When I was in elementary school many moons ago, I remember my Physical Education teacher telling us “you are what you eat.” Well, I really enjoyed eating cake, so I thought I would become a piece of cake. Of course, as I grew older, I understood he was speaking figuratively. As my understanding of how the human body operates increased, I began to appreciate the accuracy of the statement. If we want to maximize our body’s output then we must be selective in what we put into it. Our mind operates on the same principle.
What are you feeding your mind? In order to become good thinkers, our daily diet must include activities to challenge and stimulate our mind. Just like our bodies, our mind is a reflection of actions. In my “Do You Need To Change Your Thinking” blog, we explored why we need to change our thinking. According to John Maxwell, “If you change your thinking, you can change your life.”
Good thinking is a process, however it requires effort. Albert Einstein, considered to be one of our greatest thinkers, stated “Thinking is hard work; that’s why so few do it.” Yes, training our minds needs to be included in our daily routine. As you reflect on your daily agenda, ask yourself the following questions:
- What am I feeding my mind? For example, what books or magazines are you reading, what podcasts or CD’s are you listening to, or what television programs do you watch?
- Who are you spending time with? Are you spending time with good thinkers? Jim Rohn asserted “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
- Are you setting aside time to think? In order to be a good thinker, we must be intentional about the process.
- Do you follow through on your thoughts? Our results are the product of our actions. One of my favorite quotes is “Champions are not made in the ring, they are only recognized there.”
Like our bodies, our thinking will reflect what we feed it. Remember, you are what you think! What will you change today?
Dr. Kim Moore
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