Earl Nightingale’s famous line, “We become what we think about” heard throughout The Secret Advantage rings true; with caution. Each one of us is born with a unique gift.
The gift is your inheritance to enjoy all the riches you can think about. Imagination is the starting point of your self esteem. You are in charge of your dreams and your destiny. It doesn’t matter what well meaning people who want to protect you from disappointment say about how tough it is to do what you want.
You can join the long list of naysayers and probably find lots of scientific facts that can create a plausible argument against the fact that you were born with a gift, and that gift is your inheritance, your right, and your destiny.
Do you have doubts about the power of your thinking? Here’s a somewhat scientific experiment to argue the point of your mental powers. According to authors Robert Scaglione and William Cummins, in ” Karate of Okinawa: Building Warrior Spirit”, is one of the most well-known studies on Creative Visualization in sports. Russian scientists compared four groups of Olympic athletes in terms of their training schedules:
- Group 1 = 100% physical training;
- Group 2 – 75% physical training with 25% mental training;
- Group 3 – 50% physical training with 50% mental training;
- Group 4 – 25% physical training with 75% mental training.
The results; Group 4, with 75% of their time devoted to mental training, performed the best. “The Soviets had discovered that mental images can act as a prelude to muscular impulses.”
Does this mean you can think up anything and it will come true? Here’s the profound truth:
As Earl Nightingale has stated, “We become what we think about.”
However, this is critical, if your thought is not in alignment with your purpose, it will not materialize. Earl teaches this as well in The Secret Advantage.
Once you discover your purpose, there is very little that can stand in your way of success. The other truth is, you will be bombarded by doubters. Every garden that produces magnificent produce does so with great distraction. Weeds grow in every garden. They just do. There’s no answer to why bad things happen. That doesn’t prevent us from weeding the garden, or eliminating the negatives.
Doubters are major weeds. They need to be eliminated. They need to be ignored.
Ignore the skeptics and disbelievers when they shout out, “Where’s the scientific proof.”
Scientific proof stated the Space Shuttle could not possibly fly while the project was only an idea. The Space Shuttle has the aerodynamics of a rock. When it lands, it’s a glider. There’s no engine.
Scientific proof stated the earth was flat, the planets and stars floated through the universe around earth, Thomas Edison could never learn his school studies, and Beethoven’s deafness would end his career as a composer.
This is not brand new untested stuff. You’ve probably heard the famous quote, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.”
Although it has a contemporary ring, like something from the sixties, it’s been around a while. Émile Coué, who lived from 1857 to1926, was the guy that dreamed that idea up. He came up with a method of psychotherapy and self-improvement based on optimistic autosuggestion. Coué believed that curing our troubles requires a change in our unconscious thought. Coué relied on the principle that any idea exclusively occupying the mind turns into reality, although only to the extent that the idea is within the realms of possibility. He led the line of thought that calls on positive affirmations such as, “I am healthy,” instead of negativity such as, “I am not well.”
Where do you choose to place your belief? With the long list of loser doubters, or the winners that overcome the weeds in their garden.
Your mind is your master, and at the same time you have control over your master. Your mind is the sun and rain to grow your garden. That same sun and rain will feed the weeds as easily as the fruits of your labor. Your mind directs the sun and rain to focus on the good and not the bad.
Your mind gives you absolute control over what you allow to influence it. You cannot control the weather, the sun, the rain, the economy, the wars, the inevitable bad things that appear. You can control your reaction to those actions. When the rain doesn’t come and the garden begins to wilt, you can water the plants. When disease or famine wipes out the garden, you can start over.
As you walk through the mine field of your life, you can be directed past the detractors. Your steps can be directed around the triggers that ignite the bombs. You can believe in your future, or you can deceive yourself into failure. Your self esteem is up to you.