“Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been
discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and
concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the
more beautiful it will be.” Paulo Coelho
In chapter 4 we are called to the practice of autosuggestion
or as we refer to it self-talk. Self-talk will work, but we
called to concentrate, which is the action or power of
focusing one's attention or mental effort.
Why is self-talk so important? First, it must be remembered
the words we hear first and the most often are to those that
say to ourselves. As Hills says about self-talk, “It is the agency of communication between that part of the mind where
conscious thought takes place and that which serves as the seat
of action for the subconscious mind. Through the dominating
thoughts which one permits to remain in the conscious mind,
(whether these thoughts be negative or positive, is immaterial)
the principle of autosuggestion voluntarily reaches the
subconscious mind and influences it with these thoughts.
Secondly, self-talk control valve through which anyone may
voluntarily feed their subconscious mind on thoughts of a
creative nature. When any person chooses to neglect this
action, he is permitting thoughts of a destructive nature
to find their way into this rich garden of the mind.
Say you are well, or all is well with you, and God shall
hear your words and make them true. Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
The scripture tells of the farmer who when out to sow his
grain fields. In the evening while he slept an enemy crept
into his fields and sowed weed seeds. As the seeds began to
grow his field hands report to the farmer about the seed that
was growing among the grains. To keep from damaging the grains
he waited to remove the weeds at harvest time. He not only
had the weeds pulled up and had them burned for he knew if he
didn’t the seeds in the weeds may be blown by the wind back over
Only with concentrating on repeating our self-talk with a positive
message can we pull up and burn the weeds of fear, doubt, and
poverty which is regularly being sown in the garden of our minds.
“Concentration is the root of all the higher abilities in men”
The choice is before me, to neglect to control what is planted in
the garden of my mind, or purposely with concentration repeatedly
planting positive self-talk into the subconscious mind with an all see faith in the result I desire. What I desire, I see myself
having, and it is real,
Remember these words, “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice
of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6:7
Thanks, Linda and Michael Dlouhy for the truth you have brought to my
life. Bob Shaof thanks for you. Many thanks to anyone who participates
in the weekly calls. My love and appreciation to everyone who downloaded
“Success in 10 Steps” and visit with me every week.
PS: “Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.” Bill Russell