Defeating Doubt and the
Failure Family From Orison Swett Marden
The majority of
persons who fail begin by doubting their ability to do the things they attempt.
The moment a young man admits doubt into his mind, he is letting an enemy into
his camp, a spy who will betray him. Doubt belongs to the failure family, and
once admitted and not expelled will introduce Mr. Take-it-easy,
Mr. Let-up-a-little, Mr. Let-go-when-it-gets-hard,
Mr. Wait, and other members of the failure family. When these once
get into the mind, they attract other qualities like themselves and there is an
end of ambition. Your longing for prosperity and yearning for achievement will
all be in vain while you are entertaining the idlers, the losers, the failures.
They will exhaust your energy, destroy your power for attracting success.
Failure will soon be in the ascendancy in your mind and in your actions.
Negatives will always
paralyze your ambition if you indulge in them. They will poison your life. They
will kill your self-confidence until you are a victim of your situation instead
of a master of it. The power to do is largely a question of self-faith,
self-confidence. No matter what you undertake, you will never do it until you
think you can. You will never master it until you first feel the mastery and do
the deed in your mind. It must be thought out or it can never be wrought out.
It must be a mind accomplishment before it can be a material one.
There is no science in the
world which will bring a thing to you while your thought repels it, while doubt
and suspicion linger in the mind. No man can pass his self-imposed bounds or
limitations. The man who would get up in the world must learn to deny his
belief in limitations. He must throw all negative suggestions to the wind. He
must think success before he can achieve it. He must affirm continually with
decision and vigor that which he wishes to accomplish or be.
This originally appeared in the November
2002 issue of Tom Venuto's Bodybuilding and Fitness Secrets (BFS) Newsletter.
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