It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. – Sherlock Holmes
What you currently ‘will to be’ is what you have and the way your life is working now. “I” likely had little or nothing to do with it. Something and someone else programmed your will for many reasons. Some noble and many nefarious like how and why you were ‘schooled’. Take an hour and listen to my education rant.
Haanel does a fine job putting us on the path in Part Four. This part will show you why what you think, or do, or feel, is an indication of what you are. –
[The] germ of defeat is in every selfish thought.
Please realize that selfish, as an assessment is useless. It serves no one to condemn or judge yourself or others for being selfish. It usually suggests that it is your issue, what you like least about yourself. However, this is a direction to avoid, a path to ignore and a tactic that provides no long-term cheese.
6. The trained mind knows that every transaction must benefit every person who is in any way connected with the transaction, and any attempt to profit by the weakness, ignorance or necessity of another will inevitably operate to his disadvantage.
“I can be what I will to be.” Until you have secured this “I” of yours, you are a robot, programmed to achieve what someone else desires. PS… TURN OFF THE TV. The radio, quit listening to mind numbing nonsense music….
10. Every time you repeat it realize who and what this “I” is; try to come into a thorough understanding of the true nature of the “I”; if you do, you will become invincible; that is, provided that your objects and purposes are constructive and are therefore in harmony with the creative principle of the Universe.
In other words, once you know yourself and your power, you will manifest everything you need to achieve your DMP, ‘providing it is in harmony with the creative principle of the Universe.’
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. – George Bernard Shaw
12. Unless you do this, you had better not start at all, because modern psychology tells us that when we start something and do not complete it, or make a resolution and do not keep it, we are forming the habit of failure; absolute, ignominious failure. If you do not intend to do a thing, do not start; if you do start, see it through even if the heavens fall; if you make up your mind to do something, do it; let nothing, no one, interfere; the “I” in you has determined, the thing is settled; the die is cast, there is no longer any argument.
I recommend rereading #12 until your subby is thoroughly convinced. Memorized is not enough. This wiring needs committed work until unconscious competence occurs.
25. Over-work or over-play or over-bodily activity of any kind produces conditions of mental apathy and stagnation which makes it impossible to do the more important work which results in a realization of conscious power. We should, therefore, seek the Silence frequently. Power comes through repose; it is in the Silence that we can be still, and when we are still, we can think, and thought is the secret of all attainment.
SEEK THE SILENCE FREQUENTLY. The minimum fifteen minutes is insufficient. It is much like the exhortation to exercise three days a week. Attempting to stop thought is actually in my view slowing down time. There are numerous ways to achieve this.
One of the fundamental aspects of unworkability in the world is time. That’s the first lie. That’s the first apparency. That’s the beginning of the end of the truth. Time. You need to master time to have any mastery in the world. People who are at the effect of time, people who can’t create time, people who can’t manage time, people who can’t move time around, people who can’t handle time, people who are overwhelmed by time, have no mastery and no basis for mastery. The basis for mastery in the world is being able to handle time. So what we’re talking about instead of some new problem to handle is an enormous opportunity to create a context in the space, in a sense, and in an environment of workability. And that environment’s generated out of a mastery of time. – Werner Erhard
I learned [I did not discover this] nearly 30 years ago that learning how to ride a bicycle is not possible reading a book, watching the complete DVD set on bicycle riding or watching others do it. No explanation is possible to generate in anyone what is required to ride a bike. You have to get on one; you have to do the work yourself. Once that happens, you forget how you learned it! You just know and cannot return to not knowing either. In addition, all of us had help and that part most of us forget. Training wheels are help. Something even more important however is the bike you learned how to ride on worked! It worked for anyone who got on it and did the work. How many people attempt something that only works for the few or less? This is worse than designed failure because it appears NORMAL. Success is 100% assured if all the parts are complete and work. Imagine learning how to ride a bike missing spokes, a seat that falls off with a nudge, handle bars that spin around when you look sideways, and dozens of other ‘useful’ features dedicated to making you wrong or not dedicated enough in your pursuit to ride.
Nothing is significant. Life is empty and meaningless, and it’s empty and meaningless, that it’s empty and meaningless. Until what is significant is created by you, you aren’t living your life, you are living some inherited life. – Werner Erhard