Just reflect on yourself for a moment. You will realize that you have become what you thought about. From the beginning of your life as you may remember it, you may have decided to play a sport or start a hobby and you focused on those activities and developed them for yourself. A little later you may have decided on a career for yourself and then you focused on selecting and doing those college courses and activities which would help you in attaining your goals etc. What does this tell us ? It is really simple. We always become what we think about. Not only that, the most important aspect is that we can create the life we want if we direct our thoughts in the right direction.
POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
“You become what you think about all day long” is how Ralph Waldo Emerson expressed it. Thinking positive thoughts about what you can do and the success you can achieve will all lead to positive outcomes. On the other hand, thinking negative thoughts can lead to stress and anxiety and also result in low self-esteem. Remember, our thoughts, actions and behaviours are all interconnected and our thoughts are governed by what we feel, think and act upon. What we expect to happen can often turn out to be true.
For example, if at the beginning you start a new task thinking that you will not succeed and it will be messed up, the chances are high that you will be unsuccessful. Why does that happen ? Because you may not put in the required effort to be successful or if others sense your lack of confidence they may not provide the support you need.
On the other hand, if you are positive and drawn to and focus on positive aspects and success then you have confidence in yourself, are optimistic and this results in your putting in hard work which breeds success. Your confidence and enthusiasm will motivate others to pitch in and help, resulting in success all around.
Ultimately, what does it all come down to. People who are positive and optimistic breed success, are happier, enjoy better health and achieve greater success in life compared to those people who think negatively. The key factors which distinguish between the two is their thought process and how they look at and interpret the happenings in their life.
IMPROVE YOUR LIFE
Life is a continuous journey from childhood to becoming a teen, adult and so on. We develop a tendency to follow the picture we have formed in our minds based on our backgrounds, our ambitions and also our dreams which may be fostered by our parents, siblings, even our neighbourhood and that part of the world from where we come.
However we should remember that there are lots of choices available to us and it is up to us to weigh the pros and cons and make a decision. But in order to be successful we need to accept challenges and weigh the various possibilities available to us. Whatever we think about and also the ideas which come to our subconscious mind will one day become a reality if we focus on them and nurture them. Do not be afraid to try new things or make changes if things are not working out. Most important do not be afraid to fail. As Henry Ford put it “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”
Most of the highly successful companies reward those employees who come up with new ideas or have the courage to try out new things. Some may fail but even so, the ideas which fail initially may often turn out to be extremely successful and profitable for the company. So be ready to think out of the box, come up with new ideas and be ready to try them out.
How can we develop the capability to energize ourselves? It all begins with our mind and our ability to influence our thoughts to move in the right direction. We can begin by imagining our life the way we want it to be. Create a picture in your mind about what you want to achieve and focus on it. Think about that picture, refine it, believe in it, and use it to motivate yourself.
Develop your confidence by defining steps to achieve your goal and start taking small steps towards achieving it. Obstacles may arise, difficulties occur but do not let these come in your way and stop you from moving forward. Be determined and strong enough to hold on to your picture, your dreams and eventually you will find that you will become successful and achieve your vision.
Remember “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”—Christopher Reeve.