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Lesson 12 of the Sixteen Laws of Success occupies a keystone position in this course, for the reason that the psychological law upon which it is based is of vital importance to every other lesson of the course. Lesson 12 is on Concentration – the act of focusing the mind upon a given desire until ways and means for its realization have been worked out and successfully put into operation. Stating it in another way, Concentration is the ability to think as you wish to think; the ability to control your thoughts and direct them to a definite end; and the ability to organize your knowledge into a plan of action that is sound and workable.
Self-control becomes an important factor in this Course on the Law of Success, not so much because lack of it works hardships on those who become its victims, as for the reason that those who do not exercise it suffer the loss of a great power which they need in their struggle for achievement of [...]
The saving of money is solely a matter of habit. For this reason this lesson begins with a brief analysis of the Law of Habit. The rule is that if a man follows the systematic habit of saving a definite proportion of all money he earns or receives in other ways, he is practically sure to place himself in a position of financial independence. If he saves nothing, he IS ABSOLUTELY SURE NEVER TO BE FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT, no matter how much his income may be.
In order to achieve Success in any endeavor, keeping FOCUS is an enormous challenge. That is where “W.I.N.” comes in: “What’s Important Now?” Does what I am doing NOW move me closer to what I want, faster than whatever else I could be doing? If we can honestly answer “yes,” than we are on Focus and should continue the activity. If, on the other hand, our honest answer is “no,” then we need to stop what we are doing and shift gears. We have lost Focus and we need to redirect our attention to “WHAT’S IMPORTANT NOW.”
Your mind is your own and your state of mind is something you can control completely. You are the sole supervisor of its reactions to every circumstance which affects your life. No one can control the actions of others or the many circumstances of life which tend to make one angry, but you can control your reactions to these actions and circumstances. Learn to close the door of your mind and shut out negative reactions if you wish to find peace of mind and prosperity.
Playing the “Blame Game,” i.e., assessing blame against others where: 1) the subject of our blame is truly not at fault and/or responsible and/or 2) the real responsibility lies within ourselves, is an absolute death knell to attaining Success and Growth. Successful individuals don’t blame. They accept responsibility for their Thoughts, Feelings, Decisions and Actions. There is huge Power in that – Power that can propel you to Success.
Wealth is a state of mind – or perhaps, would it be better to say that wealth is created through a state of mind. If you live according to what nature requires, you mill never be poor; if according to the notions of men, you will never be rich. This is especially detrimental to us, that we live, not according to the light of reason, but after the fashion set by others. He who would be poor “Thinks of life as a goblet to be drained instead of a measure to be filled.”
Don’t ever allow ANYONE to control YOUR Thoughts, Emotions and Behavior. You – and ONLY you – assume, establish and control YOUR State of Mind. Regardless of what is transpiring in the external world, i.e., the events, circumstances and behavior of people, you are the ONLY one responsible for YOUR State of Mind. Decide today – right here, right now – to assume a State of Mind that demands Success and Riches and is not willing to accept Poverty or Failure in any amount or at any level. Decide today – right here, right now – to assume a State of Mind of which YOU have total and absolute control and that YOU will not allow or permit YOUR State of Mind to be influenced or controlled by any person, event or circumstance.
We are receivers, creators, and distributors, and must play our own perfect part of the universal game. God, the great Universal Life, has provided some better things for us, that they, without us, cannot be made perfect. Faith is an all-abiding necessity according to the universal rule: Faith in God, faith in man, and faith in our own power: To think the thoughts which will give ourselves the environment, people, everything just as we would have them – this is the great command, and “there is not a thing in all the world but that thinking makes it so.” What folly it is to spend our hours thinking of everything in the world that we do not want, when with another thought move we can change the whole game for ourselves and for others.
Our lives are a compilation of our experiences of events, circumstances, conditions and the people around us. We have been endowed by our Creator with the ability to choose HOW we experience each of those experiences. Therefore, at every moment, we have the ability and freedom – known as “free will” – to CHOOSE how we experience this grand thing called LIFE. Nobody decides our experience for us, unless, of course, we choose to voluntarily give them control (victim consciousness). That, my friends, is the Real Power of TRANSFORMATION.
“So what signifies wishing and hoping for better times? We may make these times better, if we bestir ourselves. ‘Industry need not wish, and he that lives upon hopes will die fasting. There are no gains without pains . . . He that hath a trade hath an estate; and he that hath a calling, hath an office of profit and honor,’ as Poor Richard says; but then the trade must be worked at, and the calling followed, or neither the estate nor the office will enable us to pay our taxes. If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for, ‘at the working man’s house hunger looks in, but dares not enter.’”
It is not so easy for most to see how it is that thought governs their conditions and decides whether they are to be successes or failures. But, if our conditions are not controlled by thought, by what, then, are they controlled? Some will say that conditions are controlled by circumstances. But what are circumstances? Are they “cause” or are they “effect?” Of course they are always effect; everything that we see is an effect. An effect is something that follows a cause, and we are dealing with causation only; effects do not make themselves, but they are held in place by mind, or causation.
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No advance of mankind has ever been effectuated except if it was first formed by ideals of some kind. You fail in that which you do not idealize; you succeed in that which you idealize. Those who think only in ideas never attain to greatness; contrarily, it is the great men and women who always think in ideals. In order to succeed, therefore, you MUST change your “ideas” to “ideals!” How? By making it a perfect image, adding desire, giving it body substance, and creating in it an irresistible impulse to manifest itself in action.
Never say, “die.” Once the seed is planted, your progress must continue. Each strong, clean thought brings you nearer the goal. When you have brought your mind into a condition of calmness, thoughts will come to you, ideas will suggest themselves (for thoughts come from without), you never generate important ideas yourself then you have accumulated strength that enables you to carry out the suggestion to a successful conclusion.
Successful people, without knowing it, perhaps, are constantly giving themselves prosperity treatments, success treatments, by encouraging themselves, by making their minds positive, so that they will be immune from all negative, discouraging, poverty thought currents. Holding the success thought, the prosperity ideal, constantly dwelling upon one’s successful future, expecting it, working for it, – these are, whether you know it or not, success, prosperity treatments.
An understanding of the three Departments of the Mind will help you to make your dreams come true, qualify you to have an abundance of everything, and enable you to turn your ideas into money. A knowledge of all three Departments of the Mind is essential, but the ultimate and complete fulfillment of an idea is dependent upon Desire. Desire is a combination of feeling and action, and brings into force all the qualities, attributes and powers of the Mind.
The state of your conditioning is absolutely critical to the state of your life and it is the most important factor – out of the many factors and elements – in whether or not you will achieve the life that you Desire. No matter how much or what you study, or what actions you take (or fail to take), if your conditioning is “faulty,” you will not achieve your Desires. Indeed, the Law of Attraction – as well as the other Universal Laws – is absolutely useless if you have, and engage in, faulty conditioning.
We tend to see the world from one of two perspectives: 1) things happen TO us (we are not in control of our lives; our lives are at the mercy of other people, events and circumstances; our paradigm is that of victim consciousness, a destructive state of being), OR, 2) things happen BECAUSE of us (we are in control of our lives by virtue of having control of our thoughts, feelings, actions, behavior; as a consequence, we control the results and experiences of our lives; our paradgim is that of prosperity consciousness, a constructive state of being). If you can understand this and shift your paradigm from victim to prosperity consciousness, you will transform your life towards the better – Guaranteed!
It is a fact known to all students of mental phenomena that very few persons possess more than a very small degree of concentration. They allow their mental forces to become scattered and dissipated in all directions, and obtain little or no results from the same. In the degree that a man is able to concentrate, so is he able to manifest mental power. A man’s power of mental concentration is to a great extent his measure of greatness.
Wealth-Culture consists in making constructive use of the people and things in your environment. First, get a clear mental picture of what you want – be very specific, very clear. Second, define a clear mental image of the Purpose for attaining what you want. Third, do everything perfectly in the present moment, even if it seems unrelated to your ultimate goal, for you must first master the present before you may transcend to a higher level. Fourth, keep unwaivering Faith that you will attain your goal, that God hears you, and that the Universe will respond. Do this, and you cannot fail to Succeed!