Be Careful, Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

My thoughts on personal development are no secret. I believe in it, am inspired by it and aspire to live in its example on a daily basis. Some days, I hit it out of the park. Other days, not so much. It is certainly a work in progress.

A huge part of the personal development spectrum are the mental laws — another subject in which my thoughts are not kept secret. Some laugh them off, others deny their existence (because any other belief would mean admitting personal responsibility for their life) and there are others still who once believed but have become, for lack of a better word, lost.

To me, the mental laws are as real as the physical ones. You know, laws like gravity, energy, motion, etc. Like those laws, the mental laws are always in play… whether we are aware of them or not. How unfortunate for those who choose not to use them to their advantage!

There are few things that sadden me more than witnessing people in my life who are trapped in a reality created by their own thoughts. For one thing, there is just no good way to help them without immediately raising their defenses.

“I’m sorry, but your life sucks because you expect it to suck.” … not exactly a line to put on a greeting card.

Oh but I wish I could help them!! How I wish I could make them all see what I now see! So I help in the only way I know how… by writing things like this in hopes that even one person will read it and their life will change as a result.

I have been blessed with an amazing life; and while I by no means wish to claim the credit (that all goes to God), I believe He created a world in which we truly have much more control over our destiny than what most people think they have.

Life is meant to be lived and lived abundantly. To be happy, more days than we are not. To be fulfilled, to be laughed at, to be appreciated and loved. There are too many people out there content with mediocre living.

I have friends who have said to me, “I hate my job… but so does just about everyone else I know.” That statement really does make me want to send them a greeting card…. one that reads, “My sympathies for the loss of your dreams.”

It truly breaks my heart to see so many people who, just 4 or 5 years ago were so full of hope and expectations for their future… and are suddenly trapped in lives they hate. Lives they created for themselves, brick by brick, but are trapped in all the same.

Perhaps you are reading this and thinking “That isn’t me… I love my life!” — and I hope that is true!! This post is not meant to be about money, or careers or material things… this post is meant to be about happiness, and true happiness can only come from within yourself.

Happiness and fulfillment grow from the inside out — they must start from there and burn long and hot before any evidence of their flames can be seen from the outside.

Your thoughts will determine the direction of your life. You cannot allow your life to dictate the quality of your thoughts or you will only continue to receive more of the same. More negativity. More junk. More of what you don’t want and less of what you do.

So how do you change it? Start with baby steps… here are a few to get you started:

1) Make a list of everything you are thankful for.
2) Read that list every day.
3) Make a list of positive “I Am” statements about your life,
even if they aren’t true right now
4) Read that list every day to.
5) Spend some time going to work on your mind by reading something positive — “Think and Grow Rich”, by Napoleon Hill; “The Slight Edge”, by Jeff Olson; “Put Your Dream to the Test”, by John Maxwell; “Maximum Achievement”, by Brian Tracy.

One of my personal favorites that directly relates to your thoughts and how they shape your life is
Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings

6) Spend some time doing something you absolutely love… even if only for a few minutes… every single day.
7) Rediscover your passions, talents and gifts and aspire to use them in new ways.
8) Turn off the “junk” — the news, the drama-filled reality television, anything that invites negativity into your life.
9) Say positive things about yourself, to yourself.
10) Say positive things about others, to others.

I want to leave you with one of my (most recent) favorite quotes — this is a new one for me, as it is actually a quote written by myself in my book, “Lifetime of Achievement”

“What if I believe that growing up means more opportunities for a better life, the life you have dreamed of, the life you were created to live? Childhood should NOT be the best years of your life! Neither should high school, and neither should college. The best days of your life, regardless of your age, should be the days ahead; the days you have not yet lived.”

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