You are the making of yourself by virtue of the thoughts you choose and encourage. As a man thinketh in his heart so he is. As a plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them. Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits. Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get, but what he justly earns. The circumstances which a man encounters with suffering are the result of his own mental inharmony. A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer, of the man with his surroundings. Man has but to right himself to find that the universe is right, and during the process of putting himself right, he will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter toward him. When a man makes his thoughts pure, he no longer desires impure food. They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pitying, all of which lead to failure, unhappiness, and loss. Having conceived of his purpose, a man should mentally mark out a straight pathway to its achievement, looking neither to the right nor to the left. Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplish anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition. Before a man can achieve anything, even in worldly things, he must lift his thoughts above slavish animal indulgence. Victories attained by right thought can only be maintained by watchfulness. He who would achieve much must sacrifice much. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. You will always gravitate toward that which you secretly most love. The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthroned in your heart—this you will build your life by, this you will become.