“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I believe no truer words have ever been spoken.
I believe we can change our destiny by changing our thoughts. Not only do I believe it, but I have done it personally and watched countless people do it as well. You are doing it now: Your thoughts are creating the future that is in front of you. Your thoughts are creating actions.
Are you thinking about making that important call? Or, are you thinking about all the reasons why you should not? Are you thinking about eating healthy for a more vibrant and longer life? Or, are your thoughts leaning towards eating something just for the taste of instant gratification? All of our thoughts create actions, which is why it is important to think about what you are thinking about . I regularly talk to people about this; your life can be completely different in a short period of time by just changing the way you think. One of own examples of this when a game of golf with a PGA professional went sideways – very quickly. Watch the video to learn the story.
A few of my key principles to help guide you:
Surround yourself with people who think in the direction you want to go in life
Over the past decade of writing and speaking, I have learned to surround myself with people who support me in my quest for the best future. Once in a while, someone comes into my life who is combative, unreasonable, or focused only on themselves. At first, I would wonder how I attracted that type of person into my life. However, I realized that they are important: they are markers to show me not only what not to be like; but more importantly, to make me truly appreciate the wonderful supporting people who surround me.
Watch your actions
If you find yourself doing something that you are not proud of or does not serve you well — stop what you are doing, and do a bit of reverse engineering. Ask yourself: what thinking led to this behavior? Often, we have learned values and behaviors, or maybe even inherited those that are not serving us well. Do you always have to be right? Do you not compromise? Are you confrontational? In reality a trait, which we think is helping us get ahead, may be what is holding us back.
Look at an area of your life where you are very happy. What are your thoughts in that area of your life? What type of habits did you create? What is your character?
I believe you will see all of the answers you are looking for. You are doing it now, you are creating your destiny and your thinking has a huge impact on what it will look like. Remember, you ultimately “Bring About What You Think About”. Start changing your thoughts by watching this video.
And as always, “Live Your Dreams”