How To Make Success Automatic
It is possible to make success automatic.
Basically, success is founded upon the type of thoughts which we permit ourselves to entertain from moment to moment. These thoughts are controlled by habit pattern. Once this pattern is established and our thoughts become an automatic process based upon these patterns which we have developed because of our own desires, it is possible for us to establish sufficient success patterns in the subconscious mind so that we automatically think the proper thoughts that will make us say the right thing, do the right thing and will make us automatically successful.
The majority of the people of the world are constantly thinking thoughts automatically as a result of habit patterns which they have developed because of the total of their past experiences. The result of the size and the quality of the thoughts they are thinking, because of this automatic mechanism, is causing them to not enjoy as large a measure of happiness, health and prosperity as they desire.
This is because the majority of the people are not aware of the fact that they are thinking beings and that they are thinking constantly and they are thinking one thought at a time. They are not aware of the fact that they can control this one thought, and they are not aware of the fact that they are what they are at the present time because of the type of thoughts they have permitted themselves to think.
They are not aware that they can be anything they want to be by learning to control these thoughts. This whole idea of being aware of the fact that we are thinking beings is not known by very many people.
Consequently, they have permitted themselves to think unlovely thoughts, limited thoughts, unhealthy thoughts, and they have stored in the abundance of these habit patterns, which are causing them to think their present thoughts, and consequently they are experiencing an inadequate expression of health, happiness and prosperity.
This great law, which I would like to refer to as the law of cosmic habit force or the law of habit, creates the whole universe. Every phase of expression in the entire universe operates according to this law of habit. Every phase of intelligence in the universe operates on the premise of the law of cosmic habit force.
This means that once a pattern is formed and is repeated enough time for it to become well established, it will automatically operate in that orbit of expression, unless it is consciously changed by a new decision upon it by the individual himself.
For example, it was my pleasure, a few years ago, to become personally acquainted with a man who had played basketball on one of the professional teams. I believe the name of the team was the Celtics. It was interesting for me to visit with him and to hear him tell of the long hours of training, in which he had to engage in order to develop the type of proficiency that was necessary in order to play on this great team.
He told me of the hours and hours each day that he would stand in a certain position, on the basketball court, and would turn and throw the ball into the basket. He did this many time and do it blindfolded and would almost never miss a basket. Consequently, after having developed a strong habit pattern so that his proficiency would be to a very fine point when he was engaged in a game, the play would seem to be automatic, and it was much easier for him to shoot the basket correctly than incorrectly.
Also, I saw a movie a few years ago that showed a man and his wife in a carnival act. The man would take swords or daggers and, from a distance of 10 or 15 feet, would throw them at his wife who was standing up against the wall. He would literally wrap his wife up with these daggers, throwing them and sticking them in the wall, just a fraction of an inch from her body.
As the story progressed, it showed that the wife had proved to be unfaithful to her husband and he became quite angry with her. So he decided to use one of these daggers in the show to kill her and instead of throwing it into the wall, just inches from her heart, he was going to throw it into her heart.
But, it portrays in the picture that, because he had been doing this so long, and had thrown these daggers so many thousands of times, he had developed such efficiency, based upon this law of habit, that he could not break that law. He could not cause the dagger to go into her heart. It would go, automatically, to the same spot where he had thrown it so many thousands of times before.
Isn’t it interesting to know that we can design the type of life that we desire to live, that we can design the type of things that we desire to have and we can give our attention to these things so many times and control our attention and direct our attention on the assumption that we already are what we want to be and we already have what we want to have, until we automatically think these thoughts constantly, and by so doing, we appropriate the great law of appropriation of the great inexhaustible universe and can we realize our objectives automatically?
So the important thing for each of us to become particularly aware of is that there is such a law, and that this law is available for each one of us to use.
This is not a special privilege for just a certain few in the world, but because we are human beings and because we have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind and our thinking processes function according to an exact science, an exact set of rules and laws, just as tangible as electricity, chemistry, or mathematics and that these laws are available to us, we can learn to use them constantly, whether we are aware of it or not.
In fact, we must realize that at this moment we are a bundle of habits. Everything we do spontaneously, without giving our conscious attention to it, comes as a result of a habit pattern that is stored in the subconscious. We are so familiar with this law of habit, in certain respects, that we overlook its profound power and possibilities.
We overlook the fact that we can appropriate this simple law, and by appropriating it can direct our attention to it and control it and make it a habit. By so doing we can be the type of person that we want to be and have the things that we want to have.
Think how wonderful it would be to be able to be a person of poise and self-confidence, a person who feels comfortable in every situation in life, socially and in business and in all human relations, to have entertained a proper thoughts, so many times, under all of these various conditions, that we automatically react to every situation with love and kindness and humility, to be able to say the right thing at the right time, and think the right thoughts at the right time and do the right thing at the right time on every possible occasion. We can do those things by appropriating this wonderful law of habit.
Many years ago, before I understood this law as thoroughly as I do at the present time, I read an article in a magazine. The title of it was: “You can completely change your life in just 30 days.” At the time my life certainly needed changing, and the title of that article appealed to me so I read it thoroughly. It had a very simple but profound message.
The lady who wrote the article merely said that if you were to decide, at the beginning of 30 days, the type of person that you would like to be, the type of life that you would like to be living, that by directing your thoughts on the assumption that you already were that type of person, in just 30 days, you would actually be that type of person.
Each day she gave some simple little suggestions regarding some exercises that would help to control one’s attention. She suggested that we write down, in a notebook, in words which were meaningful to us, what we wanted to be, so that if anyone else would come along and read the note book, they would get a distinct mental picture of what we had in mind.
She suggested that we dramatize this new concept of ourselves by enacting little dramas with a close, trusted friend from the standpoint of our dream fulfilled. In other words, we would assume that we are already the type of person that we want to be and we would imagine some little event which could happen only if we have attained our objective. Then we should ask a trusted friend to help us dramatize this little event on the assumption that we had already attained our objectives.
She suggested that if we would do this it would recondition the old habit pattern and condition the new habit pattern in the subconscious until we would feel natural in the new concept of ourselves. Hence, within 30 days, we would have uprooted the old habit pattern, which was causing us to live in undesirable type of life and we would be living the desirable type of life which we have designed ourselves.
That was a very challenging article. I will remember it as long as I live. It has meant a great deal to me in the last 10 years.
I am sure that everyone understands that a child, from the time it is born, all the way through its growing period, appropriates this law constantly. It is particularly true when it learns to walk. All of us have watched a child trying to take its first step.
The first thing that happens is that the child observes an adult walking, and it stirs within its heart a desire to imitate the adult. The child imagines itself walking like an adult. It attempts to take its first step, but, of course, there are no tracks in the subconscious, there are no patterns upon which the thought can travel, so the child stumbles and falls.
However, cost of a burning desire to learn how to walk it gets up and tries again and again in each effort establishes a little deeper track in his subconscious. Pretty soon, after many efforts, the child finds that he can walk all the way across the room and then begins to walk constantly, day after day, and soon he can walk all over the house. Soon walking is no longer a problem.
The average observer says it is just a habit. Actually, what happened is that a brand-new track was built in the subconscious mind. The average observer is not aware that the of the fact that he has just watched an example of one of the greatest principles in the whole universe, a principle which, once understood intimately and on a basis where the individual can appropriate it in his own individual life, will make it possible for him to design the type of life that he would like to live and by making every effort to be this type of person, over and over again, hundreds and hundreds of times, one day he will suddenly realize he actually is the person he dreamed that someday he would be.
As I said, everyone has a certain idea of the law of habit, but a majority of people take it for granted. I would like to describe this idea so effectively that you will thoroughly understand it and will be able to be the type of person you want to be and you can have the things you want to have, automatically.
Let’s challenge ourselves to use this great principle to cause ourselves to be the ideal type of person. I am thinking now of the quality of kindness. Kindness is a quality of love. Even in the sacred writings it is recorded that love suffereth long and is kind.
Love is kind. Each one of us who understands the law of love reacts kindly to every person and to every situation. Consider the difference in the individual who has appropriated this great law of habit so that he habitually and spontaneously responds to every situation with an attitude of extreme kindness.
Compare this person with the one who has unconsciously made it a habit to be unkind or to be critical or sarcastic or crude in any fashion. I am sure we can recognize the possibilities and the challenge of using this great law to become a habitually kind person instead of an unlovely person.
I am also thinking of the quality which is commonly referred to in the world today as positive thinking. Think what a tremendous challenge it is to make a habit to always entertain positive thoughts.
A positive thinking person is one who has made a habit of always seeing the good in every situation. I believe that when one is able to see the ultimate truth in every situation he will always see the good in it. One who has developed this habit of positive thinking always sees the beauty in every situation, and the true and the desirable. He always reacts, not only with kindness, but with enthusiasm and with a positive feeling of joy and peace and understanding.
On the other hand, it seems that many people in the world constantly react negatively to situations in life is a matter of habit. They see that which seems to be inadequate in each situation. They react critically and they have the attitude of fault finding as a matter of habit. They do not realize that what they see in any situation and in each person is not really the true situation. They are seeing what they are because they are seeing through their own experiences which are stored in the subconscious.
We do not see with the natural physical eye, it is only an instrument of the seer. The seer is the subconscious, which is our being. Solomon of old said that, “As a man thinketh in his heart,” or the subconscious mind, “so is he.” This means that he is what he is because of what he thinks in the subconscious mind, and I am what I am because of what I think and have stored as habit patterns in my subconscious mind and you are what you are because of the sum total of your habit patterns in the subconscious and whatever we are makes it possible for us to see what we see in every life situation.
However, most people are still operating under the false illusion that they actually see what is in that situation, instead of knowing they see only what they are capable of seeing, based upon their experience and the habit patterns of their subconscious mind. It is a tremendous discovery to be able to use this great law of habit and to know that when we observe things on the outside of us, we see what we are instead of what really is.
Let’s challenge our cells not to definitize the type of person we want to be. We want to be a kind person. We want to be a person of wisdom. We want to have the qualities humility, courage, faith, enthusiasm and the capacity to enjoy life as a matter of habit.
We want to see the good, the true and beautiful in life. We want to see the abundance in the universe and we want to express this abundance. In other words, we want to live an abundant life, in a large way, because there is an unlimited supply of everything in this universe, not only of wisdom, joy and peace, but also an abundance of the material things.
There is a law by which all of these wonderful things can be appropriated in this law operates on a thought pattern. We are thinking beings, and we can appropriate this law of beingness, and consequently, we can appropriate unlimited abundance. The only limit of our appreciation is our own concept of ourselves and our concept of our desires.
We are the designers of our own experience. Our thoughts do not recede into the past, they advance into our future and become our daily experiences as they arrive.
So let us realize that the law habit is not something that we should take for granted. It is something that we should appropriate.
Let me review very briefly.
- Decide exactly what you want to be and decide exactly the things you want to have.
- Definitize them by writing them down and go over them hundreds of times in your thought processes.
- Think about the things you want to be, and the things you want to have, until habit patterns are established, in the subconscious, in the form of tracks upon which the thoughts can function.
- Then, when you feel natural in this new concept of what you want to be and what you want to have, it is yours.
This law habit is a challenge, and by the proper appropriation of it, you can be anything you want to be and you can have anything you want to have.
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