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He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. His every, thought is allied with power, 
and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. His purposes are seasonably planted, and they 

bloom and bring forth fruit, which does not fall prematurely to the ground.

Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force: he who knows this is ready to become 
something higher and stronger than a mere bundle of wavering thoughts and fluctuating sensations; he 

who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers.

5. The Thought-Factor in Achievement

ALL that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. In a 

justly ordered universe, where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility 

must be absolute. A man‘s weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own, and not another 
man‘s; they are brought about by himself, and not by another; and they can only be altered by himself, 

never by another. His condition is also his own, and not another man‘s. His suffering and his happiness 

are evolved from within. As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.

A strong man cannot help a weaker unless that weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak 

man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he 

admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.

It has been usual for men to think and to say, "Many men are slaves because one is an oppressor; let us 

hate the oppressor." Now, however, there is amongst an increasing few a tendency to reverse this 

judgment, and to say, "One man is an oppressor because many are slaves; let us despise the slaves."

The truth is that oppressor and slave are co-operators in ignorance, and, while seeming to afflict each 

other, are in reality afflicting themselves. A perfect Knowledge perceives the action of law in the 

weakness of the oppressed and the misapplied power of the oppressor; a perfect Love, seeing the 

suffering, which both states entail, condemns neither; a perfect Compassion embraces both oppressor 
and oppressed.

He who has conquered weakness, and has put away all selfish thoughts, belongs neither to oppressor 

nor oppressed. He is free.

A man can only rise, conquer, and achieve by lifting up his thoughts. He can only remain weak, and 

abject, and miserable by refusing to lift up his thoughts.

Before a man can achieve anything, even in worldly things, he must lift his thoughts above slavish 

animal indulgence. He may not, in order to succeed, give up all animality and selfishness, by any 

means; but a portion of it must, at least, be sacrificed. A man whose first thought is bestial indulgence 

could neither think clearly nor plan methodically; he could not find and develop his latent resources, 
and would fail in any undertaking. Not having commenced to manfully control his thoughts, he is not 

in a position to control affairs and to adopt serious responsibilities. He is not fit to act independently 

and stand alone. But he is limited only by the thoughts, which he chooses.

There can be no progress, no achievement without sacrifice, and a man‘s worldly success will be in the 

measure that he sacrifices his confused animal thoughts, and fixes his mind on the development of his 

plans, and the strengthening of his resolution and self-reliance. And the higher he lifts his thoughts, the 

more manly, upright, and righteous he becomes, the greater will be his success, the more blessed and 
enduring will be his achievements.

The universe does not favour the greedy, the dishonest, the vicious, although on the mere surface it may 
sometimes appear to do so; it helps the honest, the magnanimous, the virtuous. All the great Teachers of 

the ages have declared this in varying forms, and to prove and know it a man has but to persist in

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