You’re guided by your mind.

the very law that gives us success is a two-edged sword. We must control our thinking.
that very same law can lead him into the gutter. It’s all in how he uses it, for good or for bad. This is the strangest secret in the world.
very few people, who have learned it understand it. That’s why it’s strange and why, for some equally strange reason, it virtually remains a secret.

Life should be an exciting adventure. It should never be a bore. A man should live fully, be alive. He should be glad to get out of bed in the morning. He should be doing a job that he likes to do because he does it well.

Your 30-Day Experiment

Now it isn’t going to be easy. If you’ll give it a good try, it will completely change your life for the better.
“for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
it means we can achieve nothing without paying the price.

The results of your 30-day experiment will be in direct proportion to the effort you put forth.
Now what is that price? Well, it’s many things. First, it’s understanding emotionally, as well as intelligently, that we literally become what we think about -- that we must control our thoughts if we are to control our lives. It’s understanding fully that as you sow, so shall you reap.

Secondly, it’s cutting away all the fetters from the mind and permitting it to soar as it was divinely designed to do. It’s the realization that your limitations are self-imposed and that the opportunities for you today are enormous beyond belief. It’s rising above narrow-minded pettiness and prejudice.

Thirdly, to use all your courage to force yourself to think positively on your own problem:

Fourth, save at least 10 percent of what you earn.

One, you will become what you think about.
Two, remember the word imagination. Let your mind soar.
Three, courage -- concentrate on your goal everyday.
Four, save 10 percent of what you earn, and ACTION! Ideas are worthless unless we act on them.

There are two things that may be said of everyone: each of us wants something and each of us is afraid of something. I want you to write on a card what it is you want more than anything else. It may be more money. Perhaps you would like to double your income or make a specific amount of money. It may be a beautiful home. It may be success at your job. It may be a particular position in life. It could be a more harmonious family. Each of us want something.

Write down on your card, specifically, what it is that you want. Make sure it is a single goal and clearly defined. You need not show it to anyone, but carry it with you so that you can look at it several times a day.

Think about it in a cheerful, relaxed, positive way each morning; Look at it every chance you get during the day and just before going to bed at night.
As you look at it, remember you must become what you think about and since you’re thinking about your goal, you realize that soon it will be yours.

Now we come to the difficult part.
Stop thinking about what it is you fear. Each time a fearful or negative thought comes into your consciousness, replace it with a mental picture of your positive and worthwhile goal.
For 30 days you must take control of your mind. It will think only about what you permit it to think.
Each day, for this 30 day test, do more than you have to do. In addition to maintaining a cheerful positive outlook, give of yourself more than you’ve ever done before.
Do this knowing that your returns in life must be in direct proportion to what you give.

The moment you decide on a goal to work towards you are immediately a successful person.
All you have to do is know WHERE you’re going.
“Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh, receiveth, and he that seeketh, findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.” It’s as marvelous and simple as that.
For 30 days, do your best.
If you’re a homemaker, devote your 30-day test to complete giving of yourself, without thinking about receiving anything in return, and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your life.
No matter what your job, do it as you’ve never done it before for 30 days and, if you’ve kept your goal before you everyday, you will wonder and marvel at this new life that you’ve found.
Dorothea Brande: “act as though it were impossible to fail.”
Persistence is simply another word for faith.

On one side of the card write your goal, whatever it might be. On the other side, write the words we’ve quoted from the Sermon on the Mount, “ask and it shall be giveth, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.”

remember that you must reap that which you sow. If you sow negative thoughts your life will be filled with negative things. If you sow positive thoughts, your life will be cheerful, successful and positive.
Now gradually, you have a tendency to forget what you’ve read in this book. Read it often. Keep reminding yourself of what you must do to form this new habit.

You know, most men will tell you that they want to make money without understanding the law.
The only way to earn money is by providing people with services or products which are needed and useful. We exchange our product or services for the other man’s money. Therefore, the law is that our financial return will be in direct proposition to our service.

Success is not the result of making money. Making money is the result of success and success is in direct proposition to our service. Most people have this law backwards. They believe that you’re successful if you earn a lot of money. The truth is, that you can only earn money after you’re successful.
It’s like the story of the man who sat in front of a stove and said to it, “give me heat and then I’ll add the wood.”

Don’t concern yourself with the money. Be of service. Build. Work. Dream. Create. Do this and you’ll find that there is no limit to the prosperity and abundance that will come to you.
Any person who contributes to prosperity must prosper, in turn, himself.
No man can get rich himself unless he enriches others.
An outstanding medical doctor recently pointed out six steps that will help you realize success:

  1. Set yourself a definite goal.
  2. Quit running yourself down.
  3. Stop thinking of all the reasons why you can’t be successful and instead, think of all the reasons why you can.
  4. Trace your attitudes back to your childhood and try to discover where you first got the idea you couldn’t be a success, if that’s the way you’ve been thinking.
  5. Change the image you have of yourself by writing out a description of the person you would like to be.
  6. Act the part of the successful person you have decided to become.

pay the price by becoming the person you want to become. It’s not nearly as difficult as living unsuccessfully.

Make your 30-day test, then repeat it, then repeat it again. Each time it will become more a part of you until you wonder how you could ever have lived any other way.


Creative Thinking Creates Our Life

There are two ways in which we are paid for what we do. One is tangible, in the form of money, and the other is intangible, but just as important. To many, it’s more important.
This latter form of payment comes in the form of inner-satisfaction, in the form of joy as the result of accomplishment.

since your rewards will be in exact proportion to your service, you can increase your income, both financially and from an inner-satisfaction standpoint, simply by narrowing the distance between what you have been giving to your work, and the 100% of what you maybe said you could give under ideal conditions.

Every hour spent at our work should be spent in the attempt to give the best of which we are capable;
try each day to find some way in which the work you’re doing can be improved.

  1. Remember that our rewards in life will be in exact proportion to our service.
  2. By giving your work a larger percentage of your capabilities and talents, you will, you must, increase your income substantially.
  3. Since our lives depend on others, treat others in every facet of your life exactly as you want others to treat you. If you expect others to give you excellent products and services for the money you and your family spend, then you should make certain that your job is handled as excellently as it is possible for you, since it is the money of others which pays your salary.
  4. Try to find some way, every day, in which your work can be improved.

The Gold Mine Between Your Ears

Yes, you have a goldmine between your ears, your mind, your imagination. But, for most of us owning this great of all earthly possession is like owning some great complex Chinese puzzle containing, at its heart, a jewel of great value.

Do you realize that nothing has yet been done perfectly? Everything in the world remains to be done or done over.
Nothing is known completely and positively. Nothing has been done finally and right. Everything changes.

The best way to exercise your brain is to ask yourself questions. So, try these.

  1. How can I improve myself so that I can become a better person?
  2. How can I get along better with my customers, colleagues, friends, family?
  3. What can I do to increase my value and advance faster in my organization?
  4. How can I come up with new ideas for advancing my profession or improving the business I’m in?

Test Your C.Q.

creativity quotient:

  1. Do you seek out and jot down ides while listening to a speaker, chatting with someone, traveling, or just waiting in a reception room?
  2. Do you take prompt and positive action on your better ideas? Do you do something with them?
  3. Do you make it a daily habit to really use your eyes? Do you look at things carefully, thoughtfully? Do you absorb while you observe?
  4. Do you ever ask yourself questions like these? How can I improve myself? How can I be more effective in my work? How can I help make my community a better place in which to live?
  5. Have you ever written down your specific personal and business goals?
  6. Do you spend some time each day purposefully reading or listening to others?
  7. Do you make a steady effort to widen your interests and friendships? For example, do you read books and magazines outside of your field? Do you make new friends by taking an active role in church and civic groups?
  8. Do you welcome ideas from everywhere? That is, do you encourage family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors to share their thoughts with you?
  9. Do you always try to understand something fully before you pass judgment?
  10. Do you find yourself destructively discontented with the things around you? For example, do you often say to yourself there must be a better way to do this? Or, how can I improve this?
  11. Do you pick a time and place to think each day? No one has more time than you have. Each person is given 24 hours a day. Do you use any of this time for creative thinking or for just plain thinking?
  12. Do you ever give away your ideas, ideas you believe might help someone?
  13. Do you ever combine ideas or build big ideas from little ones? Do you ever adapt or associate ideas or modify, rearrange, or reverse the ideas you have?
  14. Do you keep yourself in good mental and physical health, keep a bright outlook, and keep fit?
  15. Do you consciously ask questions that require an explanatory answer rather than a simple yes or no? For example, do you try to ask questions which begin with these conversation starters who, what, when, where, why, which, how, and if?
  16. What about your overall attitude toward life? Do you expect the best and do you constantly search for it?

Characteristics of Creative People

Each of these characteristics, one at a time, can be fashioned into a solid habit. And, together, they can become a living philosophy, a creative way of life.
You already have many of these traits. My objective here is to encourage you to bring them out, spotlight them, polish them, hone them, and use them in your daily life.

Take 25 white index cards and write each of the characteristics on a card, a different one on each card. Spread the cards in front of you, study each one, and think negatively. That’s right, think negatively.
Take the card which lists your weakest creative characteristic and put it aside. Take another card listing your next weakest trait and so on until you’ve got a stack of 25 cards weakest traits on top, strongest on the bottom.
Start today and work on weak trait number one. Work on it diligently for one week. Make it a part of your life. Next week, start on weak trait number two. Keep going. Work on all 25 characteristics one at a time. Soon, all 25 will be a living part of you.
If you do this faithfully, you’ll be a far more creative person. You’ll be more interesting, more valuable, and perhaps more uncomfortable. That is, you’ll start to realize the scope, the depth, and breadth of your creative power.
You’ll see new horizons, new ways to solve problems, new ways to create, build, invent, and improve. Even more important, you’ll begin to work and live closer to the highest level of your mind power to realize fulfillment of your own potential.

Your Most Valuable Creative Tools

four basic powers:

  1. The power to absorb, the ability to take in information, knowledge. We do this by looking, listening, touching, tasting, and smelling, by using all five of our senses and keeping the gateways of our mind always open.
  2. The power of retention, the capacity to retain knowledge and recall it. Our brains are like endless rows of filing cabinets with relatively few packed file drawers full of all sorts of information. There’s always much room for more.
  3. The power of judgment and logical thought. The more facts we feed our brain, the more able it is to reason and judge intelligently.
  4. The power of imagination, the ability to think creatively.

With the first two powers, absorption and retention, we gather the raw material with which to think. And, with the attitude, judgment, and imagination we evaluate old ideas and create new ones.
Put another way, we have four switches in our minds. Turn on switch number one and we gather information. Switch number two snaps on our retentive powers.

as we grow older, we’re seldom encouraged to use the imaginative power we spent our childhood cultivating. Instead, we’re taught to conform, to take no chances, to play it safe, to follow the crowd.
"that’s a crazy idea. It won’t work. It’s never been done before" These are idea killers. we use them on ourselves. We actually kill our own ideas before they’re given a chance.

  1. Ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Ideas, like babies, don’t pick their parents. So, be a sponge for ideas.
  2. Ideas, particularly in their early stages of development, demand care and attention. They can be crushed all too easily.
  3. ideas need encouragement or rather people need to be encouraged to think up ideas.

The Power In Asking Questions