Communication scholar and Leadership expert Lee Thayer once wrote, "How you think makes you into the person you are forever becoming." And for most of us, this is how it begins and how it flows. As James Allen once similarly quipped, "As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains." What I believe this is saying is that our thoughts guide our behavior and our behavior (in turn) guides our thoughts.
Who we are at any given moment is a result of how we've thought ourselves to be and how others think we are.
So, if a person wants to make a change for the better in their life, one place to start is with how that person thinks about things. It's true that there's no substitute for taking action, but action is also tied to thought. Interpreting an action in a way that benefits your life will give you some control over the happenings of your day. How you think matters. And there's no way out of one's thought.
Similarly, the media (people, websites, books, shows) that you consume will shape your thinking. Therefore, it could be of great advantage to consciously choose which media sources to indulge in and for what purposes. Doing so could enhance your life ways that lead you back to your life purposes.
Recently, I've begun to do "intermittent fasting." I never thought this would benefit me, but I'm already seeing the health results. Also, fasting has made me realize how often I eat, how much I eat, and what kinds of food I eat. It really brings into focus a habitual action. And, it has helped me understand the meaning of feeding my body. In much the same way, I want to be able to control how I feed my mind. Maybe we can all benefit by fasting in regards to the media we ingest. Pay attention. See how the media changes your thoughts.
So, if we are forever becoming how we think, it makes sense that we would return to this foundation of self and learn to interpret ourselves in light of how we want to become. We are who we are. We are how we think. May we use this to fuel our own positive purposes in life.