical power, nor
at the start did they seem very well adapted to the conditions
which encompassed them. In the beginning they were not considered
men of superior genius, but they won their success by their
resolution to achieve results in their undertakings by permitting
no set-back to dishearten them; no difficulties to daunt
them. Nothing could turn them or influence them against their
determination. They never lost sight of their goal. In all of
us there is this silent force of wonderful power. If developed, it
can overcome conditions that would seem insurmountable.
It is constantly urging us on to greater achievement. The more
we become acquainted with it the better strategists
we become, the more courage we develop and the greater the desire
within us for self-expression in activity along many lines. No one will ever be a failure if he becomes
conscious of this silent force within that controls his destiny.
But without the consciousness of this inner force, you will
not have a clear vision, and external conditions will not yield
to the power of your mind. It is the mental resolve that makes
achievement possible. Once this has been formed it should
never be allowed to cease to press its claim until its object
is attained. To make plans work out it will, at times, be necessary
to use every power of your mind. Patience, perseverance and all
the indomitable forces within one will have to be mustered
and used with the greatest effectiveness. Perseverance is the first element of success.
In order to persevere you must be ceaseless in your application.
It requires you to concentrate your thoughts upon your
undertaking and bring every energy to bear upon keeping them focused
upon it until you have accomplished your aim. To quit short
of this is to weaken all future efforts. The Mental Demand seems an unreal power because
it is intangible; but it is the mightiest power in the world.
It is a power that is free for you to use. No one can use it for
you. The Mental Demand is not a visionary one. It is a potent force,
which you can use freely without cost. When you are in doubt
it will counsel you. It will guide you when you are uncertain.
When you are in fear it will give you courage. It is the motive power
which supplies the energies necessary to the achievement of the
purpose. You have a large store house of possibilities. The Mental
Demand makes possibilities realities. It supplies everything
necessary for the accomplishment, It selects the tools and instructs
how to use them. It makes you understand the situation.
Every time you make a Mental Demand you strengthen the brain centers
by drawing to you external forces. Few realize the power of a Mental Demand.
It is possible to make your demand so strong that you can impart
what you have to say to another without speaking to him. Have you
ever, after planning to discuss a certain matter with a friend, had
the experience of having him broach the subject before you had
a chance to speak of it? Have you ever, in a letter, made a suggestion
to a friend that he carried out before your letter reached
him? Have you ever wanted to speak to a person who, just then
walked in or telephoned. I have had many such responses
to thought and you and your friends have doubtless experienced them,
too. These two things are neither coincidences
nor accidents, but are the results of mental demand launched by strong
concentration. The person that never wants anything gets
little. To demand resolutely is the first step toward getting
what you want. The power of the Mental Demand seems absolute,
the supply illimitable. The mental demand projects itself
and causes to materialize the conditions and opportunities
needed to accomplish the purpose. Do not think I over estimate
the value of the Mental Demand. It brings the fuller life if used
for only righteous purposes. Once the Mental Demand is made,
however, never let it falter. If you do the current that connects
you with your desire is broken. Take all the necessary time to
build a firm foundation, so that there need not be even
an element of doubt to creep in. Just the moment you entertain “doubt”
you lose some of the demand force, and force once lost is hard
to regain. So whenever you make a mental demand hold steadfastly
to it until your need is supplied. I want to repeat again that Power of Mental
Demand is not a visionary one. It is concentrated power only,
and can be used by you. It is not supernatural power, but requires
a development of the brain centers. The outcome is sure when
it is given with a strong resolute determination. No person will advance to any great extent,
until he recognizes this force within him. If you have not become
aware of it, you have not made very much of a success of your
life. It is this “something” that distinguishes that “man”
from other men. It is this subtle power that develops strong personality. If you want a great deal you must demand a
great deal. Once you make your demand, anticipate its fulfillment.
It depends upon us. We are rewarded according to our efforts.
The Power of Mental Demand can bring us what we want. We become
what we determine to be. We control our own destiny. Get the right mental attitude, then in accordance
with your ability you can gain success. And every man of AVERAGE ability, the ordinary
man that you see about you, can be really successful, independent,
free of worry, HIS OWN MASTER, if he can manage to do just
two things. First, remain forever dissatisfied with what
he IS doing and with what he HAS accomplished. Second, develop in his mind a belief that
the word impossible was not intended or him. Build up in his mind
the confidence that enables the mind to use its power. Many, especially the older men, will ask: “How can I build up that self-confidence in
my brain? How can I, after months and years of discouragement,
of dull plodding, suddenly conceive and carry out a plan for
doing something that will mike life worth while and change the
monotonous routine? “How can a man get out of a rut after he has
been in it for years and has settled down to the slow jog-trot
that leads to the grave?” The answer is the thing can be done, and millions
have done it. One of the names most honored among the great
men of France is that of Littre, who wrote and compiled the
great French dictionary–a monument of learning. He is
the man whose place among the forty immortals of France was taken
by the great Pasteur, when the latter was elected to the
Academy. Littre BEGAN the work that makes him famous
when he was more than sixty years old. LESSON VIII. CONCENTRATION GIVES MENTAL POISE You will find that the man that concentrates
is well poised, whereas the man that allows his mind to wander
is easily upset. When in this state wisdom does not pass from
the subconscious storehouse into the consciousness. There must
be mental quiet before the two consciousnesses can work in
harmony. When you are able to concentrate you have peace of mind. If you are in the habit of losing your poise,
form the habit of reading literature that has a quieting power.
Just the second you feel your poise slipping, say, “Peace,” and
then hold this thought in mind and you will never lose your
self-control. There cannot be perfect concentration until
there is peace of mind. So keep thinking peace, acting peace,
until you are at peace with all the world. For when once you
have reached this state there will be no trouble to concentrate
on anything you wish. When you have peace of mind you are not timid
or anxious, or fearful, or rigid and you will not allow any
disturbing thought to influence you. You cast aside all fears,
and think of yourself as a spark of the Divine Being, as a manifestation
of the “One Universal Principle” that fills all space
and time. Think of yourself thus as a child of the infinite,
possessing infinite possibilities. Write on a piece of paper, “I have the power
to do and to be whatever I wish to do and be.” Keep this mentally
before you, and you will find the thought will be of great
help to you. The Mistake of Concentrating on Your Business
While Away. In order to be successful today, you must concentrate,
but don’t become a slave to concentration, and carry
your business cares home. Just as sure as you do you will be burning
the life forces at both ends and the fire will go out much
sooner than was intended. Many men become so absorbed in their business
that when they go to church they do not hear the preacher because
their minds are on their business. If they go to the theater
they do not enjoy it because their business is on their minds.
When they go to bed they think about business instead of sleep
and wonder why they don’t sleep. This is the wrong kind of concentration
and is dangerous. It is involuntary. When you are
unable to get anything out of your mind it becomes unwholesome as
any thought held continuously causes weariness of the flesh.
It is a big mistake to let a thought rule you, instead of ruling
it. He who does not rule himself is not a success. If you cannot
control your concentration, your health will suffer. So never become so absorbed with anything
that you cannot lay it aside and take up another. This is self-control. Concentration Is Paying Attention to a Chosen
Thought. Everything that passes before the eye makes an impression
on the subconscious mind, but unless you pay attention
to some certain thing you will not remember what you saw.
For instance if you walked down a busy street without seeing anything
that attracted your particular attention, you could not recall
anything you saw. So you see only what attracts your attention.
If you work you only see and remember what you think about.
When you concentrate on something it absorbs your whole thought. Self-Study Valuable. Everyone has some habits
that can be overcome by concentration. We will say for
instance, you are in the habit of complaining, or finding fault
with yourself or others; or, imagining that you do not possess
the ability of others; or feeling that you are not as good
as someone else; or that you cannot rely on yourself; or harboring
any similar thoughts or thoughts of weakness. These should
be cast aside and instead thoughts of strength should be put
in their place. Just remember every time you think of yourself
as being weak, in some way you are making yourself so by thinking
you are. Our mental conditions make us what we are. Just watch
yourself and see how much time you waste in worrying, fretting
and complaining. The more of it you do the worse off you are. Just the minute you are aware of thinking
a negative thought immediately change to a positive one. If you
start to think of failure, change to thinking of success. You
have the germ of success within you. Care for it the same as
the setting hen broods over the eggs and you can make it a
reality. You can make those that you come in contact
with feel as you do, because you radiate vibrations of the way
you feel and your vibrations are felt by others. When you concentrate
on a certain thing you turn all the rays of your vibrations
on this. Thought is the directing power of all Life’s vibrations.
If a person should enter a room with a lot of people and
feel as if he were a person of no consequence no one would know
he was there unless they saw him, and even if they did, they would
not remember seeing him, because they were not attracted
towards him. But let him enter the room feeling that he was magnetic
and concentrating on this thought, others would feel his vibration.
So remember the way you feel you can make others feel. This
is the law. Make yourself a concentrated dynamo from which
your thoughts vibrate to others. Then you are a power in the world.
Cultivate the art of feeling, for as I said before you can only
make others feel what you feel. If you will study all of the great characters
of history you will find that they were enthusiastic. First they
were enthusiastic themselves, and then they could arouse others’
enthusiasm. It is latent in everyone. It is a wonderful force
when once aroused. All public men to be a success have to possess
it. Cultivate it by concentration. Set aside some hour of the
day, wherein to hold rapt converse with the soul. Meditate with
sincere desire and contrite heart and you will be able to accomplish
that which you have meditated on. This is the keynote of
success. “Think, speak and act just as you wish to
be, And you will be that which you wish to be.” You are just what you think you are and not
what you may appear to be. You may fool others but not yourself.
You may control your life and actions just as you can control your
hands. If you want to raise your hand you must first think of
raising it. If you want to control your life you must first control
your thinking. Easy to do, is it not? Yes it is, if you will
but concentrate on what you think about. For he only can
That says he will. How can we secure concentration? To this question,
the first and last answer must be: By interest and strong
motive. The stronger the motive the greater the concentration.–Eustace
Miller, M. D. The Successful Lives Are the Concentrated
Lives. The utterly helpless multitude that sooner or later have
to be cared for by charity, are those that were never able to
concentrate, and who have become the victims of negative ideas. Train yourself so you will be able to centralize
your thought and develop your brain power, and increase your
mental energy, or you can be a slacker, a drifter, a quitter or
a sleeper. It all depends on how you concentrate, or centralize
your thoughts. Your thinking then becomes a fixed power and you
do not waste time thinking about something that would not be
good for you. You pick out the thoughts that will be the means of
bringing you what you desire, and they become a material reality.
Whatever we create in the thought world will some day materialize.
That is the law. Don’t forget this. In the old days men drifted without concentration
but this is a day of efficiency and therefore all of our
efforts must be concentrated, if we are to win any success
worth the name. Why People Often Do Not Get What They Concentrate
On. Because they sit down in hopeless despair and expect
it to come to them. But if they will just reach out for it with
their biggest effort they will find it is within their reach. No
one limits us but ourselves. We are what we are today as the
result of internal conditions. We can control the external conditions.
They are subject to our will. Through our concentration we can attract what
we want, because we became enrapport with the Universal forces,
from which we can get what we want. You have watched races no doubt. They all
line up together. Each has his mind set on getting to the goal before
the others. This is one kind of concentration. A man starts
to think on a certain subject. He has all kinds of thoughts come
to him, but by concentration he shuts out all these but the
one he has chosen. Concentration is just a case of willing to
do a certain thing and doing it. If you want to accomplish anything first put
yourself in a concentrating, reposeful, receptive, acquiring
frame of mind. In tackling unfamiliar work make haste slowly
and deliberately and then you will secure that interior activity,
which is never possible when you are in a hurry or under
a strain. When you “think hard” or try to hurry results too quickly,
you generally shut off the interior flow of thoughts and
ideas. You have often no doubt tried hard to think of something
but could not, but just as soon as you stopped trying to think of
it, it came to you. LESSON IX. CONCENTRATION CAN OVERCOME BAD
HABITS Habits make or break us to a far greater extent
than we like to admit. Habit is both a powerful enemy and
wonderful ally of concentration. You must learn to overcome
habits which are injurious to concentration, and to cultivate
those which increase it. The large majority of people are controlled
by their habits and are buffeted around by them like waves of
the ocean tossing a piece of wood. They do things in a certain
way because of the power of habit. They seldom ever think of
concentrating on why they do them this or that way, or study to
see if they could do them in a better way. Now my object in this
chapter is to get you to concentrate on your habits so you can find
out which are good and which are bad for you. You will find that
by making a few needed changes you can make even those that
are not good for you, of service; the good habits you can make much
better. The first thing I want you to realize is that
all habits are governed consciously or unconsciously by the
will. Most of us are forming new habits all the time. Very often,
if you repeat something several times in the same way, you
will have formed the habit of doing it that way. But the oftener
you repeat it the stronger that habit grows and the more deeply
it becomes embedded in your nature. After a habit has been in
force for a long time, it becomes almost a part of you, and is therefore
hard to overcome. But you can still break any habit
by strong concentration on its opposite. “All our life, so far as it has definite form,
is but a mass of habits–practical, emotional, and intellectual–systematically
organized, for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly
toward our destiny whatever the latter may be.” We are creatures of habits, “imitators and
copiers of our past selves.” We are liable to be “bent” or “curved”
as we can bend a piece of paper, and each fold leaves a crease,
which makes it easier to make the fold there the next time.
“The intellect and will are spiritual functions; still they are
immersed in matter, and to every movement of theirs, corresponds
a movement in the brain, that is, in their material correlative.”
This is why habits of thought and habits of willing can
be formed. All physical impressions are the carrying out
of the actions of the will and intellect. Our nervous systems are
what they are today, because of the way they have been exercised. As we grow older most of us become more and
more like automatic machines. The habits we have formed increase
in strength. We work in our old characteristic way. Your associates
learn to expect you to do things in a certain way. So you
see that your habits make a great difference in your life, and
as it is just about as easy to form good habits as it is bad, you
should form only the former. No one but yourself is responsible
for your habits. You are free to form the habits that you should
and if everyone could realize the importance of forming the right
kind of habits what a different world this would be. How much happier
everyone would be. Then all instead of the few might win
success. Habits are formed more quickly when we are
young, but if we have already passed the youthful plastic period
the time to start to control our habits is right now, as we will
never be any younger. You will find the following maxims worth remembering. First Maxim: “We must make our nervous system our ally
instead of our enemy.” Second Maxim: “In the acquisition of a new habit as in the
leaving off of an old one, we must take care to launch ourselves
with as strong and decided an initiative as possible.” The man that is in the habit of doing the
right thing from boyhood, has only good motives, so it is very
important for you that you concentrate assiduously on the habits
that reinforce good motives. Surround yourself with every
aid you can. Don’t play with fire by forming bad habits. Make
a new beginning today. Study why you have been doing certain things.
If they are not for your good, shun them henceforth. Don’t give
in to a single temptation for every time you do, you strengthen
the chain of bad habits. Every time you keep a resolution you
break the chain that enslaves you. Third Maxim: “Never allow an exception to occur till the
new habit is securely rooted in your life.” Here is the idea, you
never want to give in, until the new habit is fixed else you
undo all that has been accomplished by previous efforts. There are
two opposing inclinations. One wants to be firm, and the
other wants to give in. By your will you can become firm, through
repetition. Fortify your will to be able to cope with any and
all opposition. Fourth Maxim: “Seize the very first possible opportunity
to act on every resolution you make, and on every emotional
prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits
you aspire to gain.” To make a resolve and not to keep it is of
little value. So by all means keep every resolution you make,
for you not only profit by the resolution, but it furnishes you with
an exercise that causes the brain cells and physiological correlatives
to form the habit of adjusting themselves to carry out
resolutions. “A tendency to act, becomes effectively engrained
in us in proportion to the uninterrupted frequency
with which the actions actually occur, and the brain `grows’ to their
use. When a resolve or a fine glow of feeling is allowed
to evaporate without bearing fruit, it is worse than a chance lost.” If you keep your resolutions you form a most
valuable habit. If you break them you form a most dangerous one.
So concentrate on keeping them, whether important or unimportant,
and remember it is just as important for this purpose to keep
the unimportant, for by so doing you are forming the habit. Fifth Maxim: “Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by
a little gratuitous exercise every day.” The more we exercise the will, the better
we can control our habits. “Every few days do something for no
other reason than its difficulty, so that when the hour of dire
need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved or untrained to stand
the test. Asceticism of this sort is like the insurance which a
man pays on his house and goods. The tax does him no good at the
time, and possibly may never bring him a return, but if the fire
does come, his having paid it will be his salvation from ruin. So
with the man who has daily insured himself to habits of concentrated
attention, energetic volation, and self-denial in unnecessary
things. “He will stand like a tower when everything rocks
around him and his softer fellow-mortals are winnowed like chaff
in the blast.” The young should be made to concentrate on
their habits and be made to realize that if they don’t they become
walking bundles of injurious habits. Youth is the plastic state,
and should be utilized in laying the foundation for a glorious
future. The great value of habit for good and evil
cannot be overestimated. “Habit is the deepest law of
human nature.” No man is stronger than his habits, because his habits
either build up his strength or decrease it. Why We Are Creatures of Habits. Habits have
often been called a labor-saying invention, because when they
are formed they require less of both mental and material strength.
The more deeply the habit becomes ingrained the more automatic
it becomes. Therefore habit is an economizing tendency of our nature,
for if it were not for habit we should have to be more watchful.
We walk across a crowded street; the habit of stopping and
looking prevents us from being hurt. The right kind of habits
keeps us from making mistakes and mishaps. It is a well known fact
that a chauffeur is not able to master his machine safely until
he has trained his body in a habitual way. When an emergency
comes he instantly knows what to do. Where safety depends on
quickness the operator must work automatically. Habits mean less
risk, less fatigue, and greater accuracy. “You do not want to become a slave to habits
of a trivial nature. For instance, Wagner required a certain costume
before he could compose corresponding parts of his operas.
Schiller could never write with ease unless there were rotten apples
in the drawer of his desk from which he could now and then
obtain an odor which seemed to him sweet. Gladstone had different
desks for his different activities, so that when he worked
on Homer he never sat among habitual accompaniments of his legislative
labors.” In order to overcome undesirable habits, two
things are necessary. You must have trained your will
to do what you want it to do, and the stronger the will the easier
it will be to break a habit. Then you must make a resolution to
do just the opposite of what the habit is. Therefore one habit must
replace another. If you have a strong will, you can tenaciously
and persistently concentrate on removing the bad habit and
in a very short time the good habit will gain the upper hand. I
will bring this chapter to a close by giving Doctor Oppenheim’s
instructions for overcoming a habit: “If you want to abolish a habit, and its accumulated
circumstances as well, you must grapple with the matter as
earnestly as you would with a physical enemy. You must go into
the encounter with all tenacity of determination, with all
fierceness of resolve–yea, even with a passion for success that
may be called vindictive. No human enemy can be as insidious, so
persevering, as unrelenting as an unfavorable habit. It never
sleeps, it needs no rest. “It is like a parasite that grows with the
growth of the supporting body, and, like a parasite, it
can best be killed by violent separation and crushing. When life is stormy and all seems against
us, that is when we often acquire wrong habits, and it is then,
that we have to make a gigantic effort to think and speak as we
should; and even though we may feel the very reverse at that
moment the tiniest effort will be backed up by a tremendous Power
and will lift us to a realization never felt before. It is
not in the easy, contented moments of our life that we make
our greatest progress, for then it requires, no special effort to
keep in tune. But it is when we are in the midst of trials and
misfortunes, when we think we are sinking, being overwhelmed, then
it is important for us to realize that we are linked to a great
Power and if we live as we should, there is nothing that can occur
in life, which could permanently injure us, nothing can happen
that should disturb us. So always remember you have within
you unlimited power, ready to manifest itself in the form
which fills our need at the moment. If, when we have something
difficult to solve, we would be silent like the child, we can get
the inspiration when it comes; we will know how to act, we will
find there is no need to hurry or disturb ourselves, that it is
always wiser to wait for guidance from within, than to act on impulse
from Without. LESSON X. BUSINESS RESULTS THROUGH CONCENTRATION A successful business is not usually the result
of chance. Neither is a failure the result of luck. Most
failures could be determined in advance if the founders had
been studied. It is not always possible to start a money-making business
at the start. Usually a number of changes have to be made.
Plans do not work out as their creators thought they would.
They may have to be changed a little, broadened it may be, here
and there, and as you broaden your business you broaden your power
to achieve. You gain an intense and sustained desire to make your
business a success. When you start a business you may have but
a vague notion of the way you will conduct it. You must fill in
the details as you go along. You must concentrate on these details.
As you straighten out one after another, others will require
attention. In this way you cover the field of “the first endeavor”
and new opportunities open up for you. When you realize one desire, another comes.
But if you do not fulfill the first desire, you will not the
second. The person that does not carry his desires into action
is only a dreamer. Desire is a great creative force, if it is
pure, intense and sustained. It is our desires that keep stirring
us up to action and they will strengthen and broaden you if
you make them materialize. Every man who achieves success deserves it.
When he first started out he did not understand how to solve the
problems that afterwards presented themselves, but he did
each thing as it came up in the very best way that he could, and
this developed his power of doing bigger things. We become masters
of business by learning to do well whatever we attempt. The
man that has a thorough knowledge of his business can of
course direct it much more easily and skillfully than the man who
lacks that knowledge. The skilled business director can sit in his
private office and still know accurately what is actually being
done. He knows what should be done in any given time and if it
is not accomplished he knows that his employees are not turning out
the work that they should. It is then easy to apply the remedy. Business success depends on well-concentrated
efforts. You must use every mental force you can master. The
more these are used the more they increase. Therefore the more
you accomplish today the more force you will have at your disposal
with which to solve your problems tomorrow. If you are working for someone else today
and wish to start in a business for yourself, think over carefully
what you would like to do. Then when you have resolved what you
want to do, you will be drawn towards it. There is a law that opens
the way to the fulfillment of your desires. Of course back
of your desire you must put forward the necessary effort to carry
out your purpose; you must use your power to put your desires
into force. Once they are created and you keep up your determination
to have them fulfilled you both consciously and unconsciously
work toward their materialization. Set your heart on your
purpose, concentrate your thought upon it, direct your
efforts with all your intelligence and in due time you will
realize your ambition. Feel yourself a success, believe you are a
success and thus put yourself in the attitude that demands recognition
and the thought current draws to you what you need to make
you a success. Don’t be afraid of big undertakings. Go at them
with grit, and pursue methods that you think will accomplish your
purpose. You may not at first meet with entire success, but aim
so high that if you fall a little short you will still have accomplished
much. What others have done you can do. You may
even do what others have been unable to do. Always keep a strong
desire to succeed in your mind. Be in love with your aim and work,
and make them, as far as possible, square with the rule of the
greatest good to the greatest number and your life cannot be a
failure. The successful business attitude must be cultivated
to make the most out of your life, the attitude of expecting
great things from both yourself and others. It alone will
often cause men to make good; to measure up to the best that
is in them. It is not the spasmodic spurts that count
on a long journey, but the steady efforts. Spurts fatigue and make
it hard for you to continue. Rely on your own opinion. It should be as
good as anyone’s else. When once you reach a conclusion abide by
it. Let there be no doubt, or wavering in your judgment. If you
are uncertain about every decision you make, you will be subject
to harassing doubts and fears which will render your judgment
of little value. The man that decides according to what he thinks
right and who learns from every mistake acquires a well balanced
mind that gets the best results. He gains the confidence of others.
He is known as the man that knows what he wants, and not
as one that is as changeable as the weather. The man of today
wants to do business with the man that he can depend upon. Uncertainties
in the business world are meeting with more disfavor.
Reliable firms want to do business with men of known qualities,
with men of firmness, judgment and reliability. So if you wish to start in business for yourself
your greatest asset, with the single exception of a sound
physique, is that of a good reputation. A successful business is not hard to build
if we can concentrate all our mental forces upon it. It is the man
that is unsettled because he does not know what he wants that
goes to the wall. We hear persons say that business is trying on
the nerves, but it is the unsettling elements of fret and worry
and suspense that are nerve-exhausting and not the business. Executing
one’s plans may cause fatigue, enjoyment comes with rest.
If there has not been any unnatural strain, the recuperative powers
replace what energy has been lost. By attending to each day’s work properly you
develop the capacity to do a greater work tomorrow. It is this
gradual development that makes possible the carrying out of big
plans. The man that figures out doing something each hour of the
day gets somewhere. At the end of each day you should be a step
nearer your aim. Keep the idea in mind, that you mean to go forward,
that each day must mark an advance and forward you will go. You
do not even have to know the exact direction so long as you are
determined to find the way. But you must not turn back once you
have started. Even brilliant men’s conceptions of the possibilities
of their mental forces are so limited and below their
real worth that they are far more likely to belittle their possibilities
than they are to exaggerate them. You don’t want to think
that an aim is impossible because it has never been realized
in the past. Every day someone is doing something that was never
done before. We are pushing ahead faster. Formerly it took decades
to build up a big business, but today it is only but a matter
of years, sometimes of months. Plan each day’s activities carefully and you
can reach any height you aim at. If each thing you do is done with
concise and concentrated thought you will be able to turn
out an excellent quality and a large quantity of work. Plan
to do so much work during the day and you will be astonished
to see how much more you will do, than on other days, when you
had not decided on any certain amount. I have demonstrated that the
average business working force could do the same amount of
work in six hours that they now do in eight, without using up any
more energy. Never start to accomplish anything in an indecisive,
indefinite, uncertain way. Tackle everything with a positiveness
and an earnestness that will concentrate your mind
and attract the very best associated thoughts. You will in a short
time find that you will have extra time for planning bigger things. The natural leader always draws to himself,
by the law of mental attraction, ideas in his chosen subject that
have ever been conceived by others. This is of the greatest
importance and help. If you are properly trained you benefit much
by others’ thoughts, and, providing you generate from within yourself
something of value, they will benefit from yours. “We are
heirs of all the ages,” but we must know how to use our inheritance. The confident, pushing, hopeful, determined
man influences all with whom he associates, and inspires the
same qualities in them. You feel that his is a safe example to follow
and he rouses the same force within you that is pushing him
onward and upward. One seldom makes a success of anything that
he goes at in a listless, spiritless way. To build up a business
you must see it expanding in your mind before it actually
takes tangible shape. Every great task that has ever been accomplished
has first been merely a vision in the mind of its creator.
Detail after detail has had to be worked out in his mind from
his first faint idea of the enterprise. Finally a clear idea was formed
and then the accomplishment, which was only the material
result of the mental concept, followed. The up-to-date business man is not content
to build only for the present, but is planning ahead. If he does
not he will fall behind his competitor, who is. What we are
actually doing today was carefully thought out and planned by others
in the past. All progressive businesses are conducted this
way. That is why the young business man of today is likely to accomplish
more in a few years than his father did in all his life.
There is no reason why your work or business should fag you out.
When it does there is something wrong. You are attracting forces
and influence that you should not, because you are not in harmony
with what you are doing. There is nothing so tiring as to try
to do the work for which we are unfitted, both by temperament
and training. Each one should be engaged in a business that
he loves; be should be furthering movements with which he is in
sympathy. He will then only do his best work and take intense
pleasure in his business. In this way, while constantly growing
and developing his powers, he is at the same time rendering
through his work, genuine and devoted service to humanity. Business success is not the result of chance,
but of scientific ideas and plans carried out by an aggressive
and progressive management. Use your mental forces so that
they will grow and develop. Remember that everything you do is
the result of mental action, therefore you can completely control
your every action. Nothing is impossible for you. Don’t be afraid
to tackle a difficult proposition. Your success will depend
upon the use you make of your mind. This is capable of wonderful
development. See that you make full use of it, and not only
develop yourself but your associates. Try to broaden the visions
of those with whom you come in contact and you will broaden your
own outlook of life. Are You Afraid of Responsibilities? In order
for the individual soul to develop, you must have responsibilities.
You must manifest the omnipotence of the law of supply.
The whole world is your legitimate sphere of activity. How much
of a conqueror are you? What have you done? Are you afraid of
responsibility, or are you ever dodging, flinching, or side stepping
it. If you are, you are not a Real Man. Your higher self never
winces, so be a man and allow the powers of the higher self to
manifest and you will find you have plenty of strength and you will
feel better when you are tackling difficult propositions. LESSON XI. CONCENTRATE ON COURAGE Courage is the backbone of man. The man with
courage has persistence. He states what he believes and
puts it into execution. The courageous man has confidence.
He draws to himself all the moral qualities and mental forces
which go to make up a strong man. Whereas, the man without courage
draws to himself all the qualities of a weak man, vacillation,
doubt, hesitancy, and unsteadiness of purpose. You can therefore
see the value of concentration on courage. It is a most vital
element of success. The lack of courage creates financial, as
well as mental and moral difficulties. When a new problem comes,
instead of looking upon it as something to be achieved, the man
or woman without courage looks for reasons why it cannot be
done and failure is naturally the almost inevitable result. This
is a subject well worthy of your study. Look upon everything
within your power as a possibility instead of as merely a probability
and you will accomplish a great deal more, because by considering
a thing as impossible, you immediately draw to yourself
all the elements that contribute to failure. Lack of courage
destroys your confidence in yourself. It destroys that forceful,
resolute attitude so important to success. The man without courage unconsciously draws
to himself all that is contemptible, weakening, demoralizing and
destructive. He then blames his luck when he does not secure the
things he weakly desires. We must first have the courage to
strongly desire something. A desire to be fulfilled must be
backed by the strength of all our mental forces. Such a
desire has enough commanding force to change all unfavorable
conditions. The man with courage commands, whether be is on the
battlefield or in business life. What is courage? It is the Will To Do. It
takes no more energy to be courageous than to be cowardly. It is a
matter of the right training in the right way. Courage concentrates
the mental forces on the task at hand. It then directs them
thoughtfully, steadily, deliberately, while attracting all the forces
of success, toward the desired end. Cowardice on the other hand,
dissipates both our mental and moral forces, thereby inviting
failure. As we are creatures of habits, we should avoid
persons that lack courage. They are easy to discover because
of their habits of fear in attacking new problems. The man with
courage is never afraid. Start out today with the idea that there is
no reason why you should not be courageous. If any fear-thoughts
come to you cast them off as you would the deadly viper. Form
the habit of never thinking of anything unfavorable to yourself
or anyone else. In dealing with difficulties, new or old, hold
ever the thought, “I am courageous.” Whenever a doubt crosses the
threshold of your mind, banish it. Remember, you as master of
your mind control its every thought, and here is a good one to often
affirm, “I have courage because I desire it; because I need
it; because I use it and because I refuse to become such a weakling
as cowardice produces.” There is no justification for the loss of
courage. The evils by which you will almost certainly be overwhelmed
without it are far greater than those which courage will help
you to meet and overcome. Right, then, must be the moralist
who says that the only thing to fear is fear. Never let another’s opinion affect you; he
cannot tell what you are able to do; he does not know what you
can do with your forces. The truth is you do not know yourself
until you put yourself to the test. Therefore, how can someone
else know? Never let anyone else put a valuation on you. Almost all wonderful achievements have been
accomplished after it had been “thoroughly” demonstrated that they
were impossibilities. Once we understand the law,
all things are possible. If they were impossibilities we
could not conceive them. Just the moment you allow someone to influence
you against what you think is right, you lose that confidence
in yourself that inspires courage and carries with it all the
forces which courage creates. Just the moment you begin to swerve
in your plan you begin to carry out another’s thought and not
your own. You become the directed and not the director. You forsake
the courage and resolution of your own mind, and you therefore
lack the very forces that you need to sustain and carry
out your work. Instead of being self-reliant you become timid and
this invites failure. When you permit yourself to be influenced
from your plan by another, you are unable to judge as you should,
because you have allowed another’s influence to deprive you
of your courage and determination without absorbing any of his
in return so you are in much the same predicament, as you would
be in if you turned over all your worldly possessions to another
without getting “value received.” Concentrate on just the opposite of fear,
want, poverty, sickness, etc. Never doubt your own ability.
You have plenty, if you will just use it. A great many men are
failures because they doubt their own capacity. Instead of building
up strong mental forces which would be of the greatest use
to them their fear thoughts tear them down. Fear paralyzes energy.
It keeps us from attracting the forces that go to make up success.
Fear is the worst enemy we have. There are few people that really know that
they can accomplish much. They desire the full extent of their
powers, but alas, it is only occasionally that you find a man that
is aware of the great possibilities within him. When you believe
with all your mind and heart and soul that you can do something,
you thereby develop the courage to steadily and confidently
live up to that belief. You have now gone a long way towards
accomplishing it. The chances are that there will be obstacles,
big and little, in your way, but resolute courage will overcome
them and nothing else will. Strong courage eliminates the injurious
and opposing forces by summoning their masters, the yet
stronger forces that will serve you. Courage is yours for the asking. All you have
to do is to believe in it, claim it and use it. To succeed in
business believe that it will be successful, assert that it is successful,
and work like a beaver to make it so. Difficulties
soon melt away before the courageous. One man of courage can fire
with his spirit a whole army of men, whether it be military
or industrial, because courage, like cowardice, is contagious. The man of courage overcomes the trials and
temptations of life; he commands success; he renders sound judgment;
he develops personal influence and a forceful character
and often becomes the mentor of the community which he serves. How to Overcome Depression and Melancholia.
Both of the former are harmful and make you unhappy. These are
states that can be quickly overcome through concentrating more
closely on the higher self, for when you do you cut off the connection
with the harmful force currents. You can also drive away moods
by simply choosing and fully concentrating on an agreeable subject.
Through will power and thought control we can accomplish
anything we want to do. There is wonderful inherent power within
us all, and there is never any sufficient cause for fear, except
ignorance. Every evil is but the product of ignorance,
and everyone that possesses the power to think has the power
to overcome ignorance and evil. The pain that we suffer from doing
evil are but the lessons of experience, and the object of the
pain is to make us realize our ignorance. When we become depressed
It is evidence that our thought faculties are combining improperly
and thereby attracting the wrong force-currents. All that it is necessary to do is to exercise
the will and concentrate upon happy subjects. I will only
think of subjects worthy of my higher self and its powers. LESSON XII. CONCENTRATE ON WEALTH It was never intended that man should be poor.
When wealth is obtained under the proper conditions it broadens
the life. Everything has its value. Everything has a
good use and a bad use. The forces of mind like wealth can be
directed either for good or evil. A little rest will re-create
forces. Too much rest degenerates into laziness, and brainless,
dreamy longings. If you acquire wealth unjustly from others,
you are misusing your forces; but if your wealth comes through the
right sources you will be blessed. Through wealth we can do
things to uplift ourselves and humanity. Wealth is many persons’ goal. It therefore
stimulates their endeavor. They long for it in order to dress
and live in such a way as to attract friends. Without friends
they would not be so particular of their surroundings. The fact
is the more attractive we make ourselves and our surroundings the
more inspiring are their influences. It is not conducive to proper
thought to be surrounded by conditions that are uncongenial
and unpleasant. So the first step toward acquiring wealth
is to surround yourself with helpful influences; to claim for yourself
an environment of culture, place yourself in it and be molded
by its influences. Most great men of all ages have been comparatively
rich. They have made or inherited money. Without money
they could not have accomplished what they did. The man engaged
in physical drudgery is not likely to have the same high ideals
as the man that can command comparative leisure. Wealth is usually the fruit of achievement.
It is not, however, altogether the result of being industrious.
Thousands of persons work hard who never grow wealthy. Others with
much less effort acquire wealth. Seeing possibilities is another
step toward acquiring wealth. A man may be as industrious
as he can possibly be, but if he does not use his mental forces
he will be a laborer, to be directed by the man that uses
to good advantage his mental forces. No one can become wealthy in an ordinary lifetime,
by mere savings from earnings. Many scrimp and economize
all their lives; but by so doing waste all their vitality and
energy. For example, I know a man that used to walk to work. It
took him an hour to go and an hour to return. He could have taken
a car and gone in twenty minutes. He saved ten cents a day but
wasted an hour and a half. It was not a very profitable investment
unless the time spent in physical exercise yielded him large
returns in the way of health. The same amount of time spent in concentrated
effort to overcome his unfavorable business environment might
have firmly planted his feet in the path of prosperity. One of the big mistakes made by many persons
of the present generation is that they associate with those
who fail to call out or develop the best that is in them. When
the social side of life is developed too exclusively, as it often
is, and recreation or entertainment becomes the leading motive of
a person’s life, he acquires habits of extravagance instead of
economy; habits of wasting his resources, physical, mental, moral
and spiritual, instead of conserving them. He is, in consequence,
lacking in proper motivation, his God-given powers and
forces are undeveloped and he inevitably brings poor
judgment to bear upon all the higher relationships of life, while,
as to his financial fortunes, he is ever the leaner; often a parasite,
and always, if opportunity affords, as heavy a consumer as
he is a poor producer. It seems a part of the tragedy of life that
these persons have to be taught such painful lessons before they
can understand the forces and laws that regulate life. Few profit
by the mistakes of others. They must experience them for themselves
and then apply the knowledge so gained in reconstructing
their lives. Any man that has ever amounted to anything
has never done a great deal of detail work for long periods at any
given time. He needs his time to reflect. He does not do his duties
today in the same way as yesterday, but as the result of deliberate
and concentrated effort, constantly tries to improve
his methods. The other day I attended a lecture on Prosperity.
I knew the lecturer had been practically broke for ten
years. I wanted to hear what he had to say. He spoke very well.
He no doubt benefited some of his hearers, but he had
not profited by his own teachings. I introduced myself and asked him
if he believed in his maxims. He said he did. I asked him if
they had made him prosperous. He said not exactly. I asked him
why. He answered that he thought he was fated not to experience
prosperity. In half an hour I showed that man why poverty
had always been his companion. He had dressed poorly. He held
his lectures in poor surroundings. By his actions and beliefs he
attracted poverty. He did not realize that his thoughts and his
surroundings exercised an unfavorable influence. I said: “Thoughts
are moving forces; great powers. Thoughts of wealth attract wealth.
Therefore, if you desire wealth you must attract the forces
that will help you to secure it. Your thoughts attract a similar
kind of thoughts. If you hold thoughts of poverty you attract
poverty. If you make up your mind you are going to be wealthy,
you will instil this thought into all your mental forces, and you
will at the same time use every external condition to help
you.” Many persons are of the opinion that if you
have money it is easy to make more money. But this is not necessarily
true. Ninety per cent of the men that start in business fail.
Money will not enable one to accumulate much more, unless
he is trained to seek and use good opportunities for its investment.
If he inherits money the chances are that he will lose it.
While, if he has made it, he not only knows its value, but has developed
the power to use it as well as to make more if he loses
it. Business success today depends on foresight,
good judgment, grit, firm resolution and settled purpose. But never
forget that thought is as real a force as electricity.
Let your thoughts be such, that you will send out as good as you
receive; if you do not, you are not enriching others, and therefore
deserve not to be enriched. The man that tries to get all he can from
others for nothing becomes so selfish and mean that he does not
even enjoy his acquisitions. We see examples of this every
day. What we take from others, will in turn, be taken from us.
All obligations have to be met fairly and squarely. We cannot reach
perfection until we discharge every obligation of our lives.
We all realize this, so why not willingly give a fair exchange
for all that we receive? Again I repeat that the first as well as the
last step in acquiring wealth is to surround yourself with
good influences–good thought, good health, good
home and business environment and successful business associates.
Cultivate, by every legitimate means, the acquaintance of
men of big caliber. Bring your thought vibrations in regard to
business into harmony with theirs. This will make your society not
only agreeable, but sought after, and, when you have formed intimate
friendships with clean, reputable men of wealth, entrust to
them, for investment, your surplus earnings, however small, until
you have developed the initiative and business acumen to successfully
manage your own investments. By this time you will, through
such associations, have found your place in life
which, if you have rightly concentrated upon and used your opportunities,
will not be among men of small parts. With a competence
secured, you will take pleasure in using a part of it in making
the road you traveled in reaching your position easier
for those who follow you. There is somewhere in every brain the energy
that will get you out of that rut and put you far up on the
mountain of success if you can only use the energy. You know that gasoline in the engine of an
automobile doesn’t move the car until the spark comes to explode
the gasoline. So it is with the mind of man. We are not
speaking now of men of great genius, but of average, able citizens. Each one of them has in his brain the capacity
to climb over the word impossible and get into the successful
country beyond. And hope, self-confidence and the determination
to do something supply the spark that makes the energy work. LESSON XIII. YOU CAN CONCENTRATE, BUT WILL
YOU? All have the ability to concentrate, but will
you? You can, but whether you will or not depends on you. It
is one thing to be able to do something, and another thing to
do it. There is far more ability not used than is used. Why do
not more men of ability make something of themselves? There
are comparatively few successful men but many ambitious ones. Why
do not more get along? Cases may differ, but the fault is
usually their own. They have had chances, perhaps better ones than
some others that have made good. What would you like to do, that you are not
doing? If you think you should be “getting on” better, why don’t
you? Study yourself carefully. Learn your shortcomings. Sometimes
only a mere trifle keeps one from branching out and becoming
a success. Discover why you have not been making good–the cause of
your failure. Have you been expecting someone to lead you, or
to make a way for you? If you have, concentrate on a new line of
thought. There are two things absolutely necessary
for success–energy and the will to succeed. Nothing can take the
place of either of these. Most of us will not have an easy path
to follow so don’t expect to find one. The hard knocks develop
our courage and moral stamina. The persons that live in an indolent
and slipshod way never have any. They have never faced conditions
and therefore don’t know how. The world is no better for
their living. We must make favorable conditions and not
expect them to shape themselves. It is not the man that says, “It
can’t be done,” but the man that goes ahead in spite of adverse
advice, and shows that “it can be done” that “gets there” today.
“The Lord helps those that help themselves,” is a true saying.
We climb the road to success by overcoming obstacles. Stumbling
blocks are but stepping stones for the man that says, “I
can and I Will.” When we see cripples, the deaf and dumb, the blind
and those with other handicaps amounting to something in
the world, the able-bodied man should feel ashamed of himself
if he does not make good. There is nothing that can resist the force
of perseverance. The way ahead of all of us is not clear sailing,
but all hard passages can be bridged, if you just think
they can and concentrate on how to do it. But if you think
the obstacles are unsurmountable, you will not of course try,
and even if you do, it will be in only a half-hearted way–a way
that accomplishes nothing. Many men will not begin an undertaking unless
they feel sure they will succeed in it. What a mistake! This would
be right, if we were sure of what we could and could not do.
But who knows? There may be an obstruction there now that might
not be there next week. There may not be an obstruction there
now that will be there next week. The trouble with most persons
is that just as soon as they see their way blocked they lose
courage. They forget that usually there is a way around the difficulty.
It’s up to you to find it. If you tackle something with little
effort, when the conditions call for a big effort, you will
of course not win. Tackle everything with a feeling that you
will utilize all the power within you to make it a success. This
is the kind of concentrated effort that succeeds. Most people are beaten before they start.
They think they are going to encounter obstacles, and they look
for them instead of for means to overcome them. The result is
that they increase their obstacles instead of diminishing them.
Have you ever undertaken something that you thought would
be hard, but afterwards found it to be easy? That is the
way a great many times. The things that look difficult in advance
turn out to be easy of conquest when once encountered. So
start out on your journey with the idea that the road is going
to be clear for you, and that if it is not you will clear the way.
All men that have amounted to anything have cleared their way
and they did not have the assistance that you will have today. The one great keynote of success is to do
whatever you have decided on. Don’t be turned from your path,
but resolve that you are going to accomplish what you set out to
do. Don’t be frightened at a few rebuffs, for they cannot
stop the man that is determined–the man that knows in his heart
that success is only bought by tremendous resolution, by concentrated
and whole-hearted effort. “He who has a firm will,” says Goethe, “molds
the world to himself.” “People do not lack strength,” says Victor
Hugo; “they lack Will.” It is not so much skill that wins victories
as it is activity and great determination There is no such thing
as failure for the man that does his best. No matter what you may
be working at, at the present time, don’t let this make you lose
courage. The tides are continually changing, and tomorrow or some
other day they will turn to your advantage if you are a willing
and are an ambitious worker. There is nothing that develops you
and increases your courage like work. If it were not for work
how monotonous life would at last become! So I say to the man that wants to advance,
“Don’t look upon your present position as your permanent one. Keep
your eyes open, and add those qualities to your makeup that will
assist you when your opportunity comes. Be ever alert and on the
watch for opportunities. Remember, we attract what we
set our minds on. If we look for opportunities, we find them. If you are the man you should be, some one
is looking for you to fill a responsible position. So when he finds
you, don’t let your attention wander. Give it all to him. Show
that you can concentrate your powers, that you have the
makeup of a real man. Show no signs of fear, uncertainty or doubt.
The man that is sure of himself is bound to get to the front. No
circumstances can prevent him. LESSON XIV. THE ART OF CONCENTRATING BY MEANS
OF PRACTICAL EXERCISES Select some thought, and see how long you
can hold your mind on it. It is well to have a clock at first and
keep track of the time. If you decide to think about health,
you can get a great deal of good from your thinking besides developing
concentration. Think of health as being the greatest blessing
there is, in the world. Don’t let any other thought drift in.
Just the moment one starts to obtrude, make it get out. Make it a daily habit of concentrating on
this thought for, say, ten minutes. Practice until you can hold it
to the exclusion of everything else. You will find it of the greatest
value to centralize your thoughts on health. Regardless
of your present condition, see yourself as you would like
to be and be blind to everything else. You will find it hard at
first to forget your ailments, if you have any, but after a short
while you can shut out these negative thoughts and see yourself
as you want to be. Each time you concentrate you form a more
perfect image of health, and, as you come into its realization,
you become healthy, strong and wholesome. I want to impress upon your mind that the
habit of forming mental images is of the greatest value. It has always
been used by successful men of all ages, but few realize
its full importance. Do you know that you are continually acting
according to the images you form? If you allow yourself to
mould negative images you unconsciously build a negative disposition.
You will think of poverty, weakness, disease, fear, etc. Just
as surely as you think of these will your objective life express
itself in a like way. Just what we think, we will manifest
in the external world. In deep concentration you become linked with
the great creative spirit of the universe, and the creative energy
then flows through you, vitalizing your creations into
form. In deep concentration your mind becomes attuned with
the infinite and registers the cosmic intelligence and receives
its messages. You become so full of the cosmic energy that you
are literally flooded with divine power. This is a most
desired state. It is then we realize the advantages of being connected
with the supra-consciousness. The supra-consciousness
registers the higher cosmic vibrations. It is often referred to
as the wireless station, the message recorded coming from
the universal mind. There are very few that reach this stage of
concentration. Very few even know that it is possible. They think
concentration means limitation to one subject, but this deeper
concentration that brings us into harmony with the Infinite is
that which produces and maintains health. When you have once come in contact with your
supra-consciousness you become the controller of your human thoughts.
That which comes to you is higher than human thoughts.
It is often spoken of as Cosmic Consciousness. Once it is experienced
it is never forgotten. Naturally it requires a good deal
of training to reach this state, but once you do, it becomes easier
each time to do, and in the course of time you can become possessed
of power which was unknown to you before. You are able to
direct the expression of almost Infinite Power while in this deeper
state of concentration. Exercises In Concentration. The rays of the
sun, when focused upon an object by means of a sun glass, produce
a heat many times greater than the scattered rays of the same
source of light and heat. This is true of attention. Scatter it
and you get but ordinary results. But center it upon one thing
and you secure much better results. When you focus your attention
upon an object your every action, voluntary and involuntary,
is in the direction of attaining that object. If you will focus
your energies upon a thing to the exclusion of everything else,
you generate the force that can bring you what you want. When you focus your thought, you increase
its strength. The exercises that follow are tedious and monotonous,
but useful. If you will persist in them you will find they
are very valuable, as they increase your powers of concentration. Before proceeding with the exercises I will
answer a question that just comes to me. This person says after
he works all day he is too tired to practice any exercise. But
this is not true. We will say he comes home all tired out, eats
his supper and sits down to rest. If his work has been mental,
the thought which has been occupying his mind returns to him and
this prevents him from securing the rest he needs. It is an admitted fact that certain thoughts
call into operation a certain set of brain cells; the other cells,
of course, are not busy at that time and are rested. Now if you
take up something that is just different from what you have
been doing during the day, you will use the cells that have not
done anything and give those that have had work to do a rest. So
you should regulate the evenings that you have and call forth an entirely
different line of thought so as not to use the cells which
you have tired out during the day. If you will center your attention
on a new thought, you relieve the old cells from vibrating
with excitement and they get their needed rest. The other
cells that have been idle all day want to work, and you will find
you can enjoy your evenings while securing needed rest. When once you have learned to master your
thoughts, you will be able to change them just as easily as you
change your clothes. Remember, the real requisite of centering
is to be able to shut out outside thoughts–anything foreign to
the subject. Now, in order to control your intention first gain
control over the body. This must be brought under direct control
of the mind; the mind under the control of the will. Your will is
strong enough to do anything you wish, but you must realize that
it is. The mind can be greatly strengthened by being brought under
the direct influence of the will. When the mind is properly
strengthened by the impulse of the will it becomes a more
powerful transmitter of thought, because it has more force. The Best Time to Concentrate Is after reading
something that is inspiring, as you are then mentally and spiritually
exalted in the desired realm. Then is the time you are
ready for deep concentration. If you are in your room first
see that your windows are up and the air is good. Lie down
flat on your bed without a pillow. See that every muscle is
relaxed. Now breathe slowly, filling the lungs comfortably full
of fresh air; hold this as long as you can without straining
yourself; then exhale slowly. Exhale in an easy, rhythmic way. Breathe
this way for five minutes, letting the Divine Breath flow
through you, which will cleanse and rejuvenate every cell of
brain and body. You are then ready to proceed. Now think how
quiet and relaxed you are. You can become enthusiastic over
your condition. Just think of yourself as getting ready to receive
knowledge that is far greater than you have ever received before.
Now relax and let the spirit work in and through you and assist
you to accomplish what you wish. Don’t let any doubts or fears enter. Just
feel that what you wish is going to manifest. Just feel it already
has, in reality it has, for just the minute you wish a thing
to be done it manifests in the thought world. Whenever you concentrate
just believe it is a success. Keep up this feeling and allow
nothing to interfere and you will soon find you have become the
master of concentration. You will find that this practice
will be of wonderful value to you, and that rapidly you
will be learning to accomplish anything that you undertake. It will be necessary to first train the body
to obey the commands of the mind. I want you to gain control of
your muscular movements. The following exercise is especially
good in assisting you to acquire perfect control of the muscles. Exercise 1 Sit in a comfortable chair and see how still
you can keep. This is not as easy as it seems. You will have
to center your attention on sitting still. Watch and see
that you are not making any involuntary muscular movements. By a little
practice you will find you are able to sit still without a movement
of the muscles for fifteen minutes. At first I advise sitting
in a relaxed position for five minutes. After you are able
to keep perfectly still, increase the time to ten minutes and
then to fifteen. This is as long as it is necessary. But never strain
yourself to keep still. You must be relaxed completely. You
will find this habit of relaxing is very good. Exercise 2 Sit in a chair with your head up and your
chin out, shoulders back. Raise your right arm until it is on
the level with your shoulder, pointing to your right. Look around,
with head only, and fix your gaze on your fingers, and keep
the arm perfectly still for one minute. Do the same exercise
with left arm. When you are able to keep the arm perfectly steady,
increase the time until you are able to do this five minutes
with each arm. Turn the palm of the hand downward when it is outstretched,
as this is the easiest position. If you will keep your
eyes fixed on the tips of the fingers you will be able to tell
if you are keeping your arm perfectly still. Exercise 3 Fill a small glass full of water, and grasp
it by the fingers; put the arm directly in front of you. Now
fix the eyes upon the glass and try to keep the arm so steady that
no movement will be noticeable. Do this first for one moment and
then increase it to five. Do the exercise with first one arm and
then the other. Exercise 4 Watch yourself during the day and see that
your muscles do not become tense or strained. See how easy and
relaxed you can keep yourself. See how poised you can be at all
times. Cultivate a self-poised manner, instead of a nervous,
strained appearance. This mental feeling will improve your carriage
and demeanor. Stop all useless gestures and movements of the
body. These mean that you have not proper control over your body.
After you have acquired this control, notice how “ill-at-ease”
people are that have not gained this control. I have just
been sizing up a salesman that has just left me. Part of his
body kept moving all the time. I just felt like saying to him,
“Do you know how much better appearance you would make if you would
just learn to speak with your voice instead of trying to express
what you say with your whole body?” Just watch those that interview
you and see how they lack poise. Get rid of any habit you have of twitching
or jerking any part of your body. You will find you make many involuntary
movements. You can quickly stop any of these by merely centering
your attention on the thought, “I will not.” If you are in the habit of letting noises
upset you, just exercise control; when the door slams, or
something falls, etc., just think of these as exercises in self-control.
You will find many exercises like this in your daily routine. The purpose of the above exercises is to gain
control over the involuntary muscular movement, making your
actions entirely voluntary. The following exercises are arranged
to bring your voluntary muscles under the control of the
will, so that your mental forces may control your muscular movements. Exercise 5 Move your chair up to a table, placing your
hands upon it, clenching the fists, keeping the back of the
hand on the table, the thumb doubled over the fingers. Now fix
your gaze upon the fist for a while, then gradually extend the
thumb, keeping your whole attention fixed upon the act, just as
if it was a matter of great importance. Then gradually extend your
first finger, then your second and so on until you open the rest.
Then reverse the process, closing first the last one opened
and then the rest, and finally you will have the fist again in the
original position with the thumb closed over the finger. Do
this exercise with the left hand. Keep up this exercise first with
one hand and then the other until you have done it five times with
each hand. In a few days you can increase it to ten times. The chances are that the above exercises will
at first make you “tired,” but it is important for you to practice
these monotonous exercises so you can train your attention.
It also gives you control over your muscular movement. The attention,
of course, must be kept closely on each movement of the
hand; if it is not, you of course lose the value of the exercise. Exercise 6 Put the right hand on knee, both fingers and
thumb closed, except the first finger, which points out in front
of you. Then move the finger slowly from side to side, keeping the
attention fixed upon the end of the finger. You can make up a variety
of exercises like these. It is good training to plan out
different ones. The main point you should keep in mind is that
the exercise should be simple and that the attention should be firmly
fixed upon the moving part of the body. You will find your
attention will not want to be controlled and will try to drift
to something more interesting. This is just where these exercises
are of value, and you must control your attention and see it
is held in the right place and does not wander away. You may think these exercises very simple
and of no value, but I promise you in a short time you will notice
that you have a much better control over your muscular movements,
carriage and demeanor, and you will find that you have
greatly improved your power of attention, and can center your thoughts
on what you do, which of course will be very valuable. No matter what you may be doing, imagine that
it is your chief object in life. Imagine you are not interested
in anything else in the world but what you are doing. Do not
let your attention get away from the work you are at. Your attention
will no doubt be rebellious, but control it and do not let
it control you. When once you conquer the rebellious attention
you have achieved a greater victory than you can realize at the
time. Many times afterwards you will be thankful you have learned
to concentrate your closest attention upon the object at
hand. Let no day go by without practicing concentrating
on some familiar object that is uninteresting. Never
choose an interesting object, as it requires less attention.
The less interesting it is the better exercise will
it be. After a little practice you will find you can center your
attention on uninteresting subjects at will. The person that can concentrate can gain full
control over his body and mind and be the master of his inclinations;
not their slave. When you can control yourself you can
control others. You can develop a Will that will make you a giant
compared with the man that lacks Will Power. Try out your Will
Power in different ways until you have it under such control
that just as soon as you decide to do a thing you go ahead and
do it. Never be satisfied with the “I did fairly well” spirit,
but put forward your best efforts. Be satisfied with nothing
else. When you have gained this you are the man you were intended
to be. Exercise 7 Concentration Increases the Sense of Smell.
When you take a walk, or drive in the country, or pass a flower
garden, concentrate on the odor of flowers and plants. See how many
different kinds you can detect. Then choose one particular kind
and try to sense only this. You will find that this strongly intensifies
the sense of smell. This differentiation requires, however,
a peculiarly attentive attitude. When sense of smell is
being developed, you should not only shut out from the mind every
thought but that of odor, but you should also shut out cognizance
of every odor save that upon which your mind, for the time, is
concentrated. You call find plenty of opportunity for exercises
for developing the sense of smell. When you are out in the
air, be on the alert for the different odors. You will find the
air laden with all kinds, but let your concentration upon the
one selected be such that a scent of its fragrance in after years
will vividly recall the circumstances of this exercise. The object of these exercises is to develop
concentrated attention, and you will find that you can,
through their practice, control your mind and direct your
thoughts just the same as you can your arm. Exercise 8 Concentration on the Within. Lie down and
thoroughly relax your muscles. Concentrate on the beating of your
heart. Do not pay any attention to anything else. Think how this
great organ is pumping the blood to every part of the body; try to
actually picture the blood leaving the great reservoir and going
in one stream right down to the toes. Picture another going down
the arms to the tips of the fingers. After a little practice you
can actually feel the blood passing through your system. If, at any time, you feel weak in any part
of the body, will that an extra supply of blood shall go there. For
instance, if your eyes feel tired, picture the blood coming
from the heart, passing up through the head and out to the eyes. You
can wonderfully increase your strength by this exercise. Men
have been able to gain such control over the heart that they
have actually stopped it from beating for five minutes. This, however,
is not without danger, and is not to be practiced by the
novice. I have found the following a very helpful
exercise to take just before going to bed and on rising in the morning:
Say to yourself, “Every cell in my body thrills with
life; every part of my body is strong and healthy.” I have known
a number of people to greatly improve their health in this way.
You become what you picture yourself to be. If your mind thinks
of sickness in connection with self you will be sick. If
you imagine yourself in strong, vigorous health, the image will be
realized. You will be healthy. Exercise 9 Concentrating on Sleep. What is known as the
water method is, although very simple, very effective in inducing
sleep. Put a full glass of clear water on a table
in your sleeping room. Sit in a chair beside the table and gaze into
the glass of water and think how calm it is. Then picture yourself
, getting into just as calm a state. In a short time you
will find the nerves becoming quiet and you will be able to go
to sleep. Sometimes it is good to picture yourself becoming drowsy
to induce sleep, and, again, the most persistent insomnia has been
overcome by one thinking of himself as some inanimate object–for
instance, a hollow log in the depths of the cool, quiet
forest. Those who are troubled with insomnia will
find these sleep exercises that quiet the nerves very effective.
Just keep the idea in your mind that there is no difficulty
in going to sleep; banish all fear of insomnia. Practice these
exercises and you will sleep. By this time you should have awakened to the
possibilities of concentration and have become aware of the
important part it plays in your life. Exercise 10 Concentration Will Save Energy and Appearance.
Watch yourself and see if you are not in the habit of moving
your hands, thumping something with your fingers or twirling your
mustache. Some have the habit of keeping their feet going, as,
for instance, tapping them on the floor. Practice standing before
a mirror and see if you are in the habit of frowning or causing
wrinkles to appear in the forehead. Watch others and see how they
needlessly twist their faces in talking. Any movement of the
face that causes the skin to wrinkle will eventually cause a permanent
wrinkle. As the face is like a piece of silk, you can make
a fold in it a number of times and it will straighten out of itself,
but, if you continue to make a fold in it, it will in
time be impossible to remove it. By Concentration You Can Stop the Worry Habit.
If you are in the habit of worrying over the merest trifles,
just concentrate on this a few minutes and see bow needless it
is; if you are also in the habit of becoming irritable or nervous
at the least little thing, check yourself instantly when you feel
yourself becoming so; start to breathe deeply; say, “I will
not be so weak; I am master of myself,” and you will quickly overcome
your condition. Exercise 11 By Concentration You Can Control Your Temper.
If you are one of those that flare up at the slightest “provocation”
and never try to control yourself, just think this over
a minute. Does it do you any good? Do you gain anything by it?
Doesn’t it put you out of poise for some time? Don’t you know that
this grows on you and will eventually make you despised by all that
have any dealings with you? Everyone makes mistakes and, instead
of becoming angry at their perpetrators, just say to them, “Be
more careful next time.” This thought will be impressed on them
and they will be more careful. But, if you continually complain
about their making a mistake, the thought of a mistake is impressed
on them and they will be more likely to make mistakes in the
future. All lack of self-control can be conquered if you will
but learn to concentrate. Many of you that read this may think you are
not guilty of either of these faults, but if you will carefully
watch yourself you will probably find that you are, and, if so,
you will be greatly helped by repeating this affirmation each
morning: “I am going to try today not to make a useless
gesture or to worry over trifles, or become nervous or irritable.
I intend to be calm, and, no difference what may be the
circumstances, I will control myself. Henceforth I resolve to be
free from all signs that show lack of self-control.” At night quickly review your actions during
the day and see how fully you realized your aim. At first you
will, of course, have to plead guilty of violation a few times,
but keep on, and you will soon find that you can live up to your
ideal. After you have once gained self-control, however, don’t relinquish
it. For some time it will still be necessary to repeat
the affirmation in the morning and square your conduct with it in
the evening. Keep up the good work until, at last, the habit of
self-control is so firmly fixed that you could not break it even
though you tried. I have had many persons tell me that this
affirmation and daily review made a wonderful difference in their
lives. You, too, will notice the difference if you live up to these
instructions. Exercise 12. Practice Talking Before a Glass. Make two
marks on your mirror on a level with your eyes, and think of them
as two human eyes looking into yours. Your eyes will probably
blink a little at first. Do not move your head, but stand erect.
Concentrate all your thoughts on keeping your head perfectly
still. Do not let another thought come into your mind. Then,
still keeping the head, eyes and body still, think that you
look like a reliable man or woman should; like a person that anyone
would have confidence in. Do not let your appearance
be such as to justify the remark, “I don’t like his appearance.
I don’t believe he can be trusted.” While standing before the mirror practice
deep breathing. See that there is plenty of fresh air in the room,
and that you are literally feasting on it. You will find that,
as it permeates every cell, your timidity will disappear.
It has been replaced by a sense of peace and power. The one that stands up like a man and has
control over the muscles of his face and eyes always commands
attention. In his conversation, he can better impress those
with whom he comes in contact. He acquires a feeling of calmness
and strength that causes opposition to melt away before it. Three minutes a day is long enough for the
practice of this exercise. Look at the clock before you commence the
exercise, and if you find you can prolong the exercise for more
than five minutes do so. The next day sit in a chair and, without
looking at the picture, concentrate on it and see if you
cannot think of additional details concerning it. The chances
are you will be able to think of many more. It might be well
for you to write down all you thought of the first day, and
then add to the list each new discovery. You will find that this
is a very excellent exercise in concentration. Exercise 13 The Control of Sensations. Think how you would
feel if you were cool; then how you would feel if you were
cold; again, how you would feel if it were freezing. In this state
you would be shivering all over. Now think of just the
opposite conditions; construct such a vivid image of heat that
you are able to experience the sensation of heat even in the
coldest atmosphere. It is possible to train your imagination until
you do this, and it can then be turned to practical account
in making undesirable conditions bearable. You can think of many very good exercises
like this. For instance, if you feel yourself getting hungry
or thirsty and for any reason you do not wish to eat, do not
think of how hungry or thirsty you are, but just visualize yourself
as finishing a hearty meal. Again, when you experience pain,
do not increase it by thinking about it, but do something to
divert your attention, and the pain will seem to decrease. If you
will start practicing along this line systematically you will soon
gain a wonderful control over the things that affect your physical
comfort. Exercise 14 The Eastern Way of Concentrating. Sit in a
chair with a high back in upright position. Press one finger against
the right nostril. Now take a long, deep breath, drawing the
breath in gently as you count ten; then expel the breath through the
right nostril as you count ten. Repeat this exercise with the opposite
nostril. This exercise should be done at least twenty times
at each sitting. Exercise 15 Controlling Desires. Desire, which is one
of the hardest forces to control, will furnish you with excellent
exercises in concentration. It seems natural to want to
tell others what you know; but, by learning to control these desires,
you can wonderfully strengthen your powers of concentration.
Remember, you have all you can do to attend to your
own business. Do not waste your time in thinking of others or in
gossiping about them. If, from your own observation, you learn something
about another person that is detrimental, keep it to yourself.
Your opinion may afterwards turn out to be wrong anyway, but
whether right or wrong, you have strengthened your will by
controlling your desire to communicate your views. If you hear good news resist the desire to
tell it to the first person you meet and you will be benefited
thereby. It will require the concentration of all your powers
of resistance to prohibit the desire to tell. After you feel
that you have complete control over your desires you can
then tell your news. But you must be able to suppress the desire
to communicate the news until you are fully ready to tell it.
Persons that do not possess this power of control over desires
are apt to tell things that they should not, thereby often involving
both themselves and others in needless trouble. If you are in the habit of getting excited
when you hear unpleasant news, just control yourself and
receive it without any exclamation of surprise. Say to yourself,
“Nothing is going to cause me to lose my self-control. You will
find from experience that this self-control will be worth much
to you in business. You will be looked upon as a cool-headed business
man, and this in time becomes a valuable business asset. Of
course, circumstances alter cases. At times it is necessary to become
enthused. But be ever on the lookout for opportunities for
the practice of self-control. “He that ruleth his spirit is
greater than he that ruleth a city.” Exercise 16 When You Read. No one can think without first
concentrating his thoughts on the subject in hand. Every man
and woman should train himself to think clearly. An excellent exercise
is to read some short story and then write just an abridged
statement. Read an article in a newspaper, and see in how few
words you can express it. Reading an article to get only the essentials
requires the closest concentration. If you are unable to
write out what you read, you will know you are weak in concentration.
Instead of writing it out you can express it orally if
you wish. Go to your room and deliver it as if you were talking
to some one. You will find exercises like this of the greatest value
in developing concentration and learning to think. After you have practiced a number of these
simple exercises read a book for twenty minutes and then write down
what you have read. The chances are that at first you will not
remember very many details, but with a little practice you will
be able to write a very good account of what you have read. The
closer the concentration the more accurate the account
will be. It is a good idea when time is limited to
read only a short sentence and then try to write it down word
for word. When you are able to do this, read two or more sentences
and treat similarly. The practice will produce very
good results if you keep it up until the habit is fixed. If you will just utilize your spare time in
practicing exercises like those suggested you can gain wonderful
powers of concentration. You will find that in order
to remember every word in a sentence you must keep out every thought
but that which you wish to remember, and this power of inhibition
alone will more than compensate for the trouble of the exercise.
Of course, success in all of the above depends largely
upon cultivating, through the closest concentration, the power
to image or picture what you read; upon the power, as one writer
expresses it, of letting the mountains of which we hear loom
before us and the rivers of which we read roll at our feet. Exercise 17 Concentration Overcomes Bad Habits. If you
have a habit that you want to get rid of, shut your eyes and imagine
that your real self is standing before you. Now try the power
of affirmation; say to yourself, “You are not a weakling;
you can stop this habit if you want to. This habit is bad and you
want to break it.” Just imagine that you are some one else giving
this advice. This is very valuable practice. You, in time, see
yourself as others see you. The habit loses its power over you and
you are free. If you will just form the mental image of
controlling yourself as another person might, you will take a delight
in breaking bad habits. I have known a number of men to break
themselves of drinking in this way. Exercise 18 Watch Concentration. Sit in a chair and place
a clock with a second hand on the table. Follow the second
hand with your eyes as it goes around. Keep this up for five minutes,
thinking of nothing else but the second hand, This is
a very good exercise when you only have a few minutes to spare,
if you are able to keep every other thought in the stream of
consciousness subordinate to it. As there is little that
is particularly interesting about the second hand, it is hard
to do this, but in the extra effort of will power required to
make it successful lies its value. Always try to keep as still
as possible during these exercises. In this way you can gain control over nerves
and this quieting effect is very good for them. Exercise 19 Faith Concentration. A belief in the power
to concentrate is of course very important. I purposely did not
put this exercise in the beginning where it naturally belongs because
I wanted you to know that you could learn to concentrate.
If you have practiced the above exercises you have now developed
this concentration power to a considerable extent and therefore
you have faith in the power of concentration, but you can still
become a much stronger believer in it. We will say that you have some desire or wish
you want fulfilled, or that you need some special advice. You
first clearly picture what is wanted and then you concentrate on
getting it. Have absolute faith that your desires will be realized.
Believe that it will according to your belief be fulfilled.
Never, at this time, attempt to analyze the belief. You don’t
care anything about the whys and wherefores. You want to
gain the thing you desire, and if you concentrate on it in the
right way you will get it. A Caution. Never think you will not succeed,
but picture what is wanted as already yours, and yours it surely
will be. Self-Distrust. Do you ever feel distrust in
yourself? If You do, just ask yourself, which self do I mistrust?
Then say: my higher self cannot be affected. Then think of the
wonderful powers of the higher self. There is a way to overcome
all difficulties, and it is a delight for the human soul to do so.
Instead of wasting precious thought-force by dreading or fearing
a disagreeable interview or event, instead devote the time
and concentrated thought in how to make the best of the interview
or event and you will find that it will not be as unpleasant
as you thought it would be. Most of our troubles are but imaginary,
and it is the mental habit of so dreading them that really
acts as a magnet in attracting those that really do come. Your
evil circumstances are created or attracted by your own negative,
fears and wrong thoughts, and are a means of teaching you
to triumph over all evils, by discovering that which is inherent
within yourself. You will find it helpful in overcoming self-distrust,
to stop and think, why you are, concentrating your forces,
and by so doing you become more closely attached to the higher
self, which never distrusts. LESSON XV. CONCENTRATE SO YOU WILL NOT FORGET A man forgets because he does not concentrate
his mind on his purpose, especially at the moment he conceives
it. We remember only that which makes a deep impression, hence
we must first deepen our impressions by associating in our
minds certain ideas that are related to them. We will say a wife gives her husband a letter
to mail. He does not think about it, but automatically puts
it in his pocket and forgets all about it. When the letter was
given to him had he said to himself, “I will mail this letter.
The box is at the next corner and when I pass it I must drop this
letter,” it would have enabled him to recall the letter the instant
he reached the mail box. The same rule holds good in regard to more
important things. For example, if you are instructed to drop in
and see Mr. Smith while out to luncheon today, you will not forget
it, if, at the moment the instruction is given, you say to yourself
something similar to the following: “When I get to the corner of Blank street,
on my way to luncheon, I shall turn to the right and call on Mr.
Smith.” In this way the impression is made, the connection established
and the sight of the associated object recalls the errand. The important thing to do is to deepen the
impression at the very moment it enters your mind. This is made possible,
not only by concentrating the mind upon the idea itself,
but by surrounding it with all possible association of ideas,
so that each one will reinforce the others. The mind is governed by laws of association,
such as the law that ideas which enter the mind at the same time
emerge at the same time, one assisting in recalling the others. The reason why people cannot remember what
they want to is that they have not concentrated their minds sufficiently
on their purpose at the moment when it was formed. You can train yourself to remember in this
way by the concentration of the attention on your purpose,
in accordance with the laws of association. When once you form this habit, the attention
is easily centered and the memory easily trained. Then your memory,
instead of failing you at crucial moments, becomes a
valuable asset in your every-day work. Exercise in Memory Concentration. Select some
picture; put it on a table and then look at it for two minutes.
Concentrate your attention on this picture, observe every detail;
then shut your eyes and see how much you can recall about
it. Think of what the picture represents; whether it is a good subject;
whether it looks natural. Think of objects in foreground,
middle ground, background; of details of color and form.
Now open your eyes and hold yourself rigidly to the correction of
each and every mistake. Close eyes again and notice how much
more accurate your picture is. Practice until your mental image
corresponds in every particular to the original. Nature is a Wonderful Instructor. But there
are very few who realize that when we get in touch with nature
we discover ourselves. That by listening to her voice,
with that curious, inner sense of ours, we learn the oneness
of life and wake up to our own latent powers. Few realize that the simple act of listening
and concentrating is our best interior power, for it brings us
into close contact with the highest, just as our other senses bring
us into touch with the coarser side of human nature. The closer
we live to nature the more developed is this sense. “So called”
civilization has over developed our other senses at the expense
of this one. Children unconsciously realize the value of
concentration–for instance: When a Child has a difficult problem
to solve, and gets to some knotty point which he finds himself
mentally unable to do–though he tries his hardest–he will pause
and keep quite still, leaning on his elbow, apparently listening;
then you will see, if you are watching, sudden illumination
come and he goes on happily and accomplishes his task. A child
instinctively but unconsciously knows when he needs help, he
must be quiet and concentrate. All great people concentrate and owe their
success to it. The doctor thinks over the symptoms of his patient,
waits, listens for the inspiration, though quite unconscious,
perhaps, of doing so. The one who diagnoses in this way seldom
makes mistakes. An author thinks his plot, holds it in his mind,
and then waits, and illumination comes. If you want to be able
to solve difficult problems you must learn to do the same. LESSON XVI. HOW CONCENTRATION CAN FULFILL
YOUR DESIRE “It is a spiritual law that the desire to
do necessarily implies the ability to do.” You have all read of “Aladdin’s Lamp,” which
accomplished such wonderful things. This, of course, is only
a fairy story, but it illustrates the fact that man has within him
the power, if he is able to use it, to gratify his every wish. If you are unable to satisfy your deepest
longings it is time you learned how to use your God-given powers.
You will soon be conscious that you have latent powers within
capable when once developed of revealing to you priceless knowledge
and unlimited possibilities of success. Man should have plenty of everything and not
merely substance to live on as so many have. All natural desires
can be realized. It would be wrong for the Infinite to create
wants that could not be supplied. Man’s very soul is in his power
to think, and it, therefore, is the essence of all created things.
Every instinct of man leads to thought, and in every thought
there is great possibility because true thought development,
when allied to those mysterious powers which perhaps transcend
it, has been the cause of all the world’s true progress. In the silence we become conscious of “that
something” which transcends thought and which uses thought
as a medium for expression. Many have glimpses of “that something,”
but few ever reach the state where the mind is steady enough
to fathom these depths. Silent, concentrated thought is more
potent than spoken words, for speech distracts from the focusing
power of the mind by drawing more and more attention to the
without. Man must learn more and more to depend on
himself; to seek more for the Infinite within. It is from this source
alone that he ever gains the power to solve his practical
difficulties. No one should give up when there is always the resources
of Infinity. The cause of failure is that men search in
the wrong direction for success, because they are not conscious
of their real powers that when used are capable of guiding them. The Infinite within is foreign to those persons
who go through life without developing their spiritual powers.
But the Infinite helps only he who helps himself. There is
no such thing as a Special “Providence.” Man will not receive
help from the Infinite except to the extent that he believes and
hopes and prays for help from this great source. Concentrate on What You Want and Get It. The
weakling is controlled by conditions. The strong man controls
conditions. You can be either the conqueror or the conquered.
By the law of concentration you can achieve your heart’s
desire. This law is so powerful that that which at first seems impossible
becomes attainable. By this law what you at first see as a dream
becomes a reality. Remember that the first step in concentration
is to form a Mental Image of what you wish to accomplish. This
image becomes a thought-seed that attracts thoughts of a similar
nature. Around this thought, when it is once planted in the
imagination or creative region of the mind, you group or
build associated thoughts which continue to grow as long as
your desire is keen enough to compel close concentration. Form the habit of thinking of something you
wish to accomplish for five minutes each day. Shut every other
thought out of consciousness. Be confident that you will
succeed; make up your mind that all obstacles that are in your way
will be overcome and you can rise above any environment. You do this by utilizing the natural laws
of the thought world which are all powerful. A great aid in the development of concentration
is to write out your thoughts on that which lies nearest your
heart and to continue, little by little, to add to it until
you have as nearly as possible exhausted the subject. You will find that each day as you focus your
forces on this thought at the center of the stream of consciousness,
new plans, ideas and methods will flash into your mind.
There is a law of attraction that will help you accomplish your
purpose. An advertiser, for instance, gets to thinking
along a certain line. He has formed his own ideas, but he wants
to know what others think. He starts out to seek ideas and he
soon finds plenty of books, plans, designs, etc., on the subject,
although when he started he was not aware of their existence. The same thing is true in all lines. We can
attract those things that will help us. Very often we seem to receive
help in a miraculous way. It may be slow in coming,
but once the silent unseen forces are put into operation, they
will bring results so long as we do our part. They are ever present
and ready to aid those who care to use them. By forming a strong
mental image of your desire, you plant the thought-seed which
begins working in your interest and, in time, that desire, if
in harmony with your higher nature, will materialize. It may seem that it would be unnecessary to
caution you to concentrate only upon achievement that will
be good for you and work no harm to another, but there are many
who forget others and their rights, in their anxiety to achieve
success. All good things are possible for you to have, but only
as you bring your forces into harmony with that law that requires
that we mete out justice to fellow travelers as we journey
along life’s road. So first think over the thing wanted and if it
would be good for you to have; say, “I want to do this; I am going
to work to secure it. The way will be open for me.” If you fully grasp mentally the thought of
success and hold it in mind each day, you gradually make a pattern
or mold which in time will materialize. But by all means keep free
from doubt and fear, the destructive forces. Never allow these
to become associated with your thoughts. At last you will create the desired conditions
and receive help in many unlooked-for ways that will lift you
out of the undesired environment. Life will then seem very different
to you, for you will have found happiness through awakening
within yourself the power to become the master of circumstances
instead of their slave. To the beginner in this line of thought some
of the things stated in this book may sound strange, even absurd,
but, instead of condemning them, give them a trial. You will
find they will work out. The inventor has to work out his idea mentally
before he produces it materially. The architect first sees the
mental picture of the house he is to plan and from this works out
the one we see. Every object, every enterprise, must first be mentally
created. I know a man that started in business with
thirteen cents and not a dollar’s worth of credit. In ten years he
has built up a large and profitable business. He attributes his
success to two things–belief that he would succeed and hard
work. There were times when it did not look like he could weather
the storm. He was being pressed by his creditors who considered
him bankrupt. They would have taken fifty cents on the dollar
for his notes and considered themselves lucky. But by keeping
up a bold front he got an extension of time when needed. When
absolutely necessary for him to raise a certain sum at a certain
time he always did it. When he had heavy bills to meet he would
make up his mind that certain people that owed him would pay
by a certain date and they always did. Sometimes he would not receive
their check until the last mail of the day of the extension,
and I have known him to send out a check with the prospect of receiving
a check from one of his customers the following day. He
would have no reason other than his belief in the power of affecting
the mind of another by concentration of thought for expecting
that check, but rarely has he been disappointed. Just put forth the necessary concentrated
effort and you will be wonderfully helped from sources unknown to
you. Remember the mystical words of Jesus, the
Master: “Whatsoever thing ye desire when ye pray, pray as if ye
had already received and ye shall have.” LESSON XVII. IDEALS DEVELOPED BY CONCENTRATION Through our paltry stir and strife, Glows
the wished Ideal, And longing molds in clay, what life Carves in
the marble real.–Lowell. We often hear people spoken of as idealists.
The fact is we are all idealists to a certain extent, and upon
the ideals we picture depends our ultimate success. You must have
the mental image if you are to produce the material thing. Everything
is first created in the mind. When you control your
thoughts you become a creator. You receive divine ideas and shape
them to your individual needs. All things of this world
are to you just what you think they are. Your happiness and success
depend upon your ideals. You are responsible for every condition you
go through, either consciously or unconsciously. The next step
you take determines the succeeding step. Remember this; it is
a valuable lesson. By concentrating on each step as you go along,
you can save a lot of waste steps and will be able to choose a straight
path instead of a roundabout road. Concentrate Upon Your Ideals and They Will
Become Material Actualities. Through concentration we work
out our ideals in physical life. Your future depends upon the
ideals you are forming now. Your past ideals are determining
your present. Therefore, if you want a bright future, you
must begin to prepare for it today. If persons could only realize that they can
only injure themselves, that when they are apparently
injuring others they are really injuring themselves, what a different
world this would be! We say a man is as changeable as the weather.
What is meant is his ideals change. Every time you change your
ideal you think differently. You become like a rudderless
boat on an ocean. Therefore realize the importance of holding
to your ideal until it becomes a reality. You get up in the morning determined that
nothing will make you lose your temper. This is your ideal of a
person of real strength and poise. Something takes place that upsets
you completely and you lose your temper. For the time being you
forget your ideal. If you had just thought a second of what a
well-poised person implies you would not have become angry. You
lose your poise when you forget your ideal. Each time we allow
our ideals to be shattered we also weaken our will-power. Holding
to your ideals develops will-power. Don’t forget this. Why do so many men fail? Because they don’t
hold to their ideal until it becomes a mental habit. When they
concentrate on it to the exclusion of all other things it becomes
a reality. “I am that which I think myself to be.” Ideals are reflected to us from the unseen
spirit. The laws of matter and spirit are not the same. One can
be broken, but not the other. To the extent that ideals are kept
is your future assured. It was never intended that man should suffer.
He has brought it upon himself by disobeying the laws of nature.
He knows them so cannot plead ignorance. Why does he break
them? Because he does not pay attention to those ideals flashed
to him from the Infinite Spirit. Life is but one continuous unfoldment, and
you can be happy every step of the way or miserable, as you please;
it all depends upon how we entertain those silent whisperings
that come from we know not where. We cannot hear them with mortal
ear, but from the silence they come as if they were dreams,
not to you or me alone, but to everyone. In this way the grandest
thoughts come to us, to use or abuse. So search not in treasured volumes
for noble thoughts, but within, and bright and glowing
vision will come to be realized now and hereafter. You must give some hours to concentrated,
consistent, persistent thought. You must study yourself and your
weaknesses. No man gets over a fence by wishing himself
on the other side. He must climb. No man gets out of the rut of dull, tiresome,
monotonous life by merely wishing himself out of the rut. He
must climb. If you are standing still, or going backward,
there is something wrong. You are the man to find out what is
wrong. Don’t think that you are neglected, or not
understood, or not appreciated. Such thoughts are the thoughts of failure. Think hard about the fact that men who have
got what you envy got it by working for it. Don’t pity yourself, criticise yourself. You know that the only thing in the world
that you have got to count upon is yourself. LESSON XVIII. MENTAL CONTROL THROUGH CREATION I attended a banquet of inventors recently.
Each inventor gave a short talk on something he thought would be
accomplished in the future. Many very much needed things were
spoken of. One inventor spoke of the possibilities of wireless telephone.
Distance, he said, would shortly be annihilated. He thought
we would soon be able to talk to the man in the submarine forty
fathoms below the surface and a thousand miles away. When he
got through he asked if there were any that doubted what he said.
No one spoke up. This was not a case of tactful politeness,
as inventors like to argue, but a case where no one present really
doubted that the inventor’s vision would, in the future, materialize. These shrewd men, some real geniuses, all
thought we would in time be able to talk to those a thousand miles
away without media. Now, if we can make an instrument so
wonderful that we can send wireless messages a thousand miles, is
there any reason why we should not through mental control transmit
messages from one person to another? The wireless message should
not be as easy to send as the projected thought. The day will come when all business will employ
highly developed persons to send out influences. These influences
will be so dominating that employes will be partly controlled
by them and so you will profit more and more by your mental
powers and depend on them to draw to you all forces of a helpful
nature. You will be constantly sending out suggestions to your
employes and friends. They will receive these unconsciously, but
in case yours is the stronger personality they will carry them
out the same as if you had spoken them. This is being done even today. A finely organized
company secures the combined effort of all its men. They may
be each doing a different kind of work, but all work to bring
about the very best results. The whole atmosphere is impregnated
with a high standard of workmanship. Everyone feels he must do
his best. He could not be in such surroundings and be satisfied to
do anything but his best work. A business will succeed only to the extent
that the efforts of all are co-ordinated towards one result. At
least one person is needed to direct all toward the desired end.
The person at the head does not have to exactly outline to the
others what steps to take, but he must possess the mental power
of control over others. An up-to-date business letter is not written
in a casual, commonplace way today. The writer tries to
convey something he thinks the receiver will be interested to
know. In this way he awakens a responsive spirit. Sometimes just
the addition of a word or two will change a letter of the matter-of-fact
style to one that compels a response. It is not always
what is actually in a letter, but the spirit which it breathes
that brings results. That intangible something that defies analysis
is the projected thought of the master that brings back the
harvest that it claims. But we should not always claim success for
ourselves only. If you are anxious that some friend or relative should
succeed, think of this person as becoming successful. Picture
him in the position you would like to see him in. If he has a
weakness, desire and command that it be strengthened; think of
his shortcomings which belong to his negative nature as being replaced
by positive qualities. Take a certain part of the day
to send him thoughts of an up-building nature. You can in this way
arouse his mental powers into activity, and once aroused, they
will assert themselves and claim their own. We can accomplish a great deal more than many
of us are ready to believe by sending to another our direct,
positive and controlling suggestions of leadership, but
whether a man is a success or not is greatly determined by the
way he acts on the suggestions he receives. We either advance or decline. We never stand
still. Every time we accomplish something it gives us ability to
do greater things. The bigger the attempt undertaken, the greater
the things accomplished in the future. As a business
grows, the head of the business also has to grow. He must advance
and be ever the guiding influence. By his power to control,
he inspires confidence in those associated with him. Often
employes are superior to their employers in some qualities,
and, if they had studied, instead of neglected their development,
they could have been employers of more commanding influence
than those whom they serve. Through your mental power you can generate
in another enthusiasm and the spirit of success, which somehow furnishes
an impetus to do something worth while. In concentrated mental control, there is a
latent power more potent than physical force. The person becomes
aware that the attitude of the mind has a power of controlling,
directing and governing other forces. He has been placed
in an attitude capable of acquiring that which he desires. All of us no matter how strong we are, are
affected by the mental forces of our environment. There is no one
that can remain neutral to influences. The mind cannot be
freed from the forces of a place. If the environment of your place
of business is not helpful, it will be harmful. That is why a
change of position will often do a person a great deal of good. No person was ever intended to live alone.
If you are shut up with only your own thoughts you suffer from
mental starvation. The mind becomes narrow; the mental powers
weaken. Living alone often causes some of the milder forms of insanity.
If children do not play with those their own age, but associate
with only older people, they will take on the actions of the
older people. The same is true of older persons if they associate
with people younger than they are. They take on the spirit
of youth. If you wish to retain your youth you need the influences
of youth. Like attracts like all over the world. The thought element plays a great part in
our lives. Every business must not only command physical effort
but it must also command thought effort. There must be co-ordination
of thought. All employers should aim to secure employes
that think along similar lines. They will work in fuller sympathy
with each other. They will better understand each other. This
enables them to help each other, which would be utterly impossible
if they were not in sympathy with each other. It is this that
goes to make up a perfect organization, which directs and influences
them toward the one end. Instead of each person being
a separate unit, each one is like a spoke in a big wheel. Each member
carries his own load, and he would not think of shirking.
Anyone working in such an atmosphere could not help turning out his
best work. All great leaders must be able to inspire
this co-operative spirit. They first secure assistance through
their mental control. They then make their assistants realize
the value of mental control. Soon there is a close bond
between them; they are working toward a single purpose. They profit
by their combined effort. The result is that they accomplish
much. If your business is conducted in the right
spirit, you can instill your thoughts and your ideas into
your employes. Your methods and ideas become theirs. They don’t
know it, but your mental forces are shaping their work. They
are just as certain to produce results as any physical force in nature. The up-to-date business man of the future
is going to take pains to get his employes to think and reason better.
He will not want them to become depressed or discouraged. There
is time that instead of being wasted he will endeavor to
have them use in concentrated effort that will be profitable
to both employer and employed. There must be more of the spirit
of justice enter into the business of the future. There is a firm I know that will not hire
an employe until he has filled out an application blank. No doubt
those that fill it out think it is foolishness, but it is not. A
capable manager can look over this application blank and pretty
nearly tell if this person will fit into his management. The main
thing he wants to know is the applicant’s capacity for efficient
co-operative effort. He wants persons that have faith in
themselves. He wants them to realize that when they talk of misfortunes
and become blue they are likely to communicate the same
depressing influence to others. The up-to-date manager wants to
guard against hiring employes who will obstruct his success. You must realize that every moment spent in
thinking of your difficulties of the past, every moment spent
in bad company is attracting to you all that is bad; is attracting
influences that must be shaken off before you can advance. Many firms prefer to hire employes that never
worked before so that they have nothing to unlearn. They are
then not trained, but have no bad business habits to overcome. They
are more easily guided and grasp the new methods more effectively
because they are not contrary to what they have already
learned. They are at once started on the right road, and as they
co-operate readily they receive the mental support of the management
in learning the methods that have been perfected. This inspires
confidence in themselves and they soon become efficient
and, finally, skilled workers. Most big business firms today employ efficiency
experts. Each day or week they are in a different department.
They earn their money because they familiarize persons with very
little business experience with plans that has taken the “expert”
years of training and much money to perfect. The attitude we take has a great deal more
to do with our success than most of us realize. We must be able to
generate those forces that are helpful. There is a wonderful power
in the thought rightly controlled and projected and we must
through concentration develop this power to the fullest
possible extent. We are surrounded by many forces of which
we know but little at present. Our knowledge of these is to be wonderfully
increased. Each year we learn more about these psychic
forces which are full of possibilities of which we are not even
dimly conscious. We must believe in mental control, learn more
about it, and use it, if we want to command these higher powers
and forces which will unquestionably direct the lives of countless
future generations. LESSON XIX. A CONCENTRATED WILL DEVELOPMENT New Method. You will find in this chapter
a most effective and most practical method of developing the will.
You can develop a strong one if you want to. You can make your
Will a dynamo to draw to you untold power. Exercises are given
which will, if practiced, strengthen your will, just as you
would strengthen your muscles by athletic exercises. In starting to do anything, we must first
commence with elementary principles. Simple exercises will
be given. It is impossible to estimate the ultimate good to
be derived from the mental cultivation that comes through these
attempts at concentration. Even the simple exercises are
not to be thought useless. “In no respect,” writes Doctor Oppenheim,
“can a man show a finer quality of will-power than in
his own private, intimate life.” We are all subjected to certain
temptations. The Will decides whether we will be just, or unjust;
pure of thought; charitable in opinion; forbearing in overlooking
other’s shortcomings; whether we live up to our highest
standard. Since these are all controlled by the Will, we should
find time for plenty of exercises for training of the will
in our daily life. You, of course, realize that your will should
be trained. You must also realize that to do this requires
effort that you alone can command. No one can call it forth for
you. To be successful in these exercises you must
practice them in a spirit of seriousness and earnestness. I can
show you how to train your will, but your success depends
upon your mastery and application of these methods. New Methods of Will-Training. Select a quiet
room where you will not be interrupted; have a watch to determine
the time, and a note-book in which to enter observations.
Start each exercise with date and time of day. Exercise 1 Time decided on. Select some time of the day
when most convenient. Sit in a chair and look at the
door-knob for ten minutes. Then write down what you experienced.
At first it will seem strange and unnatural. You will find
it hard to hold one position for ten minutes. But keep as still
as you can. The time will seem long for it will probably be the
first time you ever sat and did nothing for ten minutes. You will
find your thoughts wandering from the door-knob, and you will
wonder what there can be in this exercise. Repeat this exercise
for six days. 10 P. M. 2nd Day. Notes. You should be able to sit quieter,
and the time should pass more quickly. You will probably feel
a little stronger because of gaining a better control of your
will. It will brace you up, as you have kept your resolution.
10 P. M. 3rd Day. Notes. It may be a little harder for you to
concentrate on the door-knob as perhaps you had a very busy day
and your mind kept trying to revert to what you had been doing
during the day. Keep on trying and you will finally succeed in
banishing all foreign thoughts. Then you should feel a desire to
gain still more control. There is a feeling of power that
comes over you when you are able to carry out your will. This exercise
will make you feel bigger and it awakens a sense of nobility
and manliness. You will say, “I find that I can actually do what I
want to and can drive foreign thoughts out. The exercise, I can
now see, is valuable.” 10 P. M. 4th Day. Notes. “I found that I could look at the door-knob
and concentrate my attention on it at once. Have
overcome the tendency to move my legs. No other thoughts
try to enter as I have established the fact that I can do what
I want to do and do not have to be directed. I feel that I am
gaining in mental strength, I can now see the wonderful value
of being the master of my own will-force. I know now if I make
a resolution I will keep it. I have more self-confidence and can
feel my self-control increasing. 10 P. M. 5th Day. Notes. “Each day I seem to increase the intensity
of my concentration. I feel that I can center my
attention on anything I wish. 10 P. M. 6th Day. Notes. “I can instantly center my whole attention
on the door-knob. Feel that I have thoroughly mastered
this exercise and that I am ready for another.” You have practiced this exercise enough, but
before you start another I want you to write a summary of just
how successful you were in controlling the flitting impulses
of the mind and will. You will find this an excellent practice.
There is nothing more beneficial to the mind than to pay close attention
to its own wonderful, subtle activities. Exercise 2 Secure a package of playing cards. Select
some time to do the exercise. Each day at the appointed time,
take the pack in one hand and then start laying them down on top
of each other just as slowly as you can, with an even motion. Try
to get them as even as possible. Each card laid down should completely
cover the under one. Do this exercise for six days. 1st Day. Notes. Task will seem tedious and tiresome.
Requires the closest concentration to make each card completely
cover the preceding one. You will probably want to lay them down
faster. It requires patience to lay them down so slowly, but benefit
is lost if not so placed. You will find that at first your
motions will be jerky and impetuous. It will require a little practice
before you gain an easy control over your hands and arms.
You probably have never tried to do anything in such a calm way. It
will require the closest attention of your will. But you will
find that you are acquiring a calmness you never had before.
You are gradually acquiring new powers. You recognize how impulsive
and impetuous you have been, and how, by using your will,
you can control your temperament. 2nd Day. Notes. You start laying the cards down slowly.
You will find that by practice you can lay them down much faster.
But you want to lay them down slowly and therefore you have
to watch yourself. The slow, steady movement is wearisome. You
have to conquer the desire of wanting to hurry up. Soon you will
find that you can go slowly or fast at will. 3rd Day. Notes. You still find it hard to go slowly.
Your will urges you to go faster. This is especially true if you
are impulsive, as the impulsive character finds it very difficult
to do anything slowly and deliberately. It goes against the
“grain.” This exercise still is tiresome. But when you do
it, it braces you up mentally. You are accomplishing something
you do not like to do. It teaches you how to concentrate on disagreeable
tasks. Writing these notes down you will find very helpful. 4th Day. Notes. I find that I am beginning to place
the cards in a mathematical way. I find one card is not completely
covering another. I am getting a little careless and
must be more careful. I command my will to concentrate more. It
does not seem so hard to bring it under control. 5th Day. Notes. I find that I am overcoming my jerky
movements, that I can lay the cards down slowly and steadily. I
feel that I am rapidly gaining more poise. I am getting better control
over my will each day, and my will completely controls my movements.
I begin to look on my will as a great governing power.
I would not think of parting with the knowledge of will I have
gained. I find it is a good exercise and know it will help me to
accomplish my tasks. 6th Day. Notes. I begin to feel the wonderful possibilities
of the will. It gives me strength to think of the power
of will. I am able to do so much more and better work now, that
I realize that I can control my will action. Whatever my task,
my will is concentrated on it. I am to keep my will centered there
until the task is finished. The more closely and definitely
I determine what I shall do, the more easily the will carries
it out. Determination imparts compelling force to the will. It exerts
itself more. The will and the end act and react on each other. 7th Day. Notes. Now try to do everything you do today
faster. Don’t hurry or become nervous. Just try to do everything
faster, but in a steady manner. You will find that the exercises you have
practiced in retardation have steadied your nerves, and
thereby made it possible to increase your speed. The will
is under your command. Make it carry out resolutions rapidly. This
is how you build up your self-control and your self-command. It
is then that the human machine acts as its author dictates. You certainly should now be able to judge
of the great benefit that comes from writing out your introspections
each day. Of course you will not have the exact experiences
given in these examples, but some of these will fit your
case. Be careful to study your experiences carefully and make
as true a report as you can. Describe your feelings just as they seem
to you. Allow your fancies to color your report and it will be
worthless. You have pictured conditions as you see them. In a
few months, if you again try the same exercises, you will find
your report very much better. By these introspections, we learn
to know ourselves better and with this knowledge can wonderfully
increase our efficiency. As you become used to writing
out your report, it will be more accurate. You thus learn how
to govern your impulses, activities and weaknesses. Each person should try to plan exercises that
will best fit his needs. If not convenient for you to practice
exercises every day, take them twice or three times a week. But
carry out any plan you decide to try. If you cannot devote ten minutes
a day to the experiments start with five minutes and gradually
increase the time. The exercises given are only intended
for examples. Will Training Without Exercise. There are
many people that do not want to take the time to practice exercises,
so the following instructions for training the will are given
to them. By willing and realizing, the will grows.
Therefore the more you will, the more it grows, and builds up power.
No matter whether your task is big or small, make it a rule
to accomplish it in order to fortify your will. Form the habit
of focusing your will in all its strength upon the subject to be
achieved. You form in this way the habit of getting a thing done,
of carrying out some plan. You acquire the feeling of being able
to accomplish that which lies before you, no matter what it is.
This gives you confidence and a sense of power that you get
in no other way. You know when you make a resolution that you will
keep it. You do not tackle new tasks in a half-hearted way, but
with a bold, brave spirit. We know that the will is able to carry
us over big obstacles. Knowing this despair never claims
us for a victim. We have wills and are going to use them with
more and more intensity, thus giving us the power to make
our resolutions stronger, our actions freer and our lives
finer and better. The education of the will should not be left
to chance. It is only definite tasks that will render it energetic,
ready, persevering and consistent. The only way it
can be done is by self-study and self-discipline. The cost is
effort, time and patience, but the returns are valuable. There
are no magical processes leading to will development, but
the development of your will works wonders for you because it
gives you self-mastery, personal power and energy of
character. Concentration of the Will to Win. The adaptability
of persons to their business environment is more a matter
of determination than anything else. In this age we hear a good
deal of talk about a man’s aptitudes. Some of his aptitudes, some
of his powers, may be developed to a wonderful extent, but he
is really an unknown quality until all his latent powers are developed
to their highest possible extent. He may be a failure
in one line and a big success in another. There are many successful
men, that did not succeed well at what they first undertook,
but they profited by their efforts in different directions,
and this fitted them for higher things, whereas had they refused
to adjust themselves to their environment, the tide of progress
would have swept them into oblivion. My one aim in all my works is to try and arouse
in the individual the effort and determination to develop his
full capacities, his highest possibilities. One thing I want you
to realize at the start, that it is not so much ability, as
it is the will to do that counts. Ability is very plentiful, but
organizing initiative and creative power are not plentiful. It is
easy to get employes, but to get someone to train them is harder.
Their abilities must be directed to the work they can do. They
must be shown how, while at this work, to conserve their energy
and they must be taught to work in harmony with others, for
most business concerns are dominated by a single personality. Concentrating on Driving Force Within. We
are all conscious, at times, that we have somewhere within us an
active driving force that is ever trying to push us onward to better
deeds. It is that “force” that makes us feel determined at times
to do something worth while. It is not thought, emotion or
feeling. This driving force is something distinct from thought or
emotion. It is a quality of the soul and therefore it has a
consciousness all its own. It is the “I will do” of the will. It
is the force that makes the will concentrate. Many have felt
this force working within them, driving them on to accomplish
their tasks. All great men and women become conscious that this supreme
and powerful force is their ally in carrying out great
resolutions. This driving force is within all, but until
you reach a certain stage you do not become aware of it. It is
most useful to the worthy. It springs up naturally without any
thought of training. It comes unprovoked and leaves unnoticed.
Just what this force is we do not know, but we do know that it is
what intensifies the will in demanding just and harmonious action. The ordinary human being, merely as merchandise,
if he could be sold as a slave, would be worth ten thousand
dollars. If somebody gave you a five thousand dollar automobile
you would take very good care of it. You wouldn’t put sand in
the carburetor, or mix water with the gasoline, or drive it furiously
over rough roads, or leave it out to freeze at night. Are you quite sure that you take care of your
own body, your own health, your only real property, as well as
you would take care of a five thousand dollar automobile if it
were given to you? The man who mixes whiskey with his blood is
more foolish than a man would be if he mixed water with gasoline
in his car. You can get another car; you cannot get another
body. The man who misses sleep lives irregularly–bolts
his food so that his blood supply is imperfect. That is
a foolish man treating himself as he would not treat any
other valuable piece of property. Do you try to talk with men and women who
know more than you do, and do you LISTEN rather than try to tell
them what you know? There are a hundred thousand men of fifty,
and men of sixty, running along in the old rut, any one of whom
could get out of it and be counted among the successful men if
only the spark could be found to explode the energy within them
now going to waste. Each man must study and solve his own problem. LESSON XX. CONCENTRATION REVIEWED In bringing this book to a close, I again
want to impress you with the inestimable value of concentration,
because those that lack this great power or, rather that fail
to develop it, will generally suffer from poverty and unhappiness
and their life’s work will most often be a failure, while those
that develop and use it will make the most of life’s opportunities, I have tried to make these lessons practical
and I am sure that many will find them so. Of course the mere
reading of them will not do you a great deal of good, but, if the
exercises are practiced and worked out and applied to your
own individual case, you should be able to acquire the habit of
concentration in such measure as to greatly improve your work and
increase your happiness. But remember the best instruction can only
help you to the extent to which you put it into practice. I have
found it an excellent idea to read a book through first, and then
re-read it, and when you come to an idea that appeals to you, stop
and think about it, then if applicable to you, repeat it over
and over, that you will be impressed by it. In this way you can form
the habit of picking out all the good things you read and these
will have a wonderful influence on your character. In this closing chapter, I want to impress
you to concentrate on what you do, instead of performing most of
your work unconsciously or automatically, until you
have formed habits that give you the mastery of your work and your
life powers and forces. Very often the hardest part of work is thinking
about it. When you get right into it, it does not seem so
disagreeable. This is the experience of many when they first commence
to learn how to concentrate. So never think it a difficult
task, but undertake it with the “I Will Spirit” and you will find
that its acquirement will be as easy as its application will be
useful. Read the life of any great man, and you will
generally find that the dominant quality that made him successful
was the ability to concentrate. Study those that have been failures
and you will often find that lack of concentration was
the cause. “One thing at a time, and that done will Is a good rule as I can tell.” All men are not born with equal powers, but
it is the way they are used that counts. “Opportunity knocks
at every man’s door.” Those that are successful hear the knock and
grasp the chance. The failures believe that luck and circumstances
are against them. They always blame someone else instead
of themselves for their lack of success. We get what is coming
to us, nothing more or less. Anything within the universe is within
your grasp. Just use your latent powers and it is yours. You
are aided by both visible and invisible forces when you concentrate
on either “to do” or “to be.” Everyone is capable of some concentration,
for without it you would be unable to say or do anything. People
differ in the power to concentrate because some are unable to
Will to hold the thought in mind for the required time. The
amount of determination used determines who has the
strongest will. No one’s is stronger than yours. Think of this
whenever you go against a strong opponent. Never say “I can’t concentrate today.” You
can do it just the minute you say “I will.” You can keep your
thoughts from straying, just the same as you can control
your arms. When once you realize this fact, you can train the will
to concentrate on anything you wish. If it wanders, it is your
fault. You are not utilizing your will. But, don’t blame it on
your will and say it is weak. The will is just the same whether
you act as if it were weak or as if it were strong. When you act
as if your will is strong you say, “I can.” When you act as if
it were weak you say, “I can’t.” It requires the same amount of
effort, in each case. Some men get in the habit of thinking “I can’t”
and they fail. Others think “I can” and succeed. So remember,
it is for you to decide whether you will join the army of “I
can’t” or “I can.” The big mistake with so many is that they
don’t realize that when they say “I can’t,” they really say, “I won’t
try.” You can not tell what you can do until you try. “Can’t”
means you will not try. Never say you cannot concentrate, for,
when you do, you are really saying that you refuse to try. Whenever you feel like saying, “I can’t,”
say instead, “I possess all will and I can use as much as I wish.”
You only use as much as you have trained yourself to use. An Experiment to Try. Before going to bed
tonight, repeat, “I am going to choose my own thoughts, and to hold
them as long as I choose. I am going to shut out all thoughts
that weaken or interfere; that make me timid. My Will is
as strong as anyone’s else. While going to work the next morning,
repeat this over. Keep this up for a month and you will find
you will have a better opinion of yourself. These are the factors
that make you a success. Hold fast to them always. Concentration is nothing but willing to do
a certain thing. All foreign thoughts can be kept out by willing
that they stay out. You cannot realize your possibilities until
you commence to direct your mind. You then do consciously
what you have before done unconsciously. In this way you note mistakes,
overcome bad habits and perfect your conduct. You have at times been in a position that
required courage and you were surprised at the amount you showed.
Now, when once you arouse yourself, you have this courage all
the time and it is not necessary to have a special occasion reveal
it to you. My object in so strongly impressing this on your mind
is to make you aware that the same courage, the same determination
that you show at certain exceptionable times you have at your
command at all times. It is a part of your vast resources.
Use it often and well, in working out the highest destiny of
which you are capable. Final Concentration Instruction. You now realize
that, in order to make your life worthy, useful and happy,
you must concentrate. A number of exercises and all the needed instruction
has been given. It now remains for you to form the
highest ideal that you can in the present and live up to that ideal,
and try to raise it. Don’t waste your time in foolish reading.
Select something that is inspiring, that you may become enrapport
with those that think thoughts that are worth while. Their
enthusiasm will inspire and enlighten you. Read slowly and
concentrate on what you are reading. Let your spirit and the spirit
of the author commune, and you will then sense what is between
the lines–those great things which words cannot express. Pay constant attention to one and one thing
only for a given time and you will soon be able to concentrate.
Hang on to that thought ceaselessly until you have attained your object.
When you work, let your mind dwell steadily on your task.
Think before you speak and direct your conversation to the subject
under discussion. Do not ramble. Talk slowly, steadily and connectedly.
Never form the hurry habit, but be deliberate in all you
do. Assume static attitudes without moving a finger or an eyelid,
or any part of your body. Read books that treat of but one
continuous subject. Read long articles and recall the thread of
the argument. Associate yourself with people who are steady,
patient and tireless in their thought, action and work.
See how long you can sit still and think on one subject without
interruption. Concentrating on the Higher Self. Father Time
keeps going on and on. Every day he rolls around means one less
day for you on this planet. Most of us only try to master the
external conditions of this world. We think our success and happiness
depends on us doing so. These are of course important and
I don’t want you to think they are not, but I want you to realize
that when death comes, only those inherent and acquired qualities
and conditions within the mentality–your character, conduct
and soul growth–will go with you. If these are what
they should be, you need not be afraid of not being successful
and happy, for with these qualities you can mold external materials
and conditions. Study yourself. Find Your Strong Points And
Make Them Stronger As Well As Yo Weak Ones And Strengthen Them.
Study yourself carefully and you will see yourself as you
really are. The secret of accomplishment is concentration,
or the art of turning all your power upon just one point
at a time. If you have studied yourself carefully you
should have a good line on yourself, and should be able to make
the proper interior re-adjustments. Remember first, last, and
always, Right thinking and right Living necessarily results in happiness,
and it is therefore within your power to obtain happiness.
Anyone that is not happy does not claim their birthright. Keep in mind that some day you are going to
leave this world and think of what you will take with you. This
will assist you to concentrate on the higher forces. Now start
from this minute, to act according to the advice of the higher
self in everything you do. If you do, its ever harmonious forces
will necessarily insure to you a successful fulfilment of all your
life purposes. Whenever you feel tempted to disobey your
higher promptings, hold the thought “My-higher-self-insures-to-me-the-happiness-of-doing-that-which
-best-answers-my-true-relations-to-all-others.” You possess latent talents, that when developed
and utilized are of assistance to you and others. But if you
do not properly use them, you shirk your duty, and you will be
the loser and suffer from the consequences. Others will also be
worse off if you do not fulfil your obligations. When you have aroused into activity your thought
powers you will realize the wonderful value of these principles
in helping you to carry out your plans. The right in the end
must prevail. You can assist in the working out of the great plan
of the universe and thereby gain the reward, or you can work against
the great plan and suffer the consequences. The all consuming
fires are gradually purifying all discordant elements.
If you choose to work contrary to the law you will burn in
its crucible, so I want you to learn to concentrate intelligently
on becoming in harmony with your higher self. Hold the thought:
“I-will-live-for-my-best. I-seek-wisdom, self-knowledge, happiness-and-power-to-help-others. I-act-from-the-higher-self,
therefore-only-the-best-can-come-to-me. The more we become
conscious of the presence of the higher self the more we should
try to become a true representative of the human soul in all its
wholeness and holiness, instead of wasting our time dwelling on
some trifling external quality or defect. We should try to secure
a true conception of what we really are so as not to over value
the external furnishings. You will then not surrender your
dignity or self respect, when others ignorantly make a display of
material things to show off. Only the person that realizes that
he is a permanent Being knows what the true self is.

97 thoughts on “THE POWER OF CONCENTRATION – FULL AudioBook 🎧📖 | by Theron Q. Dumont – Self Help & Inspirational

  1. I saw a lot of people here complaining about how boring is the voice. YES. I also find the voice boring. Probably getting through that voice is the first step towards concentration. which I already did. If you will not listen to this just because the voice is boring, you will lost some important notes. 🙂

  2. Great stuff. I wish I could turn off the display without YouTube stopping the audio. Why did YouTube take that feature off.

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  4. This was pretty good. It got a teensy bit spiritual towards the end and that was corny. It was more deist than theist though. Other than that, I was very impressed. I'd recommend this to anyone.

  5. Thank you so much. This teaching is really entire. I love to listen to the audio while reading the pdf book on my phone.

  6. That's a real lovely talk. So motivating. Reminds me of this video Moustafa Hamwi, a motivational speaker I heard in Dubai. Very inspiring.

  7. so wait am I not allowed to sing and dance when I'm happy? or to become happy?
    since this means showing emotions and not be concentrated?

  8. lol the book suggests that to be excited, to dance, to sing, to be passionate about something and to show any type of emotion is bad. So in order to be successful, we need to be robots haha, biggest bullshit I've ever heard.

  9. "You are not a real Man" …"…All the qualities of a weak Man"  so… this is towards a Mans point of view in the Business aspect?  Perhaps I comprehended that wrong.  Maybe it is to be taken generally like HuMAN.  I'm overanalyzing again!

  10. #Daniel Del Valle I would just sit and listen. Nothing good comes from overthinking, and overanalyzing. @Jorge Dominguez

  11. (I have the feeling that something in my mind is poisoning everything else. Quote Vladimir Nabokov)
    For the 1st time ever the ultimate Truth of Life has been revealed, it explains the big picture of life in every facet, including the real truth about the nature of the mind and the key to overcome the mental prison permantly. Learning about the depths and mechanisms of the mind is the key to control the mind, currently the mind is the cause of all the suffering. Google TruthContest and read the Present

  12. What the hell. There is not a single one in a man's voice. Women's voice is very distracting and is not taken seriously by the subconscious.

  13. THE Truth ("there can be only one?") every MAN… if a MAN… When was this written? Sounds like the same era as "Think and Grow Rich" and seems to be of the same heavy-handed brand of pseudo "wisdom."

  14. Andrea Fiore – excellent reading voice. Clear diction, pitch easy to hear, good articulation, did not read too fast or too slow. Will look for your readings on Librivox. Good job. You obviously put some thought into what you are doing.

  15. 00:04:55 Lesson 1 – Concentration Finds the Way
    00:17:35 Lesson 2 – The Self-Mastery: Self-Direction Power of Concentration
    00:44:29 Lesson 3 – How to Gain What You Want Through Concentration
    00:49:44 Lesson 4 – Concentration, the Silent Force That Produces Results in All Business
    00:57:03 Lesson 5 – How Concentrated Thought Links All Humanity Together
    01:06:41 Lesson 6 – The Training of the Will to Do
    01:17:52 Lesson 7 – The Concentrated Mental Demand
    01:28:27 Lesson 8 – Concentration Gives Mental Poise
    01:39:46 Lesson 9 – Concentration Can Overcome Bad Habits
    01:51:57 Lesson 10 – Business Results Through Concentration
    02:05:04 Lesson 11 – Concentrate on Courage
    02:13:47 Lesson 12 – Concentrate on Wealth
    02:23:51 Lesson 13 – You Can Concentrate, But Will You?
    02:30:30 Lesson 14 – The Art of Concentrating by Means of Practical Exercises
    02:39:30 Exercise 1
    02:40:18 Exercise 2
    02:41:04 Exercise 3
    02:41:30 Exercise 4
    02:43:24 Exercise 5
    02:44:49 Exercise 6
    02:47:39 Exercise 7 – Concentration Increases the Sense of Smell
    02:49:03 Exercise 8 – Concentration on the Within
    02:50:44 Exercise 9 – Concentrating on Sleep
    02:52:01 Exercise 10 – Concentration Will Save Energy and Appearance
    02:53:25 Exercise 11 – By Concentration You Can Control Your Temper
    02:55:47 Exercise 12 – Practice Talking Before a Glass
    02:57:49 Exercise 13 – The Control of Sensations
    02:59:03 Exercise 14 – The Eastern Way of Concentrating
    02:59:32 Exercise 15 – Controlling Desires
    03:01:41 Exercise 16 – When You Read
    03:03:54 Exercise 17 – Concentration Overcomes Bad Habits
    03:04:45 Exercise 18 – Watch Concentration
    03:05:34 Exercise 19 – Faith Concentration
    03:08:45 Lesson 15 – Concentrate So You Will Not Forget
    03:14:01 Lesson 16 – How Concentration Can Fulfill Your Desire
    03:23:46 Lesson 17 – Ideals Developed by Concentration
    03:28:59 Lesson 18 – Mental Control Through Creation
    03:41:33 Lesson 19 – A Concentrated Will Development
    03:43:46 Exercise 1
    03:47:10 Exercise 2
    04:00:03 Lesson 20 – Concentration Reviewed

  16. Thank you for this. Please can you do an upload of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman? I've been looking for a recording of it for some time now.

  17. So far, this book make sense more so than others in the way that it feels like common sense. But to read it and have it all brought to you in detail really let's you organize the thoughts you ( or at least I) have over being able to concentrate and getting shit done. I'm currently learning a new skill which I want to be superb at eventually because I really enjoy it and when you have a big task like that, a book like this can really help.

  18. Only best voices for narration please. Not fanatics who simply want to do something nice. However nice, can't listen to a minute of this without chalkboard screechy voice over. Take care

  19. In the introduction, this book tugs at your ego and makes you feel weak and to make comparisons with others.
    Not a good way to start a book. Do you really want to end up becoming an arrogant jerk who concentrates on feeding his ego?

  20. Interesting, but emotions are one of the great powers in manifestation when used correctly. The author seems to not grasp this. No artist can achieve anything without emotional powers. One cannot even have a will or drive without emotions.

  21. It's indeed one of d best book ever!! Just loved it! A holistic approach to mental concentration! It's actually Comprehensive book.. If one dsnt read dis den one definitely is unfortunate having missed d greatest wisdom in d world! A must read one at least once in lifetime! I'm gonna hear it all over again until I program my subconscious to behave in accordance with d principles mentioned in dis audiobook

  22. This is a MUST READ for every human on this planet. This book is so profound dare I say it's the most self help book ever written 2nd only to the bible. I wish I found this when I turned 21 but I will make sure my kids reads this.

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