Monday, December 11, 2017

The Flame of Hope

27 CYL The Flame of Hope1

(An excerpt from the bestseller How to Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds,
based on talks by Earl Nightingale
)

The Flame of Hope

Every person is born with the basic drive to persevere. No matter how crushed, how defeated, how demoralized, when all hope seems gone, there is, in the healthy person, a small, indistinguishable flame of hope – like a faint but persistent pilot light that stays alight, much like the fire ancient man used to carry with him as he moved from place to place.

Almost everyone comes to a place in life when going on seems futile, even ridiculous – when he seems overwhelmed by a suffocating mattress of events and situations, and desires just to sit down in the middle of the road and let the world and everything in it go to blazes.

So he sits down for a while. But then the vibration of the world seems to make itself felt in his bones. Pretty soon, he raises his head and begins to look around. After a while, he takes a couple of deep breaths, gets slowly, painfully to his feet, wobbles there for a minute or two, and then he starts out again. Often as not, around the next bend in the road, he’ll find the reason he kept going. And he’ll shudder at the thought of how close he came to giving up.

His hope lies in movement and time. If he does not get up and start moving again, he’s done for. But he has this natural drive to keep moving along the road. As long as he keeps heading for what he’s looking for, what seemed like the end of the world for him will be nothing more than a bad dream, and a part of the preparation he needed to qualify for the achievement his perseverance has brought.

Movement, time, and the law of averages; I remember reading about the manager of a major-league ball club who kept a rookie on the team and in the lineup because even though he wasn’t hitting anywhere near what was expected of him, when he struck out, he struck out swinging. He wasn’t just standing there watching strikes go by. And, as the manager expected, he soon started getting wood on the ball and bringing his average up to where it belonged.

Discouragement seems to be part of life, but the reason people prevail is because of this built-in drive to keep going.


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Friday, December 8, 2017

The Power of the Law of Repetition – Dr. J B Jones – 03

CTF The Power of the Law of Repetition

(An excerpt from If You Can Count to Four available on Amazon)

The Power of the Law of Repetition

We have been talking a great deal about the various laws of the universe. One of these laws I would like to call the law of repetition. We now know that we have what we call the conscious function of the mind. Also we know that we have the subconscious function of the mind, and that all thought originates in the conscious phase of the mind.

That we design our concepts, in the form of ideas, and we clothe these ideas with our words. We express them by speaking our word, or writing our word. When the conscious mind arrives at a concept and defines it in the form of an idea, then it expresses it as a word. A group of words make a sentence making a more beautiful design and the concept, through a series of sentences, until the idea is well-defined in definite size, color, texture and motive.

Through the conscious phase of the mind we speak our words, and express this idea over and over and over again. Each time we express our concept in a series of words, in a well-defined manner, this word or idea is planted in the subconscious phase of our mind, which is the female portion of the father, mother, son principle of life, and a little vibration is recorded in the subconscious the first time we express the concept.

The second time we express it, the recording is enhanced or a little more indelibly recorded. It could be likened unto sticking a needle onto a blank record and you, with your hand, fix this needle with a straight line onto the record and then you take the needle and run it down that same groove again, with just a little more pressure, until the groove becomes a little deeper and a little wider.

The third time that you run the needle on the same channel, it becomes a little deeper and a little wider, and the fourth time a little deeper and a little wider, and the fifth and sixth times a little deeper in a little wider, and so on, and if you were to run that needle up and down that group, say 50 times, it would be what we call deeply engrooved and a very definite track would be established in the record.

Well, each time we control our attention and express our word along a certain line, repeating over and over and over again and again and again a certain concept or a certain idea, we are making a track in the subconscious. We are building, what we call in practical psychology, a conditioned consciousness. We are building a habitual feeling, or a condition, from which we express a habitual feeling in the subconscious.

And it has been proved that when we go through this process, through repeating and repeating and repeating over and over again, a concept, that it will become established in the subconscious, as a condition from which we will react with feeling habitually, and then that is known as a part of us and as Solomon said,” As a man thinketh so is he.”

He is what he is. I am what I am and you are what you are because of the sum total of these conditions and the subconscious, which were established through the law of repetition, my first arriving at a concept in which we believe in the concept which we have a sincere desire to be established in the subconscious. We then establish it and that becomes a part of us, and is the sum total of what we are, fulfilling the statement that was made that as a man think it’s in his heart so is he.

So, let us apply this from a practical point of view. Let’s take an example of a man who at the present time is a poor man. He is poverty-stricken and does not express abundance. Then, if he is a poor man because of what he thinks in his heart, or the sum total of these conditioned concepts, which have been repeated consciously and unconsciously over and over again, then we have arrived at a principle.

We can find out how he became what he is. He is a poor man because he has a concept of poverty which he has consciously and unconsciously repeated over and over to his subconscious, until it has become a condition, or part of the sum total of all of the conditioned concepts which make up his entirety, so that he can say that I am what I am because of the sum total of all these conditions.

Now, in as much as that is true, then if he can get a concept of abundance and get it well-defined and his conscious mind, and then if he will give attention to this new concept over and over again, and write it out in words so that it means something definite to him in the form of an abundant concept of life, so that he can speak his word or write his word over and over, and over again, taking advantage of this tremendous law of repetition, which, by the way, is as tangible as electricity, gravity, mathematics and chemistry, then he can build it, this new condition in the subconscious in the form of an abundant condition.

And, when he does that, he neutralizes the old concept, or the old condition, based upon a poverty concept and, as soon as he has repeated and gives attention to this new abundant concept, until it becomes firmly established as a new and indelible, and the erasable Tract in the subconscious, he will become an individual. For he is an individual when he reaches the condition of expressing abundance habitually.

Now, through this law of repetition, we can deal with the area of cause, which is the father principle as was described in another chapter. A well-defined idea in the conscious mind is the father principle. A well-defined idea is planted in the subconscious, or the female portion of the mind, and then the son or the dream fulfilled is a result, or the offspring. So, we’re getting down to basic causes when we are dealing with well-defined ideas and concepts, which we control through the imagination.

Through our burning desires we have that wonderful ability, that wonderful function in our minds, to design our own desire. We can put any design, any shape, any size, any color, any texture, and quality which we desire in our original concept.

We can work on it like an artist until we perfect it. We can add to it and take from it until we are satisfied with our design and its content, in the form of a well-defined idea. That is the first step. Then we concentrate on that, we think about it, we have a movement of thought in the conscious phase of our mind along these lines exactly, over and over and over again, until we establish this new track more strongly, more strongly than the old track of the opposite nature.

For example, we build the new track on abundance much more strongly and deeply than the old track which was based upon our belief in poverty. The same thing applies, of course, to the problem of happiness, harmony and peace of mind. The only reason the average person doesn’t have happiness is because they have a conditioned concept, established through this long repetition, on the opposite of happiness, which is unhappiness and inharmony.

They have learned to react, habitually, inharmoniously or negatively to life situations. Thousands and thousands of times they have reacted negatively to life situations until they have a negative consciousness in the subconscious from which they habitually react.

They can consciously decide, through the will power, through the imagination, and not only can they decide through the will power, but the The Power of the Law of Repetition – Dr. J B Jonesy can design a new concept of happiness and harmony and peace of mind through the imagination, through a burning desire, and through this great law of repetition, then can give all of their attention to the new concept of happiness, harmony and peace of mind, until they build this newly conditioned concept of happiness, harmony and peace of mind in the subconscious.

Then it, of course, neutralizes, replaces for erases the old concept, and then we will react positively to all of life situations instead of negatively.

But I want to emphasize the power of repetition. The average person today is bored the second or third time they hear something. As soon as they can pronounce the words and as soon as they have a surface understanding of the words, they say to themselves unconsciously, “Aw, I’ve heard that before,” and they are bored with hearing it again and again and again. They pull down their inner mental curtain, withdraw their attention and pay no more attention to it. Now that is psychological suicide.

You can never build a condition in the subconscious from which he will react habitually until you take advantage of this law of repetition. If you are introduced to an idea, and it appears that the idea, if it should become a condition in your subconscious, would bring you either happiness, health or prosperity, in all three or even two of them, then glorify that idea, insist upon reading it or listening to it or speaking it hundreds of times.

I have made recordings in the last 10 years of all of the cardinal principles of the universe, and I have played these back to my subconscious, not 100, not 1000, but sometimes many thousands of times until my subconscious is conditioned completely through these wonderful truths of the universe.

I had to learn how to listen however. After I had heard some of these things two or three times I’ve never attempted to say to myself, “Well, I heard that before.” By the way, I have faced every problem anyone else has faced along these lines. Things have not always come easy. I have gone through the “school of hard knocks.” I’ve had to learn to enjoy repetition. That is one of the most wonderful things that I could recommend to you, learn to enjoy repetition.

Attend meetings, attend lectures, read books. If they have a message for you that you are interested in, that you would like to master, you can master anything that you want to master, if you will repeat it a sufficient number of times for your subconscious. We cannot ever become anything in particular, unless we learn this law of repetition. It is one of the greatest laws in the universe. It is a process of learning like memorizing a poem. You have to repeat it over and over and over, a sufficient number of times, until you have memorized it and until it is recorded on the subconscious.

You not only want to record knowledge on the subconscious, you want to record wisdom. After you have it so that you can memorize it, then keep on saying it until it has meaning. By repeating it and studying it, over and over, it has meaning, and when you get the meaning and then how to apply the meaning, that is wisdom.

So “make no small plans for they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Chapter 6 – The System in Operation – Wake Up and Live – 04

 

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(An excerpt from The Strangest Secret Library available on Amazon)

Chapter 6 The System in Operation

IF you are the possessor of a very vivid imagination, you will probably be already well on the way towards practice with no more than the clue in that sentence: Act as if it were impossible to fail. If you are not, or if you have been badly hurt by failure, there may be some difficulty in beginning to act effectively, but there need not be very much.

To get at it more slowly, the idea is just this: instead of starting wherever you are – or, to be accurate, instead of trying to start, or swearing that you will start, or deceiving yourself into thinking that you are going to start tomorrow or the day after – beset by all the usual doubts of your own performance and memories of past pain, take time first to “make up” your state of mind, the mental condition in which you are going to work.

If you have an important appointment you do not rush out to it unkempt, unwashed, in any old clothes. You take some trouble to make yourself look as well as you can. Man or woman, you brush and clean your clothes, you look for your good points and emphasize them, you hide or improve your blemishes. Then, when you go to your appointment, you try to act as much as possible as if that heightened condition were your normal state.

Now, you are mentally going to an appointment, an appointment with your successful self. How can you arrange your frame of mind to make that appointment fruitful? You first give yourself a model. Everyone has had a taste of success in some line, perhaps in a very minor matter. Think back to it, however childish it was, even if it was a success of your schooldays. It needn’t be, even remotely, success in the adult work you hope to do. What you want to recapture is the state of mind in which you once succeeded. Be careful, now; you do not want to overshoot the mark. Don’t jump ahead into the elation which followed the success itself. Just recapture the steady, confident feeling that was yours when you knew the fact that was demanded of you, when you realized that you could do the thing that was necessary, that what you were about to do was well within your powers.

Try to bring back as clearly as you can every surrounding circumstance of that moment. Now transfer in imagination that success-sequence to the work in hand. If you were absolutely certain that everything about the present work would go as smoothly as everything went when you succeeded in the past, if you knew that what you are beginning would certainly go well, from the moment you begin till the moment of the work’s ultimate reception, how would you feel? How would you act? What is the state of mind you would be in as you launch out into it? Fix your attention on that, for that is to be your working frame of mind. Until you can reach it, refuse to begin; but insist to yourself on reaching it as soon as possible.

When you have found the mood hold it steadily for a while, as if waiting for a word of command. All at once you will feel a release of energy. You have received from yourself your working orders, and you can begin. You will see that you no longer have to push yourself to do the work; all your energy is free to push the work alone.

It was that extra, unnecessary labor of pushing your own inertia aside which made it seem, before, that you were too hampered to get started, were groping through a fog to get at your object, or were stopping continually to brush away half realized doubts, anxieties, memories of failure that buzzed about you like a cloud of gnats. Clear all that away before you begin to work by the simple expedient of refusing to contemplate the mere possibility of failure.

Next, work till you feel the unmistakable onset of true fatigue. True fatigue. The early flagging of attention will be only the old state of mind trying to creep in once more when your attention is elsewhere. If that happens, stop a second and say to yourself, “No. That is the way I will not think!” clear out the impulse entirely, and go on working. When your muscles and your mind honestly protest that they have done all they should do for the time, stop and find some relaxation. If you are held by office-hours, go away quietly alone for awhile when the old state of mind seems in danger of returning, or when you find that you are going to have to spend some time in altering the attitude of a fellow worker before you can move smoothly in the new way. Stay alone until you have reestablished your confident attitude, then return to the group.

When the time for relaxation comes you will find that you get the full joy of playing at last.

There are some persons who have been so badly bruised that, although any unwarrantable indulgence towards oneself should be guarded against, it may be necessary to begin this system by practicing it only for a short time each day, and on some secondary desire. Most educators agree that the best way to teach a child to act confidently and competently, and to facilitate the process of learning, is to ask him first to perform some small task which is well within his untrained powers. As Dorothy Canfield Fisher says in her excellent little book for parents and teachers, Self-reliance, “Success or failure in adult life depends largely on the energy, courage and self-reliance with which one attacks the problem of making his dreams come true.

Self-confidence in any enterprise comes as a rule from remembrance of past success.” And, again, Professor Hocking in Human Nature and Its Remaking: “Education consists in supplying the halted mind with a method of work and some examples of success. There are few more beautiful miracles than that which can be wrought by leading a despairing child into a trifling success; and there are few difficulties whose principle cannot be embodied in such simple form that success is at once easy and revealing. And by increasing the difficulty by serial stages, the small will, under the cumulative excitement of repeated and mounting success, may find itself far beyond the obstacle that originally checked it.”

So in our own cases, when self-confidence has been lost, should we find some little desire which for some reason has never been gratified. There are scores of these opportunities in every life. All that is necessary, in these experiments toward success, is either that some desire should be taken from the realm of dreaming into that of realization, or that a procedure which was not the perfect one for the effect to be produced should be corrected.

You remember the immortal Bunker Bean, and how his life changed when he was persuaded by the fraudulent medium that he was the reincarnation of a Pharaoh? His rise in the world was rapid; one success followed another and brought a third in its train. When at last he knew he had been cheated, that he was no incarnation of Rameses, nor was the mummy case that had been sold him made of wood that ever saw ancient Egypt, he had so learned the technique of success that he could not slip back into obscurity. If you observe any family likeness to H. T. Webster’s Mr. Milquetoast in yourself, it might be worth your while to get Bunker Bean and reread it; the time will not be wasted, since it is only a little less funny than it is fundamentally true.

Here are some examples of developing secondary talents so that confidence in important matters follows:

There is a notably successful physician in New York who recently learned to model in clay, and went on to learn the coloring and glazing of pottery. He did it with the direct intention of giving himself the experience of success in an avocation, since his profession, which is psychiatry, calls on him to deal constantly with refractory material. The confidence which he gains in one line is carried over into his difficult daily work; and in addition he has an engrossing hobby which freshens his mind and has become one more source of approval, since his modeling has come to be always amusing and frequently really distinguished. He must have had a great deal of talent, you may think. Well, what he did have was the knowledge that he had always been attracted by the idea of modeling; he had never touched clay until he was in his thirties. He simply took a desire which almost everyone has felt at some time or other and turned it into a source of pleasure and added self-confidence.

Again, in the Art Institute of Chicago there is a room called by the name of a business man who learned to paint after he was fifty. His work, entered in a competition in which his name could not possibly be known, took a first prize. There is now a club of middle-aged business and professional men in Chicago who are studying art and producing good work.

A thirty-year-old clerk in a business office who had had no early advantages had wanted all her life to play the piano. One day on her walk home, moved by an impulse which she fortunately did not resist, she turned into a house which advertised music lessons by a little sign in the window. Her success, of course, is only comparative. She has not the time needed to make a really excellent musician, nor did she begin early enough to train the special muscles that a professional pianist uses.

But she succeeded in reference to her own goal. Her whole life has been altered by that moment of courage. Besides the pleasure she has had from understanding music as only the performer can ever understand it, she has, and knows she has, acted in an adult fashion which resulted in giving her more confidence in every relation of her life. From being the overworked and oppressed drudge of her home, she came to live in her own small apartment, she visits her family on terms of amicable indifference, and has made a group of friends whose tastes coincide with hers.

These three cases should give a hint, at least, of the proper procedure. Take a definite step to turn a dream into a reality. Say, for instance, that you want to travel and have never been able to do so. When this dream is to be removed from the region of dreams to the region of reality there are several things which must be done. If you are not doing them, you are giving yourself good evidence that you are letting your infantile unconscious dictate the terms of your living rather than your rational mind.

If you want to see Italy, for instance, you will certainly enjoy Italy better if you can speak a few words of the language, read a current newspaper in Italian, or know of Italy’s past. Do you? Yet there are many excellent small grammars, phrasebook and histories; and how better can you get started than quietly to buy one of these? What else will you need? Time and money. Well, reverse the usual phrase and say to yourself, what is certainly true, that money is time: that if you have a fund of money on which to travel you have also a fund of time. Start in to get it. Put asides small coin each day, but don’t stop there. Think what work you can do in your spare time that will bring you a little more money for your journey. If it is nothing more than to sit with children while their parents are at parties, and if you think of the payment as absolutely dedicated to your intention to travel, you will be acting towards a successful life.

A young and hard-worked assistant editor, wanting to travel, found his way to the offices of an Italian newspaper printed in New York, there received help in translating an advertisement he had written into Italian, in which he offered to exchange lessons in English or in journalism for lessons in Italian. Two years later he went to Italy as tutor companion to a young boy, and today he is secretary in a minor capacity in the diplomatic service: the goal he always had in view for himself, but had for years considered unattainable because he had to live up to the very edge of his financial margin.

Be careful that you do not turn these first steps into merely a more elaborate way of playing the old game of daydreaming with yourself. Do something every day towards your intention, however remote your goal may have to be. If you like to model, stop at a ten-cent store and buy plasticine tomorrow; if to travel, write for folders; at the very least, if you have no money to spend at all, you can go to, or get into correspondence with, the nearest public library, and learn to use the expert services of librarians.

At first say as little as possible to others of what you intend to do. Get an effect before beginning to talk. If you talk too soon you may almost come to feel that there is a conspiracy against your doing anything out of your usual routine; you will be at least partly right. Those who are still slaves to dreams, to the Will to Fail, are made uncomfortable by the sight of anyone who is breaking free. They feel that there is in the unwonted action some criticism directed at themselves, and become uneasy. At any moment, the Unconscious knows its supremacy may be disturbed, its opportunities for reverie taken away from it. So it begins to fight. One of the most universal forms this combat taken is that of quotation; maxims which sound wise, but which are usually only self consolatory, spring to the lips of those who reject reality.

“The skies change,” they will say to you, sententiously; “the heart remains the same,” but they will not be quoting in the sense of the original. Or “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” you will hear, from those who cannot be bothered to look beyond their own front yards. And so the subtle process of undermining your enthusiasm, and bolstering themselves in their own opinion, will go on. If proverbs fail, they will fall back on teasing.

Now you, if you are at last tearing yourself free, are entering into a conspiracy with Reality, an agreement to see how much may be got out of life if you act with a little more directness and courage than you have used before. Don’t put yourself into a position to be discouraged at the start, or bullied out of, or teased about, your new program. Within a short time the results of your action will speak for themselves, providing you with all the justification you need.

Always your first question to yourself should be, “What would I be doing now if it were really impossible for me to fail at – whatever it is: traveling, modeling, writing, farming?” It may be any of these things, or any one of a hundred more: to dance, or dress-make, study calculus or Greek, become better looking, or hear more music.

Whatever it is, by thinking, you can discover easily what the first step would be if you were engaged with reality, and not with a dream of a different life. Now you are engaged with reality; take that first step. Then ask yourself the next, and so on until you see the ambition itself taking form in your life, beginning to grow with what looks like independent growth, beginning to carry you along instead of having to be searched after. For that is what happens: at a certain stage you will find that you are being borne along swiftly and easily on the momentum started by your own initial actions. “Life is infinitely flexible,” an old analyst used to say to his patients; and while that may be a little excessive, it is true that life is far more malleable, more flexible, than it seems to be so long as we are unwilling to act.

Or there is another way of starting to act successfully. We seldom realize how great an amount of the friction we all undergo in our lives comes from our expecting to be rebuffed or ignored. Think back to some encounter you had today in your office, in a store, with a servant or tradesman in your home. Try to remember just the form your request took. Making all due allowances for courtesy, or for the respectfulness due to superiors and elders, was there not in addition a tentativeness about your request? Didn’t you ask for cooperation in such a way as to leave room for refusal, or grudging action, or for being ignored? Now, think of the ideal way in which that question could have been asked, or that order given. It can be cast just as courteously as before, but in such a way that the person of whom you asked help cannot refuse you without being deliberately surly and hostile.

That is the tone of success. When you find it you benefit not only yourself, but the person with whom you must cooperate for effectiveness. Do not waste another’s time and energy or your own patience by suggesting even indirectly that there is more than one course of action, if there is only one which will get the result you require. The work to be done takes half the time if the attention is undivided and so is free to go on to the next demand quickly.

Have you ever been in an office where, let us say, a worker who considers herself rather too well-bred for the position she fills is one of your coworkers? “Oh, Mr. Robinson,” she will say, elaborately, “if you have just a moment to spare, will you go over those reports on your desk some time soon? I hate to trouble such a busy man, but Mr. Smith wants them.” Now, deplorable or not, it is just plain ornery human nature to wish you hadn’t just a moment to spare, to cast around you almost automatically for something else you might be doing which would make you far too busy to get to that request right away. Yet probably going over those reports is the next thing on your program, anyway; if you succumb to the temptation to hold up the work and teach the ex-countess a lesson, you hold up the whole work of the office and get into trouble with your superior officers. Now, wasn’t your time and energy wasted by the unfortunate way that simple request was made? Yet the chances are that you yourself say, “Miss Thomas, will you get me the Drummond correspondence, if you aren’t too busy?” when it is Miss Thomas’ function to get the correspondence at your request whether she is otherwise busy or not; when she will have to say “Certainly,” and pretend that she is free to refuse if she likes. It would be just as simple to say, “Miss Thomas, I need the Drummond correspondence” – which would release her to go straight to the task, feeling that she was not receiving a consideration more than half-patronizing, and not even needing to make a perfunctory reply. If the tone of the simpler sentence is courteous and considerate you have not only left her feelings unwounded, you have treated her as your willing coworker and given her cause not to think of herself as a touchy subordinate who must be mollified.

These seem such minor matters, but it is the sum of small things successfully done that lifts a life out of bondage to the humdrum. Women are particularly subject to using the wrong tone to subordinates or office associates, and many of the charges that women are discriminated against in business come from the fact that quite unconsciously they import a mistaken polish into their everyday affairs. Women who complain nightly of incompetence or insolence from maids or children, office girls who have serial stories to tell of impertinence or “office politics,” are, in almost every case, the ones really at fault. By approaching their human contacts with the wrong attitude, by using the wrong tone and the wrong words, they open the way for differences of opinion which never need arise.

By going over your day in imagination before you begin it, thinking of all the contacts you are likely to have and how they can best be handled, listening to your own voice and correcting it till you get the tone which is at once courteous and unanswerable, you can begin acting successfully at any moment. By doing so you will find that you get through your business day with less fatigue; with what you have left you can begin to realize some minor wish of which you have long dreamed in secret.

From there it is only a step to finding the courage to begin to do the major things which you have wanted and hoped to do.


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Chapter 6 – The System in Operation – Wake Up and Live – 04

 

Chapter 6 - The System in Operation7654

(An excerpt from The Strangest Secret Library available on Amazon)

Chapter 6 The System in Operation

IF you are the possessor of a very vivid imagination, you will probably be already well on the way towards practice with no more than the clue in that sentence: Act as if it were impossible to fail. If you are not, or if you have been badly hurt by failure, there may be some difficulty in beginning to act effectively, but there need not be very much.

To get at it more slowly, the idea is just this: instead of starting wherever you are – or, to be accurate, instead of trying to start, or swearing that you will start, or deceiving yourself into thinking that you are going to start tomorrow or the day after – beset by all the usual doubts of your own performance and memories of past pain, take time first to “make up” your state of mind, the mental condition in which you are going to work.

If you have an important appointment you do not rush out to it unkempt, unwashed, in any old clothes. You take some trouble to make yourself look as well as you can. Man or woman, you brush and clean your clothes, you look for your good points and emphasize them, you hide or improve your blemishes. Then, when you go to your appointment, you try to act as much as possible as if that heightened condition were your normal state.

Now, you are mentally going to an appointment, an appointment with your successful self. How can you arrange your frame of mind to make that appointment fruitful? You first give yourself a model. Everyone has had a taste of success in some line, perhaps in a very minor matter. Think back to it, however childish it was, even if it was a success of your schooldays. It needn’t be, even remotely, success in the adult work you hope to do. What you want to recapture is the state of mind in which you once succeeded. Be careful, now; you do not want to overshoot the mark. Don’t jump ahead into the elation which followed the success itself. Just recapture the steady, confident feeling that was yours when you knew the fact that was demanded of you, when you realized that you could do the thing that was necessary, that what you were about to do was well within your powers.

Try to bring back as clearly as you can every surrounding circumstance of that moment. Now transfer in imagination that success-sequence to the work in hand. If you were absolutely certain that everything about the present work would go as smoothly as everything went when you succeeded in the past, if you knew that what you are beginning would certainly go well, from the moment you begin till the moment of the work’s ultimate reception, how would you feel? How would you act? What is the state of mind you would be in as you launch out into it? Fix your attention on that, for that is to be your working frame of mind. Until you can reach it, refuse to begin; but insist to yourself on reaching it as soon as possible.

When you have found the mood hold it steadily for a while, as if waiting for a word of command. All at once you will feel a release of energy. You have received from yourself your working orders, and you can begin. You will see that you no longer have to push yourself to do the work; all your energy is free to push the work alone.

It was that extra, unnecessary labor of pushing your own inertia aside which made it seem, before, that you were too hampered to get started, were groping through a fog to get at your object, or were stopping continually to brush away half realized doubts, anxieties, memories of failure that buzzed about you like a cloud of gnats. Clear all that away before you begin to work by the simple expedient of refusing to contemplate the mere possibility of failure.

Next, work till you feel the unmistakable onset of true fatigue. True fatigue. The early flagging of attention will be only the old state of mind trying to creep in once more when your attention is elsewhere. If that happens, stop a second and say to yourself, “No. That is the way I will not think!” clear out the impulse entirely, and go on working. When your muscles and your mind honestly protest that they have done all they should do for the time, stop and find some relaxation. If you are held by office-hours, go away quietly alone for awhile when the old state of mind seems in danger of returning, or when you find that you are going to have to spend some time in altering the attitude of a fellow worker before you can move smoothly in the new way. Stay alone until you have reestablished your confident attitude, then return to the group.

When the time for relaxation comes you will find that you get the full joy of playing at last.

There are some persons who have been so badly bruised that, although any unwarrantable indulgence towards oneself should be guarded against, it may be necessary to begin this system by practicing it only for a short time each day, and on some secondary desire. Most educators agree that the best way to teach a child to act confidently and competently, and to facilitate the process of learning, is to ask him first to perform some small task which is well within his untrained powers. As Dorothy Canfield Fisher says in her excellent little book for parents and teachers, Self-reliance, “Success or failure in adult life depends largely on the energy, courage and self-reliance with which one attacks the problem of making his dreams come true.

Self-confidence in any enterprise comes as a rule from remembrance of past success.” And, again, Professor Hocking in Human Nature and Its Remaking: “Education consists in supplying the halted mind with a method of work and some examples of success. There are few more beautiful miracles than that which can be wrought by leading a despairing child into a trifling success; and there are few difficulties whose principle cannot be embodied in such simple form that success is at once easy and revealing. And by increasing the difficulty by serial stages, the small will, under the cumulative excitement of repeated and mounting success, may find itself far beyond the obstacle that originally checked it.”

So in our own cases, when self-confidence has been lost, should we find some little desire which for some reason has never been gratified. There are scores of these opportunities in every life. All that is necessary, in these experiments toward success, is either that some desire should be taken from the realm of dreaming into that of realization, or that a procedure which was not the perfect one for the effect to be produced should be corrected.

You remember the immortal Bunker Bean, and how his life changed when he was persuaded by the fraudulent medium that he was the reincarnation of a Pharaoh? His rise in the world was rapid; one success followed another and brought a third in its train. When at last he knew he had been cheated, that he was no incarnation of Rameses, nor was the mummy case that had been sold him made of wood that ever saw ancient Egypt, he had so learned the technique of success that he could not slip back into obscurity. If you observe any family likeness to H. T. Webster’s Mr. Milquetoast in yourself, it might be worth your while to get Bunker Bean and reread it; the time will not be wasted, since it is only a little less funny than it is fundamentally true.

Here are some examples of developing secondary talents so that confidence in important matters follows:

There is a notably successful physician in New York who recently learned to model in clay, and went on to learn the coloring and glazing of pottery. He did it with the direct intention of giving himself the experience of success in an avocation, since his profession, which is psychiatry, calls on him to deal constantly with refractory material. The confidence which he gains in one line is carried over into his difficult daily work; and in addition he has an engrossing hobby which freshens his mind and has become one more source of approval, since his modeling has come to be always amusing and frequently really distinguished. He must have had a great deal of talent, you may think. Well, what he did have was the knowledge that he had always been attracted by the idea of modeling; he had never touched clay until he was in his thirties. He simply took a desire which almost everyone has felt at some time or other and turned it into a source of pleasure and added self-confidence.

Again, in the Art Institute of Chicago there is a room called by the name of a business man who learned to paint after he was fifty. His work, entered in a competition in which his name could not possibly be known, took a first prize. There is now a club of middle-aged business and professional men in Chicago who are studying art and producing good work.

A thirty-year-old clerk in a business office who had had no early advantages had wanted all her life to play the piano. One day on her walk home, moved by an impulse which she fortunately did not resist, she turned into a house which advertised music lessons by a little sign in the window. Her success, of course, is only comparative. She has not the time needed to make a really excellent musician, nor did she begin early enough to train the special muscles that a professional pianist uses.

But she succeeded in reference to her own goal. Her whole life has been altered by that moment of courage. Besides the pleasure she has had from understanding music as only the performer can ever understand it, she has, and knows she has, acted in an adult fashion which resulted in giving her more confidence in every relation of her life. From being the overworked and oppressed drudge of her home, she came to live in her own small apartment, she visits her family on terms of amicable indifference, and has made a group of friends whose tastes coincide with hers.

These three cases should give a hint, at least, of the proper procedure. Take a definite step to turn a dream into a reality. Say, for instance, that you want to travel and have never been able to do so. When this dream is to be removed from the region of dreams to the region of reality there are several things which must be done. If you are not doing them, you are giving yourself good evidence that you are letting your infantile unconscious dictate the terms of your living rather than your rational mind.

If you want to see Italy, for instance, you will certainly enjoy Italy better if you can speak a few words of the language, read a current newspaper in Italian, or know of Italy’s past. Do you? Yet there are many excellent small grammars, phrasebook and histories; and how better can you get started than quietly to buy one of these? What else will you need? Time and money. Well, reverse the usual phrase and say to yourself, what is certainly true, that money is time: that if you have a fund of money on which to travel you have also a fund of time. Start in to get it. Put asides small coin each day, but don’t stop there. Think what work you can do in your spare time that will bring you a little more money for your journey. If it is nothing more than to sit with children while their parents are at parties, and if you think of the payment as absolutely dedicated to your intention to travel, you will be acting towards a successful life.

A young and hard-worked assistant editor, wanting to travel, found his way to the offices of an Italian newspaper printed in New York, there received help in translating an advertisement he had written into Italian, in which he offered to exchange lessons in English or in journalism for lessons in Italian. Two years later he went to Italy as tutor companion to a young boy, and today he is secretary in a minor capacity in the diplomatic service: the goal he always had in view for himself, but had for years considered unattainable because he had to live up to the very edge of his financial margin.

Be careful that you do not turn these first steps into merely a more elaborate way of playing the old game of daydreaming with yourself. Do something every day towards your intention, however remote your goal may have to be. If you like to model, stop at a ten-cent store and buy plasticine tomorrow; if to travel, write for folders; at the very least, if you have no money to spend at all, you can go to, or get into correspondence with, the nearest public library, and learn to use the expert services of librarians.

At first say as little as possible to others of what you intend to do. Get an effect before beginning to talk. If you talk too soon you may almost come to feel that there is a conspiracy against your doing anything out of your usual routine; you will be at least partly right. Those who are still slaves to dreams, to the Will to Fail, are made uncomfortable by the sight of anyone who is breaking free. They feel that there is in the unwonted action some criticism directed at themselves, and become uneasy. At any moment, the Unconscious knows its supremacy may be disturbed, its opportunities for reverie taken away from it. So it begins to fight. One of the most universal forms this combat taken is that of quotation; maxims which sound wise, but which are usually only self consolatory, spring to the lips of those who reject reality.

“The skies change,” they will say to you, sententiously; “the heart remains the same,” but they will not be quoting in the sense of the original. Or “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” you will hear, from those who cannot be bothered to look beyond their own front yards. And so the subtle process of undermining your enthusiasm, and bolstering themselves in their own opinion, will go on. If proverbs fail, they will fall back on teasing.

Now you, if you are at last tearing yourself free, are entering into a conspiracy with Reality, an agreement to see how much may be got out of life if you act with a little more directness and courage than you have used before. Don’t put yourself into a position to be discouraged at the start, or bullied out of, or teased about, your new program. Within a short time the results of your action will speak for themselves, providing you with all the justification you need.

Always your first question to yourself should be, “What would I be doing now if it were really impossible for me to fail at – whatever it is: traveling, modeling, writing, farming?” It may be any of these things, or any one of a hundred more: to dance, or dress-make, study calculus or Greek, become better looking, or hear more music.

Whatever it is, by thinking, you can discover easily what the first step would be if you were engaged with reality, and not with a dream of a different life. Now you are engaged with reality; take that first step. Then ask yourself the next, and so on until you see the ambition itself taking form in your life, beginning to grow with what looks like independent growth, beginning to carry you along instead of having to be searched after. For that is what happens: at a certain stage you will find that you are being borne along swiftly and easily on the momentum started by your own initial actions. “Life is infinitely flexible,” an old analyst used to say to his patients; and while that may be a little excessive, it is true that life is far more malleable, more flexible, than it seems to be so long as we are unwilling to act.

Or there is another way of starting to act successfully. We seldom realize how great an amount of the friction we all undergo in our lives comes from our expecting to be rebuffed or ignored. Think back to some encounter you had today in your office, in a store, with a servant or tradesman in your home. Try to remember just the form your request took. Making all due allowances for courtesy, or for the respectfulness due to superiors and elders, was there not in addition a tentativeness about your request? Didn’t you ask for cooperation in such a way as to leave room for refusal, or grudging action, or for being ignored? Now, think of the ideal way in which that question could have been asked, or that order given. It can be cast just as courteously as before, but in such a way that the person of whom you asked help cannot refuse you without being deliberately surly and hostile.

That is the tone of success. When you find it you benefit not only yourself, but the person with whom you must cooperate for effectiveness. Do not waste another’s time and energy or your own patience by suggesting even indirectly that there is more than one course of action, if there is only one which will get the result you require. The work to be done takes half the time if the attention is undivided and so is free to go on to the next demand quickly.

Have you ever been in an office where, let us say, a worker who considers herself rather too well-bred for the position she fills is one of your coworkers? “Oh, Mr. Robinson,” she will say, elaborately, “if you have just a moment to spare, will you go over those reports on your desk some time soon? I hate to trouble such a busy man, but Mr. Smith wants them.” Now, deplorable or not, it is just plain ornery human nature to wish you hadn’t just a moment to spare, to cast around you almost automatically for something else you might be doing which would make you far too busy to get to that request right away. Yet probably going over those reports is the next thing on your program, anyway; if you succumb to the temptation to hold up the work and teach the ex-countess a lesson, you hold up the whole work of the office and get into trouble with your superior officers. Now, wasn’t your time and energy wasted by the unfortunate way that simple request was made? Yet the chances are that you yourself say, “Miss Thomas, will you get me the Drummond correspondence, if you aren’t too busy?” when it is Miss Thomas’ function to get the correspondence at your request whether she is otherwise busy or not; when she will have to say “Certainly,” and pretend that she is free to refuse if she likes. It would be just as simple to say, “Miss Thomas, I need the Drummond correspondence” – which would release her to go straight to the task, feeling that she was not receiving a consideration more than half-patronizing, and not even needing to make a perfunctory reply. If the tone of the simpler sentence is courteous and considerate you have not only left her feelings unwounded, you have treated her as your willing coworker and given her cause not to think of herself as a touchy subordinate who must be mollified.

These seem such minor matters, but it is the sum of small things successfully done that lifts a life out of bondage to the humdrum. Women are particularly subject to using the wrong tone to subordinates or office associates, and many of the charges that women are discriminated against in business come from the fact that quite unconsciously they import a mistaken polish into their everyday affairs. Women who complain nightly of incompetence or insolence from maids or children, office girls who have serial stories to tell of impertinence or “office politics,” are, in almost every case, the ones really at fault. By approaching their human contacts with the wrong attitude, by using the wrong tone and the wrong words, they open the way for differences of opinion which never need arise.

By going over your day in imagination before you begin it, thinking of all the contacts you are likely to have and how they can best be handled, listening to your own voice and correcting it till you get the tone which is at once courteous and unanswerable, you can begin acting successfully at any moment. By doing so you will find that you get through your business day with less fatigue; with what you have left you can begin to realize some minor wish of which you have long dreamed in secret.

From there it is only a step to finding the courage to begin to do the major things which you have wanted and hoped to do.


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

TNT It Rocks the Earth – Claude Bristol Magic of Believing – 04

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(An excerpt from “The Strangest Secret Library” – available on Amazon.)

TNT It Rocks the Earth Claude Bristol Magic of Believing

A man’s true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not do that which he thinks and says and does. – MARCUS AURELIUS ANTONINUS.

There are thousands, yes, millions of people seeking the secret – the key to health, riches, happiness, contentment and a solution of their problems.

Through the ages many men and women had the secret, used the Power and I am positive you can acquire it too if you’ll think as you read, accept and apply the ideas contained herein.

What do you want? Where are you going?

An Old, Old Story

I repeat an old story:

Down on a levee in Mississippi, two men were dozing – one of them yawned, stretched his arms and sighed:

Gee, I wish I had a million watermelons.

The other man said:

Rastus, if you had a million watermelons, would you give me half of them?

No, sir!

Would you give me a quarter of them?

No, I wouldn’t give you a quarter of them.

Rastus, if you had a million watermelons wouldn’t you give me even ten of them?

No, sir! I wouldn’t give you ten of them.

Well, wouldn’t you give me one lousy watermelon? Say, Sam, I wouldn’t give you even a bite of one if I had a million watermelons. Why not, Rastus?

Because you’re too lazy to wish for yourself.

There’s much to be gleaned from that story. You’ll understand as I proceed.

Scoffers Do Not Succeed

I am fully cognizant that some will scoff – there have always been scoffers, but scoffers never succeed. They never get any place in life – simply become envious, while the doer or the person who is moving forward has to jump over or go around them. They have nothing but a nuisance value in life. Some of you may dismiss all of this as you have done before – as you always will – but for those of you who are interested, are still willing to learn, I promise you can learn and make progress for yourself.

I take it there isn’t an intelligent man or woman who isn’t really interested in getting ahead, but I have often wondered if there isn’t a negative quality in most of us which precludes us from really starting.

If You Believe It – It s So

There’s a saying I thoroughly believe in: If you believe it, it’s so. Simply a cryptic statement or digest of what I give you. All the great teachers, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammad, Jesus and many philosophers taught a great fundamental idea. It is found in all religions, cults, creeds and sects.

Everywhere runs the same general theme – the gist of which in my words is – If you believe it, it’s so.

I quote from the Bible: As a man thinketh in his heart – so is he. As a man thinketh in his heart – so is he – if you believe it, it’s so. Note the similarity? Reduce the whole thing to one word faith. I have heard many, many people say the day of miracles is past, but never in my life have I heard a thinker, a student or a believer make such a declaration. Surely, the days of Aladdin and his lamp are gone – perhaps they never existed – so with the magic wand, the magic carpet, and all of those things of fairy tale and legend.

Believe In Yourself

When I refer to miracles, I mean those things which can be accomplished through faith. Faith in your belief; Faith in Yourself; Faith in the persons with whom you are associated.

Faith in a Power. Faith in That Something which controls the destinies of everyone – and, if you can get that Faith and dissipate the negative side, nothing in this world can stop you from acquiring what you desire.

While this may sound facetious, there is nothing you can not have if you want it.

Why The Alibis?

All of us are prone to calculate and weigh things, permitting the negative side to creep to the fore, and our thoughts evidence themselves in such remarks as It can’t be done; I’m afraid; What will happen if I do it?

People won’t understand; It isn’t worth the effort; I haven’t the time and similar verbal alibis. If you haven’t expressed these thoughts to yourself, then others have to you, and, through the power of suggestion, you have accepted them as your own conclusions.

This same message has been written and delivered thousands of times. It runs through the Bible; you find it in the great fraternal orders; it led the three wise men; the crusaders carried it; every outstanding character of history has used it; Moses, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Shakespeare, Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Wilson, Benjamin Franklin, Edison, Dr. Steinmetz, Barnum, and thousands of others had a grasp of that something.

The Wise Men Knew

The wise men of all ages, the medicine men, religious leaders, great teachers, the yogis, the healers, the miracle men – all of them knew this secret. Some worked it one way – some another.

They were just human beings. If they knew and could achieve, so can you.

Halt! Think! Ponder! What made Mussolini?

What is it that Aimee has? Gypsy Smith? Billy Sunday? Belief, Faith – only that, and the ability of a staunch believer to pass it on to the other fellow.

It’s the very keynote of all great religions.

All big things are started by one person, one believer. It makes no difference where they got the idea originally. All great inventions are the outgrowth of the whole scheme – Faith, Faith – belief in yourself, your ideas. All super – salesmen know this – they use the Power – that’s why they are super-salesmen.

Every community drive, every forward movement, everything worthwhile succeeds because some one person has Faith and is able to pass it on and on and on. Think about that – then think about it some more, and think of it again. Meditate over it, and you’ll realize that every word is true.

Don t Envy: Do

Many envy the man or woman getting ahead, who appears to be a financial success, a power, an influence. Did you ever seek the explanation?

Everything that anyone has ever done constructively has been done from within himself.

Every one of us, if put on the right track, can accomplish what he or she is after by keeping before him or her my own expression: If you believe, it’s so, and adopting the old adage: Where there’s a will there’s a way In other words, get that will power – that Faith – that Belief working every minute of the day – 24 hours of the day – 7 days a week – 365 days a year.

And I promise you if it’s done you will leave people around you in the progress you make as rapidly as high frequency electrical discharges oscillate through the ether.

Stop! Think! Meditate!

Pause and think for a moment. What is organized propaganda?

Nothing more, nothing less than a well developed plan to make you believe. You saw it work in the war days and if you’re wide awake to what is going on around you, you know that it’s being worked in every line of human endeavor today – just as it was worked thousands of years ago and as it always works. If you’re reading the newspaper, listening to the radio and will keep in mind my theme, you will realize that all these speeches of our leaders, our great men coming to us with clock-like regularity are being given with a purpose – to make us believe. Those men know it works.

The Voice Speaks

Mahatma Gandhi upon arriving in England to seek a solution of India’s problems said: I’m doing this because a voice within me speaks.

Gandhi referred to something from within. Call it a Power, call it something supernatural, call it anything you wish. Some refer to it as the subjective mind. Others call it the subconscious mind. Some instinct. Still others to the impulses coming from within as hunches. Divine messages.

Spiritualists refer to it as a voice from beyond. No matter what it is, it gets results, and now I show you how to acquire it.


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Questions and Answers – If You Can Count to Four System – 03

CTF Questions and answers

(An excerpt from If You Can Count to Four available on Amazon)

Questions and Answers

Question: “Is it possible for everyone, not just a few, to be what they want to be and have what they want to have?”

Answer: Yes, it is possible for everyone, not just a few, to be what they want to be and have what they want to have. Every person on earth has a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. Our mental processes operate on the premise of a system of rules or laws, just like electricity, chemistry and mathematics. When any person controls his mental processes, according to the Count to Four Formula, these laws are brought into operation and he will realize his desires. These laws do not work for one and not for another.

Some know more about how to work them than others, that is the only difference. It would be nice, theoretically, if every person could study all about how to operate these laws, so he would become an expert. The plan will work even for those who do not know about them and probably never will take the time and trouble to study them. It is not necessary to have a so-called formal education to obtain your desires. All you need is the faith of a child and the will to work the formula. Electricity will work for anyone, not just a few, so will the Count to Four Formula. The laws of mathematics will work for anyone, not just a few, so will the Count to Four Formula. The laws of chemistry will work for anyone, not just a few, so will the Count to Four Formula.

Question: “Is it possible for just anyone to work the Count to Four Formula and become a millionaire?”

Answer: I would like to answer the question by stating that each person is an especially designed individual. Each person is different from every other person on earth. We all know that each person has a different thumbprint, a different number of hairs on his head, a different shaped face, head, body, etc. also, we now know, after many years of psychological research, that each person has a different purpose, a different mental outlook, a different taste, a different mental center, from which one’s desires spring. Different people want different things. Different people want to be different things in life. It has been reported that in the United States there are over 10,000 different vocations, or types of jobs or services to humanity. We all know that there is always some person who wants to do each job. In fact, we have a person who is a specialist in each job. For example, prior to 1945 or 1946, we had very few men and women who wanted to be or had become television experts in the repair line. As soon as we needed expert television repair people, tens of thousands of people became specialists in that field. That has always been true and will always be true.

So, you see that each person, by his very nature, expresses desires peculiar to his individuality. There will be as many different sizes and colors of desires as there are people. So, if Mr. A. is the type of person, who says deep down inside himself, “I just want a quiet little farm of about 68 acres in the hills of middle Tennessee.” He worked the Count to Four Formula either knowingly or unknowingly and became just what he wanted to become.

Some people, by their very natures, express larger thoughts that other people. The ultimate state of happiness of a person is the gauge by which he can measure whether he is expressing thoughts in relationship to his nature. Every person wants happiness.

Happiness does not depend on how much one expresses as far as size and color are concerned. It does depend upon how much one expresses of what he is designed to express as an individual expressing his nature. In other words, if Mr. and Mrs. A. who are designed to express true happiness rendering a service that is worth $10,000 per year, are forced to try to express in a $25,000 category, you would be destroying their happiness. Using the same analogy, if a person who is designed to express at a $10,000 per year category is forced to express as a $4000 level, he would be forced to violate his natural expression. Now, this does not mean that a person is born to express in a certain category all his life and that he cannot grow into a larger scope of expression. We live in a certain “state” which is the sum total of all our thought habits. We can be happy and comfortable in our present “state” for a period of time, according to our individuality. As we progress, we become discontented with living in the same “state” and that state of discontent is a sign that we should design a new “state.” By using the Count to Four Formula, we move into a new “state” and learn to express ourselves comfortably there. So, life is an infinite process of arriving, becoming discontented, and then designing new dreams and having the fun of expressing in the attainment of the new dreams. Then, we live in the new dreams until the feeling of discontent comes again, etc. Life is dynamic! Life is expression! Life is a game! Life is activity! Life is endless! Life is in the living!

If you find that you are the type of individual, who by your very nature, is always thinking of rendering a large quality and quantity of service to humanity, and you like to express largely, one day you will find that you are rendering one million units of service to humanity, and in spite of yourself, you will be a millionaire. How much money you make is based upon how much service you render. If you are happy rendering 2500 units of service per year, you are just as happy as the man who renders a million. Your degree of happiness depends on how much you are rendering proportionately to how much you should be rendering according to your individuality.

No, you cannot become a millionaire, just by saying that you want to become a millionaire. But, in a sincere desire which comes from the depths of your nature and the center of your individuality, you can realize by using the Count to Four Formula.

You should ask yourself, or your subconscious mind, what you really want to be, what you really want to have. Then, as the answers come from a sincere heart, write them down in your notebook. Change them as you feel they should be changed. Gradually, you will know what you really want to be and what you really want to have.

Question: “How long does it take to be what you want to be instead of what you are now?”

Answer: In order to be what you want to be instead of what you are now, “It will take whatever time is necessary for you to feel natural living in your dream fulfilled.” I decided, in 1942, that I wanted to be a pilot instructor. I felt most unnatural in the cockpit of an airplane. In fact, I had been up for airplane rides with a friend of mine a few times previously and each time I was sick to my stomach for three or four days afterward. So, when I decided to become a pilot instructor, I became sick at the thought of flying. But, the question is “How long did it take me to become a pilot instructor?” I had a burning desire to become a pilot. I learned that normally it took two years to obtain the training necessary to become an instructor. But at the same time I was 1-A in the draft classification and could be “called” in 30 days or so. In fact, it was almost certain that I would be drafted in 90 days. I learned it would cost me several thousand dollars to take private instruction, and I had just $150 in the bank. Yet, I wanted with all of my being to overcome all those factors and become a pilot instructor.

I did not understand the Count to Four Formula at the time, but looking back on the experience, I now know that I used it without knowing it. In six months, not two years, I was a pilot instructor and to make it sound more ridiculous, I was instructing instructors in an “instructor refresher course” in flying.

Yes, I was 24 years of age, in the summer of 1942, which was the first year of World War II. I was 1-A in the draft! I had no money and the thought of flying made me sick.

My boss told me it was impossible, my friends told me it was impossible and my acquaintances told me it was impossible. But, in the face of all those seeming “impossibilities” I, with a simple, childlike faith, One, identified my desire of being a pilot instructor.

Two, I pretended that I was already an instructor. I pictured myself as an instructor. I saw myself along the flight lines at the airport. I felt that I knew all the other instructors and the flight director of the school. I lived in this area until I became comfortable in it, then I went out to the school where I would be instructing if I were an instructor and introduced myself to my boss. I told him of my plan and my whole story. At first, he did not understand and seemed to think that I was a fool. But, as I called on him from time to time, he began to respect me and to help me.

In exactly 3 months after I started my flight training, I called on him and he gave me a break and put me on as a student instructor. In three more months, I was a full-fledged instructor and teaching instructors. I was able to raise the money and overcome my air sicknesses and I received a letter from the draft board that they would not draft me for at least 90 days. So, my assumed boss in the number Two phase, became my real boss in 90 days. I was able to realize my “dream fulfilled” in six months instead of two years. So, if you have a “burning desire” and express it in an “all out” fashion, you can cut the time down a lot. The point is, “Do something about it” and you can accomplish wonders.

Another factor in “timing” of accomplishing your “dream” is that each idea has a season. Just like each seed the farmer plants has a season. We know that it takes so much time from the time a crop of corn is planted for it to mature into the harvest. The same with wheat, oats, potatoes, etc. We know that it takes three weeks to hatch hen eggs and four weeks to hatch goose eggs, etc. It takes so long for a baby to be born, and so long for a baby colt to be born, etc.

Ideas or desires are similar. Each idea has a season. But the season of an idea or desire can be sped up by the heat of your desire. If you plant certain vegetables in your garden, it takes so long for them to be ready to eat. But, if you put them in what we call a “hot house” they grow to maturity much faster. You can put your desires through the “Hot House” treatment, if you wish.

There is another time factor also. That factor is the relationship of your desire to where you are now with respect to where you have to go to attain your desire. For example, suppose you are in the habit of paying $20 for a nice dress and you go shopping for a new dress. If you find what you want for $20, you buy it right on the spot. You do not have to argue with your subconscious because it is already accustomed to letting you pay $20 for a dress. But, suppose you saw a dress for $45, and you really felt a strong desire for the $45 dress. You might pass it up that day and go home to talk with your husband about it. You might go for several days or weeks or months and maybe even years without it because you could not bridge the gap. But, at various times, you would be thinking how you wish you could have that $45 dress. You look and picture how wonderful you would feel if you had it. You live in your dream as often as you can.

One day, you will walk into the store and you will buy the $45 dress. You will have the capacity to make the decision the day you buy it. The first time you saw it and wanted it, you could not buy it. Maybe you had enough money in the bank or someplace to buy it but you did not have the ability to comfortably make the decision until you went through a certain interval of time, during which you experienced certain mental processes, which I will call exercises. You developed the ability to feel natural buying $45 dresses.

Generally speaking, the length of time it takes to become what you want to be depends on how far you have to grow and how strongly you feel about it. But regardless of how far you have to grow, and how weak you feel at the moment, if you are sincere in your desire, and will follow the Count to Four Formula, one day you will realize your dream. So, keep on keeping on, and then keep on some more and know at all times that the “dream fulfilled” is a sure thing.

Question: “How long does it take to get what you want, once you have decided exactly what it is?”

Answer: The answer to this question is the same as the answer to question 3. I just wanted to cover both phases of the idea, what you want to be and what you want to have. I told you of the fine lady who changed from a 1949 Nash 600 to a late model Cadillac in 5 1/2 weeks. Remember, I was coaching her personally at the time and it was possible for her to get pretty excited and to develop a burning desire, thereby cutting the time down considerably. On the other hand, I know several men and women who have attended my lectures over a period of two or three years, and they still don’t have a late model Cadillac. They say they want one and they are working on it, but the heat of enthusiasm is so weak that it will give General Motors time to develop several new models before they will complete the process and get to where they have the “natural feeling,” to the point when they can actually make the big step and purchase one and enjoy driving it.

Again, each individual has a certain capacity to turn on the heat and express a strong desire peculiar to their individuality. Anything that you can develop into any “burning desire,” on a basis of sincerity, you can have sooner or later, according to how big it is in comparison to your present habit of life. Anything you are sure you really want, but now don’t feel too strongly about, you can wait a while and slowly develop a strong desire for it or you can go through certain mental exercises and hurry up the process of feeling strongly. Call in several friends whom you trust completely and discuss your desires with them. Explain that you want so-and-so, but you wish they would help you develop a strong feeling about it. When you go through such a process, you are “masterminding” it. You can develop a strong feeling faster by masterminding it.

The main point is to start where you are with what you have and do everything you are asked to do in the Count to Four Formula. You will realize your every desire at exactly the right time when it will be best for you at all concerned. There is a great big intelligence in the is the and this great big universe in which we live and this intelligence works through your subconscious mind and helps you to work all the laws in the universe, to bring about the fulfillment of your dreams at the right time for you and all concerned.

Question: What do you do when you don’t really believe that the Count to Four Formula works, but you would like to try it on an honest basis?

Answer: The purpose of question 5 is to share with you a very important discovery. It is what I call the “Law of Assumption.” Let’s suppose that you come home late some night and you are very tired. It is cold outside and you have lost your house key. You are indeed very eager to get inside where it is warm and get to bed as you are tired.

Now, here are the factors I want to call to your attention. First of all, you have a burning desire and the second is that the usual, customary, tried and proven ways of obtaining or not available. You want very much to get in your own house, but the usual way of getting in, which is to use the key, is not available. What do you do? You begin to try to “think up” a new way of getting in, don’t you? You improvise. You assume that you have a way and try it. If it doesn’t work, you just assume another way and try it and you keep on assuming new ways, until you stumble onto a way that gets you into the house, to your warm bed.

That certainly is a familiar experience to most of us, isn’t it?

Now, let’s consider the same situation from just a little different point of view. Let us assume that this time, you remember that you read a book about a fellow who was caught in the same situation and he used a certain little technique and got into his house quite simply. Let us assume that he took a hairpin and bent it in a certain way and pushed it in through the screen door on the back of the house and opened the screen door and then the regular door opened right up and he was in the house. What would you do? Why, you would ask your wife for a hairpin and you would bend it, just like the man in the book. You would do everything he did on the “assumption” that it would work. You would do this primarily because of your burning, strong, obsessional desire to get in out of the cold and get to bed. Yes, we all use the tremendous “law of assumption” every day of our lives, whether we realize it or not.

Now, the question, “what do you do when you don’t really believe that the Count to Four Formula works, but you would like to test it on an honest basis?” Use the “law of assumption!” I have used the Count to Four Formula and it worked for me in many hundreds of cases.

Thousands of my students have had unusual experiences with it. You certainly want to be something in particular, and you certainly want to have several things which you do not have, so stir up a burning desire and follow these suggestions to the letter on the “assumption” that the Count to Four Formula will work. When it works for you, you will not only know that it works, that you will have become what you want to be a you will have what you want to have.

If it doesn’t work, you haven’t lost anything, but you have exposed yourself to the possibility of having it work. But, if you do not try it on the assumption that it will work for you, you have forever lost the possibility of finding out that it might have worked.

So, I urge you to try it out on the assumption that it will work for you. I know it will work.

Question: “What do you suggest for someone interested in reading some material which goes into the ideas and principles behind the Count to Four Formula a little more thoroughly?”

Answer: I hope you are vitally interested in this question. If you are, you surely have a great future. I have found that reading and studying in the field of research is a continuous joy, and I have found that if one should live a million years, he could always find interesting areas of further research in the field of our mental processes.

I would like to share with you, a suggestion, which is one of the most effective I know in helping you to really learn the basic principles of success. In the second division of this book there are 13 chapters. I want you to read the first chapter each night, just before you turn out the light, for seven nights. Then read the second chapter for seven nights, then the third, then the fourth, etc., until you have completed the 13 chapters over a period of 13 weeks. Then start right over again for 13 more weeks, etc., for 52 weeks.

Then, do it again for the second year and the third, continuously, until you are saturated with every principle of this success philosophy. This book, “If You Can Count to Four…,” is enough for everyone to study for years. The purpose of studying philosophy is not to entertain yourself but rather to further develop your awareness.

“Awareness is the key to attainment.” The law of repetition is one of the greatest laws of learning. If one will read this book over and over and over and over again, year after year, he can be immeasurably happy, healthy and prosperous. What else do you want?

But for those who really want to read other books and do some more exploring in this wonderful field, may I suggest a few books which have meant much to me:

  • Collier, The Secret of the Ages.
  • Troward, The Law and the Word.
  • Hill, Think and Grow Rich.
  • Grafe, Get Rich in Spite of Yourself.
  • Murphy, The Miracle of Your Mind.
  • Neville, Awakened Imagination.
  • Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich.

Question: “What will be some of the noticeable things that will happen to me, if I completely accept the Count to Four Formula and get into the middle of becoming what I want to be and obtaining what I want to have?”

Answer: If you will completely accept the Count to Four Formula and start wholeheartedly appropriating it in your life right away, the following are some of the things you will notice as activities and changes in your life.

The average person has certain habits of thought which are like railroad tracks. The train has to have a track to run on, so does a thought. Our habits are the tracks on which our thoughts run. Of course, we can think new thoughts and establish new tracks if we wish to put forth the effort, but the thoughts that most people think are old thoughts, which they have used for years and years to the point that the tracks are well established, and they think the thoughts without effort.

Because of this, they think these old thoughts constantly. Pretty soon, they develop these old tracks so deep and strong that they resist new ideas because it causes them to feel uncomfortable. We all like to feel comfortable. We resist anything which will cause us to feel uncomfortable.

So, when you go through the Count to Four Formula, you accept new goals for yourself and go through the process of building new tracks and sometimes upsetting some of the old tracks. This process is an uncomfortable one, unless we feel very strongly about our new goals. This process is easier to accept, when we know what is happening, and are keenly aware that it is just a short process and will soon reach a new stage of comfort and the newly established track.

For example, I played football back in my school days. I remember very well each year when we would go out for spring practice, for 4 or 5 days my leg muscles would become sore. This soreness became so severe that I seriously considered giving up football many times. But, the coach would kid me and tell me that in a few days, the soreness would be gone and I would feel fine. Yes, that is exactly what happened.

After a few days, I could run all afternoon playing football and my leg muscles would never complain for a moment.

Our mental processes are very much like our leg muscles. When we decide to establish new tracks upon which our thoughts habitually function, we experience emotional pain or discomfort, similar to the soreness in our leg muscles the first few days of football practice.

But we know that in a few days, the new tracks will have been established, and the old tracks neutralized or he erased, and our new found life in the new tracks will not only be comfortable, but vibrating with joy because we will have reached our new objectives. We experience peace of mind when we’re able to live in the actual dream having already been fulfilled. All men are seeking this feeling but few have found it.

Yes, you will have not only new “feelings,” new emotional experiences, new habit patterns, but you will have new poise, faith, joy, love and expression. You will live in that new dream home in that new location. You will drive that new car, wear that new dress or suit, take that trip, sing that song, make that speech, marry that man or woman, etc. Yes, you will literally begin to go through a process of becoming the person you have always secretly wanted to be and you will begin to obtain all the things you have secretly always wanted to have.

I discovered this formula a few years ago. At that time, I was afraid, felt inferior, unhappy, poor and ill. In just a few years, this formula has, and I say this with the deepest humility and gratitude, brought me the fulfillment of many of my dreams. I am now able to express life without fear. Because of this, I have enjoyed abundance in every area of living, including personal expression and a very satisfactory amount of material things.

I feel strongly that the purpose of material things is to help us express life, according to our nature, not to impress others. I not only appropriate this great formula in order to live abundantly, but I do everything I can to share it with others, as I believe with all of my being that everyone can live abundantly if they will follow the formula with simple childlike faith.

When you follow the Count to Four Formula, I say that there will gradually be a complete change in your life. Your habits of thought are the cause of everything you are, and now have.

You will change your habits of thought, therefore you will change into the person you want to be and you will have the things which will help you to express your new personality.

Question: “Should I list all the things I want to be and work on all of them at once, or just pick out one or two things and focus on them?”

Answer: First, you should list all the things you want to be next and all the things you want to have next. Do not be concerned (overly) about what you want to be or the things you want next year, five years from now or as a life’s goal. After you list all the things you want to be and have next, then you will notice that you have a feeling for the one or the few that you want most.

Sometimes we say we vibrate more to this or that now, more than to something else. Some of the things can wait until you can give attention to them. But when it is right for you to feel strongly about something in particular, which you have on your list, you will give your attention to it and for the time being, that shuts out all other things. Of course, you might for example, have several irons in the fire and you find you can only give exclusive attention to one at a time.

However, with training, you can switch your attention from one to the other and not let any of them burn. You can list all the things that you want to be next, and have next, and then, if you feel like adding new items to the list, at any time, do so. You are the only person in the whole world, who knows when and what to add or take from your list. Do not depend on any other person to tell you about this matter. Your Creator gave you the power, the intelligence and the privilege to decide these things for yourself.

Accept this honor and exercise it. Change your mind as often as you wish and apologize to no one. You are an individual and you are therefore different. You should not compare yourself with others. Compare yourself only with your idea or goal or dream. You can decide what you want to be. If you have a feeling that you want to be a great singer, and you happen to be at a station in life were the mere mention of it to your friends or relatives would cause them to discourage you, do not let that disturb you in the least. Your background, your education, your friends, your financial position, has nothing to do with it.

The only thing that you need ask yourself is “Do I really want to be it, do it or have it?” That is the most important thing. If you are absolutely sure that you want it, that is sufficient. Every desire, or idea, has within it, the power, the knowledge, the wisdom, the substance and the ingredients necessary to fulfill it.

Remember that! I know it is true because I have tested it a thousand times. Things are not true because they are written in a book, they are written in a book because they are true.

Question: “Should I list all the things I want to obtain or just one or two or three and focus on them?”

Answer: The answer to this question is very much like the answer to question 8. List all the things that you really want to be and the things you want to have now. Then, work on all of them for which you feel a strong urge. Some of them you will want to do something about right now. Others, you will keep on list from months and sometimes years before you get around to doing something about them. Relax, and live one day at a time, but keep looking forward.

Question: “Whom, and how many others, should I tell of my objectives?”

Answer: The answer to this question depends on many factors. Generally speaking, you should tell only those who you feel would wish you well and who would not discourage you. This is based on the assumption that you have already decided that you want something strongly, and that no one can talk you out of it. If you are not sure that you know what you want, then possibly it would be well for someone to talk you completely out of it. When you decide that you want to be or have something strongly, then tell only those who you feel will help you to obtain your desire. They can help you maintain or increase your feelings or enthusiasm. They can help you to dream of ways and means of reaching your objectives.

We call that Masterminding. Do not tell your dreams to the world, for the world, generally, will try to discourage you.

Question: “Should I have a certain time each day when I read and reread my list, and think about how would feel if I already had attained them?”

Answer: Yes, you should have a certain time each day to read your list. The ideal time is just before you go to bed and upon awakening. A good plan is to take about 15 or more minutes, just before turning out the lights to review your notebook and create a mood of having already attained your desires, then go to sleep in that mood. You will sleep in that mood, and upon awakening in the morning, the mood will persist. Then, review your notebook again upon awakening.

During the day, at odd moments, consciously think about your dreams, too. In other words, occupy your dreams as often as possible, so you can learn to feel natural in your new dreams. When you feel completely natural in your new dreams, they are actually yours.

Question: “What do I do when I list something in my notebook and then cool off and decide that I do not want it?”

Answer: Remove it from the list. Do not feel hesitant or apologetic about this. Everyone does it and it is a process of finally arriving at a strong feeling about what we really want to be and have. Change the list as often as you wish. When the process has expressed its nature, there will be items on your list that no one could influence you to remove.

Question: “Is it satisfactory to make my list, and at the time think it is complete, yet a few days or a few weeks later, decide that I should like to add to it?”

Answer: Yes, add to your list as often as you identify something else which you feel you want to be or have, which will help you to express life more harmoniously with your individuality. There is an infinite, unlimited abundance in this universe. You can express it as largely as you sincerely desire. Background, environment, education need not limit you.

Question: “Suppose I list a certain thing, and after a long time, it still has not come to pass. Should I assume that the Count to Four Formula is no good and forget the whole thing?”

Answer: Of course you should not forget the whole thing. Every idea, or plan, has a season through which it passes before it becomes mature and bears fruit in the form of the physical expression of the idea or plan. There are factors which I would like to mention that have some bearing on how long it will take to realize your dream as a physical reality: The size of your dream.

The size of your thinking at the time you start on your dream. The frequency of occupancy of your dream.

In other words, the time depends on how big you are compared to your dreams and how strongly you feel about it and how much attention you give to it. All of these are under your control, so you can give it the “Hot House” treatment if you wish to hurry up the process.

So, when you continue to want something, never stop. The laws behind the Count to Four Formula are absolute and always work. If you have not realized your dreams, and you have had the dream for a long time, do not give it up, for I can assure you that the fault lies not in the formula but in your failing to adhere to it. The formula will not fail you. If you want your goals sooner than it appears to be coming, turn on the heat of your enthusiasm, give your attention to it and it will surely be yours.

If you can convince yourself that you really want it, you can have it through this Count to Four Formula. It may take you years, but one day it will be yours if you never give up and you keep on keeping on, giving your attention to it on the “assumption” that it is yours.

By the way, some people say that they want something, and apparently work on it from time to time, but inwardly, they think from the feeling that it is impossible to really get it.

In that case, it is impossible. As long as your inner feeling is on one premise and your word is on another, you’re feeling wins. So, be sure that your secret inner feeling is on the same belief as your outer word.

Question: “Should I compare my dreams with other people’s dreams?”

Answer: In a general sense, do not compare your dreams with the dreams of others.

Do not compare them in a competitive way. You are different and especially designed.

You are an individual. You are designed to be and do special things. There is no other person in the world just like you and designed to do exactly the things you are supposed to do. So dare to be yourself. Oh, yes, you can study the deeper character of other persons and emulate those, but not the outer or externals of that person. Trying to compare and compete with other people is the basis of all the feelings of inferiority and many of the complexes people experience in their emotional realm. You are the standard as far as you are concerned. So choose your goal, the one you like.

Dare to be yourself!


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