MIND : ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL : 18-5.
Chapter 18. The Power Of Thought-5.
5. Thought Builds Character
"As a man thinketh, so he is." "Man is created by thought; what a man thinks upon, that he becomes."
Think you are strong; strong you become.
Think you are weak; weak you become.
Think you are a fool; fool you become.
Think you are God; God you become.
A man forms his own character, becoming that which he thinks.
If you meditate on courage, you shall work courage into your character.
So with purity, patience, unselfishness and self-control.
If you think nobly, you shall gradually make for yourself a noble character, but if you think basely, a base character will be formed.
Steady persevering thought sets up a definite habit of the mind and that habit manifests itself as a quality in the character.
The thread of thought is woven into mental and moral qualities and these qualities in their totality form what we call character.
You can build your character as surely as a mason can build a wall, working with and through the law.
The first step towards a deliberate creation of character lies then in the deliberate choosing of what we will think and then of thinking persistently on the quality chosen.
Ere long, there will be a tendency to evince that quality; a little longer, its exercise will become habitual.
Thought makes character.
You spin the thread of thought into your destiny.
Next : 6. Thought Weaves Destiny
To be continued ....