The quote above comes from the book, The Science of Getting Rich, Financial Success Through Creative Thought by Wallace D Wattles. I first bought this book on audio and I just loved hearing so many of the simple lines in this book that hold such depth of meaning that one can come back to them again and again.
This book was originally published in 1910 and was the inspiration for the movie and then the book, The Secret. It is only 79 pages and a pleasure to read or listen to on audio.
There are several key points in the book and I want to address just one of them right now. I was thinking about how I think that success is simply doing your best with what you have to work with. The key part of that sentence is simply doing your best. Then I remembered how Wallace Wattles talked about that in his book.
Once a person’s mind is made up as to what they want, he indicates that we must act. In the action it isn’t about the result, it is about the presence of the person and the willingness to focus on today’s tasks. I’ll let him tell it:
“And your action, whatever it is, must most likely be in your present business or employment and must be upon the persons and things in your present environment.
You cannot act where you are not; you cannot act where you have been, and you cannot act where you are going to be; you can act only where you are.
Don’t bother as to whether yesterday’s work was well done or ill done; do today’s work well.
Do not try to do tomorrow’s work now; there will be plenty of time to do that when you get to it.
Do not try, by occult or mystical means, to act on people or things that are out of your reach.
Do not wait for a change of environment, before you act; get a change of environment by action.
You can so act upon the environment in which you are now, as to cause yourself to be transferred to a better environment.
Hold with faith and purpose the vision of yourself in the better environment, but act upon your present environment with all your heart, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.”
Spread Some Joy Today–by focusing on right now today. Joy is not a promise, it is a current event.