Inspirational Living: Life Lessons for Success & Happiness

The Greatest Power for Self-Development & Success

September 17, 2019

Listen to episode 406 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Greatest Power for Self-Development & Personal Growth. Edited and adapted from Success Through Thought Habit by Benjamin Johnson.

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Today’s reading has been edited and adapted from “Success Through Thought Habit” by Benjamin Johnson, published in 1908.

Habit, whether conscious or automatic, is one of the most tremendous forces of life. In fact, we can truthfully call it the tremendous force in life. It is habit that makes us dislike anything that takes us away from our familiar paths of thought or work, that makes us resist any change or suggestion of doing things a different way, that makes us fussy, fretful, and sarcastic, as well as kind, sympathetic and amenable to suggestions.

It makes us cowards or heroes, self-assertive or timid, self-reliant or helpless, failures or successes. Consequently, the great thing in all of our education is to adopt the suggestion given by William James to (quote) "make our nervous system our ally and not our enemy."

We should hand over to the custodian of the automatic department many of the details of our daily life — for it is important to start our daily duties in such a manner that they almost carry themselves along and leave the mind free to develop on other lines.