“A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. . .
. . . 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.
Once this is done, there is nothing which may not be accomplished.”
– James Allen, As A Man Thinketh**
It is so easy to see in other people how they feel about their lives and work. You might even be seeing the way you used to be and didn’t realize it at the time. T.G.I.F. is a mantra. I’m sure you see it every day somewhere.
A great purpose changes that completely.
So, do you remember being asked as a child, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Then, remember how it changed year to year? I wonder how many are doing what they envisioned then. Many may be doing something to earn money but now feel stuck where they are and feel they cannot do what they really want for a long list of reasons.
This quote above demonstrates a way out: “. . . should fix the thoughts upon the faultless performance of their duty, no matter how insignificant their task may appear. . .” Okay, it’s the Army slogan, “be the best that you can be,” isn’t it? Yet, if you really think about it, that really is the way out, isn’t it? Focusing on doing the best that you can do with what you have to work with at this point in time is always and forever going to be the best strategy!
“Only in this way can the thoughts be gathered and focused, and resolution and energy be developed. . .” You know this is true too, right? Don’t you always feel better when you have focused your thoughts on what you are doing and giving your best to the effort? Also, doesn’t it feel so lousy when you just are going through the motions? So, by focusing on doing your best in your present circumstances, more is attracted to you and your energy and your own resolution is enhanced and defined.
And, ideas come and opportunities begin to develop and you may very well end up doing what you really want to do after all. “Once this is done, there is nothing which may not be accomplished.”
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