First, it’s understanding emotionally, as well as intelligently, that we literally become what we think about — that we must control our thoughts if we are to control our lives. It’s understanding fully that as you sow, so shall you reap.
Secondly, it’s cutting away all the fetters from the mind and permitting it to soar as it was divinely designed to do. It’s the realization that your limitations are self-imposed and that the opportunities for you today are enormous beyond belief. It’s rising above narrow-minded pettiness and prejudice. Thirdly, to use all your courage to force yourself to think positively on your own problem: • to set a definite and clearly defined goal for yourself, • to let your marvelous mind think about your goals from all possible angles, • to let your imagination speculate freely upon many different possible solutions, • to refuse to believe there are any circumstances sufficiently strong to defeat you in the accomplishment of your purpose, • to act promptly and decisively when your course is clear and to keep constantly aware of the fact that you are, at this moment, standing in the middle of your own acre of diamonds, as Russell Cromwell used to point out.
Fourth, save at least 10 percent of what you earn.
Nightingale, Earl. The Strangest Secret