WEEK 12: CO-OPERATION
“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
“…it’s a matter of switching gears, never looking back, and BECOMING that person today that you always dreamed you’d be. Entertain every thought, say every word, and make every decision from their point of view. Walk the way they would, dress the way they would dress, and spend your free time the way they would spend theirs. Choose the friends they would choose, eat the meals they would eat, and love and appreciate yourself the way they would.
These steps MUST come in order for there to be change. There’s no other option, no other way… But, since that person is who you REALLY are, that makes this assignment downright effortless. Just stop being who you aren’t.”
“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.” ~ Rumi
Lesson 12 is Cooperation. Hill defines cooperation as “the beginning of all organized effort.” He discussed two forms of cooperation. The first is cooperation between people who group themselves together or form alliances for the purpose of attaining a given end (the mastermind group). The second form of cooperation he discusses is between the conscious and the subconscious minds of an individual, or what he calls Infinite Intelligence.
Hill describes how the conscious and subconscious minds work together, and gives suggestion on how to direct this process to help us attain the goals of our Definite Chief Aim. He then discusses group cooperation. He mentions that nearly all successful businesses are conducted under some form of cooperation, and cooperation is the foundation of all successful leadership. The key point Hill emphasizes here is this: It is vitally important for individuals to surround themselves with people who have the talents and skills which they themselves lack. No one succeeds alone. Hill finishes this lesson with a discussion of the importance of taking action, and gives a detailed plan on how to become active.
Lesson 12 – Co-operation
- How you can use the two forms of co-operation to propel yourself to unbelievable new heights.
- Why you should aim for success through co-operation rather than competition.
- Why the curse of procrastination drives you towards failure … and how you can get out of it.
- Why the ‘psychology of inaction’ is the chief reason of failure.
- Your six states of mind that are fatal to continuing action.
- The two forms of action … and why you are only doing one of them.
- Why you should put as much effort into preparation as execution.
- The three most important factors that give you personal power.
- The four-step process to extinguish your procrastination for good.
- The three major motivating forces that compel you to act.
Co-operation is the very foundation of all successful leadership.
There are two forms of Co-operation to which your attention will be directed in this lesson; namely:
First, the Co-operation between people who group themselves together or form alliances for the purpose of attaining a given end, under the principles known as the Law of the Master Mind.
Second, the Co-operation between the conscious and the subconscious minds, which forms a reasonable hypothesis of man’s ability to contact, communicate with and draw upon infinite intelligence.
As you have already learned, power is organized effort or energy. Personal power is developed by developing, organizing and co-ordinating the faculties of the mind. This may be accomplished by mastering and applying the fifteen major principles upon which this course is founded.
The three most important factors that enter into the process of organizing effort are: Concentration, Co-operation and Co-ordination.
All natural laws and all of Nature’s plans are based upon harmonious, co-operative effort, as all who have attained high places in the world have discovered.
Success in life cannot be attained except through peaceful, harmonious, co-operative effort. Nor can success be attained single-handed or independently. Even though a man live as a hermit in the wilderness, far from all signs of civilization, he is, nevertheless, dependent upon forces outside of himself for an existence. The more he becomes a part of civilization the more dependent upon co-operative effort he becomes.
The person whose philosophy is based upon co-operation instead of competition will not only acquire the necessities and the luxuries of life with less effort, but he will enjoy an extra reward in happiness such as others will never feel.
Co-operation offers the two-fold reward of providing one with both the necessities and the luxuries of life and the peace of mind which the covetous never know.
Let us keep in mind the fact that all success is based upon power, and power grows out of knowledge, that has been organized and expressed in terms of ACTION.
It is the extent to which you express that which you have learned through well organized and intelligently directed action.
Of course, the world never “gives anyone a chance.” A person who wants a chance may create it through action, but if he waits for someone to hand it to him on a silver platter he will meet with disappointment. This excuse that “the world does not give a man a chance” is quite prevalent, and it is one of the commonest causes of poverty and failure.
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
You cannot think fear and act courageously. You cannot think hatred and act in a kindly manner toward those with whom you associate. T he dominating thoughts of your mind – meaning by this, the strongest and deepest and most frequent of your thoughts – influence the physical action of your body.
Every thought put into action by your brain reaches and influences every cell in your body.
In the first lesson of this course you learned how thought travels from one mind to another, through the principle of telepathy. In this lesson, you should go a step further and learn that your thoughts not only register themselves in the minds of other people, through the principle of telepathy, but, what is a million times more important to you to understand, they register themselves on the cells of your own body and affect those cells in a manner that harmonizes with the nature of the thoughts.
Give a person the sort of work that harmonizes with his nature and the best there is in him will exert itself. One of the outstanding tragedies of the world is the fact that most people never engage in the work for which they are best fitted by nature.
Too often the mistake is made, in the selection of a life-work, of engaging in the work which seems to be the most profitable from a monetary viewpoint,without consideration of native ability. If money alone brought success this procedure would be all right, but success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.
Any form of group effort, where two or more peoplee form a cooperative alliance for the purpose of accomplishing a definite purpose, becomes more powerful than mere individual effort.
Plain co-operative effort produces power; there can be no doubt about this; but co-operative effort that is based upon complete harmony of purpose with others develops super-power.
The degree of power created by the co-operative effort of any group of people is measured, always, by the nature of the motive which the group is laboring to attain. Find a motive around which men may be induced to rally in a highly emotionalized, enthusiastic spirit of perfect harmony and you have found the starting point for the creation of a Master Mind.
There are three major motivating forces to which man responds in practically all of his efforts. These are: The motive of self-preservation, The motive of sexual contact, The motive of financial and social power.
The extent to which people may be induced to cooperate, in harmony, depends upon the motivating force which impels them to action.
We do well that which we love to do, and fortunate is the Leader who has the good judgment to bear this fact in mind and so lay his plans that all his followers are assigned parts that harmonize with this law.
Success and POWER are always found together. You cannot be sure of success unless you have power. You cannot have power unless you develop it through fifteen essential qualities:
Definite Chief Aim, Self-Confidence, Habit of Saving, Imagination, Initiative and Leadership, Enthusiasm, Self-Control, Doing More Than Paid For, Pleasing Personality, Accurate Thought, Concentration, Co-operation, Failure, Tolerance, Golden Rule
Power comes from organized effort. There are the forces which enter into all organized effort. Master these fifteen forces and you may have whatever you want in life. Make these fifteen forces your own and you will be an accurate thinker.
Opportunity, capital, co-operation from other men and all other essentials for success gravitate to the man who knows what he wants! Vitalize your mind with a DEFINITE PURPOSE and immediately your mind becomes a magnet which attracts everything that harmonizes with that purpose.
A DEFINITE PURPOSE may be transformed into reality only when one BELIEVES it can be done.
Develop in your own mind all of the fifteen qualities, from a DEFINITE PURPOSE to the GOLDEN RULE, and you will find the application of FAITH will come easily.
Take inventory of yourself. Find out how many of the fifteen qualities you now possess. Add to this inventory the missing qualities until you have, in your mind, the entire fifteen. You will then be ready to measure your success in whatever terms you DESIRE.
An active, dynamic mind keeps the cells of which the physical portions of the body consist, in a constant state of activity.
There is a psychological as well as an economic reason why you should form the habit of intensive action. Your body is made up of billions of tiny cells that are highly sensitive and amenable to the influence of your mind.
Mental, Emotional, and Physical Well-Being
(1) Action Practice
We come, now, to the practice through which action may be developed. To understand how to become active requires understanding of how not to procrastinate. These suggestions will give you the necessary instructions:
First: Form the habit of doing each day the most distasteful tasks first.
This procedure will be difficult at first, but after you have formed the habit you will take pride in pitching into the hardest and most undesirable part of your work first.
Second: Place this sign in front of you where you can see it in your daily work, and put a copy in your bedroom, where it will greet you as you retire and when you arise:
“Do not tell them what you can do; show them!”
Third: Repeat the following words, aloud, twelve times each night just before you go to sleep:
“Tomorrow I will do everything that should be done, when it should be done, and as it should be done. I will perform the most difficult tasks first because this will destroy the habit of procrastination and develop the habit of action in its place.”
Fourth: Carry out these instructions with faith in their soundness and with belief that they will develop action, in body and in mind, sufficient to enable you to realize your definite chief aim.
FIFTH: Laughing, Singing, Dancing, Playing.
Before closing this practice, permit me to go back to what was said about the value of a hearty laugh as a healthful stimulant to action, and add the statement that singing produces the same effect, and in some instances is far preferable to laughing. Same, if not better, with dancing and playing. Let your action come from inspired action!
The outstanding feature of this course is the simplicity of the style in which it is written. All great fundamental truths are simple, in final analysis, and whether one is delivering an address or writing a course of instruction, the purpose should be to convey impressions and statements of fact in the clearest and most concise manner possible.
(2) Health Practice
The amount of work that I perform every day and still keep in good physical condition is a source of wonderment and mystery to those who know me intimately, yet there is no mystery to it, and the system I follow does not cost anything. Here it is, for your use if you want it:
I drink a cup of hot water when I first get up in the morning, before I have breakfast.
My breakfast consists of a superfood smoothie that is packed with vital energy, protein, and green nutrients! I highly recommend taking enzymes, minerals, and amino acids to keep the body functioning optimally.
Third: MOVEMENT & MEDITATION.
I walk an average of ten miles a day: five miles in NATURE and five miles back, using this period for meditation and thought. Perhaps the positive thinking is as valuable, as a health builder, as the walk.
Being upside down every day is one of the best things you can do for yourself! I hang upside down in a yoga swing by the small of my back, with my head and arms relaxed completely, until they almost touch the floor. This gives the nervous system of my body an opportunity to balance properly and distribute itself, and ten minutes in this position will completely relieve all signs of fatigue, no matter how tired I may be.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to clean the inside of your body just as much as we tend to focus on our outer appearance and cleanliness. Relieves all kinds of pains, allergies, headaches, fatigue, etc.
I sit in the hot tub and meditate for 15-30 minutes, followed immediately by a cold plunge, every day, usually in the morning when I first get up. This is my favorite ritual. This sets the tone of the my day–that I will have a great day!
These simple things you can do for yourself.
Mother Nature attends to everything else necessary for my health.
**I cannot lay too much stress upon the importance of cleansing (keeping the intestines clean), for it is a well known fact that the city dwellers of today are literally poisoning themselves to death by neglecting to cleanse their intestines with water.
You should not wait until you are sick, tired or constipated to cleanse or do an enema. When you get to the stage of constipation you are practically ill and immediate relief is absolutely essential, but if you will give yourself the proper attention regularly, just as you attend to keeping the outside of your body clean, you will never be bothered with the many troubles which constipation and illness bring.
Eight glasses of water a day and a reasonable amount of physical action popularly known as “exercise” will take the place of the enema. Try it for a week and then you will not have to be urged to keep it up, for you will feel like a new person!
Levels II & III: Read Lesson 13 on Failure in The Law of Success Book for next week. Note these are big chapters so pace yourself and make a commitment to read every day. Take notes as you go along, and STICK WITH IT!
Level III: Listen to the Your Wish Is Your Command CD Series: sample of disc 9
Analyze power, no matter where, or in what form, it may be found, and you will find organization and co-operation as the chief factors back of it.
The development of personal power is but the first step to be taken in the development of the potential power that is available through the medium of allied effort, or co-operation, which may be called group power.
Worry, and envy, and jealousy, and hatred, and doubt, and fear are all states of mind which are fatal to action.
Before you can have power you must have a DEFINITE PURPOSE;
you must have SELF-CONFIDENCE with which to back up that purpose;
you must have INITIATIVE and LEADERSHIP with which to exercise your self-confidence;
you must have IMAGINATION in creating your definite purpose and in building the plans with which to transform that purpose into reality and put your plans into action.
You must mix ENTHUSIASM with your action or it will be insipid and without “kick.”
You must exercise SELF-CONTROL.
You must form the habit of DOING MORE THAN PAID FOR.
You must cultivate a PLEASING PERSONALITY.
You must acquire theHABIT OF SAVING.
You must become an ACCURATE THINKER, remembering, as you develop this quality, that accurate thought is based upon FACTS and not upon hearsay evidence or mere information.
You must form the habit of CONCENTRATION by giving your undivided attention to but one task at a time.
You must acquire the habit of COOPERATION and practice it in all your plans.
You must profit by FAILURE, your own and that of others.
You must cultivate the habit of TOLERANCE.
Last, but by no means the least important, you must make the GOLDEN RULE the foundation of all you do that affects other people.
Calling all cooperative harmonious components further, first and foremost in myself! Assembling all cooperative relationships by being in the Vortex! Use these meditation practices to cultivate these qualities in a powerful and deliberate way… Enjoy.