How To Think
By Henry Sherin
YOU are conscious that you are a personality, with powers to think, feel, and act. Remember: "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
To learn to think properly is a very important matter, for your acts will be like your thoughts. Your life will be of the same character as your thoughts, and your external appearance at ease and in motion will be determined by your thoughts.
In this respect man differs from the lower animals. From his earliest infancy he thinks, as is seen in the child on the mother's knee, which very early shows its discriminations. These discriminations are due to thought, for it cannot discriminate without thinking. As the child begins to observe, its curiosity is aroused, its thoughts begin to flow, and are expressed in the many questions asked by the babe before it can speak plainly. It is a pity that this spirit of questioning does not stay with the man all through life,, for then he would be wiser and better developed.
The weakness of the modern man is that he will not think, or allow time for thought. With the rush of business, the reading of the daily papers, and his efforts to secure some little amusement, he believes there is no time for thought, no time to fix the mind upon any special subject for even an hour.
This desire to avoid the responsibility, work, and weariness of thinking on business, politics, and religion, has caused him to try to unload upon the efficiency agent, the political boss, and the priest or minister, the work of thinking for him. And yet men waste days and years in idle games and useless employment out of which no profit comes.
The priceless moments of each day
They foolishly let pass away,
To come again no more;
While they might in each golden hour,
By thought develop mental power,
Acquiring useful lore.
Men have become brilliant writers, learned scientists, gifted musicians, and great inventors by using their so-called spare moments to advantage. Each chose a thought and concentrated upon it and turned the hours that might have been wasted into coins for future use.
Concentration on some thought for even a short time each day will work miracles in your life. But without concentration you cannot hope to accomplish much in this world.
If you would be a success at anything, get an idea, concentrate upon it, make it a part of your being, and it will produce; it will bring forth.
Concentration made Thomas A. Edison a marvelous inventor, J. J. Hill a powerful railroad owner, Theodore Roosevelt an expert statesman, John Wanamaker a merchant prince, and U. S. Grant a mighty general.
A distinguished genius and inventor of our country was asked by a clergyman if his great successes in working out his inventions were not due largely to inspiration. He replied that about ten per cent, was due to inspiration, and the balance to concentration and perspiration. Concentration brings forth perspiration, and without this combination there can be no great success in any enterprise whatever.
Thinking without purpose is like drifting at sea. Your landing is uncertain, and your safety doubtful.
If you would gain success with any idea, you must concentrate upon it, for all the successful men of all ages have been men of concentration.
They were men of one idea which so filled their minds that it excluded every other. By this mode of thinking, you can create health, wealth, and happiness. Think of health until it will be impossible for a disease thought to enter. Think of prosperity until every cloud of adversity disappears. Think of happiness until a continuous smile lights up your face even when you are asleep. The power that created you ever waits to heal all your diseases, relieve all your pains, banish all your fears, kill all your worries, and give you perfect health, abundant prosperity, and happiness beyond measure.
If poor, weak, sickly thoughts would try to crowd into your mind, get rid of them by concentrating upon some high-class ideal, full of life, beauty, and vigor. Ideals mould our thoughts, build our characters, and shape our bodies. The more we concentrate upon our ideal, the more like it we will become. This is an absolute truth. Concentrate upon an ideal that is rough, coarse, and vulgar, as the savage, and you will be like your ideal. Concentrate upon that which is weak, sickly, and delicate, and you will not be vigorous and strong. Concentrate upon an ideal of health, harmony, and beauty, and you will become more healthy, harmonious, and beautiful with every added year. Every one has some image which his higher consciousness holds before him, inviting him to copy. Be sure this image in your case is one that will lift you into greater freedom, more harmonious living, and a happier mental and physical condition.
Some say: "I cannot help my thoughts." But this is a mistake, for you can control your thinking as well as your acting. You can dictate to your brain as you would to a child, and compel its obedience with greater alacrity than you can that of any child. Start every morning and give your brain orders for the day, as you would your servant or amanuensis, and see that it obeys you. In a short time you will be surprised at its promptness and the power this will give you in any field of operation.
The state holds you responsible for your acts. Your thoughts are the authors of your acts, hence the responsibility of thinking and controlling your thoughts.
Master your mind. You can, if you will. Then you will master most of the troubles of your life, and bring to every day's operations a success, satisfaction, and joy you never before experienced.