ABRAHAM LINCOLN: “When I was young, I read a book that most people read in my day, but few read today—Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan. It’s a classic that tells the story of a lonely, resolute traveler who struggled with temptation, overcame despondency, and reached his goal. Pilgrim’s Progress became a metaphor for my life.
Great religious leaders have long taught that if you truly want something, you should act as if the object of your desire is already on its way to you. For example, if your goal is to become a lawyer, visualize yourself as a lawyer, and you will be well on your way to achieving that dream. Seeing it happen is the way to make it happen.
During the War, I wrote a personal letter to a college student who was a friend of my son Robert. His grades were bad, he was discouraged, and he was considering dropping out of college. In that letter I said, ‘You cannot fail if you resolutely determine that you will not.’
This principle may sound too mystical for you, and some of the things that happen to you after you will something into existence may seem uncanny. But I assure you that this principle has practical, down-to-earth applications.”