You are a mind with a body attached, not a body with a mind attached! Realize this and you are on your way to self-mastery. To be successful doesn’t depend on your education, your background or your luck. It depends on the most essential, deepest-thinking part of you. Success is built around a saying in the Bible: As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Start by remembering that you are better than you consciously think you are. The mind has two levels. The one we know best is the conscious level. It takes in impressions through your senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. It is highly effective in making your daily thousand and one decisions. When you perform any conscious act- pick up a pencil, speak to a waiter, make a phone call-your conscious Mind sends the orders to your body. And when you go to sleep, your conscious Mind goes to sleep.
The other level never sleeps. This is the Creative Mind. Your Creative Mind literally keeps you alive. It is responsible for involuntary life functions such as your heartbeat and your breathing. It has great control over your glands, the master regulators of your body. Most important for our purpose: Your Creative Mind also governs your personality, your character, inmost drives, and your deepest and most secret desires!
Do you know that the ability to acquire success is a state of mind? Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, said: “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” If your mind could conceive the picture of yourself as having success or anything you want; and if you really believed you could have them—brother, watch out; you are on your way! As you learn more about the operation of the mind, you will find that our futures- whether successful or otherwise- are shaped in our subconscious minds. The average concept of “Mind over Matter” is that if you think in terms of success, you will manifest success. Once you have accepted the idea that you are a success, your subconscious mind will guide you to the type of thought and action which will produce success. There will be no driving yourself to follow certain procedures; you will do all of the things in keeping with the success plan because you want to do them. The subconscious Mind has reasoning powers independent of those of the conscious mind. While the conscious mind is working on one thought, the subconscious mind can be devoting itself to something else. Haven’t you often said: “I have a feeling I should do this” or “I have a feeling I should not do that?” I know you have. Where did that “feeling” come from? It did not float from free air and bump into your mental antennae. It came from your subconscious mind. If the “feeling” was negative in its nature, it was because you habitually feed your subconscious mind with negative thoughts. And the reverse is fortunately true. Positive thinking will create positive reactions in your inner mind.
Create Mind-pictures, really …of you driving the car you want to drive…living in the house you want…or anything that you want to achieve. Picture yourself already doing it and remember that what the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. What a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Here is a favorite among all the true experiences that have been told to me. It concerns an Experiment conducted with a laborer who could not read or write. This man had worked with his muscles all his life. Now, in his early sixties, he began to age rapidly. But, through a tricky calculation, it was “proved” to him that the records were wrong and he actually was ten years younger than he thought. Almost at once, this man looked younger, acted and felt younger. Where before he had complained he couldn’t work the way he used to, now he did a full day’s hard labor, every day, without excessive fatigue. There was nothing wrong with him. But he had thought in his Creative Mind that at sixty he had to complain and slow down—just the way all his friends did. It has been noticed, too, that people who go blind when they are young often will look younger, thirty years later, than sighted people of the same age. It is said this happens because they remember their own faces as youthful faces. They don’t look for wrinkles, they don’t expect to see Grey hair.
In the same way, if a man expects a mediocre performance of himself. He gets it! We cannot overload the human brain. This Divinely created brain has more Fourteen Billion cells. If used to the maximum this human computer inside our heads could contain all the knowledge of humanity from beginning of the world to present and still have room left over. God has given us more than fourteen billion cells and connections in our brain. Now why would God give us such a complex organ system unless He expects us to use it?


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