The Power Of The Made-Up Mind
In fact, as I point out in my book, there is nothing that is more powerful than a made-up mind! When you believe in yourself and you make up your mind to do something, there is nothing that can stop you. You are your most powerful when you truly put your mind to accomplishing a goal.
Knowing this, why would anyone ever settle for less than a made-up mind? You do not have to settle; instead, make a resolution now that you will control your thoughts and therefore succeed at the things you want to do. It is important to understand that you have control over your thoughts, so you control your result. Let that sink in for a moment: the results you experience are a direct result of your thoughts, and your thoughts are a direct result of your decisions. Therefore, your experiences are a result of your decisions. You are in control, so use that control!
James Allen may have said it best: “In your hands will be placed the exact results of your thoughts; you will receive that which you earn, no more, no less. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fail, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your wisdom, desire, as great as your dominant aspiration.” These are powerful words. You control your environment and your outcomes. You alone are responsible for what happens to you, good or bad. Your failure or success can all be traced back to your own actions, and those are a direct result of your thoughts.
Once you truly understand this, you can begin to manage your thoughts more effectively and gain the success that you want in everything that is important to you. When you begin to think you are failing, change your thoughts! Think about ways you can succeed, and you will begin to succeed. This powerful tool will serve you in every area of your life, from your relationships to your work to your education. No matter what you choose to do, when you make up your mind to succeed, you will!
Many Of Us Have Lost Our Ability To Dream.
The daily grind, disappointments and the realities of life intrude to the point that it may have been years since you sat down and just daydreamed about something you wanted. You must dream, however, if you want to make serious changes in your life.
There is a very simple reason for this. If you do not allow yourself to dream, you are closed to possibilities. That is what dreams are, after all: possibilities. In a dream, you can be or do anything you want. It is your brain’s way of showing you possible alternative futures for yourself. When you dream, you give yourself permission to explore those possibilities in a safe way. Dreams are not commitments; they are simply visual tours of the future as it would exist if you take a certain course of action.
Think about how you dreamed as a child. Did you tell yourself that your dreams were not realistic and could not happen? Did you argue with yourself that you were wasting time thinking about things that could not happen? No, of course not. As a child, you simple dreamed whatever it was you wanted and enjoyed yourself thinking about the possibilities for the future. When did you lose that ability? If you really want to change your life, you have to recover it and dream once again as you did as a child. As I say in my book, “The day you stop dreaming is the day you start dying.”
What is it that you really want? I do not mean what you have taught yourself to want; I mean the true dreams that you may have buried years ago in “can’t” and “shouldn’t” and “won’t.” What have you decided you cannot have? What have you left out of your life that could bring you satisfaction and happiness and might be yours if you were willing to do the work to achieve it? Whatever it is, resurrect it, dust it off and give it another look. Learn to dream again, and you will find that your life is changing in many positive ways!
Everyone Tells You To “Follow Your Dreams.”
What some fail to tell you, is that following your dreams may mean making some sacrifices. When you decide to pursue a dream, it will mean hard work and it may mean giving up some things that you currently like. When I decided to pursue my dreams of financial freedom, I found that my time was severely constrained in some cases. I had to give up free time and fun activities, but I could see the “big picture.” I knew that the sacrifices I made today would pay off tomorrow. One day, I would have the time and freedom that I lacked today.
Jim Rohn says, “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Even people who mean well and have the best intentions for us are not in charge of our lives. What someone else wants for us may not be what we want for ourselves. We must be in charge of our own destinies and take responsibility for our dreams. We cannot wait for someone else to do so.
While it is fun to dream, it is hard work to pursue those dreams. If you are going to go after a dream, you better have some stamina! Remember, it is a marathon and not a sprint. Another way to look at this is that we become what we do habitually. Even if we stumble from time to time, if we continue to move ahead at a steady pace, we reach our goals. That means that we have to change something that we are doing in order to have a different outcome. When pursuing our dreams, that means we have to make changes in the way we do things so that we are moving closer to our goals.
What are you doing to bring yourself closer to your dreams? What are you changing in your life that will allow you to achieve your goals? Are you putting in the hard work that is sometimes necessary to change your habits and reach the outcomes you have set for yourself?
You Never Know What Is Going To Happen.
What starts out as an ordinary day may be the beginning of a whole new phase of your life. You may bump into a stranger who turns out to be your soulmate, or you may be plunged into a whirlwind adventure that will leave you breathless! The problem with trying to connect the dots is that you can only do it in hindsight!
Steve Jobs says, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” When you learn that connecting the dots is impossible to do in advance, you learn to trust in other things to move you forward. You simply cannot foretell the future, and despite what you may hear, no one really can. Therefore, you must have something else to guide you, and that thing is called “faith.”
For some, faith means religion. However, faith is not just religious. Even those who are not religious are likely to have faith in something, whether it is themselves and their decision-making ability, the advice of a trusted friend or just the waves of the universe. In its purest form, faith simply means that you believe that things will work out as they were meant to.
When I met my husband, I was not expecting to be swept off my feet. In fact, I was not expecting to meet my soulmate at all! However, that is exactly what happened and it is exactly what was meant to happen. I was meant to meet the man that became my husband on that day. Who knows what your destiny has in store for you today? Instead of meeting unexpected events with disappointment or frustration, try taking a wondering approach. Was this the universe speaking to you? Are you mean to be exactly where you are right now for a reason?
Most Of Us Are Taught From An Early Age
To Control Our Words And Our Actions.
Not Many of us ever give much thought to controlling our thoughts. However, thoughts are the genesis of all words and actions, so it makes sense to start by controlling our thoughts. When we do that, our words and actions will follow.
My advice is to start thinking about what you want rather than what you do not want. When you focus on a positive rather than a negative, your mind begins to work toward solutions rather than problems and to come up with ways to approach a situation even when you are not aware of what is going on in your brain’s “basement.” Your mind works constantly and if you flood it with positive images, it will work toward those things rather than toward the status quo.
The Law of Attraction states that we attract things to us through our attitude and thoughts. When we put this Law to work for us, we embrace the idea that our thoughts control our outcomes. As Rhonda Byrne says in The Secret, “See the things you want as already yours.” In other words, what you think about, comes about!
You can put this powerful idea to work for you in your everyday life simply by changing the way you think about things. If you want to control positive outcomes, take control of your thoughts and make them positive. Visualize the final outcome you want: is it a healthier body? More money? A better relationship? Think about what that would look like. It may help to create a visual on which you can focus, such as a picture that represents your goal, but you can do this completely with your mind if you choose. Remember that when you control your thoughts, you control your actions, and your actions determine what will happen. Soon, as you focus on positive outcomes, you will find that good things are beginning to happen in your life. Ultimately, your positive viewpoint will rub off on reality and you will achieve the things you want!