I will attempt a rendering of the different chapters of a book I read before and
am reading again. The book is Harry Lorayne's 'Secrets of Mind Power'.
The first chapter is about 'Organizing Your Mind'. Something I feel I need to do.
Before Lorayne starts the book he suggests that "a person with a well-trained and
organized mind is a happy and successful person".
He quotes Samuel Johnson (an English author): " The fountain of content must
spring up in the mind, and he who has so little knowledge of human nature as to
seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life
in fruitless efforts and multiply the griefs which he purposes to remove."
So since I have been working at making a business for myself online I would like to
do it in a more organized way. Lorayne says and basically, it is common sense,
that to avoid chaos in business or in life in general you need 'organization'.
From birth to death there is a definite regimen that is followed from how your
mother feeds you and cares for you, followed by schooling and adulthood to
the organizing of your funeral. If a certain regimen wasn't followed the human
race would eventually disappear off the face of the earth.
The mind is the first thing we need to organize. To organize your mind is to
control it, which means controlling your thoughts. To organize your mind means
that you need to systemize it, which does take effort on your part. Most of us are
lazy and don't want to make an effort especially if we think someone else will make
the effort for us.
We mostly are willing to get organized with the subjects that interest us. Interest
is an essential element needed when you have something to learn. It is very
difficult getting interested in something you don't really care about even if it
concerns you. You shouldn't tolerate inefficiency in yourself and you are the only
one who can control how you think.
Interest though is only part of starting to learn something, you also need action.
You need to be a doer. Talking about something and wishing you were a certain
way is a waste of time if you aren't willing to do something about it.
As Harry Lorayne wrote: " You live the way you think. Organized thinking really
means controlling thought reactions properly, and solving the problems in the
most efficient manner possible at the time.
The way we react mentally to anything that happens to us, and the way we go
about solving the problems it poses, is what occupies our minds all the time. This
being so, it is an obvious conclusion that you might as well react and solve
your problems in an organized way as in any other way.
The way you think is the way you live. Think properly, clearly and effectively,
and success and happiness must come to you." When organizing your mind you
are then aiming for a definite goal.
Dreaming is good if you go about fulfilling your dream otherwise don't waste your
time. Spending more than five minutes wishing for something if you don't plan to
fulfill it to me is just a waste of valuable time. Again to quote Lorayne, "time is
more important than money; it's the most valuable commodity we can spend;
so if you're looking for a bargain, spend some on your thinking powers."