“You become what you think about.”
― Earl Nightingale
Take a look around you right now. What do you see? A couch, a chair, walls, furniture, lights, windows?
Everything you see was once nothing more than a thought. Someone had to conceive of the couch your sitting on before the plans were made, the materials were gathered and the work was done to make it and ship it to the store where you purchased it. Someone had to dream up the house you’re living in before it was built. I had to think of every word in this post in order to write it so you could be reading it right now.
Everything that gets done in this world begins as a thought. From the first automobile to manned spaceflight to the Internet to cancer treatments to magnificent symphonies and works of art, everything had its origins in a thought. I find that incredible.
The same holds through for who you are. Everything you do and everything you are begins as one of your thoughts.
A man is what he thinks about all day long.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
You become what you think about themost. Or, you become what you think about all day long. You create what you think about all day long. You develop solutions and ideas for what you think about all day long.
What you think about leads you to who you are, who you will become, what you do and what you will do.
That sounds fantastic and unbelievable, doesn’t it? Test it to see if it makes sense to you. What have you ever done that didn’t begin with a thought? When have you ever made changes in your life that didn’t begin with a thought?
Ninety percent of our thoughts are automatic. We don’t even realize we’re thinking them. That’s our biggest problem with making changes. We have to change our thoughts before we can change our behavior. If we keep thinking the same things we will keep doing the same things. Is it any wonder we’re not getting any closer to our goals?
So, what are you thinking about all day long?
Whatever you focus on, you will tend to get more of it. Your conscious and subconscious minds will get the message that this is important to you. They will work all day and all night to help you with whatever it is you are thinking about. Isn’t that amazing?
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism
Your subconscious mind doesn’t care if you’re thinking negative or positive thoughts. Since you’re focussing on it you must want more of it, right? That’s the way your brain works.
Earl Nightingale, in his seminal work The Strangest Secret Ever Told, relates it to how a farmer and his field works. Whether he plants corn or poison ivy in his field, the field doesn’t care. It will grow one just as well as the other. The field doesn’t judge what you’re planting. If you plant poison ivy, the field doesn’t listen to the farmer say, “No I don’t want poison ivy, I want corn.” All the field knows is, the farmer planted poison ivy, so that is what the farmer is going to get.
What are you planting in your mind every day?
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
― Albert Einstein
When you spend purposeful, planned, time thinking every day about what you want, you will see your ideas, creativity and success grow exponentially.
There is ample time to think throughout the day no matter how busy we get.
Stimulate your conscious and unconscious minds to focus on what you want by reading your goals every monrning, noon and night. Let your mind dwell on them when you’re doing repetitive, low thought tasks like driving to work with the radio off, walking, running, gardening, showering, etc.
When thoughts come to you, write them down right away. If you’re driving, use your smart phone to record. (Please keep your eyes on the road and use the voice commands.)
You can also set aside 15 minutes a day to meditate and pray and then let your mind focus on what you want.
You will be amazed at the ideas that “come out of nowhere” while your shampooing your hair, or making it up that final climb on your jog, or when your 20 minutes into your evening commute.The human mind is an amazing thing. Why not learn how to use it and point it in the right direction to help you get what you want?