We Become What We Think About

Poster_stay_the_course_2 This isn’t a new idea.  In fact, it’s been around for a long time.  But someone on the radio mentioned it today, and since I hadn’t thought about this in a long time, I thought it might be worth sharing.  We become what we think about.

Earl Nightingale wrote many years ago "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."  In other words, you wouldn’t have that idea if it weren’t possible.  Your subconscious mind, which is a very powerful tool, will naturally gravitate toward the things that you think about with your conscious mind.

Here’s an example.  Have you ever been shopping for a car?  You’ve narrowed the field to a particular make and model.  All of a sudden, it seems like about every third car on the road is the one you’re thinking of buying.  Funny, you’ve never noticed that before.  Has your particular car choice suddenly become the most popular one on America’s roads?  Probably not.

What’s happened is that since you’ve been thinking about the car, your subconscious starts alerting your conscious mind when a similar one approaches.

Now, let’s say that you want to be successful.  If you consciously focus on success, your subconscious will begin to alert you to opportunities.  If you consciously focus on the things that can go wrong, guess what?  That’s the direction  your subconscious will take you. 

There’s an entire industry that’s devoted to coffee cups, and hats, and shirts, and posters with positive motivational messages.  It may seem hoky, but they do actually work.  If you’re surrounded by success messages (or successful people) your subconscious will get the hint and start alerting you to things that will help you.  Of course, the opposite is also true.  It may be a little late, but if you’re still doing your spring cleaning, getting the negative messages out of your environment is a great idea.

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