“Until thought it linked with purpose, there is no intelligent accomplishment. With the majority, the ship of thought is allowed to ‘drift’ upon the ocean of life. Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for those who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction.
They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pitying, all of which are indications of weakness, which lead just as surely as deliberately planned sins to failure, unhappiness, and loss…
We should conceive of a legitimate purpose in our hearts and set out to accomplish it. We should make this purpose the centralizing point of our thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal or it may be a worldly object, according to our nature at the time. But whichever it is, we should steadily focus our thought forces upon the object, which we have set before us. We should make this purpose our supreme duty and should devote ourselves to its attainment, not allowing our thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. Even if we fail again and again to accomplish our purpose, the strength of character gained will be the measure of our true success, and this will for a new starting point for future power and triumph.
Those who are unprepared for the comprehension of a great purpose should fix their thoughts upon the faultless performance of their duty, no matter how insignificant their task may appear. Only in this way can the thoughts be gathered and focused and the resolution and energy be developed, through which there is nothing that may not be accomplished.”
- James Allen, “As a Man Thinketh“
Without a consuming purpose, it really does feel like it’s easier to fall into worry and anxiousness about seemingly petty concerns. The question is: What should our consuming purpose be? Or maybe: How can you make what you feel should be your consuming purpose (i.e. love of others, etc.) your actual consuming purpose?
Consciously reject all thoughts that don’t lead towards the realization of it? Difficult task…