The Personal Power – Fundamentals

In order to get what you want, you must act; and in order to act you must apply force. And it is self-evident proposition that the force to be applied is one within yourself. If you are to use external forces, they can only be made to act by compelling them to obey you; and to compel them to obey you, you must use your internal force. So, whether you seek health, wealth, development, position or happiness, you must expect to get it by applying your own inward force, and you cannot get it any other way.
Is the force within you sufficient for the task? Yes, the force within you is all the force there is, and contains the potentialities of all life. All life is the same, and contains the same essentials, powers, possibilities. Nobody ever had a talent which you have not, either as a developed or an undeveloped faculty. Nobody ever did a thing which you cannot do by developing the faculty or talent required. And since perfection has not been reached in anything, nobody ever did anything so well but that you can do it better. It is possible for you to become a better soldier than Napoleon, a better lawyer than Daniel Webster, or a greater inventive genius than Edison; the power is within you, and it is only the matter of development. And if you can eat even a very little food and assimilate it, having it built into new cells, you can have health. The force which can build a few new cells can build you a new body, if it is continously directed in the right way.
Given, the fact you have the force, it all becomes a matter of directing that force. The force being sufficient for the work, the sole question is whether you can learn to use it constructively; for we must bear in mind that every act of force is either constructive or destructive in its tendency. Nature is always working along two general lines; integrating atoms, drawing them together into forms, and scattering and dispersing the same atoms; dissolving the forms. The same agencies are imployed in construction and destruction; there is no duality, and we do not find two sets of forces at work. Nature, working with the chemistry of life,, with oxigen and the food particles of matter, builds a great oak tree; but when it is finished it is already dead at the heart, and Nature goes on with the same agencies-oxigen and the chemical processes-to build our living bodies, is the chief agency in disintegrating them when dead. It is a matter of constructive or destructive use of the same things whether we have health or sickness, success or failure.
In our bodies the process of cell construction and of cell destruction are going on continously; and whenever cell destruction in any part is in excess of cell construction, we are dying in that part. Nothing can save us then, but a reversal of the process; we must make constructive action equal to, or greater than destructive action. If constructive action equals destructive, we shall hold our own and continue to live; if constructive action exceeds destructive action by even a very little, we shall grow stronger, and the tissues of our bodies will grow finer in texture, more flexible and beautiful, and more youthful in appearence; all these truths are self-evident.
What we want, therefore, is to make constructive action slightly exceed destructive action in every part, so that a continual refining process may go on in our physical bodies. This we can do. In the matter of business success, we find the same basic principle obtaining. Business success is a matter of using certain mental and physical materials so as to combine them into a certain relationship. To succeed in business, we must take certain people and certain things, and combine them together in a certain way; and when we have done this, we have succeed. Just as, in building a house, the mason takes bricks and mortar and combines them into a structure, so in business we seek to take people, goods, money, and bring them into such relations to each other as to form a certain structure. You are trying to build a structure, and your materials are people, goods, and money.
The certainty and rapidity of the process will depend upon how great a proportion of your actions are constructive. A good bricklayer may waste a great deal of time by doing many things which are not essential to his work at all; he can kill time in lighting his pipe, and in various other ways. And a poor bricklayer may loose by imperfect construction; part of his work may fall down, or he may have to tear it down, changing activity from the constructive line to the destructive one. The best bricklayer is he who wastes no time in irrelevant and negative actions, and who loses none by destructive action; making every act distinctly rightly constructive. That is what you must learn to do in business; make constructive use of every person and thing.

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