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You will achieve success in everything you do you when you apply this formula:
Will + Concentration + Intensity + Duration = Success
Let’s look at each of these elements more closely.
Will: Paramhansa Yogananda defined “will” as “desire plus energy directed toward a goal.” We can fantasize about a goal, or desire a certain outcome, but until we apply energy nothing will happen. Consider the very simple example of closing your fist. You must first want to do so, but until you send energy to the muscles, your fingers won’t close. It is will that produces that flow of energy. In fact, Yoganandaji gave us the rule, “The greater the will, the greater the flow of energy.”
Concentration: We must next concentrate the flow of energy if we are to produce worthwhile results. A perfect example is a laser, which so concentrates light that it can be beamed all the way to the moon, or used to cut through a thick metal plate.
Intensity: Intensity is similar to concentration, but also different. It involves not just focusing of a flow, but increasing the power behind it. A laser powered by a single battery will not work as well as one plugged into a high-voltage power source. An important skill to learn is to relax while still keeping the intensity high. Tension obstructs the flow in much the same way that impurities in a wire will inhibit the flow of electrons through it.
Duration: Finally we must hold the flow, focus, and the intensity on the goal for as long as it takes to accomplish our purpose. Big projects, especially, require a lot of endurance.
Most importantly, this is the formula for success in achieving our spiritual goals. Let’s take, for example, the common desire to purify the mind. The aspiration itself will start a flow of energy. A very good way to concentrate and strengthen the flow is to memorize and inwardly repeat Paramhansa Yogananda’s prayer demand:
“O Father, Thou art in my mind: I am clear and pure! O Father, Thou art my strength; Thou art my power—I am all Thy strength and power. I am whole!”
If you can focus entirely on these words, your mind will gradually become deeply concentrated. Then, intensify the flow with faith and devotion. Finally, you must hold your focus for a sufficient period of time for the thoughts to permeate your subconscious and superconscious minds.
When we are able truly to follow this formula, miracles can and will happen—I have seen it work many times in my own life. Try it for yourself!
In God’s flow, Nayaswami Jyotish