thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment.
With the majority the bark of thought is allowed to "drift" upon the ocean
of life. Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for
him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction.
They who have no central purpose
in their life fall an easy prey to worries, fears, troubles, and self-pityings,
all of which are indications of weakness, which lead, just as surely as
deliberately planned sins (though by a different route), to failure, unhappiness,
and loss, for weakness cannot persist in a power-evolving universe.
A man should conceive of a legitimate
purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this
purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of
a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature
at the time being. But whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought
forces upon the object which he has set before him. He should make this
purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment,
not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings,
and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration
of thought. Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose
(as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character
gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new
starting point for future power and triumph.
Those who are not prepared for the
apprehension of a great purpose, should fix the thoughts upon the faultless
performance of their duty, no matter how insignificant their task may appear.
Only in this way can the thoughts be gathered and focused, and resolution
and energy be developed, which being done, there is nothing which may not
The weakest soul, knowing its own
weakness, and believing this truth - that strength can only be developed
by effort and practice, will at once begin to exert itself, and adding
effort to effort, patience to patience, and strength to strength, will
never cease to develop, and will at last grow divinely strong.
As the physically weak man can make
himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts
can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.
To put away aimlessness and weakness,
and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong
ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who
make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly,
and accomplish masterfully.
Having conceived of his purpose,
a man should mentally mark out a straight pathway to its achievement, looking
neither to the right nor to the left. Doubts and fears should be rigorously
excluded; they are disintegrating elements which break up the straight
line of effort, rendering it crooked, ineffectual, useless. Thoughts of
doubt and fear never accomplish anything, and never can. They always lead
to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease
when doubt and fear creep in.
The will to do springs from the knowledge
that we can do. Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and
he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every
He who has conquered doubt and fear
has conquered failure. His every thought is allied with power, and all
difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. His purposes are seasonably
planted, and they bloom and bring forth fruit which does not fall prematurely
to the ground.
Thought allied fearlessly to purpose
becomes creative force. He who knows this is ready to become something
higher and stronger than a mere bundle of wavering thoughts and fluctuating
sensations. He who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder
of his mental powers.