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Psychic - Concentration Can Overcome Bad Habits

By Zach Keyer

Habits make or break us to a far greater extent than we like to

admit. Habit is both a powerful enemy and wonderful ally of

Psychic - Concentration. You must learn to overcome habits which are

injurious to Psychic - Concentration, and to cultivate those which increase


The large majority of people are controlled by their habits and

are buffeted around by them like waves of the ocean tossing a

piece of wood. They do things in a certain way because of the

power of habit. They seldom ever think of concentrating on why

they do them this or that way, or study to see if they could do

them in a better way. Now my object in this chapter is to get you

to concentrate on your habits so you can find out which are good

and which are bad for you. You will find that by making a few

needed changes you can make even those that are not good for you,

of service; the good habits you can make much better.

The first thing I want you to realize is that all habits are

governed consciously or unconsciously by the will. Most of us are

forming new habits all the time. Very often, if you repeat

something several times in the same way, you will have formed the

habit of doing it that way. But the oftener you repeat it the

stronger that habit grows and the more deeply it becomes embedded

in your nature. After a habit has been in force for a long time,

it becomes almost a part of you, and is therefore hard to

overcome. But you can still break any habit by strong

Psychic - Concentration on its opposite.

"All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of

habits--practical, emotional, and intellectual--systematically

organized, for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly

toward our destiny whatever the latter may be."

We are creatures of habits, "imitators and copiers of our past

selves." We are liable to be "bent" or "curved" as we can bend a

piece of paper, and each fold leaves a crease, which makes it

easier to make the fold there the next time. "The intellect and

will are spiritual functions; still they are immersed in matter,

and to every movement of theirs, corresponds a movement in the

brain, that is, in their material correlative." This is why

habits of thought and habits of willing can be formed. All

physical impressions are the carrying out of the actions of the

will and intellect. Our nervous systems are what they are today,

because of the way they have been exercised.

As we grow older most of us become more and more like automatic

machines. The habits we have formed increase in strength. We work

in our old characteristic way. Your associates learn to expect

you to do things in a certain way. So you see that your habits

make a great difference in your life, and as it is just about as

easy to form good habits as it is bad, you should form only the

former. No one but yourself is responsible for your habits. You

are free to form the habits that you should and if everyone could

realize the importance of forming the right kind of habits what a

different world this would be. How much happier everyone would

be. Then all instead of the few might win success.

Habits are formed more quickly when we are young, but if we have

already passed the youthful plastic period the time to start to

control our habits is right now, as we will never be any younger.

You will find the following maxims worth remembering.

First Maxim:

"We must make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy."

Second Maxim:

"In the acquisition of a new habit as in the leaving off of an

old one, we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and

decided an initiative as possible."

The man that is in the habit of doing the right thing from

boyhood, has only good motives, so it is very important for you

that you concentrate assiduously on the habits that reinforce

good motives. Surround yourself with every aid you can. Don't

play with fire by forming bad habits. Make a new beginning today.

Study why you have been doing certain things. If they are not for

your good, shun them henceforth. Don't give in to a single

temptation for every time you do, you strengthen the chain of bad

habits. Every time you keep a resolution you break the chain that

enslaves you.

Third Maxim:

"Never allow an exception to occur till the new habit is securely

rooted in your life." Here is the idea, you never want to give

in, until the new habit is fixed else you undo all that has been

accomplished by previous efforts. There are two opposing

inclinations. One wants to be firm, and the other wants to give

in. By your will you can become firm, through repetition. Fortify

your will to be able to cope with any and all opposition.

Fourth Maxim:

"Seize the very first possible opportunity to act on every

resolution you make, and on every emotional prompting you may

experience in the direction of the habits you aspire to gain."

To make a resolve and not to keep it is of little value. So by

all means keep every resolution you make, for you not only profit

by the resolution, but it furnishes you with an exercise that

causes the brain cells and physiological correlatives to form the

habit of adjusting themselves to carry out resolutions. "A

tendency to act, becomes effectively engrained in us in

proportion to the uninterrupted frequency with which the actions

actually occur, and the brain `grows' to their use. When a

resolve or a fine glow of feeling is allowed to evaporate without

bearing fruit, it is worse than a chance lost."

If you keep your resolutions you form a most valuable habit. If

you break them you form a most dangerous one. So concentrate on

keeping them, whether important or unimportant, and remember it

is just as important for this purpose to keep the unimportant,

for by so doing you are forming the habit.

Fifth Maxim:

"Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous

exercise every day."

The more we exercise the will, the better we can control our

habits. "Every few days do something for no other reason than its

difficulty, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may

find you not unnerved or untrained to stand the test. Asceticism

of this sort is like the insurance which a man pays on his house

and goods. The tax does him no good at the time, and possibly may

never bring him a return, but if the fire does come, his having

paid it will be his salvation from ruin. So with the man who has

daily insured himself to habits of concentrated attention,

energetic volation, and self-denial in unnecessary things. "He

will stand like a tower when everything rocks around him and his

softer fellow-mortals are winnowed like chaff in the blast."

The young should be made to concentrate on their habits and be

made to realize that if they don't they become walking bundles of

injurious habits. Youth is the plastic state, and should be

utilized in laying the foundation for a glorious future.

The great value of habit for good and evil cannot be

overestimated. "Habit is the deepest law of human nature." No man

is stronger than his habits, because his habits either build up

his strength or decrease it.

Why We Are Creatures of Habits. Habits have often been called a

labor-saying invention, because when they are formed they require

less of both mental and material strength. The more deeply the

habit becomes ingrained the more automatic it becomes. Therefore

habit is an economizing tendency of our nature, for if it were

not for habit we should have to be more watchful. We walk across

a crowded street; the habit of stopping and looking prevents us

from being hurt. The right kind of habits keeps us from making

mistakes and mishaps. It is a well known fact that a chauffeur is

not able to master his machine safely until he has trained his

body in a habitual way. When an emergency comes he instantly

knows what to do. Where safety depends on quickness the operator

must work automatically. Habits mean less risk, less fatigue, and

greater accuracy.

"You do not want to become a slave to habits of a trivial nature.

For instance, Wagner required a certain costume before he could

compose corresponding parts of his operas. Schiller could never

write with ease unless there were rotten apples in the drawer of

his desk from which he could now and then obtain an odor which

seemed to him sweet. Gladstone had different desks for his

different activities, so that when he worked on Homer he never

sat among habitual accompaniments of his legislative labors."

In order to overcome undesirable habits, two things are

necessary. You must have trained your will to do what you want it

to do, and the stronger the will the easier it will be to break a

habit. Then you must make a resolution to do just the opposite of

what the habit is. Therefore one habit must replace another. If

you have a strong will, you can tenaciously and persistently

concentrate on removing the bad habit and in a very short time

the good habit will gain the upper hand. I will bring this

chapter to a close by giving Doctor Oppenheim's instructions for

overcoming a habit:

"If you want to abolish a habit, and its accumulated

circumstances as well, you must grapple with the matter as

earnestly as you would with a physical enemy. You must go into

the encounter with all tenacity of determination, with all

fierceness of resolve--yea, even with a passion for success that

may be called vindictive. No human enemy can be as insidious, so

persevering, as unrelenting as an unfavorable habit. It never

sleeps, it needs no rest.

"It is like a parasite that grows with the growth of the

supporting body, and, like a parasite, it can best be killed by

violent separation and crushing.

When life is stormy and all seems against us, that is when we

often acquire wrong habits, and it is then, that we have to make

a gigantic effort to think and speak as we should; and even

though we may feel the very reverse at that moment the tiniest

effort will be backed up by a tremendous Power and will lift us

to a realization never felt before. It is not in the easy,

contented moments of our life that we make our greatest progress,

for then it requires, no special effort to keep in tune. But it

is when we are in the midst of trials and misfortunes, when we

think we are sinking, being overwhelmed, then it is important for

us to realize that we are linked to a great Power and if we live

as we should, there is nothing that can occur in life, which

could permanently injure us, nothing can happen that should

disturb us. So always remember you have within you unlimited

power, ready to manifest itself in the form which fills our need

at the moment. If, when we have something difficult to solve, we

would be silent like the child, we can get the inspiration when

it comes; we will know how to act, we will find there is no need

to hurry or disturb ourselves, that it is always wiser to wait

for guidance from within, than to act on impulse from Without.

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