As many times as I have read Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World, one would think I should have it memorized. Yet, every time, a new thought rises from a page and sets itself apart. It is fascinating how that happens!
When I was first introduced to Haanel, Mandino, the Sit, Shapes, Colors, and Note cards, the repetitive actions were a mere check list. Over time and practicing consistency, a habit has formed. This habit has opened doors and windows in my psyche that seemed non existent – making the Sit my absolutely favorite part, which is not missed, no matter what!
Practicing these good habits fills every part of me, pushing bad habits out and leaving no room for them to return. This is in line with my favorite scripture from Matthew 12: 43 – 45, “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through dry places, seeking rest, but finds none. The it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the state of that person is worse than the first…..”
Thus, the importance of filling our subconscious with good thoughts, forming good habits, for the good journey to a good and fulfilling life. This makes so much sense. I push out the negative, destructive, and discouraging behaviors (bad habits), by bringing in the positive, uplifting, and encouraging behaviors (good habits).
Haanel 4:12. 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.
Keep at it! It is only for 6 months. The months are going to pass by anyway – it is time to stop doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result (= insanity). Filling myself with with readings and sitting, has fueled my excitement for tomorrow. The picture of my tomorrow is being refined!
I am blessed!