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Wattle’s Book Part 13

Chapter 12

Efficient Action

You must use your thought as directed in previous chapters
and begin to do what you can do where you are, and you
must do ALL that you can do where you are.

You can advance only by being larger than your present place,
and no one is larger than his present place who leaves undone
any of the work pertaining to that place. The world is advanced
only by those who more than fill their present places.

If no one quite filled his present place, you 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 slowed only by those
who do not fill the places they are holding. They belong to a former
age and their tendency is toward degeneration. No society could
advance if everyone was smaller than his place; social evolution is
guided by the law of physical and mental evolution.

In the animal world, evolution is caused by excess of life. 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.

There never would have been new species had there not been
organisms which more than filled their places. The law is ex-
actly the same for you: Your getting rich depends upon your
applying this principle to your own affairs.

Every day is either a successful day or a day of failure, and it
is the successful days which get you what you want. If every
day is a failure you can never get rich, while if every day is a
success, you cannot fail to get rich.

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

You cannot foresee the results of even the most trivial act. You
do not know the workings of all the forces that have been set
moving in your behalf. Much may be depending on your doing
some simple act, and it may be the very thing which is to open the door of opportunity to very great possibilities.

You can never know all the combinations which supreme intelligence is mak-
ing for you in the world of things and of human affairs. Your
neglect or failure to do some small thing may cause a long delay
in getting what you want.

Do, every day, ALL that can be done that day.
There is, however, a limitation or qualification of the above
that you must take into account. You are not to overwork, nor to
rush blindly into your business in the effort to do the greatest
possible number of things in the shortest possible time.

You are 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 you do, but the
EFFICIENCY of each separate action that counts.

Every act is, in itself, either a success or a failure. Every act is,
in itself, either efficient or inefficient. Every inefficient act is a
failure, and if you spend your life in doing inefficient acts, your
whole life will be a failure. The more things you do, the worse
for you – if all your acts are inefficient ones.

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

The cause of failure is doing too many things in an inefficient
manner and not doing enough things in an efficient manner.
You will see that it is a self-evident proposition that if you do
not do any inefficient acts and if you do a sufficient number of
efficient acts, you will become rich.

If, now, it is possible for you to make each act an efficient one,
you see again that the getting of riches is reduced to an exact science, like mathematics.

The matter turns, then, on the question of whether you can
make each separate act a success in itself. And this you can cer-
tainly do. You can make each act a success, because ALL power
is working with you, and ALL power cannot fail.

Power is at your service, and to make each act efficient you
have only to put power into it.

Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is
strong, you are acting in the certain way which will make you rich.

Every act can be made strong and efficient by holding your
vision while you are doing it and putting the whole power of
your FAITH and PURPOSE into it.

It is at this point that the people who separate mental power
from personal action fail. 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 since it is the nature of things that every
success opens the way to other successes, your progress toward
what you want and the progress of what you want toward you,
will become increasingly rapid.

Remember that successful action is cumulative in its results.
Since the desire for more life is inherent in all things, when a
person begins to move toward larger life, more things attach
themselves to him, and the influence of his desire is multiplied.

Do, every day, all that you can do that day, and do each act in
an efficient manner.

In saying that you must hold your vision while you are doing
each act, however trivial or commonplace, 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 your leisure hours to use
your imagination on the details of your vision and to contemplate
them until they are firmly fixed upon memory.

If you wish speedy results, spend practically all your spare
time in this practice.

By continuous contemplation you will get the picture of what
you want – even to the smallest details – so firmly fixed upon
your mind and so completely transferred to the mind of form-
less substance, that in your working hours you need only to
mentally refer to the picture to stimulate your faith and pur-
pose and cause your best effort to be put forth.

Contemplate your picture in your leisure hours until your con-
sciousness is so full of it that you can grasp it instantly. You will
become so enthused with its bright promises that the mere thought
of it will call forth the strongest energies of your whole being.

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

A person can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his
thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about
to be created.

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

No society could
advance if everyone was
smaller than his place.

You cannot foresee the
results of even the most
trivial act.

You are not to
overwork …

Every act can be made
strong and efficient by
holding your vision while
you are doing it and
putting the whole power
of your FAITH and
PURPOSE into it.

Remember that
successful action is
cumulative in its


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