Om Mystic Will
The idea of self-help is a good one, and when it is actually you who is doing the helping, you can definitely improve your life. But I am talking about helping yourself in the old-fashioned way: when you acknowledge your weaknesses, recognize your mistakes, and then try to do something about them. This is the kind of help which requires self-awareness, self-discipline, self-reliance, and--most of all--daily effort. True, meaningful change only comes gradually. But if you are able to commit yourself to some kind of genuine discipline, you will definitely change your life for the better. Which brings me to Charles Godfrey Leland's all-but- forgotten treatise on The Mystic Will. He was a man of extraordinarily varied interests and apparently lived a full, happy, and successful life. All his books make for interesting reading, but none of them contain the life-changing secret to be found in The Mystic Will.