The late Nobel prize-winning Dr. Albert Schweitzer was asked by a reporter, “Doctor, what is wrong with men today?” The great doctor was silent a moment, and then he said, men simply don’t think.
That is what I want to talk to you about today.
Why Do Some Men Attract Success While Others Do Not
Some men seem to attract success, power, wealth, attainment, with very little conscious effort; others conquer with great difficulty; still, others fail altogether to reach their ambitions, desires, and ideals.
Why is this so? Why do some men realize their ambitions easily, others with difficulty, and still others not at all?
The cause cannot be physical, else the most perfect men, physically, would be the most successful.
It Must Be In The Mind
The difference, therefore, must be mental-must be in the mind; hence mind must be the creative force, must constitute the sole difference between men.
It is mind, therefore, which overcomes the environment and every other obstacle in the path of men.
Everything we see around us created by human agency first had to exist as a thought in some human mind.
Thoughts Have Power
Thought, therefore, is constructive.
The things and conditions we desire to become realities we must create in thought.
Our minds will also create negative conditions just as readily favorable conditions and when we consciously or unconsciously visualize every kind of lack-limitation-and discord we create these conditions.
This is what many of us are unconsciously doing all the time.
This law as well as every other law is no respecter of persons but is in constant operation.
And it is relentlessly bringing to each individual what he has created.
In other words, as the Bible says – Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.
Thinking Is A Spiritual Activity
The thought is a spiritual activity and therefore endowed with creative power.
The most powerful forces in nature are its invisible forces – and we find the most powerful forces of man is his invisible forces – his spiritual force.
And the only way the spiritual force can be manifested is through the process of thought.
Every thought brings into action certain physical tissue – parts of the brain- nerve or muscle.
This produces an actual physical change in the construction of the tissue.
It Doesn’t Take Much Thought To Bring About Change
Therefore, it is only necessary to have a certain number of thoughts on a given subject in order to bring about a complete change in the physical organization of a man.
This is the process by which failure is changed into a success.
Thoughts of courage – power – inspiration – harmony are substituted for thoughts of failure – despair – lack – limitations and discord and these thoughts take root.
The physical tissue is changed and the individual see’s life in a new light.
Old things have actually passed away all things have become new he is born again.
This time born of the spirit – life has new meaning for him he is reconstructed an is filled with joy – confidence – hope- and energy.
He see’s opportunities for success in which he was before blind.
He recognizes possibilities which before had no meaning to him.
The thoughts of success with which he has been impregnated are radiated to those around him.
And they, in turn, help him onward and upward he attracts to him new and successful associates and this, in turn, changes his environment.
So that by the simple exercise of thought a man changes not only himself but his environment – circumstances – and conditions.
The Secret To Success Is Our Method Of Thinking
The secret of all power – all achievement – and all possession depends upon our method of thinking.
This is true because we must be – before we can do – and we can do – only to the extent which we are- and what we are depends on what we think.
There is a world within -a world of thought – and feeling – and power – of light and life – and beauty – and although invisible its forces are mighty.
The world within is governed by the mind – The world without is a reflection of the world within.
What comes to us in the world without is what we already posses in the world within.
Every thought, therefore, is a cause and every condition an effect, for this reason, it is absolutely essential that we control our thoughts.
To bring forth only desirable conditions.
The World Within
A majority of mankind lives in the world without a few have found the world within.
Yet it is the world within that makes the world without.
It is therefore creative and everything which you find in your world without has been created by you in the world within.
The world within is the cause – the world without the effect – to change the effect you must change the cause.
Most men try to change effects by working with effects.
They fail to see that this is simply changing one form of distress for another.
To remove discord – we must remove the cause – and this cause can only be found in the world within.
All growth is from within – this is evident in all nature.
Every plant – every animal – every human being is a living testimony to this great law – and the error of the ages is in looking for strength or power from without.
In closing let me leave you with this – We are consistently creating and recreating ourselves
We are today the result of our past thinking and we shall become tomorrow what we are thinking today.