Do you have good thinking habits?

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Do you have good thinking habits? Are your thoughts chaotic and all over the place? Or are your thoughts orderly and organized?

Last week, I started a series based on the 11 Forgotten Laws course. In that post, we looked at the first lesson from the course and discussed how we have the ability to control our destiny.


The 11 Forgotten Laws course is based on the book Working With the Law by Raymond Holliwell. If you are thinking of doing the course, I would get a copy of this book. (I believe they will provide you with a copy as one of the bonuses, but you can also get the book from Amazon.com.) I just started reading the book today, and the course follows the book closely, yet has enough divergent material, that I think reading the book as you go through the course would be an excellent idea.  In fact, I’ll probably be mentioning stuff from both as we continue forward.

Getting back to what we’re talking about today, the second lesson in the course deals with what Holliwell calls the Law of Orderly Thinking. While reading this chapter in Holliwell’s book and listening to Bob Proctor and Mary Morrissey discuss the lesson, I couldn’t help but realize that I really needed this lesson. In some ways, I was already applying this lesson, but the lesson also brought to light some areas I need work on.

The key point to this lesson is to understand the results we get in our lives come from the thoughts that we think. The universe is filled with dualities where one end of is the opposite of the other. Light vs Dark. Hot vs. Cold. Sick vs. Healthy. These are some that many people see and experience. But did you realize that poverty was the opposite of prosperity?  When we focus on one end, we tend to move toward that end. But if we focus on the other end, then we move in that direction instead. So if you are thinking about being sick, having no money, and all the problems you have, then you tend to move toward sickness, poverty, and problems. By shifting your focus to what you do want — health, wealth, and solutions — then you start moving in that direction.

We need to keep in mind, also, that our thoughts lead to our actions. Holliwell tells the story of a woman who wanted to sell her house, but the things she was doing weren’t directed toward that end. As I read that story, I remembered back to my period in Procrastination Station. I realized that I was doing the same thing this woman was doing. I was letting the things in life run me rather than me running the things in my life.

If you want to climb a mountain, you don’t sit at the base and pray to be at the top. You have to put one foot in front of the other and find a path. Sometimes, you’ll find a new path that might be better and faster. You may fall down or have to back track. At times, you may even have to stop to reast. But by keeping your eyes on the top and continuing to take action, you eventually get there.


In order to reach your goals in life, you must do the same thing. I had already begun doing this about two or three weeks before I started going through this course. And as I have studied these materials, I have realized that they are very true. As I keep taking consistent action, I see myself moving towards my goals. Although I have not seen the full explosion I would like to see on my site, I have seen increases in my site. Since I mentioned the 1% strategy, I have been trying to implement that, and I’ve already seen at least a 1% increase in my traffic to this site. Even in my off-line job, I have been seeing some increases in my experiences through applying what I have learned through this course and through reading Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker (one of the interviews in Amazing Self).

I like what Bob Proctor said he learned from Earl Nightengale. “I didn’t learn time management. No one can manage time. I merely learned to manage activities.” This is so true! We don’t need to learn to manage time, just the activities that we do.

“To do” lists are a great way to start organizing your thinking, but only if you do it properly. You DON’T want to just throw on the “urgent” tasks that come to mind. Yes, some of these do need to be on there. But you MUST make sure that you include things that will move you toward your goals. For example, writing a post is one thing that will move me toward my goals, so it’s on my list. I also make plans to visit a set number of other blogs and participate a certain number of times in forums each week to help me reach my goals. As I have been implementing this, I am seeing results.

I have found that, at least for me, doing a “weekly” to do list helps me keep these important steps in mind and help me reach my monthly goals. Then, with those weekly goals in mind, I can decide each day what I need to do that day to reach my goals. I have found it very freeing in allowing me to determine when to do what.

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As you begin to make your thoughts more orderly, you will find yourself reaching more of the goals you want to reach. When thinking about these goals, keep in mind that you want to focus on what you DO want. It’s true what Napoleon Hill said: “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can acheive.” Good luck to you as you build your success, one block at a time as you begin to order your thoughts.

Do you have good thinking habits? Have you had any experiences where you found organized thinking helping you reach your goals? What experiences have you had with chaotic thinking? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • candice michelle April 18, 2012, 4:29 am

    After we have learned to hear your automatic self thoughts, and identify them along with your thinking styles you can begin to adopt a new way of thinking.
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  • Grady Pruitt April 18, 2012, 11:41 am

    Candice, I agree you need to listen for those “automatic” thoughts, because those can sometimes be the most destructive to your efforts or the motivated force. If we’re focused on the wrong things, we certainly won’t reach our goals.

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  • candice michelle April 19, 2012, 6:17 am

    Otherwise, it can be so deeply ingrained that we fail to notice our constant application of it in our daily life.
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  • Grady Pruitt April 19, 2012, 12:29 pm

    That is so true! :D

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  • Debbie@happymaker April 18, 2012, 8:59 am

    Hi Grady,

    This is very true, “It’s true what Napoleon Hill said: “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can acheive.”

    Our thoughts start and end with what we can accomplish. Having our thought organized makes a big difference.

    You can say to yourself one minute, “What the heck do I think I am doing.” And the next minute say, “Wow I can do this.”

    Having a positive attitude and seeing the end result will make your dreams come true.
    i’ll have to check out the 11 Forgotten Laws by Raymond Holliwell. We can always learn more. After all isn’t that what life is about, Learning!
    Thank you Grady for sharing.
    Blessings always,
    Debbie
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  • Grady Pruitt April 18, 2012, 11:37 am

    Actually, Debbie, 11 Forgotten Laws is by Bob Proctor and Mary Morrissey, but it’s based on Raymond Holliwell’s Working the Law.

    I understand what you’re saying. I’ve even felt that. In doing NaNoWriMo, there’s always a point (especially when you’re far behind) when you KNOW you can do it. The trick is getting to that point. But once you get there, it drives you the rest of the way to the finish!

    Thanks for your comments!

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  • Adrienne April 18, 2012, 2:08 pm

    I’m a work in progress Grady.. I put this into action every single day.

    I read about these laws some time back and have been consciously aware of my thinking. I’ve seen a lot of progress in some areas, not so much in others. I always like to tell people that I’m a work in progress.

    If I didn’t have so much going on right now I’d take that course. I can always improve in this area that’s for sure.
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  • Grady Pruitt April 18, 2012, 11:08 pm

    I understand about being busy. I’ve been listening to them in my car on the way to where I work (when I’m not online). Of course, I have a bit of a drive, so I can listen to an entire lesson at least once on a single round trip. The first week I got it, I listened to the whole course through once, but over the next few weeks, I’m spending a week with each lesson.

    The interesting thing is, though I’m just learning some of these concepts, I can see the threads of them through just about every self help book, bible story, and biography I’ve ever read as well as in my own life and in the lives of those around me.

    I know I’m a work in progress myself. I know I have a long road ahead of me. But if I stay on course, I will start achieving the goals that will move my life forward.

    Thanks for sharing, Adrienne!

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