I’m almost ½ way through the book before I decide I should keep a journal of my thoughts and feelings that are brought up by what I read. I’m sure I’m going to be re-reading it a few times so I can go back on what I’ve missed. However, I think it’s just as important to make note of what I remember; what sticks with me after a while.
Faith. Belief. Positivity. Not religious, but spiritual, our relationship with our universe…because it truly is ours. Empowerment. In a basic, fundamental way that has no relationship with gender, race, age, etc. It’s about taking control, but not. It’s not angry or aggressive, but focused, thought out and measured. It’s about visualization and emotional and mental organization. It’s about self-leadership and self-management.
It’s life, not about what you don’t want, don’t have but rather about what you DO want and will have, and not just material form. Emotional, psychological, it’s self-awareness brought to a whole new level.
I love the part that asks you to close your eyes and smile for a whole minute; conjure up in your mind something that makes you happy enough to smile for that minute. I thought of my husband, smiling like he is in the picture of him from his brother’s wedding that I keep with me.
Only you can change your feelings. And let’s face it, it boils down to two groups of feeling/emotions—good ones and bad ones. If you’re feeling bad, let it go, take a moment, smile and hold on to that smile…share it with others, even. If you are feeling good, hold on to that, grow it; identify what’s making you feel good.
Smile and people will notice. I can’t count the number of times I have come away from reading this book and been smiling and I’ve had people, coworkers, etc, say “what’s got you in such a good mood?” why NOT be in a good mood?
Visualization—Charles Haanel “The Master Key System” (1912)