A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
Important notice: This principle presents the means by which the entire Science of Success philosophy can best be assimilated and put to practical use. You cannot get the most out of the other sixteen principles without understanding and applying this one. You should study it thoroughly to understand its meaning.
At birth each of us ﬁguratively brings with him two sealed envelopes: one is labeled Rewards, and the other Penalties. In the ﬁrst envelope is a list of the beneﬁts we may enjoy by taking possession of our own mind and using it for the attainment of the things we desire in life. In the second is a list of the consequences nature will exact from us if we neglect to control our mind and direct it toward desirable, worthwhile objectives.
The foregoing paragraph is so rich in signiﬁcance that it will pay you to read it, analyze it and meditate on it before you go ahead with the remainder of this lesson. Read it at least three times.
In this lesson we shall break the seals of these two envelopes and present you with their contents. But more important than this, you will discover for yourself that these sealed envelopes are real. They can be the means of putting you on the success beam, enabling you to ride to victory and a destination of your own choosing.
You will not understand the full meaning of this lesson unless you are ready to receive it. And you will not be ready to receive it until you have mastered the six preceding lessons.
There are two things which nature discourages and severely penalizes: (a) a vacuum (emptiness) and (b) idleness (lack of action). Remove any muscle of the body from active use, and it will atrophy (waste away) and become useless. Tie an arm to your side and remove it from action and in time it, too, will wither and become useless. The same law which governs other portions of the body governs the brain, where the vibrations of thought are organized and released.
A positive mind ﬁnds a way it can be done, a negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done.
You either use your brain for controlled thinking in connection with things you want, or nature steps in and uses it to grow a crop of negative circumstances you do not want. You have a choice in this situation: You can take possession of your thought power, or you can let it be inﬂuenced by the stray winds of chance and circumstances you do not desire. But you cannot sit idly by and thus free yourself from the inﬂuence of these two sealed envelopes…