From a long lost book
If you know me, you know I suffer from bibliophilia, the love of books. I have thousands and thousands of them and an exploding Kindle. But there was one book that made me come to dread going to the library.
I used to use the library as my “tasting room.” Whenever I particularly enjoyed a book from the library, I would hunt down a copy of my own before returning it. One week, my quota of 6 or so books from the local library yielded a rather special book, written in 1912.
It was so rich in wisdom and common sense. While it was somewhat labored in the style of the early 1900s, it its overflowing content generated such a flow of insights and understanding that awareness of the florid language melted away.
This time I could not find a copy of it for myself. Not anywhere. I renewed the loan on the book and kept searching. No luck. So I renewed the loan again and looked some more with no success.
I was not allowed to renew it any longer, but I was still re-reading it, so I went into the dreaded “late” zone and started racking up fines. I think the total reached close to $50 by the time the guilt got so bad that I returned it.
This was about 16 years ago, and Amazon was new then. I put orders in at every bookstore in town and on Amazon and with several second-hand booksellers – online and brick-and-mortar.
When Amazon and a few others started offering “alert” services, where you could sign up to be alerted if a book became available, I listed my desire for a copy of this book. Finally, about 8 years later, one of them pinged me and I immediately ordered and received my precious book.
I treasure my yellowed copy of “Your Forces And How To Use Them” by Christian D. Larson, and dip into it often. It is filled with wise words and insights about the nature of human beings and of being human.
At its core, it is about motivation.
I can’t begin to summarize the book here, but I will share with you some of Larson’s core principles.
- Capable and admirable men and women who do not achieve what they could are not applying the power of mind as they should.
“When the power of the mind is used correctly in working out what we wish to accomplish, the other forces we possess are readily applied for the same purpose.”
- Believe in your whole self, not only in a part of yourself.
“When you think of yourself do not think of that part of yourself that appears on the surface. That part is the smaller part… Think of your larger self, the immense subconscious self that is limitless both in power and in possibility.”
- Applying deep thought, will and desire, so deep it penetrates the unconscious, will produce corresponding results.
“All mental action to be strong and effective, must be subconscious; that is, it must act in the field of the mental undercurrent as it is in this field that things are actually done.”
- You do need to train your subconscious and to be able to feel conscious action penetrating it.
“When you have made up your mind what you want to do, say to yourself a thousand times a day that you will do it. The best way will soon open.”
- Having a vision is what makes the difference between the ordinary person and someone who is extraordinary.
“If you would be greater in the future than you are now, be all that you can be now. He who is his best develops the power to be better. He who lives his ideals is creating a life that actually is ideal.”
- Know yourself, what matters to you, and what you want for your life.
“When the mind is turned persistently upon a certain ideal, every power that is in you begins to flow in that direction. When we can get all that is in us to work for our ideals and to work towards our ideals, then we shall positively reach whatever goal we have in view.”
- When circumstances get you down, change your mind. The ability to control your mind is your most important asset.
“The average mind requires a change of environment before he can change his thought…The master mind, however, can change his thought whenever he so desires. The secret of the master mind is found wholly in the intelligent use of imagination.”
So there you have it, my friends, the keys to motivation are right inside you.
What drives you? What are the core drivers of your growth and achievement in life? Have you tapped into them and soaked them into your subconscious?
If you are a business owner, have you pushed these core principles through to your work? Does your brand reflect them? Do people seek you out because of them?
If the answer to any of those questions is vague or even negative, let’s talk!