It doesn’t matter whether it is work or money, a better position or health, or whatever else it is, your thoughts about it must be positive, clean cut, decisive, persistent. No weak, wobbly ‘Perhaps I may get it’ or ‘Maybe it will come some time’ or ‘I wonder if I shall get this’ or ‘if I can do that’ sort of thought will ever help you to get anything in this world or the next.
Orison Swett Marden,
and motivational writer
Do you frequently say: “Well, I could try?” If you do, you have already sown the seeds of failure in your mind: “I gave it my best shot; there was nothing else I could’ve done.” Everybody is sometimes plagued by doubt as to whether or not they will achieve their goals. But by using vague language such as this, you’ll only reinforce your doubt. Most people, Arnold Schwarzenegger observes, “do it in a conditional way ... Wouldn’t it be nice if that happened. That’s not enough. You have to make a big emotional commitment into it, that you want it very much, that you love the process and will take all the steps to achieve your goal.” That’s exactly Marden’s point.
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