Exposing your negatives
How best to protect yourself against negative influences? First and foremost recognise that you are susceptible and by nature lazy and influenced by your own weaknesses. This is where the following self-analysis is designed to help you seek out positive influences, situations and people who can encourage you to be yourself.
You often complain about feeling bad, if so, what is the cause?
Do you find fault with people at the slightest provocation?
Do you frequently make mistakes at work and if so why?
Are you sarcastic and offensive in your conversations?
Do you deliberately avoid anyone, if so, why?
Do you frequently suffer from indigestion? If so, what is the cause?
Does life seem futile and the future hopeless, why?
Do you like your occupation, why?
Do you often feel self-pity, why?
Are you envious of those who do better than you, why?
To which do you devote the most time, thinking of success, or thinking of what can go wrong?
Are you gaining or losing self-confidence as you grow older?
Do you learn something of value from all of your mistakes?
Are you moody, if so, why?
Who has the most inspiring influence on you? What is the reason?
Do you tolerate negative or discouraging influences which you can avoid?
Are you careless with your personal appearance? When and why?
Have you learnt how to drown your troubles by being too busy to be annoyed by them?
Would you call yourself a spineless weakling, if you permitted others to do your thinking for you?
How many preventable disturbances do you put up with and why do you tolerate them?
Do you resort to alcohol, narcotics or cigarettes to quieten your nerves?
Does anyone nag you, if so, for what reason?
Do you have a definite major purpose in life, what is it? What plan do you have for achieving it?
Have you a method by which you can shield yourself against the negative influences of others?
Do you make deliberate use of self-suggestion to make your mind positive?
Which do you value the most, your material possessions or the power to control your own thoughts?
Are you easily influenced by others, against your own judgement?
Has today added anything to your stock of knowledge or state of mind?
Do you face squarely the circumstances which make you unhappy, or do you sidestep the responsibility?
Do you analyse all mistakes and failures and try to profit by them or do you take the attitude that this is not your duty?
Can you name three of your most damaging weaknesses?
What are you doing to correct them?
Do you encourage other people to bring their worries to you for sympathy?
Do you choose from your daily experiences which are beneficial for your personal advancement?
Does your presence have a negative influence on people as a rule?
What habits of other people annoy you most?
Do you make decisions formed from your own opinions or permit yourself to be unduly influenced by other people?
Have you learned to create a mental state of mind with which you can shield yourself against all discouraging influences?
Does your occupation inspire you with faith and hope?
Are you conscious of possessing spiritual forces of sufficient power to enable you to keep your mind free from all forms of fear?
Does your religion help to keep your mind positive?
Do you feel it your duty to share other people’s worries? Why?
What have you learned about yourself by studying the friends whom you attract?
What connection, if any, do you see between the people with whom you associate most closely; and any unhappiness you may experience?
Is it possible that a person you consider to be a friend is in reality your worst enemy because of his negative attitude on your mind?
By what rules do you judge who is helpful and who is damaging to you?
Are your intimate associates mentally superior or inferior to you?
How much time in every 24hours do you devote to your occupation, sleep, play, relaxation, acquiring useful information and just plain waste?
What is your greatest worry? Why do you tolerate it?
When others offer you free unsolicited advice, do you accept it without question or analyse their motive?
What above all else do you most desire? Do you intend to acquire it? Are you willing to subordinate all other desires for this one? How much time daily do you devote to acquiring it?
Do you change your mind often? Why?
Do you usually finish everything that you begin?
Are you easily impressed by other people’s business or professional titles?
Are you easily impressed by what other people think or say about you?
Do you cater to people because of their social or financial status?
Who do you believe to be the greatest person living? In what respect is this person superior to you?
Mind control is the result of self-discipline. You either control your mind or it runs wildly rampant or out of control. Keep busy with a definite purpose and back it up with a definite plan. No control, no success.