Whatever thoughts we allow into our minds, our inner life will show up in our outer life. To deal with poor results on the outside, we need to address wrong thinking. Our thoughts have the power to empower, energize and engage us to do amazing things, and also have the power to cause us a lot of pain. Certain thoughts can impact our health, performance, productivity, moods and our relationships. Our thoughts will impact every area of our lives. Whether you know this or not, we all have an outer life and an inner life. Our outer life is what everyone sees, while our inner life is known to only ourselves. Our inner life includes thoughts, attitudes and motives. Our lives are shaped and reshaped by the combination of these three cousins. Thinking negatively, worry, anxiety, and fearful thoughts create a mess and a dysfunction in our lives. However, when we decide to think positive, possibility, good, encouraging thoughts we move closer to doing the things we want. You have heard it said ‘garbage in garbage out’. What goes in is what comes out. What we put into our minds we get more of the same from it. James Allen said, “You are today where your thoughts have brought you, you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” Our thoughts go ahead of us and our actions follow. When our mind is fearful, our bodies follow the fear and we experience the physical effects of stress.
“Do not think that what your thoughts dwell upon is of no matter. Your thoughts are making you.” – Bishop Steere
When we allow negative thoughts to dominate our minds, we do this to our own detriment and well-being. You always follow your thoughts. Erica Jong said, “You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.” You have great power, potential and talent on the inside of you, so why not use it to create the life you want? You have the ability to do the things you have never dream't you could do. Begin to reprogram your way of thinking so you can take concrete actions in alignment with where you want to arrive in life. I have read stories of people who used the power of the mind to achieve their goal. An example is a homeless person with no money who becomes a multimillionaire. I am referring to Bill Bartman who went from being homeless, broke, an alcoholic and paralyzed at age 17, to become the 25th richest person in the United States of America, or Mahatma Gandhi who facilitated the freedom of his people from the British Empire against all odds, or Norman Cousin who was diagnosed with a disease with little chance of surviving but went on to live many more years than his doctors predicted. These people used the power of their thoughts, reframed their experiences, took action, and succeeded. Buddha said, "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become."