The Greatest Salesman in the World

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And how will I master my emotions so that everyday is a happy day, and a productive one? I will learn this secret of the ages: Weak is he who he permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts. Each day, when I awake, I will follow this plan of battle before I am captured by the forces of sadness, self-pity and failure.

If I feel depressed, I will sing.
If I feel sad, I will laugh.
If I feel ill, I will double my labor.
If I feel fear, I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior, I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain, I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty, I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent, I will remember past success.
If I feel insignificant, I will remember my goals.

Today I will be master of my emotions.

If I become overconfident, I will recall my failure.
If I overindulge, I will thing of past hungers.
If I feel complacency, I will remember my competition.
If I enjoy moments of greatness, I will remember my competition.
If I feel all-powerful, I will try to stop the wind.
If I attain great wealth, I will remember one unfed mouth.
If I become overly proud, I will remember a moment of weakness.
If I feel my skill is unmatched, I will look at the stars.

Today I will be master of my emotions.

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From the book "The Greatest Salesman in the World" by Og Mandino