Courage is the backbone of man. The man with courage has

persistence. He states what he believes and puts it into

execution. The courageous man has confidence. He draws to himself

all the moral qualities and mental forces which go to make up a

strong man. Whereas, the man without courage draws to himself all

the qualities of a weak man, vacillation, doubt, hesitancy, and

unsteadiness of purpose. You can therefore see the value of

concentration on courage. It is a most vital element of success.

The lack of courage creates financial, as well as mental and

moral difficulties. When a new problem comes, instead of looking

upon it as something to be achieved, the man or woman without

courage looks for reasons why it cannot be done and failure is

naturally the almost inevitable result. This is a subject well

worthy of your study. Look upon everything within your power as a

possibility instead of as merely a probability and you will

accomplish a great deal more, because by considering a thing as

impossible, you immediately draw to yourself all the elements

that contribute to failure. Lack of courage destroys your

confidence in yourself. It destroys that forceful, resolute

attitude so important to success.

The man without courage unconsciously draws to himself all that

is contemptible, weakening, demoralizing and destructive. He then

blames his luck when he does not secure the things he weakly

desires. We must first have the courage to strongly desire

something. A desire to be fulfilled must be backed by the

strength of all our mental forces. Such a desire has enough

commanding force to change all unfavorable conditions. The man

with courage commands, whether be is on the battlefield or in

business life.

What is courage? It is the Will To Do. It takes no more energy to

be courageous than to be cowardly. It is a matter of the right

training in the right way. Courage concentrates the mental forces

on the task at hand. It then directs them thoughtfully, steadily,

deliberately, while attracting all the forces of success, toward

the desired end. Cowardice on the other hand, dissipates both our

mental and moral forces, thereby inviting failure.

As we are creatures of habits, we should avoid persons that lack

courage. They are easy to discover because of their habits of

fear in attacking new problems. The man with courage is never


Start out today with the idea that there is no reason why you

should not be courageous. If any fear-thoughts come to you cast

them off as you would the deadly viper. Form the habit of never

thinking of anything unfavorable to yourself or anyone else. In

dealing with difficulties, new or old, hold ever the thought, "I

am courageous." Whenever a doubt crosses the threshold of your

mind, banish it. Remember, you as master of your mind control its

every thought, and here is a good one to often affirm, "I have

courage because I desire it; because I need it; because I use it

and because I refuse to become such a weakling as cowardice


There is no justification for the loss of courage. The evils by

which you will almost certainly be overwhelmed without it are far

greater than those which courage will help you to meet and

overcome. Right, then, must be the moralist who says that the

only thing to fear is fear.

Never let another's opinion affect you; he cannot tell what you

are able to do; he does not know what you can do with your

forces. The truth is you do not know yourself until you put

yourself to the test. Therefore, how can someone else know? Never

let anyone else put a valuation on you.

Almost all wonderful achievements have been accomplished after it

had been "thoroughly" demonstrated that they were

impossibilities. Once we understand the law, all things are

possible. If they were impossibilities we could not conceive


Just the moment you allow someone to influence you against what

you think is right, you lose that confidence in yourself that

inspires courage and carries with it all the forces which courage

creates. Just the moment you begin to swerve in your plan you

begin to carry out another's thought and not your own. You become

the directed and not the director. You forsake the courage and

resolution of your own mind, and you therefore lack the very

forces that you need to sustain and carry out your work. Instead

of being self-reliant you become timid and this invites failure.

When you permit yourself to be influenced from your plan by

another, you are unable to judge as you should, because you have

allowed another's influence to deprive you of your courage and

determination without absorbing any of his in return so you are

in much the same predicament, as you would be in if you turned

over all your worldly possessions to another without getting

"value received."

Concentrate on just the opposite of fear, want, poverty,

sickness, etc. Never doubt your own ability. You have plenty, if

you will just use it. A great many men are failures because they

doubt their own capacity. Instead of building up strong mental

forces which would be of the greatest use to them their fear

thoughts tear them down. Fear paralyzes energy. It keeps us from

attracting the forces that go to make up success. Fear is the

worst enemy we have.

There are few people that really know that they can accomplish

much. They desire the full extent of their powers, but alas, it

is only occasionally that you find a man that is aware of the

great possibilities within him. When you believe with all your

mind and heart and soul that you can do something, you thereby

develop the courage to steadily and confidently live up to that

belief. You have now gone a long way towards accomplishing it.

The chances are that there will be obstacles, big and little, in

your way, but resolute courage will overcome them and nothing

else will. Strong courage eliminates the injurious and opposing

forces by summoning their masters, the yet stronger forces that

will serve you.

Courage is yours for the asking. All you have to do is to believe

in it, claim it and use it. To succeed in business believe that

it will be successful, assert that it is successful, and work

like a beaver to make it so. Difficulties soon melt away before

the courageous. One man of courage can fire with his spirit a

whole army of men, whether it be military or industrial, because

courage, like cowardice, is contagious.

The man of courage overcomes the trials and temptations of life;

he commands success; he renders sound judgment; he develops

personal influence and a forceful character and often becomes the

mentor of the community which he serves.

How to Overcome Depression and Melancholia. Both of the former

are harmful and make you unhappy. These are states that can be

quickly overcome through concentrating more closely on the higher

self, for when you do you cut off the connection with the harmful

force currents. You can also drive away moods by simply choosing

and fully concentrating on an agreeable subject. Through will

power and thought control we can accomplish anything we want to

do. There is wonderful inherent power within us all, and there is

never any sufficient cause for fear, except ignorance.

Every evil is but the product of ignorance, and everyone that

possesses the power to think has the power to overcome ignorance

and evil. The pain that we suffer from doing evil are but the

lessons of experience, and the object of the pain is to make us

realize our ignorance. When we become depressed It is evidence

that our thought faculties are combining improperly and thereby

attracting the wrong force-currents.

All that it is necessary to do is to exercise the will and

concentrate upon happy subjects. I will only think of subjects

worthy of my higher self and its powers.

LESSON XI. CONCENTRATE ON COURAGE LESSON XIII. YOU CAN CONCENTRATE, BUT WILL YOU? facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail