The Personal Power-Fundaments 2

In order to do a good work, the bricklayer must have a pretty clear idea of what he wants to build; he must know whether he is working on a square house, or a circular chimney. And in order to build your business structure, you must know what you want. Actions which would be constructive upon a building of one type would be destructive upon a building of another type. If you are going to build a brick house, you will not buy lumber for a frame house; you will buy brick. And the more clearly you have in mind the house you wish to build even to its least important details, the more completely you can provide the necessary materials, and the more definite and constructive you can make every action.
I cannot lay too much stress on the necessity of wanting to do something, and of knowing what you want to do and what you want to be. You might as wll put to sea without knowing which port you whish to make as to start in life without a definite purpose. You cannot work constructively unless you have in mind to construct something; and you must have in mind a picture of that which you wish to construct. Aim high; but know what you aiming at; do not fire into the air. Hitch your wagon to a star, but know what star it is, and know why you hitch to it. What kind of structure would a bricklayer build who was not sure whether he was working on a circular chimney or a square cottage? We have called now your attention to two fundamental facts: first, that you have within you the power to get what you want; and second, that in order to use this power constructively, you must KNOW what you want. We now proceed to the third fact, which is that before you can act constructively, you must attain to a certain STATE OF MIND.
There are two general states of mind, the electrical and the magnetical. In the ELECTRICAL state of mind your personality resembles a highly charged electrical conductor. There is a constant giving off of energy in all sides, most of which escapes, performing no work. Objects brought near are first violently attracted, and then as violently repelled. Action is sudden, powerful and inconstant; therefore often ineffectual. The expenditure of force may be in any direction; there is no continuity of purpose.
In the MAGNETICAL state, there is always an attraction of certain things, and always a repulsion of others. The action is fixed, certain, and always in the same direction. There is no leakage or waste of force. A magnet is a center toward which certain things are irresistibly impelled to move, and from which certain things are as irresistibly driven. So among men, the electrical person sometimes attracts and as often repels those whose friendship he seeks, but the magnetic person always attracts those whom he seeks to attract. The actions of the electrical personality are often destructive abd disintegrating; but every act of the magnetic person is a constructive act. So we must learn to avoid the electrical mental state, and cultivate the magnetic state.
As physical friction generates electricity, so mental friction causes the electrical state of mind. Worry is a mental friction, and the one and only cause of worry is fear. Where fear is present, worry is also present. It is all very well to talk of the uselessness of worry, the folly of it, and so on; and it is very well to tell you not to worry, but you cannot help worrying, so as long you have any fear as to the future. You can only eliminate worry by eliminating fear. You cannot get rid of worry by telling yourself that it is useless, foolish and harmful; so long as you have fear, you will worry just the same.
And you will have fear as long as you have doubt or uncertainty. So long as you have doubt or uncertainty as to whether you will get well, you will worry about your health; so long as you have doubt or uncertainty as to whether you will succeed in business, you will worry about failure, and so on. Where there is no doubt or uncertainty as to future health or success there can be no fear, and where there is no fear, there can be no worry, or mental friction. So long as there is doubt or uncertainty there must be fear; and as long as there is fear, there will be worry, mental friction, and the electrical state of mind, resulting in destructuve action. So you must eliminate from your thoughts all doubt and uncertainty that you will get well; that you will succeed; that you will gain your point and get what you want. You may have some uncertanity as to methods but you must have none as to ultimate results. You may not feel certain that you will succeed today, or next week, but you must feel certain that you will succeed sometime.

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