“We become what we think about most of the time.” -Earl Nightingale
We are all the sum total of our experiences and our thoughts. We cannot always control our experiences, but we can control our thoughts. In fact, we must. Thoughts become feelings, which become words, which become action (or inaction). Therefore, if anyone wants success, by whatever litmus they would measure success to be, that person must learn to control their thoughts and navigate their mind. It is impossible for a positive, cheerful life to spring from a mind that’s polluted with negative thoughts. It is impossible for an aimless mind to reach a definitive goal.
When we are infants, we immediately get to work, testing the capabilities and limitations of our limbs, and then pushing those limits and expanding them as we learn new skills. So why it is so difficult for so many of us to imagine that we can direct and control our thoughts in much the same way? Most people have completely surrendered to the idea that their thoughts are and should be subject to the external stimuli of the world around them, but this very passive approach to our minds, and their limitless potential, is what’s holding so many people back. The human mind was curious enough to conceptualize travel by plane, train, and even spaceship. The human mind was skilled enough to build walls and pyramids which could be seem from space. Every single object that we see and touch and utilize every single day started off as someone’s brainchild, a figment of their imagination, before it was actualized. Your thoughts, ideas, and aspirations are no less worthy, valid, or attainable. Imagine the life you want, fixate on it, and make it happen.