Saturday, September 24, 2005

Quiet and Activity


Quiet and activity are two opposite sides of creative energy. I doubt that anyone can ever be a creative activist who is not at the same time a creative quietist.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Sing


Sing at least one song every day. This may not add to the enjoyment of your family or firends. But it will be a wonderful tonic for you. Actually, a hymn is best -- a hymn with the mornig shower will wash your mind on the inside as the soap and water do on the outside.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Give You Back

You mind will give you back exactly what you put into it. If, over a long period of time, you put defeat into your mind, your mind will give you back defeat. But if, over a long period, you put great faith into your mind, you mind will give faith results back.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Smile

Keep the mouth lines up. Simile and be happy. William James claimed that we are happy because we smile rather than we smile because we are happy. The smile comes first. It is also a fact that happiness in the heart puts a smile on the lips. Cultivate optimism, always looking on the bright side, and you will develop a happy state of life.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Play it in Mind

One of professional golf's outstanding players once told me: "One secret of a good shot is 'seeing' the ball going where you want it to go before you hit it." And pianists have told me it is possible to practice a number in one's mind without being near a keyboard. You need only visualize the notes with your inner eye and hear them with your inner ear. Whatever your goal, to reach it, fix in your mind a definite and successful outcome. Hold that image and go to work, for you have set in motion a realizable force.

Monday, September 19, 2005

A Salesman's Story

A salesman who from being a loser became a winner, told me how he did it:
I went to church one Sunday in a small town where I had to wait over until Monday. In the sermon, the pastor came up with this idea: " You are never going to get the most out of life until you give living all you've got. Don't wait for living to give something to you; you give something to living." This was a new idea to me, exactly what I was not doing. It was as if a door opened in my mind. I had an entire new image of myself and decided I would give living everything I had. So, first thing next morning, I got up earlier than usual, took out the list of people I was going to see that day, and prayed for every one of them. I got to the first store before it opened. I helped the man open up and made my first sale before I would normally even had been up. And I had a wonderful day all day long. It was like magic! All along I had been expecting life to give me something and it hadn't been doing it. Now I was giving something to life and it was giving wonderful things back.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Lift Yourself Out of Hopelessness

If your predicament looks hopeless, remember there is no situation so completely dark that something constructive cannot be done about it. When faced with a minus, ask what you can do to make it a plus. Reject hopelessness; substitute faith; use intelligent, persevering effort and you can lift yourself out of hopelessness.