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Mirror Mantra

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Mirror Mantra

My wife Liz, has the following extract from Dale Carnegie's "How Win Friends and Influence People' written out and blue tacked to a mirror.

I asked her why she chose this extract to read each day.

"I liked the idea of being in charge of my destiny, that I am able to navigate life and not be just a passenger. I the idea that how you respond to things, how you react to things how you interpret the world is under our control.

If I were to go outside in my worst clothes, having not washed, to see friends and be grumpy you'd find you get out what you put in. So it's reassuring that when things are bad, you can find the strength of character within to influence your day, it's very empowering."

Here's the extract:

“Whenever you go out of doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high, and fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every hand-clasp.

Do not fear being misunderstood and do not waste a minute thinking about your enemies. Try to fix firmly in your mind what you would like to do; and then, without veering of direction, you will move straight to the goal.

Keep your mind on the great and splendid things you would like to do, and then, as the days go gliding by you will find yourself unconsciously seizing upon the opportunities that are required for the fulfilment of your desire, just as the coral insect takes from the running tide the elements it needs.

Picture in your mind the able, earnest, useful person you desire to be, and the thought you hold is hourly transforming you into that particular individual… Thought is supreme.

Preserve a right mental attitude – the attitude of courage, frankness, and good cheer. To think rightly is to create. All things come through desire, and every sincere prayer is answered.

We become like that on which our hearts are fixed. Carry your chin in and the crown of your head high. We are gods in the chrysalis.”

Dale Carnegie's 'How to Win Friends and Influence People'

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