The Science Of Getting and BEING Rich
First Person Format by Darlene Hedrick Sartore
adapted from "The Science Of Getting Rich" by Wallace Wattles circa 1903

CHAPTER 12
Efficient Action For Producing Desired Results

1. I must use my thought as directed in previous chapters. I must begin to do what I can do where I am, and I must do ALL that I can do where I am.

2. I can advance only by being larger than my present place. Nobody is larger than the present place who leaves undone any of the work pertaining to that place.

3. The world is advanced only by those who more than fill their present places.

4. If no one quite filled his or her present place, I can see that there must be a going backward in everything. Those who do not quite fill their present places are dead weight upon society, government, commerce, and industry; they must be carried along by others at a great expense. The progress of the world is retarded only by those who do not fill the places they are holding; they belong to a former age, and a lower stage or plane of life, and their tendency is toward degeneration. No society could advance if everyone was smaller than his or her place; social evolution is guided by the law of physical and mental evolution. In the animal world, evolution is caused by excess of life.

5. When an organism has more life than can be expressed in the functions of its own plane, it develops the organs of a higher plane, and a new species is originated.

6. There never would have been new species had there not been organisms which more than filled their places. The law is exactly the same for me: My getting rich depends upon my applying this principle to my own affairs.

7. Every day is either a successful day or a day of failure. And it is the successful days which get me what I desire. If every day is a failure I can never get rich; while if every day is a success, I cannot fail to get rich and stay rich.

8. If there is something that may be done today and I do not do it, I have failed insofar as that thing is concerned - and the consequences may be more disastrous than I imagine.

9. I cannot foresee the results of even the most trivial act. I do not know the workings of all the forces that have been set moving in my behalf. Much may be depending on my doing some simple act, and it may be the very thing which is to open the door of opportunity to very great possibilities. I can never know all the combinations which Supreme Intelligence is making for me in the world of things and of human affairs. My neglect or failure to do some small thing may cause a long delay in getting what I desire.

10. I do, every day, ALL that can be done that day.

11. There is, however, a limitation or qualification of the above that I must take into account.

12. I am not to overwork, nor to rush blindly into my business in the effort to do the greatest possible number of things in the shortest possible time.

13. I am not to try to do tomorrow's work today, nor to do a week's work in a day. It is really not the number of things I do, but the EFFICIENCY of each separate action that counts.

14. Every act is, in itself, either a success or a failure.

15. Every act is, in itself, either effective and efficient, or ineffective and inefficient. Every inefficient act is a failure, and if I spend my life in doing inefficient acts, my whole life will be a failure. If all my acts are inefficient ones, the more things I do, the worse for me.

16. On the other hand, every efficient act is a success in itself, and if every act of my life is an efficient one, my whole life must be a success.

17. The cause of failure is doing too many things in an inefficient manner and not doing enough things in an efficient manner.

18. I will see that it is a self-evident proposition that if I do not do any inefficient acts, and if I do a sufficient number of efficient acts, I will become rich. If, now, it is possible for me to make each act an efficient one, I see again that the getting of riches is reduced to an exact science, like mathematics.

19. The matter turns, then, on the question of whether I can make each separate act a success in itself. And this I can certainly do. I can make each act a success, because ALL Power is working with me, and ALL Power cannot fail.

20. Power is at my service, and to make each act efficient I have only to put power into it.

21. Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong, I am acting in the Certain Way which will make me rich.

22. Every act can be made strong and efficient by holding my vision while I am doing it and putting the whole power of my FAITH and PURPOSE into it.

23. It is at this point that the people fail who separate mental power from personal action. They use the power of mind in one place and at one time, and they act in another way in another place and at another time. So their acts are not successful in themselves; too many of them are inefficient. But if ALL Power goes into every act, no matter how commonplace, every act will be a success in itself. And as is the nature of things that every success opens the way to other successes, my progress toward what I desire and the progress of what I desire toward me, will become increasingly rapid.

24. I remember that successful action is cumulative in its results. Since the desire for more life is inherent in all things, when I begin moving toward larger life, more things attach themselves to me, and the influence of my desire is multiplied.

25. I do, every day, all that I can do that day, and do each act in an efficient manner.

26. In saying that I must hold my vision while I am doing each act, however trivial or common-place, I do not mean to say that it is necessary at all times to see the vision distinctly to its smallest details. It should be the work of my leisure hours to use my imagination on the details of my vision and to contemplate them until they are firmly fixed upon memory. If I wish speedy results, then invest practically all my spare time in this practice.

27. By continuous contemplation I will get the picture of what I desire - even to the smallest details - so firmly fixed upon my mind and so completely transferred to the mind of Formless Substance, that in my working hours I need only to mentally refer to the picture to stimulate my faith and purpose and cause my best effort to be put forth. I contemplate my picture in my leisure hours until my consciousness is so full of it that I can grasp it instantly. I will become so enthused with its bright promises that the mere thought of it will call forth the strongest energies of my whole being.

28. Let us again repeat our syllabus, and by slightly changing the closing statements bring it to the point we have now reached.

There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.

A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.

I can form things in my thought, and, by impressing my thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing thought about to be created.

In order to do this, I must pass from the competitive to the creative mind. I must form a clear mental picture of the things I desire, and must do - with faith and purpose - all that can be done each day, doing each separate thing in an efficient manner.

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