“Thinking is hard work, which is probably why so few people engage in it.” ~ Henry Ford
When I say “thinking.,” I am not talking about reviewing what you have already stored in your brain. I am talking about allowing your mind to search for information that you do not currently have in your store house. Edison remarked that many of his thoughts came from outside himself.
As they slogan says, “The mind is a terrible thing to waste.” If Edison had it right, then most minds are being wasted. I believe he may have been generous in his calculations. Most of the time I am focused on what I already know. I have to work to think through that and determine how much of it is really true. Oh, it may have been true at one time, but is it still true?
The reason thinking is so hard is that true thinking requires us to examine our beliefs. Where did those beliefs come from? Are they legitimate?
You see your beliefs determine your feelings, those feelings lead to your actions, and those actions will always produce results. It is those results that create the life you are now living. So, how is that working out for you?
Buy into what I just said and you will realize that you are the one producing that life. OK, that assumes you are no longer a small child and that your parents are making all your decisions.
Your beliefs about yourself is what forms your self-image, and your self-image is what drives your actions. Who do you think you are? I have come to believe that the primary difference between people who love life and are successful in life, are people who have a positive self-image. I am not talking about egotism. I am talking about being comfortable in your own skin.
I am amazed at how many people go to extraordinary lengths to change themselves on the outside, yet invest very little effort or resources to change themselves on the inside. Unless you change the root (your thinking), you will not be able to sustain different results.
This is why lottery winners usually end up broke, or worse. It is why many people who have plastic surgery still see themselves as ugly, fat, unappealing, etc. I’ve know people who where slim, but thought they were fat; attractive, but thought they were ugly; intelligent, but thought they were dumb. Your results will always return to fit with your beliefs about you.
Do you have a positive image, or a negative image?
As Ethel Waters said, “God don’t make no junk.”
Do you believe you are person of worth and great potential, or do you believe you are “junk?”
Great news! You can choose today change your thinking, create a new self-image, and begin producing different results.
Think about it. Your life depends on it.