“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy
Everything begins with a belief. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Life consists of what a man is thinking about all day.”
Along those lines, what we think determines who we are. And who we are determines what we do.
Our thoughts determine our destiny, and our destiny determines our legacy. As British philosopher James Allen, author of “As a Man Thinketh”, said, You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
People who go to the top think differently than others. Said differently, small thinking is self-limiting. It holds you back from achieving great things. On the other hand, nothing expands possibilities like unleashed thinking.
The good news: We can change the way we think.
Believe it or not, the #1 challenge to making personal changes is your feelings. And you can control your feelings by controlling your thoughts. In other words, you can control your thoughts, and your feelings come from your thoughts.
Unfortunately, because few people control their thinking, they fail to control their lives.
How can you change your thoughts?
- Think big picture. This allows you to see beyond yourself.
- Think focused. This allows you to remove distractions.
- Think creatively. This allows you to get out of your box of limitations.
- Think realistically. This allows you to have a foundation for change.
- Think strategically. This allows you to have a plan for change.
- Think possibilities. This allows you to look for and receive the best.
- Think reflectively. This allows you to gain a true perspective of yourself.
Long story short, what we think informs what we believe, for belief is a byproduct of what we’ve thought about long enough and decided to buy into. Our beliefs inform our expectations, which impact our attitude. Attitude to behavior, behavior to performance, and changing your performance changes your life.
If you followed along there, you see that everything is traced back to our thoughts.
To Your Change,