BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, CLAUDE BRISTOL, EMILE COUE, FRANK BETTGER, WALTER GERMAINE, NAPOLEON HILL, W.CLEMENT STONE, ROBERT COLLIER, WALLACE WATTLES, RH JARRETT, R BUCKMINSTER FULLER, LES GIBLIN, MAX EHRMAN, HAROLD SHERMAN, DAVID J SCHWARTZ, RICHARD CARLSON, JC PENNEY, ELMER WHEELER:
We propose to you the time proven formula: CONCEIVE it + BELIEVE it x Take ACTION Now.
Use the Golden Rule as your personal starting point, continue by reading and learning from these great people. All the Best to Your Success, Health and Happiness!
300 years ago, Ben Franklin conceived a plan for sticking to the following good habits:
TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness, drink not to elevation.
SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself, i.e., waste nothing.
INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
MODERATION. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
TRANQUILITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
HUMILITY. "Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
How did he do it? In Ben's own words: "I determined to give a Week’s strict Attention to each of the Virtues successively. Thus in the first Week my great Guard was to avoid every the least Offence against Temperance … if in the first Week I could keep my first Line marked T clear of Spots, I supposed the Habit of that Virtue so much strengthened and its opposite weakened, that I might venture extending my Attention to include the next … Proceeding thus to the last, I could go thru’ a Course complete in Thirteen Weeks, and four Courses in a Year."
Ben didn't work on them all at once. Instead, he would work on one and only one each week "leaving all others to their ordinary chance." While Franklin did not live completely by his virtues, and by his own admission fell short of them many times, he believed the attempt made him a better man contributing greatly to his success and happiness, which is why in his autobiography, he devoted more pages to this plan than to any other single point; in his autobiography Franklin wrote, "I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may follow the example and reap the benefit."
Ben Franklin's centuries old gift keeps on giving--the greatest New Years present to you and me. Do you want to try Ben's experiment this year? If YES all you need is a pen and paper or phone memo (and a little discipline will help too). Write down the 13 items that you'd like to improve in yourself. Then at the end of the day review your behavior and mark one star each time you (for lack of a better word) fail in achieving that virtue. The 2nd week begin again giving attention to your 2nd virtue only. And so on for the next 52 weeks. All The Very Best for A Happy Healthy Successful 52 weeks.
"The person with a fixed goal, a clear picture of his desire, or an ideal always before him. causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply in his subconscious mind and is thus enabled, thanks to its generative and sustaining power, to realize his goal in a minimum of time and with a minimum of physical effort. Just pursue the thought unceasingly. Step by step you will achieve realization, for all your faculties and powers become directed to that end.
When you assume a positive or negative attitude of mind, you get a positive or negative result; there is no such thing as an accident in life-everything happens in direct accordance with the laws of cause and effect."
"Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better.
When the imagination and will power are in conflict, it is always the imagination which wins, without any exception.
Rich is he who thinks he is rich and poor is he who thinks he is poor.
Every thought, good or bad, becomes concrete; it materializes and becomes a reality."
"Try to find out what people want, and then help them get it.
This business of selling narrows down to one thing—just one thing . . . seeing the people!
Show me any man of ordinary ability who will go out and earnestly tell his story to four or five people every day, and I will show you a man who just can’t help making good!”
"You must never lose faith in the fact that you have within you the power to do with your life exactly what you will. Use this power, for if it is allowed to lie fallow it will diminish and disappear.
Tell your Supraconscious exactly what you want. Desire it with all your heart. Have complete confidence that you will attain it."
"Anything the human mind can believe; the human mind can achieve. Believe in poverty and you will be poor. Believe in wealth and you will be rich. Believe in love and you will have love. Believe in health and you will be healthy."
"Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. Time is wealth, and unlike money when it is gone you cannot replace it.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
Do not wait: the time will never be 'just right'. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Visualize this thing you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.
In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage.
In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.
Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. "
"Fix your attention on the mental image of the thing you want and begin to give thanks that you are getting it.
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made. And which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imagined by the thought.
A person can form things in his thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.
Do not ask why these things are true, nor speculate as to how they can be true. Simply take them on trust."
"To get what you want is no more mysterious or uncertain than the radio waves all around you.
Tune in correctly and you get a perfect result, but to do this, it is, of course, necessary to know something of your equipment and have a plan of operation.
You can never realize your desires if you do not know positively and in detail what you want and when you want it."
"To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.
We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody."
"Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.
When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.
Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor,
has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of
an equivalent or greater benefit.
Regardless of who you are or what you have been, you can be what you want
Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”
"Right now you have in abundance many things that other people want. Offer these things to other people and they will gladly give you success and happiness in return. Maybe you have never fully realized that you possess valuable assets that other people are hungry for.
You never sell anything to anyone else until you yourself are sold on it. When you are sold, and the other fellow knows you are sold, he'll want it.
Life itself is the real miracle. And every time you can give another person more life - you are performing a small miracle. Anytime you can give another person's spirit a lift, or imbue him with more life and energy, you are performing a small miracle. It's very simple. All you do is make it a practice to give genuine sincere praise to someone every day."
"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.." DESIDERATA by Max Ehrmann https://maxehrmann.com
"You must be able to feel that you have earned the right to these things you desire; that you deserve to have them-or that you are willing to make the effort necessary for their achievement.
If this is your mental attitude toward the things you picture, your subconscious mind will see to it that you attain them, that circumstances are attracted to you which will enable you to realize your objective in life.
The great need, today, for each and every one of us is to find our purpose. Without it we are as aimless in our journey on the sea of life as a ship without a rudder.
All great accomplishments first happen in the mind of man. Until a man thinks he can do a thing, he is powerless to do it."
"Never - yes, never - sell yourself short.
Believe you can succeed and you will. Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Successful people are not superhuman. Success does not require a super-intellect. Nor is there anything mystical about success. And success isn't based on luck. Successful people are just ordinary folks who have developed belief in themselves and what they do.
The basic, all-important, overriding, critical, absolutely essential secret to more of the good life (health, money, power, fun, respect) is to overcome the negative influence of your friends, co-workers, relatives, and others who come in contact with you. Your mind will create a way, if you let it."
"Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
Remind Others to Treasure Life
Take It as It Comes
When you let someone else win an argument, often you both end up winners
The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low
Treat your family members as if this were the last time you were going to see them."
"Preparation Wins. A man must know all about his business, a little more than any other man knows. Hard Work made up of sacrifice, persistent effort, and dogged determination wins.
Honesty Wins. Confidence in Men wins. Use good business judgment, of course. Do not throw away common sense, but believe in yourself, and trust your fellows.
The Spirit Wins. A Practical Application of the Golden Rule Wins."
"1. Decide what you want. If you don't know what you want, you certainly can't get it. That is only natural. So decide on what you want: a million dollars, health, fun, clothes, a successful marriage.
2. Put it on paper. You must see with your real eyes what your 'mind's eye' has visualized. In so doing, you impress upon your brain the daydream you want--and this makes it come true faster.
3. Know where to start. Don't put the cart before the horse. Put your daydreams into logical sequence--proper order. Don't leapfrog up the ladder. Go step by step.
4. Set it in motion. A dream that lacks motion is never activated, so get the dream moving. It begins to take form with motion. You may make mistakes--but you are moving forward as you do.
5. Don't settle for less. Once the hoop is moving it only takes gentle taps to keep it moving forward. 'Good enough' is not true success. Don't undersell your daydream. Make it pay off in full. And somehow it will.
6. Recognize its arrival. Once the dream is realized then relax to enjoy it to its fullest. Don't curb ambition--but do curb greediness. Learn that what you have today was your Castle in Spain only yesterday."