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Title: Poise: How to Attain It
Author: D. Starke
Release Date: October 26, 2004 [eBook #13877]
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Mental Efficiency Series
POISE: HOW TO ATTAIN IT
"POISE IS A POWER DERIVED FROM THE MASTERY OF SELF"
All efforts directed toward the correcting of temperamental or mental blemishes or defects and nervous
conditions are of benefit to humanity. In producing this book the Author's purpose was to help mankind to
overcome these weaknesses, which are a serious impediment to mental development, and hinder personal
advancement and general progress. The aim of the Publishers in issuing this translation is to put into the hands
of those who wish to overcome their failings, become masters of themselves, and command the attention and
respect of others, a work that has been thoroughly tested abroad and one that will be found of exceptional
service in attaining the end in view\u2212\u2212the securing of a perfect balance.
This book is written in two parts. The first points to the need of Poise in daily life, indicates the obstacles to
be overcome, and discusses the effects of Poise on personal efficiency. The second instructs the reader how to
secure that evenness of temperament which is the chief characteristic of Poise. It includes, in addition, a series
of practical physical exercises to be used in acquiring Poise.
before him the maxim of the Author\u2212\u2212"Poise is a power derived from the Mastery of Self."
PART ONE POISE: ITS NEED, ITS ENEMIES, ITS EFFECT
I. The Need of Poise in Life II. The Enemies of Poise III. War on Timidity
PART TWO HOW TO ACQUIRE POISE
I. Modesty and Effrontery Contrasted II. Physical Exercises to Acquire Poise III. Four Series of Physical
serve as our motto nowadays, with this slight alteration: "Fortune smiles on those who are possest of poise."
At this point let us attempt an exact definition of poise.
It is a quality which enables us to judge of our own value, and which, in revealing to us the knowledge of the
Knowledge of one's own value.
Correctness of judgment.
Sincerity toward oneself.
The power of resisting the appeals of self\u2212love.
Contempt of adverse criticism.
Pride that is free from vanity.
A definite and clearly conceived ambition.
Will, as is well known, is the pivot of all our resolutions, whether the question for the moment be how to form
Without the will\u2212power which enables us to take a firm hold of ourselves and to get a grip upon our impressions, they will remain vague and nebulous without presenting to us characters of sufficient definiteness to enable us to direct them readily into the proper channels.
It is will\u2212power also which enables us to correct the faults which stand in the way of the acquiring of poise.
We are not now speaking of those idle fancies which are no more than manifestations of nervousness. We
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