Character is not a thing of chance, but it is the result of continued effort. If you are timid, vacillating, self-conscious, or if you are over-anxious or harassed by thoughts of fear or impending danger, remember that is axiomatic that “two things cannot exist in the same place at the same time.”
Exactly the same thing is true in the mental and spiritual world; so that your remedy is plainly to substitute thoughts of courage, power, self-reliance and confidence, for those of fear, lack and limitation. ~ Charles Haanel
The statements above got me thinking about how most people think. Most people are programmed by the environment that they exist in. They are programmed by their parents, their friends, their teachers, their peers, their co-workers, their bosses, and the media. The list doesn’t end there to be sure.
Our parents, although well meaning, bombard us with words and phrases like, “NO”, “You can’t do that”, “It’s not possible”, and so on, and then along come the “friends”. Our friends tell us things like, “That’s stupid”, “That can’t be done”, “You can’t do that, and so on. Enter the teachers, “Oh, Bob, that’s impossible”, “Finish your education, and get a good job”, “You are not as smart as Sara”, and on and on. I can go on to peers, co-workers, bosses, and the media, but you get the idea.
For 20 – 60 years we are programmed by society to conform to the “norm”, and for what end result? To be like everyone else; is that really what we want? When we were kids, did we say, “When I grow up, I want to work in a cubicle for 45 years, and retire broke”? No, we wanted to be Superman, and save the world. I personally wanted to be a doctor, and save lives.
What ends up happening is that we mold ourselves into society, because we want to be accepted by the people that we know. We get hammered with all the negativity, and debauchery flowing from the media. All this, day after day, for years, and then what? We lose sight of our dreams, aspirations, and hope that we had as young children. Our light is eventually smothered, and we are left in a dim world, without the color of courage, power, self-reliance and confidence. Things we had as children; however, all is not lost.
The Law of Substitution states that we cannot think about two things at the same time. This is exactly what the statements by Haanel, which I started this post with, is saying to us. First, he says, “two things cannot exist in the same place at the same time”, and second he states, “your remedy is plainly to substitute courage, power, self-reliance and confidence”, then things we desire in our life, “for those of fear, lack, and limitation”, then things most of us are programmed with, and don’t want in our lives.
I know now that the law of substitution is true. Since starting the Master Key Master Mind Alliance course, I’ve learned about this law and have been using it with great success. Substitute the thoughts you want to entertain, for those that are harmful, and don’t you like fear, lack, and limitation. You have a choice, you can dwell in other people’s reality, or flourish using the law of substitution.