“Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” Anonymous
“The man who sows wrong thoughts and deeds, and prays that God will bless him, is in the position of a farmer who, having sown tares, asks God to bring forth for him a harvest of wheat. That which ye sow, ye reap.”James Allen
The human mind is a great asset that has an endless amount of resources. Robert Kiyosaki said our minds are limitless, we are only limited by our doubts. You may not have known it yet, but the product of our minds control our lives.
Thoughts are the tokens that potentiate our words, actions, and ultimately the essence of our lives. Benjamin Disraeli, the first Earl of Beaconsfield and two times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said, “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.”
It will not be too much to stress it again that success in life does not come by luck or in an instantaneous manner. It is a product of conscious efforts that build over time and in many cases involves some details we fail to pay attention to. Our thought is a very important factor for success or failure. The quality of your thought determines the quality of your life
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”Marcus Aurelius
The Power of Thoughts
The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model in Psychology states that thoughts are products of events, feelings are products of thoughts and feelings lead to behavior that ultimately has consequences. To put it into clear points:
- what you see and hear will influence what you think about
- What you think about will create your feelings
- Your feelings propel your behavior
- Your behavior has obvious consequences
Conclusively, your thoughts lead to your behavior which has consequences. Remember that these consequences are ultimately the definitions of your life.
Let us take an event as an instance of this sequence. Let us assume I went for a job interview and the interviewer was not on my side, it was a bad day. That will generate different though patterns irrespective of the person. Possible thoughts could be: oh, I did not prepare well enough or I failed to package my CV well or that interviewer was just cruel, or it was just not my job, or I just have to learn to do better next time, or I am just not good enough. There will be myriad thoughts popping up asking for dominance in your mind. The one you give the chance to will consequently produce how you feel.
If the dominant thought from that interview example was that of never being good enough, it will create a feeling of failure and dejection. If on the other hand, the thought was that of waiting on the next chance to do better, then there will be a feeling of confidence and hunger to learn more. The behavior that will proceed from these feelings is quite simple. They all started from an event that is out of our control in many cases.
Slave to Thoughts?
Most of the events that lead to our thoughts are indeed beyond our control, but the thought we allow to dominate in our minds are never out of our control. It is at the thought level that we have the highest degree of influence out of the four steps of cognitive-behavioral therapy I mentioned earlier. There is almost an automatic process for thoughts to produce feelings and then behaviors.
You are not a helpless victim of your thoughts, but rather a master of your mind are the words of Louise Hay. That is as simple as it sounds, you are truly never a helpless victim of your thoughts; you can only decide to make yourself one by failing to be a master of your mind. You may not have noticed, but if left uncontrolled; your mind can keep spinning thoughts based on the events around you and you keep reacting based on those thoughts.
Becoming a master of your mind is very possible, it has been done by several persons. It takes a conscious effort to screen and choose what you want your mind to dwell upon. Remember the portals of entry for your mind are mainly external; what you see, hear, or read. You may not be able to control all, but you can surely take hold of your thoughts.
Keeping It Together
You can rule over your thoughts and be a master of your mind if you choose and learn to. It is good to learn that life does not offer anything for free, so you have to with discipline become the best of yourself. Discipline is the keyword in controlling your thoughts. You must be a porter of your mind, what you see, hear or read are the fuels for your thought.
But it is important to first decide who you want to be. This will guide you on the events that you should allow to influence your thoughts. Like every other self-development step, you have to be willing and dedicated to the process. To be a master of your mind, you must be ready to be conscious of your thoughts. You have to learn how to interrupt your thoughts, never leave your mind in auto cruise, your mind is well capable of AUTO CRUISE.
The ability to interrupt your thought will help you to consciously take hold of negative thoughts and replace or eliminate them when necessary. Regularly evaluate your feelings, then take a retrospective tour to find the thought that gave birth to it. You will also be able to recognize the events that trigger those thoughts. The bottom line here is being conscious and disciplined. It is always a gradual process, but you can become a master at it. Just take the golden initial steps of desire and commitment to the process.
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Watch out for my next post on “The lies and Truths behind our Thoughts.“