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There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to 
compare with goodwill for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow. To live continually in thoughts 

of ill will, cynicism, suspicion, and envy, is to be confined in a self made prison-hole. But to think well 

of all, to be cheerful with all, to patiently learn to find the good in all—such unselfish thoughts are the 

very portals of heaven; and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring 
abounding peace to their possessor.

4. Thought and Purpose

UNTIL thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment. With the majority the 

bark of thought is allowed to "drift" upon the ocean of life. Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting 

must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction.

They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and 

self-pityings, all of which are indications of weakness, which lead, just as surely as deliberately 

planned sins (though by a different route), to failure, unhappiness, and loss, for weakness cannot persist 

in a power evolving universe.

A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should 

make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it 

may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should 
steadily focus his thought-forces upon the object, which he has set before him. He should make this 

purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to 

wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control 

and true concentration of thought. Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he 
necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character gained will be the measure of 

his true success, and this will form a new starting-point for future power and triumph.

Those who are not prepared for the apprehension of a great purpose should fix the thoughts upon the 
faultless performance of their duty, no matter how insignificant their task may appear. Only in this way 

can the thoughts be gathered and focussed, and resolution and energy be developed, which being done, 

there is nothing which may not be accomplished.

The weakest soul, knowing its own weakness, and believing this truth ‘that strength can only be 

developed by effort and practice, will, thus believing, at once begin to exert itself, and, adding effort to 

effort, patience to patience, and strength to strength, will never cease to develop, and will at last grow 

divinely strong.

As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of 

weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.

To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of 

those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all 

conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.

Having conceived of his purpose, a man should mentally mark out a straight pathway to its 

achievement, looking neither to the right nor the left. Doubts and fears should be rigorously excluded; 

they are disintegrating elements, which break up the straight line of effort, rendering it crooked, 
ineffectual, useless. Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplished anything, and never can. They 

always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear 

creep in.

The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do. Doubt and fear are the great enemies of 

knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them. thwarts himself at every step.

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