How The Concentration Finds The Way

Everyone has two natures. One wants us to advance and the other wants to pull us back. The one that we cultivate and concentrate on decides what we are at the end. Both natures are trying to gain control. The will alone decides the issues. A man by one supreme effort of the will may change his whole career and almost accomplish miracles. You may be that man. You can be if you Will be, for Will can find a way or make one.
It is a matter of choice whether we allow our diviner self to control us or whether we will be controlled by the brute within us. No man has to do anything he does not want to do. He is therefore the director of his life if he wills to be. What we are to do is the result of our training. We are like putty, and can be completely controlled by our will power.
Habit is a matter of acquirement. People are doing only what their parents did, but there is no reason for it, for a person can break a habit just the moment he masters the “I will.” A man may have been a “good for nothing” all his life up to this very minute, but from this time on he begins to amount to something. Even old men have suddenly changed and accomplished wonders.
” I lost my opportunity” sais one. That may be true, but by sheer force of will, we can find a way to bring us another opportunity. There is no truth in that saying that opportunuty knocks at our door once in a lifetime. The fact is, opportunity never seeks us; we must seek it. What usually turns out to be one’s man opportunity, was another man’s loss. One man thinks “I will do it”, but while he procrastinates the other goes ahead and does the work. They both have the same opportunity. the one who complain of his lost chance. But it should teach him a lesson, and it will, if he is seeking the path that leads to success.
Many persons read good books, but they do not get much good out of them. They do not realize that all any book can do is to awaken them to their possibilities and to stimulate them to use their will power.”You can lead him to the fountain, but you can’t make him drink.”
One of the most beneficial practices I know is that if looking for the good in everyone and everything, for there is good in all the things. We encourage a person by seeing his good qualities and we also help ourselves by looking for them. We gain their good wishes, a most valuable asset sometimes. We get back what we give out. The time comes when most all of us need encouragement. So, form the habit of encouraging others, and you will find it a wonderful tonic for both those encouraged and yourself, for you will get back encouraging and uplifting thoughts.
I know that every man that is willing to pay the price can be a success. The price is not in money, but in effort. The first essential quality for success is the desire to do or to be something. The next thing is to learn how to do it. The man that is the best able to accomplish anything is the one with the broad mind. The one that has acquired knowledge, that may, it is true, be foreign to this particular case, but is, nevertheless, of some values in all cases. So, the one who wants to be successful must be liberal; he must acquire all the knowledge that he can; he must be well posted not only in one branch of his business, but in every part of it. Such a man achieves success.
Try always to improve yourself no matter where you are or what your position. Learn all you can. Don’t see how little you can do, but how much you can do. Such a man will always be in demand, for he establishes the reputation of being a hustler. There is always room for him because progressive firms never let a hustler leave their employment if they can help it.
The man who reaches the top is the gritty, plucky, hard worker and never the timid, uncertain, slow worker.
The man that is chosen at the crucial time is not usually a genius; he does not possess any more talent than others, but he has learnt that results can only be produced by untiring concentrated effort. That “miracles” in business do not just “happen”. He knows that the only way they will happen is by sticking to a proposition and seeing it through. The successful one gets used to seeing things accomplished and always feels sure of success. The one that is a failure gets used to seeing failure, expects it and attracts it to him.
When a man looses his grip today, he must win his redemption by his own will. He will get little encouragement or advice of an inspiring nature. He must usually regain the right road alone. He must stop dissipating his energies and turn his attention to building a useful career. Today we must conquer our weakening tendencies alone. Don’t expect anyone to help you. Just take one big brace, make firm resolutions and resolve to conquer your weaknesses and vices. Really none can do this for you. They can encourage you, and that is all.
Do not expect that you will always have easy sailing. Parts of your journey are likely to be rough. Don’t let the rough places put you out of commission. Keep on with the journey. Just the way you weather the storm shows what material you are made of.. Never sit down and complain of the rough places, but think how nice the pleasant stretches were. View with delight the smooth plains that are in front of you.
Do not let a setback to stop you. Think of it as a mere incident that has to be overcome before you can reach your goal.

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