Haanel writes that we must not start to do something we will not finish or we are forming the habit of failure. Not finishing what you’ve started is a bad habit. Og Mandino writes, “Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure.” I do not fail! I form good habits and am their slave.
Haanel also writes, “You will see, you must see, that we are at the dawn of a new day; that the possibilities are so wonderful, so fascinating, so limitless as to be almost bewildering.”
I love the connection between the writings of Haanel and Mandino. I have learned from reading Og Mandino, “Today, I begin a new life.” His last words in the first Scroll are, “Today my old skin has become as dust. I will walk tall among men and they will know me not, for today I am a new man, with a new life.” Of course I now read the last sentence without the word “will” because it has happened.
I walk tall. I take care of myself, and watch what I think. No more guilt. The ego loves guilt. No more opinions, at least as much as I can keep my mouth closed. As Mark J. says, “Shut the Twinkie hole!” It’s not easy. And I’m certainly not at 100% yet, but I’m trying. It takes practice. The ego also loves opinions. I must recognize that with every opinion – in my mind or out loud – my ego has swollen and is nearby. Toodle-oo, ego! Ta Ta!
Actually, my “I”, the observer, is very amused by my ego who is by nature a blurter, a spout mouth, a jabber box always at the ready.
I must remind myself that it doesn’t all happen overnight. It’s a progress, slow and steady with determination and commitment. My old blueprint had me coming down hard on myself when I made a mistake, but now, I’m building a new blueprint. When I begin to become anxious, I close my eyes and do a quick feeling out, mentally push away my ego, and know that my source is nearby.