“We cannot rise higher
than our thought of ourselves.”
— Orison Swett Marden
[Classic post from 5-4-12]
What an interesting man was Orison Swett Marden, founder of Success Magazine in 1897, author of over 18 books, and a positive thinker at the turn of the last century when they called that the New Thought Movement. He helped thousands back then and continues with his timeless words today. If you have a Kindle, you can get most of his books for free on Amazon.
The brilliance of the thought expressed above is priceless. We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves. So true. He elaborates: “The size of your accomplishments, the quality of your achievement, will depend very largely on how big a man you see in yourself, what sort of image you get of your possible self, yourself at your best.”
When I think on this idea, I can see so clearly into the past of how my own image of myself has always been the culprit to keep me at a lower level than I claimed to have wanted. I just couldn’t seem to picture myself there.
I can also see that much if not most of that came from people teaching me and accepting their doctrine. I don’t blame them. They did what they thought was best, but this is the whole idea of study on my own to find a better way. I have always had that drive inside me to know and to feel better about myself and accept the person I could be. There is not much that is as powerful to help a person as a strong sense of self through confidence.
This is why I practice getting better. This is why I teach what I learn, so I can go from learning to knowing, all the while sharing valuable knowledge and ideas.
Another thing on this subject that I’ve recently learned that has helped me a good deal is this: celebrate other people’s successes. Celebrate them getting what they want, winning the prize, moving up the so-called ladder. It is one of the ways to open the venue of abundance, which helps everyone the same. By celebrating others, we can also believe even more in ourselves.
“You Are The One Who Can Stretch Your Own Horizon…” — Edgar F. Magnin
Spread Some Joy Today–As you look around today or travel today and see others doing well, driving fine cars, living in vast homes, celebrate their success. Sing their praises along with them.