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wretched man. The same thing applies to the contrary— the thinking of a kind thought, or doing a kind 
deed— an immediate nobility and happiness attend it; the man is better than he was before, and a 

number of such deeds would produce a great and blissful soul.


Thus individual human conduct determines, by the faultless law of cause and effect, individual merit or 
demerit, individual greatness or meanness, individual happiness or wretchedness. What a man thinks, 

that he does; what he does, that he is. If he is perplexed, unhappy, restless, or wretched, let him look to 

himself, for there and nowhere else is the source of all his trouble.


4. Training of the Will


WITHOUT strength of mind, nothing worthy of accomplishment can be done, and the cultivation of 

that steadfastness and stability of character which is commonly called "willpower" is one of the 
foremost duties of man, for its possession is essentially necessary both to his temporal and eternal well 

being. Fixedness of purpose is at the root of all successful efforts, whether in things worldly or 

spiritual, and without it man cannot be otherwise than wretched, and dependent upon others for that 

support which should be found within himself.

The mystery which has been thrown around the subject of cultivation of the will by those who advertise 

to sell "occult advice" on the matter for so many dollars, should be avoided and dispelled, for nothing 

could be further removed from secrecy and mystery than the practical methods by which alone strength 
of will can be developed.


The true path of will cultivation is only to be found in the common everyday life of the individual, and 

so obvious and simple is it that the majority, looking for something complicated and mysterious, pass it 
by unnoticed.


A little logical thought will soon convince a man that he cannot be both weak and strong at the same 

time, that he cannot develop a stronger will while remaining a slave to weak indulgences, and that, 
therefore, the direct and only way to that greater strength is to assail and conquer his weaknesses. All 

the means for the cultivation of the will are already at hand in the mind and life of the individual; they 

reside in the weak side of his character, by attacking and vanquishing which the necessary strength of 

will be developed. He who has succeeded in grasping this simple, preliminary truth, will perceive that 
the whole science of will cultivation is embodied in the following seven rules:


1. Break off bad habits.

2. Form good habits.


3. Give scrupulous attention to the duty of the present moment. 

4. Do vigorously, and at once, whatever has to be done.


5. Live by rule.

6. Control the tongue.


7. Control the mind.

Anyone who earnestly meditates upon, and diligently practices, the above rules, will not fail to develop 

that purity of purpose and power of will which will enable him to successfully cope with every 

difficulty, and pass triumphantly through every emergency.

It will be seen that the first step is the breaking away from bad habits. This is no easy task. It demands 

the putting forth of great efforts, or a succession of efforts, and it is by such efforts that the will can 

alone be invigorated and fortified. If one refuses to take the first step, he cannot increase in willpower, 

for by submitting to a bad habit, because of the immediate pleasure which it affords, one forfeits the







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