During a recent conversation with my grandsons, we discussed all of things they wanted to do when they grow up. They were full of excitement as they described their hopes and dreams. When we are children, our life is full of possibilities. It doesn’t matter whether we have the education or the skills, the world is our oyster. So what happened?
When did we stop believing in ourselves? When did we begin to doubt or question our ability? As children we believe everything is possible, as adults we believe everything is impossible. Our thoughts drive our actions and our success. In his book “As a Man Thinketh” James Allen reminds us of the power of thoughts.
According to Allen, we are literally what we think. Allen wrote, “As he thinks, so is he; as he continues to think, so he remains.” Therefore, if we believe everything is impossible then our actions will mirror our belief. In order to change our direction or move forward, we must change our thoughts.
When you look into the mirror what do see? Do you see a painter, an astronaut, a writer, or a CEO? Do you see open doors and a bright future full of possibilities? If the answer is no, then we need to change the record in your head. Our words form our thoughts and our thoughts drive our actions. So change your words!
One of My favorite songs is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Every time I hear the song, I want to dance and sing along. If I am having a bad day, that song brightens my day. Why? The song is positive and upbeat. Words are powerful because they have an emotional value. When we hear words of affirmation, we feel good and we internalize that feeling. Negative words have the opposite effects, however we still internalize the feeling. Remember “as a man thinketh, so is he.”
What is holding you back? Now is the time change our thinking and recapture the dreams our youth. Allen wrote, “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.” Over the next several days, I challenge you to change your thoughts. Look beyond the realities of your current situation and find your inner child. Dream lofty dreams and when those negative thoughts come change the record!
Dr. Kim Moore
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