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 nor criticize yourself.
You know that the only thing in the world that you have got to count upon is yourself.
For any endeavor you pursue, concentration, consistency and persistence are the NUMBER ONE ingredients.
Miss any of those three words and fail to translate them into action, and your dream fails and falls prostrate onto the floor.
It is not so much ability, as it is the Will to do that counts.
Evoke the will that no matter what, you're going to concentrate, be consistent and persevere.
Ability is very plentiful, anyone is able, but organizing initiative and creative power are not plentiful.
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.
" 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 when you concentrate on either "to do" or "to be.
" The amount of effort it takes to fail is the same amount of effort it takes to succeed as far as the mind is concerned.
It is your responsibility to provide it with the right seeds of thought.
It is your "Will" to do or not to do...
see my point; it is the same either way.
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 and perfect your conduct.
The "Mind" is actually analogous to the hands, you cannot do anything with your hands folded; you have got to direct your hands to touch and do the things you want to do.
Therefore, it follows that all things remaining constant, you cannot achieve anything meaningful by not directing your mind to do and not do what you'd want to achieve.
Anything that we do in life depends upon the Will To DO connected to belief that you'll achieve.
The moment you are reluctant, even the most basic of endeavors become so tough for us to accomplish.
Here is a little analogy for you to believe that what am saying has sense in it...
At first it may seem somewhat strange to learn that "belief" has anything to do with this matter, but a little consideration will explain this general law of psychology.
It is this way: The will never acts in a direction, which the mind believes impossible.
One never tries to reach the moon, because his mind refuses to believe that he can do it - but the child, believing that it is possible, will use his will to move his hand in that direction.
The disbelief acts as a brake on the will - do you see the point? But, you may say, the belief of the child does not enable him to reach the moon.
Certainly not, but it caused his will to operate so as to move the hand.
Belief does not necessarily render accomplishment certain - but it removes the barriers of disbelief, the latter preventing any accomplishment by the will.
There are many things that we would be able to do if we could only believe that we could do - but disbelief acts as a brake and a barrier to the efforts of the will.
Realization of one's power will often gain half the battle of accomplishment for him.
In the case before us, the one needs only to believe enough to make the attempt.
Then, each time the attempt is made, and one perceives a result, the task becomes easier for the next time.
And, at last, the sense of full realization of the power of the will dawns upon the person, and after that the rest is easy.
"This mind grows to resemble that upon which it feeds," and therefore, you should "feed" your mind with the very kind of ideas, which you would like to have your mental attitude reflect.
For instance, if you desire a mental attitude of Courage, Determination, Masterfulness, Success, etc.
, you should read stories in which these points of character are brought out; you should frequent the company of this kind of persons; you should constantly hold in your mind the IDEAL of the things you wish to develop in your mental attitude, and you will find that you will naturally find in the outer world the material things corresponding to them.
And, remember this, avoid the opposite and negative books, persons and thoughts, as you would poisonous snakes.
Mental attitude resembles yeast, in the sense that if you insert a single bit of the ferment in your mind, it will begin to work, and grow other cells, until it finally fills your entire mind.
It tends to reproduce itself.
This is true of both desirable and undesirable mental ideas, but - and remember this well - here is a most hopeful and encouraging fact: A positive idea will tend to kill a negative one, so you see Nature is fighting on your side.
The best way to kill and destroy negative mental ideas and attitudes is to plant a good crop of positive in their places, and then encourage the fight - the negatives will go under surely.
It is like pouring fresh water into a basin of dirty water - in time the water will become clear; or, again, like flooding a room with sunshine - the darkness will be destroyed.