The Art of accurate thinking
Some of the known facts and habits of thought:
1. All thought tends to clothe itself in its physical equivalent
And it does so by inspiring one with ideas, plans, and the means of attaining desired ends, through logical and natural means.
After though on any given subject becomes a habit and has been taken over by the law of Cosmic Hatiforce, the subconscious proceeds to carry it out to its logical conclusion, through the aid of whatever natural media that may be available.
It may not be literally true that "thoughts are things" but it is true that thoughts create all things, and the things they create are stiking duplicates of the thought-patterns from which they are fashioned.
It is believed by some that every thought one releases starts an unending series of vibrations with which the one who release the thought will later be compelled to contend; that man himself is but a physical reflection of thought put into motion and crystallized into physical form by Infinite Intelligence.
It is also the belief of many that the energy with which man thinks is but a projected minute portion of Inifinite Intelligence, appropriated from the universal supply through the equipment of the brain. No thought contrary to this belief has yes been proved sound.
2. Through the application of self-discipline Thought can be indluenced
Thought can be controlled and directed through transmutation to a desired end, by the development of voluntary habits suitable for the attainment of any given end.
3. The power of thought has control over every cell of the body
It carries on all repairs and replacements of injured or dead cells, stimulates their growth, influences the action of all organs of the body and helps them to function by habit and orderliness, and assists in fighting disease through what is commonly called "body resistance". These functions are carried on automatically, but many of them may be stimulated by voluntary aid.
4. All of man's achievements begin in the form of thought
Thoughts, organized into plans, aims and purposes and expressed in terms of physical action. All action is inspired by one or more of the nine basic motives.
5. The entire power of the mind operates through two sections
The conscious section is under the control of the individual; the sub-conscious section is controlled by Infinite Intelligence and serves as the medium of communication.
6. Both the conscious and sub-conscious function in response to fixed habits
The mind adjust himself to whatever thought habits the individual may establish, whether the habits are voluntary or involuntary.
7. The majority of all thoughts released by the individual are inaccurate
Because they are inspired by person opinions which are arrived at without the examination of facts, or because of bias, prejudice, fear, and the result of emotional excitement in which the faculty of the reason has been given little or no opportunity to modify them rationally.
8. The first step in accurate thinking
is that of seperating facts from fiction and hearsay evidence. Then to seperate facts into two classes, important and unimportant. An important fact is any fact which can be used to help one attain the object of his major purpose or any minor purpose leading to his major purpose.
The average person spends his life in dealing with "interferences" based upon unreliable sources of information and unimportant facts.
9. Desire, based on a definite motive
is the beginning of all voluntary thought action associated with individual achievement.
The presence in the mind of any intense desire tends to stimulate the faculty of the imagination with the purpose of creating ways and means of attaining the object of the desire.
If the desire is continuously held in the mind (through the repetition of thought) it is picked up by the sub-conscious section of the mind and automatically carried out to its logical conclusion.
These are some of the more important of the known facts concerning the greatest of all mysteries, the mystery of human thought, and they indicate clearly that accurate thinking is attainable only by the strictest habit of self-discipline.
It might well begin by concentration upon a Definite Major Purpose.
How self-discipline may be applied
Ten factors by which the power of thought is expressed. Six of these are subject to control through self-discipline:
- The faculty of the will
- The faculty of the emotions
- The faculty of the reason
- The faculty of the imagination
- The faculty of the conscience
- The faculty of the memory
The remaining four factors act independently, and they are not subject to voluntary control, except that the five physical senses may be influenced and directed by the formation of voluntary habits.
Chart of the 10 factors which constitute the "Mechanism" of thought.
Observe that the subconscious has access to all departments of the mind,
But is not under the control of any.
The Six Departments of the Mind over which self-discipline can be maintained, numbered in the order of their relative importance.
We have been given no choice but to place ego, the seat of will-power, in the first position, because the power of the will may control all the other departments of the mind, and it has been properly called the "Supreme Court" of the mind, whose decisions are final and not subject to appeal to any higher court.
The faculty of the emotions takes second position since it is well known that most people are ruled by their emotions;
The faculty of the reason takes third place in importance since it is the modifying influence through which emotional action may be prepared for safe usage. The "well balanced" mind is the mind which represents a compromise between the faculty of the emotions and the faculty of the reason.
Such a compromise is usually brought about by the power of the "Supreme Court", the faculty of the will.
The faculty of the will, sometimes decides with the emotions; at other times it throws its influence on the side of the faculty of reasons, but it always has the last word, and whichever side it supports is the winning side of all controversies between the reason and the emotions.
The faculty of the imagination has been given fourth place since it is the deparment which creates ideas, plans and ways and means of attaining desired objectives, all of which are sinpired by the faculty of the emotions or the faculty of the will.
We might say that the imagination serves the mind as a "ways and means committee", but it often acts on its own account and goes off on tours of fantastic exploration in places where it has no legitimate business in connection with the faculty of the will. On these self-inspired tours the imagination often has the full consent, cooperation and urge of the emotions, which is the main reason why all desired which orginiate in the faculty of the emotions must be closely scrutinized by the faculty of the reason; and countermanded, if need be, by the faculty of the will.
When the emotions and the imagination get out from under the supervision of the reason, and the control of the will, they resemble a couple of mischievous school boys who have decided to play hookey from school, and wind up at the old swimming hole, or in the neighbor's watermelon patch.
There is no form of mischief which these two may not get into! Therefore, they require more self-deiscipline than all the other faculties of the mind combined.
The other two departments, the conscience and the memory, are necessary adjuncts of the mind, and while both are important they belong at the end of the list, where they have been assigned.
The subconsious is not subject to control, but to influence, by the means here described. It acts on its own accord, and voluntarily, although its action may be speeded up by intensifying the emotions, or applying the power of the will in a highly concentrated form.
A burning desire behind a Definite Major Purpose may stimulate the action of the subconscious and speed up its operations.
The relationship between the subconscious and the six other departments indicated on the chart 2 is similar in many respects to that of the farmer and the laws of nature through which his crops are grown. The farmer has certain fixed duties to perform, such as preparing the soil, planting the seed at the right season, and keeping the weeds out, after which his work is finished. From there on out nature takes over, germinate the seed, develops it to maturity and yields a crop.
The conscious section of the mind may be compared with the farmer in that it prepares the way by the formulation of plans and purposes, under the direction of the faculty of the will. If this work is done properly, and a clear picture of that which is desired is created, the subconscious takes over the picture, draws upon the power of Infinite Intelligence for the intelligence needed for the translation of the picture, gets the information necessary and presents it to the conscious section of the mind in the form of a practical plan of procedure.
Unlike the laws of nature which germinate seed and produce a crop for the farmer within a definite, predetermined length of time, the subconscious takes over the seed of ideas or purposes submitted to it and fixes its own time for the submission of a plan for their attainment.
Power of will, expressed in term of a burning desire, is the one medium by which the action of the subconscious may be speeded up. Thus, by taking full possession of one's own mind, by exercising the power of the will, one comes into possession of power of stupendou proportions.
And the act of mastering the power of the will, so that it may be directed to the attainment of any desired end, is self-discipline of the highest order. Control of the will requires persistence, faith, and Definiteness of purpose.
In the field of salesmanship for exmaple, it is a fact well known to all master salesmen, that the persistent salesman heads the list in sales production. In some fields of selling, such as the life insurance, persistence is the asset of major importance to the salesman. And persistence in selling or any other calling, is a matter of strict self-discipline!
In the field of advertising the same rule applies. The most successful advertisers carry on whith unyielding persistence, repeating their efforts month after month, year after year, with unabating regularity; and profesiional advertising experts have convincing evidences that this is the only policy which will produce satisfactory results.
The pioneers who settled America when this country was only a vast wilderness of primitive men and wild animals, demonstrated what can be accomplished when will-power is applied with persistence.
At a later period in the history of the country, after the pioneers had established a semblance of civilized society, George Washington and his little army of under-fed, half-clothed, under-equipped soldiers proved once more that will-power applied with persistence is unbeatable.
And the pioneers of American industry gave us another demonstration of the benefits of will-power backed by persistence. Men of their type who have made great contributions to the American way of life were men with self-discipline, and they attained it through the power of the will, backed with persistence.
Andrew Carngeie's entire career provides an excellent example of the benefits which are available through self-discipline. He came to America when he was a very young boy, and began work as a laborer. He had only a few firnds; none of them wealthy or influential. But he did have an enormous capacity for the expression of his will-power.
By working at manual labor during the day and studying at night he learned telegraphy, and finally worked his way up to the position of private operator for the Division Superintendent of Pennsylvania Railroad Company. In this position he made such effective application of some of the principles of this philosophy, among them the principle of self-discipline, that he attracted the attention of men with money and influence who were in a position to aid him in carrying out the object of his Major Purpose in life.
At this point in his career he had precisely the same advantages that hundreds of other telegraph operators enjoyed, but no more. But he did have one asset which the other did not possess: The will to win and a definite idea of what he wanted, together with the persistence to carry on until he got it. This was the outgrowth of self-discipline.
Mr. Carnegie's outstanding qualities were will-power and persistence, plus a strict self-discipline through which these traits were controlled and directed to the attainment of a definite purpose. Beyond these he had no outstanding qualities which are not possessed by the man of average intelligence. Out of his will-power, properly self-disciplined and directed to the attainment of a definite purpose, came the great United States Steel Corporation which revolutionized the steel industry and provided employment for a hug army of skilled and unskilled workers.
Thus we see that a successful man gets his start through the application of self-discipline, in pursuit of a definite purpose, and he carries on until he attains that purpose.
Self-discipline is a self-acquired trait of character. It is not one which can be appropriated from the lives of others, nor acquired from the pages of a book. It is an asset which must come from within, by exercice of one's power of will. These self-acquired qualities are just as effective in other forms of application as they are in the attainment of leadership in industry.
When Andrew Carnegie said taht "the power of will is an irresistible force which recognizes no such reality as failure", he doubltelessly meant that it is irresistible when it is properly organized and directed to a definite end in a spirit of faith. Obviously he intended to emphasize three important principles of this philosophy as the basis of all self-acquired self-discipline:
- A/ Definiteness of Purpose
- B/ Applied Faith
- C/ Self-discipline
The state of mind which can be developed through these three principles can best be attained, and more quickly, by the application of other principles of this philosophy, among them:
- A/ The Master mind
- B/ A pleasing Personality
- C/ The Habit of Going the extra mile
- D/ Personla Initiative
- E/ Creative Vision
Combine these five principles with Definiteness of Purpose, applied Faith and self-discipline, and you will have an available source of personal power of stupendous proportions.
The begginer in the study of this philosophy may find it difficult to gain control over his power of will without approaching that control step by step, through the mastery and application of these eight principles.
Mastery can be attained in one way only, and that is by constant, persistent application of the principles. They must be woven into one's faily habits and applied in all human relationships, and in the solution of all personal problems.
The power of the will responds only to motive persistently pursued!
And it becomes strong in the same way that one's arm may become strong - by systematic use.
Men with will-power which had been self-acquired, through self-discipline, do not give up hope or quit when the going becomes hard. Men without will-power do.
A humble general stood in review before an army of tired discouraged soldiers who had just been badly defeated during the war between the states. He too had a reason to be discouraged, for the war was going against him.
When one of his officers suggested that the outlook seemed discouraging, General Grant lifted his weary head, closed his eyes, clenched his fists, and exclaimed: "We will fight it out along these lines if it takes all summer!" And he did fight it out along the lines he had chosen. Thus it may well be that on this firm decision of one man, backed by an indomitalbe will, came the final victory which preserved the union of the states.
One school of thought says that "right makes might!"
Another school of thought says that "might makes right!"
But men who think accurately know that the power of the will makes might, whether right or wrong, and the entire history of mankind backs up this belief.
Study men of great achievement, wherever you find them, and you will find evidence that the power of the will, organized and persistently applied, is the dominating factor in their success. Also, you will find that successful men commit themselves to a stricter system of self-discipline than any which is force upon them by circumstances beyond their control.
They work when others sleep!
They go the extra mile, and if need be another and still another mile, never stopping until they have contributed the utmost service of which they are capable.
Floow in their footsteps for a single day and you will be convinced that they need no taskmaster to drive them on. They move on their own personal initiative because they direct their efforts by the strictest sort of self-discipline.
They may appreciate commendation bu they do not require it to inspire them to action. They lsiten to condemnation, but they do not fear it, and they are not discouraged by it.
And they sometimes fail, or suffer temporary defeat, just as others do, but failure only spurs them on to greater effort.
They encounter obstacles, as does everyone, but these they convert into benefits through which they carry on toward their chosen goal.
They experience discouragements, the same as others do, but they close the doors of their minds tightly behind unpleasant experiences and transmute their disappointments into renewed energy with which they struggle ahead to victory.
When death strikes in their families they bury their dead, but not their indomitable wills.
They seek the cousel of others, extract from it that which they can use and reject the remainder, although the whole world may criticize them on account of their judgment.
They know they cannot control all the circumstances which affect their lives, but they do control their own state of mind and their mental reactions to all circumstances, by keeping their minds positive at all times.
They are tested by their own negative emotions, as are all people, but they keep the upper hand over these emotions by making right royal servants of them.
Let us keep in mind the fact that through self-discipline one may do two important things, both of which are essential for outstanding achievement.
First, one may completely control the negative emotions by transmuting them into constructive effort, using them as an inspiration to greater endeavor.
Secondly, one may stimulate the positive emotions, and direct them to the attainmenht of any desired end.
Thus, bu controlling both the positive and the negative emotions the faculty of reason is left free to function, as is also the faculty of the imagination.
Control over the emotions in attained gratudally, by the devleopment of habits of thought which are conducive of control. Such habits should be formed in connection with the small, unimportant circumstances of life, for it is true, as Supreme Court justice Brandeis once said, that "the brains is like the hand. It grows with us."
One by one the six departments of the mind which are subject to self-discipline can be brought under complete control, but the start should be made by habits which give one control over the emotions first, since it is true that most people are the victims of their uncontrolled emotions throughout their lives. Most people are the servants, not the masters of their emotions, because they have never established definite, systematic habits of control over them.
Every person who has made up his mind to control the six department of his mind, through a strict system of self-discipline, shoud adopt and follow a definite plan to keep this purpose before him.
One student of this philosophy wrote a creed for this purpose, which he followed so closely that it soon enabled him to become thoroughly self-discipline conscious. It worked so successfully that it is here presented for the benefit of other students of the philosophy.
The creed was signed, and repeated orally, twice daily; once upon arising in the morning and once upon retiring at night. This procedure gave the student the benefit of the principle of auto-suggestion, through which the purpose of the creed was conveyed clearly to the subconscious section of his mind, where it was picked up and acted upon automatically.
A creed for self-discipline!
Recognizing that the Power of Will is the Supreme Court over all other departments of my mind, I will exercise it daily, when I need the urge to action for any purpose; and I will form habits designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily.
Realizing that my emotions are both positive and negative, I will form daily habits which will encourage the development of the positive emotions, and aid me in converting the negative emotions into some form of useful action.
Recognizing that both my positive emotions and my negative emotions may be dangerous if they are not controlled and guided to desirable ends, I will submit all my desires, aims and purposes to my faculty of reason, and I will be guided by it in giving expression to these.
Recognizing the need for sound plans and ideas for the attainement of my desires, I will develop my imagination by calling upon it daily for help in the formation of my plans.
Recognizing that my emotions often err in their over-enthusiasm, and my faculty of reason often is without the warmth of feeling that is necessary to enable me to combine justice with mercy in my judgments, I will encourage my conscience to guide me as to what is rights and what is wrong, but I will never set aside the verdicts it renders, no matter what may be the cost of carrying them out.
Recognizing the value of an alert memory, I will encourage mine to become alert by taking care to impress it clearly with all thoughts I wish to recall, and by associating those thoughts with related subjects which I may call to mind frequently.
Recognizing the influence of my subconscious mind over my power of will, I shall take care to submit to it a clear and definite picture of my Major Purpose in life and all minor purposes leading to my major purpose, and I shall keep this pitcture constantly before my subconscious mind by repeating it daily.
Discipline over the mind is gained, little by little, by the formation of habits which one may control. Habits begin in the mind, therefore, a daily repetition of this creed will make one habit-conscious in connection with the particular kind of habits which are needed to develop and control the six department of the mind.
The mere act of repeating the names of these departments has an important effect. It makes one conscious that these departments exist; that they are important; that they can be controlled by the formation of thought-habits; that the nature of these habits determines one's success or failure in the matter of self-discipline.
It is a great day in any person's life when he recognizes the fact that his success or failure throughout life is largely a matter of control over his emotions!
There is an alliance of men known as Alcoholics Anonymous. These men operate in local Master Mind groups. The medicine they use is the most powerful to mankind. It consists of the power of the human mind directed to a definite end.
Here is an achievement which should inspire all men to become better acquinted with the power of their minds. If it can cure alcoholism, it can cure povery, ill health, fear, self-imposed limitations.
Alcoholics Anonymous is getting results because its members have been introduced to their "other selves"; those unseen entitites which consist in the power of thought; the forces withing the human mind which recognize no such reality as the "impossible".
An enemy which has been recognized is half defeated. This applies withing one's own mind, as negative emotions.
Likeso, a benefit recognized is a benefit easily utilized.
The positive emotions are beneficial, but they are helpful only when they are organized and directed to the attainment of definite, constructive ends. The medium of control is self-discipline, systematically and voluntarily applied through the habits of thought.
Take the emotion of Faith for example.
It's the most powerful of all emotions, but is only helpful when expressed through constructive, organized action based upon Definiteness of Purpose.
Faith without actions is useless, because it may resolve itself into mere day-dreaming, wishing and fain hopefulness. Self-discipline is the medium through which one may stimulate the emotion of Faith, through definiteness of purpose persistently applied.
The discipline should begin by establishing habits which stimulate the use of the power of the will, for it is the ego - the seat of the powe of the will - in which one's desires originate. Thus, the emotions of desire and Faith are definitely related.
Wherever a burning desire exists, there exists also the capacity for Faith which corresponds precisely with the intensity of the desire. The two are associated always. Stimulate one and you stimulate the other. Control and direct one, throught organized habits, and you control and direct the other.
This is self-discipline of the highest order.
Benjamin Disraeli said "The secret of success is constancy of purpose".
Greatest of all danger-points of the majority of me: they give up and quit when the going becomes though; and often quit when one more step would have carried them triumphantly to victory.
Will-power is needed most when the oppositions of life are the greatest. And self-discipline will provide it for every such emergency.
Roosevelt was seriously handicaped by chronic asthma during his early youth, but through discipline, he built a strong body and a resolute mind. Despite whatever other were saying, even Doctors.
The Master-key to Riches consists entirely in the greatest power known to man; the power of thought!
You may take full possession of the Master-Key by taking possession of your own mind, through the strictest of self-discipline.
Self-discipline will help you to control your mental attitude. Your mental attitude may help you to master every circumstance of your life, and to convert every adversity, every defeat, every failure into an asset of equivalent scope. That is why a Positive Mental Attitude heads the entire list of the twelve riches of life.
The great Master-Key to Riches is nothing more nor less than the self-discipline necessary to help you take full and complete possession of your own mind!
Start right where you stand, and become the master of yourself. Start now! Be done forever with that old seld which has kept you in misery and want. Recognize and embrace that "other self" which can give you everything your heart craves.
Remember it is profoundly significant that the only thing over which you have complete control is your own mental attitude!