15. All mental discovery and attainment are the result of desire plus concentration; desire is the strongest mode of action; the more persistent the desire, the more authoritative the revelation. Desire added to concentration will wrench any secret from nature.
I have struggled with understanding the above statement this week. I understand the meaning of each word, but somehow the overall concept becomes cloudy. This week’s Haanel lesson suggests that concentration is more than focus. Desire is easy for me to recognize and understand. I have desire many things in my life and my DMP reflects additional targets of desire.
My dilemma becomes, if focus isn’t concentration. What is concentration? I cannot add ‘desire’ [which I understand] to concentration if I am uncertain of how to achieve concentration. How do I take my focus to the next step that takes it beyond and into the area of concentration where I can attain the secrets that will enable my subby to manifest my DMP. I believe if I can make this a reality in my life I will have gained this secret that will bring me to the manifestation of my DMP. Hmm!
Does my answer lie in Statement 9? The subconscious mind may be aroused and brought into action in any direction and made to serve us for any purpose, by concentration. The practice of concentration requires the control of the physical, mental, and physical being; all modes of consciousness whether physical, mental, or physical, must be under control.
I do not have the answer to my dilemma. In the interim I will use practice and focus to develop my concentration as I add desire to the mix.
This week I have focused on implementing my plan of action (POA). Since I realize that completion of my POA is the vehicle for manifestation of my DMP (definite major purpose). Financial freedom is a major factor in my DMP. I recently discovered a new stream of income. This involved setting up a new website. Since my goal is to increase income and not increase spending. I decided to add a sub-domain to an existing site rather than participate in the program offered by this venture. This should have been an easy task as I frequently develop websites. However, I encountered a few delays in manually adding WordPress to my sub-domain. [I should have goggled manual add of Word Press to a sub-domain.] Instead I followed procedures for adding to the root domain. Persistence resulted in my overcoming this obstacle. Next I created the sales page for the program per the sample. But I did not have the video share codes for the videos included on the sample page. Contact with support provided the information that they did not provide this data andI should purchase a site from them or check out the source page. I was not dismayed. I got the necessary info from the source page and added it to my sales page. Yea!!! Step one has been completed.
Step Two was to post ads on sites like Craig’s list referring prospects to my website. I completed that task. The next day I discovered that though my page had appeared the day before it had now disappeared. Were there gremlins at work? My IT support indicated my theme had disappeared. I changed themes and once again my page is ready to go. I visited Craig’s list to post and discovered that I was blocked from posting. I chose to replace a thought of frustration with ‘I can do this.’ I deleted my Craig’s list ads and placed new ads on Backpage. I am back in business. I am now ready to receive replies and responses to my ads.
Completion of this process took three days and many hours. But due to the influence of my daily activities [no negative thoughts, do it now, I can be what I will to be.] I persisted and benefitted from the Laws of Dual Thought and Practice. What a wonderful feeling of satisfaction I am experiencing, knowing I am making constructive progress toward achieving my goal of financial freedom.
Mandino’s scroll III focuses our attention on persistence. Here are some key thoughts that resonated with me.
I know that small attempts, repeated will complete any undertaking.
I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head…
I must fail often to succeed only once.
It is a given that quitters never win. One must be “in” the game to have a chance at winning. I have heard it said that one learns more from one’s failures than one’s successes. Failures help us refine our approach to a task. We can make modifications, refine or eliminate unsuccessful approaches.
Most will not quit after one failure [one strike], but the question seems evident. How long do I persist? Scroll III indicates one persists until one succeeds. Wow!! I have also heard that if a job is worth doing it is worth doing well.
It seems to be a ‘no brainer’ that one cannot persist at a multiplicity of tasks over an extended period of time. A definite purpose [DMP}simplifies the task. Focus on the definite purpose and persisting until successful becomes a more manageable task. I have adopted this thought from scroll III “I will never consider de3feat and I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat; for they are the words of fools.”
“I will persist until I succeed.” Since I am guided by the [compass] and not the [clock] time is not a factor. A successful outcome is my goal and each day I have a fresh start.
Thought to ponder. Success may look different to each individual—for some it may be money or material possessions; for others it may be achieving a particular goal.
This week’s emphasis is concentration. We are focusing our attention, utilizing the magnifying glass. Concentration is a relative strength for me and I am able to focus and concentrate intensely for short periods of time. However, I have learned from self-observation that I am more effective if I set time frames for my concentration on a given task. I also evaluate the task in terms of perceived difficulty. The more difficult I estimate the task to be the shorter the time frame I set to focus on it. Thus for a very difficult task, rather than concentrating for two hours, I will work on it for four 30-minute segments separated not only by a break but some other thought involved activity. This is working for me and not only has it increased my productivity but also decreased my boredom and enabled me to stick with tasks I initially found difficult, boring, distracting or all three.
I am noticing that as this course draws to conclusion my old blueprint is sticking up its ugly head. I find reasons (excuses) to miss or be late on a reading task or sit. I don’t really understand this phenomenon. As I have been very committed to reading as directed and my daily sits. Even while on a three-week vacation to Australia I rarely missed completing my assigned tasks even if they were late. This week and last week almost every day I have to force myself to stay on target. What has happened to the habits I established over the past six months? (hmmmm) Am I secretly sabotaging myself so I will need to retake the course? (maybe) I am giving myself permission to complete and fulfill all MKMMA required tasks and retake the course should I wish to. Therefore, I now have a win/win situation—no reason not to complete all requirements. YEAH!!!
Below is an interesting video I discovered which is related to the topic of this post. It not only addresses concentration but the overall theme of this course–the power of thought.