The time and thought which most persons waste in aimless effort
would accomplish wonders if properly directed with some special
object in view. ~ Charles Haanel
Suppose you wanted to plant a garden. Even if you have a green thumb, there is a whole list of decisions to make and things to do, before you will enjoy the fruits of your labour. You have to:
– determine how big your garden will be
– till the soil
– enrich the soil
– determine what should be planted where
– what plants grow well together
– what needs how much sunshine or shade
– how best to get rid of the weeds
– how to take care of each of the different plants
– how to harvest
– how to store the produce to keep well
Any one of those items requires study and research if you don’t already know how to do it. Are you going to ask a friend who is a successful gardener? watch videos? read up on the subject? Careful now, or you will find yourself down some rabbit trail, far from actually planting and tending your garden — and the time for planting will be past! All of the above items are important, but you need to know what part each plays, and how much time to spend learning. Keep all things in perspective or you’ll lose sight of your objective.
Your ideal must be sharp, clear-cut, definite; to have one ideal today,
another tomorrow, and a third next week, means to scatter your forces
and accomplish nothing; your result will be a meaningless and chaotic
combination of wasted material. ~ Charles Haanel
Mark has urged us many times not to do these exercises so we won’t lose our scholarship, but do them for ourselves and the development of our best selves.
We have LOT of exercises to do in the Masterkey course. A lot of reading, cards, affirmations, and a lot of activities that pertain to our own individual home business or other pursuits. It is easy to get lost in the jungle of “must do’s” and “have to do’s” and don’t forget to do’s”. One might even be tempted to throw in the towel and quit.
But if, instead of looking at the hopeless jungle of bits and pieces, I see every piece as part of a whole — the Future Me, living my dreams — then it all begins to fall together as the means to achieving my One Ideal.
I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy. My mind is clear, my heart is pure. I know exactly what to do, and I do it now, with joy and thanksgiving. I persist! I am succeeding!