Success means successful living.
A long period of peace, joy, and happiness on this plane may be termed a success.
The real things of life, such as peace, harmony, integrity, security, and happiness are intangible.
They come from the Deep Self of man.
Meditating on these qualities builds these treasures of heaven in our subconscious.
Let us discuss three steps to success: The first step to success is to find out the thing you love to do, then do it.
Success is in loving your work.
Although, if a man is a psychiatrist, it is not adequate for him to get a diploma and place it on the wall; he must keep up with the times, attend conventions, and continue studying the mind and its workings.
The successful psychiatrist visits clinics and reads the latest scientific articles.
In other words, he is informed in the most advanced methods of alleviating human suffering.
The successful psychiatrist or doctor must have the interest of his patients at heart.
Someone may say, “How can I put the first step into operation?
I do not know what I should do.
” In such a case, pray for guidance as follows: “The infinite intelligence of my subconscious mind reveals to me my true place in life.
” Repeat this prayer quietly, positively, and lovingly to your deeper mind.
As you persist with faith and confidence, the answer will come to you as a feeling, a hunch, or a tendency in a certain direction.
It will come to you clearly and in peace, and as an inner silent awareness.
The second step to success is to specialize in some particular branch of work and know more about it than anyone else.
For example, if a young man chooses chemistry as his profession, he should concentrate on one of the many branches in this field.
He should give all of his time and attention to his chosen specialty.
He should become sufficiently enthusiastic to try to know all it is available about his field; if possible, he should know more than anyone else.
The young man should become ardently interested in his work and should desire to serve the world.
He that is greatest among you, let him become your servant.
There is a great contrast in this attitude of mind in comparison to that of the man who only wants to makes a living or just “get by.
The measure of true success.
Some people may say, “But Mr. James made a fortune in selling fraudulent oil stock.
” A man may seem to succeed for a while, but the money he obtained by fraud usually takes wings and flies away.
When we rob from another, we rob from ourselves, because we are in a mood of lack and limitation, which may manifest itself in our body, home life, and affairs.
What we think and feel, we create.
We create what we believe.
Even though a man may have accumulated a fortune fraudulently, he is not successful.
There is no success without peace of mind.
What good is man’s accumulated wealth if he cannot sleep nights, is sick or has a guilt complex?
I knew a man in London who told me of his exploits.
He had been a professional pickpocket and had amassed a large amount of money.
He had a summer home in France and lived in a royal fashion in England.
His story was that he was in constant dread of being arrested by Scotland Yard.
He had many inner disorders, which were undoubtedly caused by his constant fear and deep-seated guilt complex.
He knew he had done wrong.
This deep sense of guilt attracted all kinds of trouble to him.
Subsequently, he voluntarily surrendered to the police and served a prison sentence.
After his release from prison, he sought psychological and spiritual counsel and became transformed.
He went to work and became an honest, law-abiding citizen.
He found what he loved to do and was happy.
A successful person loves his work and expresses himself fully.
Success is contingent upon a higher ideal than the mere accumulation of riches.
The man of success is the man who possesses great psychological and spiritual understanding.
Many of the great industrialists today depend upon the correct use of their subconscious minds for their success.
There was an article published some years ago about Flagler, an oil magnate.
He admitted that the secret of his success was his ability to see a project in its completion.
For instance, in his case, he closed his eyes, imagined a big oil industry, saw trains running on tracks, heard whistles blowing, and saw smoke.
Having seen and felt the fulfillment of his prayer, his subconscious mind brought about its realization.
If you imagine an objective clearly, you will be provided with the necessities, in ways you now not of, through the wonderworking power of your subconscious mind.
In considering the three steps to success you must never forget the underlying power of the creative forces of your subconscious mind.
This is the energy in back of all steps in any plan of success.