This week is about the power of concentration, and putting it to use (or to work).
Haanel wrote; “Unless you can concentrate upon the object which you have in view, you will have but a hazy, indifferent, vague, indistinct and blurred outline of your ideal and the results will be in accordance with your mental picture”
Often times we will decide that we want something, but then go after it with vague plans, or no real plan, because we don’t want to get hurt when we fail…or just don’t succeed.
12:3 We find it difficult to banish fear, anxiety or discouragement, and continually send the things we desire further away, so that it is one step forward and two steps backward.
12:4 The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success.
There are three steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.
12:6 But your ideal must be sharp, clear-cut, definite; to have one ideal today, another tomorrow, and a third the next week, means to scatter your forces and accomplish nothing; your result will be a meaningless and chaotic combination of wasted material.
Remember when you were 16 and wanted to get your Driver’s License?
There was nothing, and no one, that was going to stop you. You got the Driver’s Ed Course (and found a way to pay for it), and did everything else that you ‘figured out how to do’ and you got your Driver’s License.
That drive and determination to get what we want, no-matter-what, has been extinguished as we got older, in most cases, because we were told to “be realistic”, or asked sarcastically “who do you think you are, a Rockerfeller?”.
We stopped dreaming big, and ‘got real’. We started going after ‘minimums’ based on our current resources…or lack thereof.
Haanel goes really deep into the power of thought, and the many counterfeits, but in the interest of time I will skip those for now, so I can share this next concept:
12:17 The law is that thought will correlate with its object and bring forth in the material world the correspondence of the thing thought or produced in the mental world. We then discern the absolute necessity of seeing that every thought has the inherent germ of truth in order that the law of growth will bring into manifestation good, for good alone can confer any permanent power.
This is DEEP. Thoughts Are Things.
12:18 The principle that gives the thought the dynamic power to correlate with its object, (pay close attention here), and therefor to master every adverse human experience is the law of attraction, which is another name for love.
This is an eternal and fundamental principle, inherent in all things, in every system of philosophy, in every religion, and in every science. There is no getting away from the law of love. It is feeling that imparts vitality to thought. Feeling is desire, and desire is love. Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible.
Og Mandino wrote about this in The Greatest Salesman In The World. Scroll II started with ‘I greet this day with Love in my heart’.
I could go on and on about Part 12 of The Master Key, but I think it best that you discover the magnitude of the lessons on your own, and in your own time.
So I will end this Post with the quote that Haanel saw fit to close out this part:
“Thought cannot conceive of anything that may not be brought to expression. He who first uttered it may be only the suggester, but the doer will appear” Wilson
Thank you for visiting my Blog. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time.
To Your Success,
Scott W. McAvoy
Scott, thank for sharing Haanel with us. From your blog rover friend John.
Scott W. McAvoy
Thanks John, I appreciate you dropping a comment.
You are welcome.
A two-word wet blanket on every dream ever dreamt! The more I read Haanel, those words seem totally irrelevant. Know our power, have the courage to dare and the faith to do!
Scott W. McAvoy
Thanks Randy – appreciate your comment…and wisdom.