THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY you can keep success from your door, if you will just follow this basic, simple little process that I just described. This is the law of life, and every one of you people have worked this process. Maybe you weren’t completely aware of how you worked it.
But think about it–that’s why you only get 3 out of 8 things, or 1 out of 8 or 1 out of 10, because you didn’t know exactly the process you were using. Now you know the process, so you can deal with anything in this world. Children–our children, folks. How many times have you heard people say to their children when the child says, “I’m going to be President of The United States,” and the father and mother will say to them, “You? With your studies, you’ll never make it, Junior.” Now this is a wonderful seed to plant in that fertile little brain. The subconscious is putting in the mind–telling him he can’t; he’s not smart enough.
The child says, “I’m going to be a rich man when I grow up. I’m going to have everything in this world.” You say, “You? You’re going to have to learn a lot, junior. You don’t know how to handle money. You’ve got to learn how to use that ol’ elbow grease.” Anybody who’s ever used much elbow grease, if he’s ever made millions, I’ll assure you the elbow grease is up here.
Now, what do you want to tell Junior? Anytime any children come to you or to their parents, you should tell your children, “Junior, you’re the type of child who can have anything in this world. You have the ability and the intelligence to go anywhere, do anything and have everything in this world.
It is yours because you’re that type of a child. Start planting these seeds in our children. This country today is teaching too many children, too many children, what to think instead of how to think.
And what are we? We are only children a little older than the other children. We are grown-up children, and we have to at some time in life, we have to start deciding and pinpointing things that we want in this world. And I’m not just talking about the tangible objects. I’m talking about intangible things.
What would you like to be? What type of person would you like to be? Would you like to have more love in your life? Well then, you must learn to give love. You’ll never have anything without giving. Everything I have I receive back, multiplied. If I have a lot of hate in my life, I’m giving a lot of hate out.
And so if I don’t want hate coming in my life, I shouldn’t be giving it out. If I don’t want people to talk about me, I shouldn’t be talking about people. Everything that I send out, I get back with feeling. Every thought I think I don’t get, because I didn’t plant my seed properly–I did not have a true visualization.
How many of you ladies have thought of a beautiful dress or a beautiful something that you don’t have. How many would love to have a mink stole? A few years ago, if my wife even mentioned a mink stole, the first thing that would come in my mind was, “Where are you going to get it from? How are you going to pay for it?” I did not understand these things. When you just say, “mink stole,” do you know what?
I never was aware that there was so many mink stoles in this country–every kind of every price and color and designs and everything else, and if you don’t even know the exact kind you want, how do you know if you can ever expect to have it? Do you know the amazing thing? The average person in this world, and I’m only saying this because we are the average people of the world, and I say average because I am talking to an intelligent group of people. I’m not talking to people way down the ladder. I’m talking to a group of intelligent people. And I’m saying this, and you analyze this yourself.
Ask yourself this basic question. Do you know what you want in life? If I were to ask you right now, “What do you really want? What is a tangible object that you want in this world–things you can feel and touch and smell?
What are the things you want in life? And you know, folks, the amazing thing–I doubt if there’s 2% of the people in this room who can tell me and describe it, and just like that come right out and say it. So, what is success in your life? What is it that you want? Define it. Write it down. Pinpoint every drop of that dream that you have in your mind. Define it so clearly on that piece of paper that you can completely see it in your mind. And when you get it written down, write “thank you” on it and plant that seed and put it away, and it will start to materialize and it will start coming into your life.
That is anything folks, anything.
Now a guy says, “I’m going to put down The Statler Hotel.” You know why it wouldn’t work for him? I’m not saying it won’t work for the fellow, but I am saying that it won’t work for the average person. Do you know why? He couldn’t even imagine getting it. He can write it down. He can define it, and he can put “thank you” on it, but he can never plant the seed.
And the reason he can’t is because he couldn’t even imagine getting The Statler Hotel, that’s why. And don’t forget, this is something you have to accept–you’re going to have it, folks. I told people about a Cadillac, average people working on average jobs. I said, “Do you want a Cadillac?” The guys said, “No, no, I don’t want no Cadillac.” I said, “Well, why don’t you want a Cadillac?” He said, “For one thing, it cost so much to operate them.” You see, he doesn’t want one–he isn’t ready for that step yet.
Now see, he steps from one car to another to another. He raises his consciousness, until pretty soon, he can buy Cadillacs like the average person buys a pair of shoes. And you can grow; you can grow in your thinking. People say, “Boy, you got to be careful about people–they’ll take you in if you’re not careful.” They get such a wonderful visualization–they’re always getting taken in. So you see how we build these pictures in our mind? People will spend the morning; they’re going to get ready for a wonderful day.
Tomorrow morning, we’re getting ready for a wonderful day; we’re going out and it’s going to be the most exceptional day we’ve ever had in our entire lives. I said, “How are you going to start the morning? Exactly what are you going to do?” He says, “Well, the first thing I’m going to do is go out on the porch.” He’s going through his morning now–he’s going to go out on his porch and get his newspaper and read a little bit about positive thinking in the headlines.
And if he can’t find it there, he’ll look and look and look and look until he finds something that is really good and negative and then he’ll tell his wife and describe it, and he says, “Guess what I found in the paper?” And he starts telling her about some wonderful divorce that’s taken place in the paper and the kids committed suicide, and he’ll go on with this and he’ll say, “Just imagine that, imagine that!”
And he’ll describe it, and the negativity will get started and the wife will get negative and he will get more negative and when he gets all through with breakfast now, he’s in such a nasty mood that he doesn’t even like his dog! And he’s going out to face the world with a positive attitude.
Do you see how ridiculous it is folks–some of the ridiculous things we do in life and we wonder why success doesn’t always come to us in the proportion we’d like to have it come to us?