There has been a lot of talk over the last few years regarding the book and movie by the same name, “The Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne. Essentially, the premise is that our thoughts create our realities.
Dale Carnegie obviously trusted in its wisdom, too, as he quotes Elbert Hubbard and talks about one’s “will to win” in his book, “How to Develop Self-Confidence & Influence People by Public Speaking.” …
Whenever you go out of doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high and fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile and put soul into every handclasp. Do not fear being misunderstood and do not waste a minute thinking about your enemies. Try to fix firmly in your mind what you would like to do, and then, without veering of direction, you will move straight to the goal. Keep your direction, you will move straight to the goal. Keep your mind on the great and splendid things you would like to do, and then, as the days go gliding by, you will find yourself unconsciously seizing upon the opportunities that are required for the fulfillment of your desire, just as the coral insect takes from the running tide the elements it needs. Picture in your mind the able, earnest, useful person you desire to be, and the thought you hold is hourly transforming you into that particular individual … Thought is supreme. Preserve a right mental attitude—the attitude of courage, frankness and good cheer. To think rightly is to create. All things come through desire and every sincere prayer is answered. We become like that on which our hearts are fixed. Carry your chin in and the crown of your head high. We are gods in the chrysalis.
The power to transform yourself is within you. Remember…
“As above, so below. As within, so without.”
— The Emerald Tablet, circa 3000 BC
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