This section is from the book "Applications of Psychology to the Problems of Personal and Business Efficiency", by Warren Hilton. Also available from Amazon: Psychology and Achievement - Applied Psychology 12 Volume Set.
BEFORE taking up the exercises that tell you what to do, read again these twelve fundamental laws for Success-Achievement. They are a twelve-runged ladder of attainment.
I. All human achievement comes about through some form of bodily activity.
II. All bodily activity is caused, controlled and directed by the mind.
III. The mind is therefore the instrument that we must employ in the accomplishment of any purpose.
IV. You have but one mind, but it is a mind with phases of consciousness and phases of subconsciousness.
V. Your consciousness is made up in part of present sensory experiences and in part of complexes drawn from subconsciousness.
VI. Your subconsciousness is a reservoir of classified complexes, made up of ideas, emotions and motor impulses.
VII. The presence of any idea in your consciousness tends simultaneously to produce an associated "feeling" and to impel you to certain appropriate muscular activities.
VIII. The attention determines what ideas, emotions and motor impulses shall be active in consciousness.
IX. Concentrate the attention, and you automatically control all bodily activities.
X. A state of reverie and the half-waking transitional stage that precedes sleep are therefore admirable times to practice or induce concentration.
XI. A whispered phrase addressed to one in a state of concentration of attention will induce him to act as you desire.
XII. There are two ways by which you may arrange a content of consciousness in conformity with your ideals: (a) One way is by Affirmation in a half-waking state; (b) The other, by Visualization in a half-waking state.