The Law which Fixes all Habits
by Napoleon Hill
The purpose of the philosophy of individual achievement presented in this PMA Science of Success course is to enable you to develop and establish habits that lead to peace of mind, health and financial security, all of which are necessary for happiness. This lesson will explain the law by which you acquire habits, and how you can adapt yourself to this law with greatest benefit.
It will show you how you can set up the pattern of any habit you desire by applying the principles of this philosophy. And it will explain how cosmic habitforce takes over a habit you form and causes you to act upon this habit automatically.
Cosmic habitforce pertains to the entire universe, and is the law by which the equilibrium of the universe is maintained through established patterns, or habits. It is the law which forces every living creature, and every particle of matter, to come under the dominating influence of its environment, including the physical habits and thought habits of mankind.
SOME HABITS FIXED BY COSMIC HABITFORCE
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork” sang David, the inspired psalmist. And indeed the heavens are one of the most obvious and most awesome testimonies to the presence and power of this law of cosmic habitforce.
The stars and planets operate with clocklike precision. They never collide, never get off their appointed course, but roll on eternally, as the result of a preconceived plan. Infinite Intelligence is behind that plan. If anyone doubts the existence of Infinite Intelligence, that person need only study the stars and planets, and the precision with which they are related to one another, to become convinced of Its existence.
Another outstanding marvel of creation is the human mind, which is capable of projecting itself into the heavens and predicting astronomical occurrences to the moment, many years in advance of the actual event.
Back of this there must be order. Nature and the universe are organized and ordered. This order, or reliability, of nature simplifies life. It is not necessary to understand all of the laws and order of the universe to make them effective in our lives. They operate whether or not they are known or understood.
But where there is order, there is predictable action and reaction. This is what we term cosmic habitforce. You can find the fundamental principles by which you can relate yourself favorably to the forces of the universe in these lessons. The same law which holds our earth in its orbit and relates it to all other planets in their orbits, both in time and space, relates human beings to one another in exact conformity with the nature of their own thoughts.
Time, space, energy, matter and intelligence are nature’s building blocks with which she creates all things.
Another striking illustration of cosmic habitforce is found in the seasons of the year. We know without doubt that we are going to have spring, summer, fall and winter in that order. They do not always occur in the same intensity, but they do come and go, year in and year out because the law of cosmic habitforce is arranging and controlling them.
This law operates in the reproduction and growth of everything that springs from the soil of the earth, causing each seed to reproduce precisely its own kind without variation, unless changed by outside forces. An oak tree grows from an acorn, and a pine tree grows from a pine nut. An acorn never produces a pine tree, nor does a pine nut produce an oak tree. Nothing is ever produced which does not bear many, or all, of the characteristics of its ancestors.
There is nothing that is not controlled by this universal law. Even the electrons and protons of matter maintain a fixed relation to one another and to matter as a whole by a law whose mysteries are gradually being unfolded and understood. All chemical actions and reactions of matter are based firmly upon and fixed by habits through the law of cosmic habitforce.
Just as the natural forces of the universe are fixed and controlled by cosmic habitforce, so also the thought habits of individuals are automatically fixed and made permanent by cosmic habitforce, no matter whether these thought habits are positive or negative.
The same force which maintains precise balance between the actions and reactions of matter, and time and space relationships of the elements of creation, also builds men’s thought habits with varying degrees of permanency.
Negative thought habits attract to their creator physical manifestations corresponding to their nature as perfectly and as inevitably as nature germinates the acorn and develops it into an oak tree. Through the operation of this very same law, positive thoughts reach out into the vast ocean of potential power surrounding us and attract the physical counterparts of their nature.
Cosmic habitforce controls all human relationships and determines whether an individual will be a success or a failure in his life work. For nature uses this law as a medium by which every living thing is forced to take on and become a part of the environment in which it lives and moves daily.
All of us are ruled by habits. They are accepted by us because of repeated thoughts and experiences. Therefore, we can control our earthly destiny to the extent that we control our thoughts. As we have seen, our thought habits, our mental attitude, are the one and only things over which each individual has the right of complete control.
You create patterns of thought by repeating certain ideas, or behavior, and the law of cosmic habitforce takes over those patterns and makes them more or less permanent (depending upon the intensity with which they are repeated or practiced) unless or until you consciously rearrange them.
Man is the only living creature equipped with the power of choice through which he may establish his own thought and behavior patterns, or habits, or break them and rearrange them at will.
But while the Creator has given man the privilege of controlling his thoughts, He has also subjected man to the law of cosmic habitforce through which his thought habits must invariably clothe themselves in their physical likeness and equivalent. Cosmic habitforce does not dictate what thoughts a man must express, but it takes over whatever he does think and do, and sees to it that man’s thoughts and actions go on to fulfill the measure of their creation.
It is very evident that this great law of nature does not make something of nothing. Cosmic habitforce works in harmony with all other laws of nature, such as those of motion, gravity, electricity, magnetism, universal gravitation and the like. But it is greater than all or any of these because it is the very power under which they all operate.
The orderliness of the world gives evidence that all natural laws are under the control of a universal plan.
How does cosmic habitforce convert a positive emotion or desire created in the mind of man into its physical equivalent? It intensifies that emotion or desire until it induces the state of mind known as faith. In this state the mind becomes receptive to the inflow of Infinite Intelligence from whence are derived perfect plans to be followed by the individual for the attainment of his desired objective. These plans are always carried out by natural means.
Cosmic habitforce does not directly transmute desires for money into the coin of the realm, but it does activate the imagination to reveal to the individual a way to make the conversion through accepted procedure. This force works no miracles, makes no attempt to create something out of nothing. It helps, or rather – compels, the creator of a strong desire to carry his thoughts to completion through all possible and available natural media.
Often a person is awed by what appears to be coincidental combinations of favorable circumstances as he carries out his plans, but these strange and unexplained things happen in a perfectly natural way. Cosmic habitforce imparts a peculiar quality to your thought habits which gives you power to surmount all difficulties, remove all obstacles, overcome all resistances. Just what this power is, is a secret as profound as the secret which causes a seed of wheat to germinate, grow and reproduce itself, handing back to the farmer a hundredfold measure for his intelligent effort. You do not need to know how it works to follow the simple rules given to you for utilizing it in your affairs of life.
First you get a habit; then it gets you.
A violin is an excellent example of the power of habit. The wood in a violin takes on something of the quality of the tones which it produces. That is why an old instrument which has been played by a real artist is more valuable than a brand new one, for the wood in it has been impressed with beautiful tones and will give a sympathetic response to those same tones when they are recreated, thus lending a more desirable quality to the music played.
If you live some distance from your work and make it a habit to drive to and from your office or place of employment, you know that you have established the habit of covering the same route every day. You probably aren’t even aware that you do this unless you have had the experience of trying to remember to go home a different way some night in order to pick up a friend, or buy something from a store that is out of your way. You know that if anybody is with you, or if you are preoccupied with your thoughts, you will invariably take the usual route home and forget to make the tum for the special errand.
One bad habit often spoils a dozen good ones.
We can liken the brain of man to a great river which is peculiar in the respect that it has a division down the middle. The river is constantly flowing, but one side flows in one direction, carrying everyone who idly drifts into it to certain disappointment and failure. The other half flows in the opposite direction, carrying onward to success and power everyone who deliberately wades into it.
The river is the brain. The flowing force is the power of thought. The failure side of the stream is negative thought; the success side is positive thought.
There is one disturbing quality of this law of cosmic habitforce: it never leaves you room for alibis to explain your failures. You will never again be able truthfully to say that life never gave you an opportunity. You will know definitely that so long as you have the right to form and express your own thoughts, you have the potential power with which to change the circumstances of your life to what you would like them to be.
If your life is not what you want it to be, you will realize that you have drifted into your present condition because you have let the power of cosmic habitforce carry you into the failure side of the river of thought. But you will know with equal surety that you don’t have to stay there! For you will have learned how definiteness of purpose, backed by the irresistible power of this great law, and enforced by self-discipline and personal initiative, and given time, can sweep you into the positive side of the stream and on to the circumstances you desire.
Source: PMA: The Science of Success by Napoleon Hill.