Posted October 28,1998
You Are What You Think
A Sage once said, "Man is what he thinks about all day long." How true that is. When we think about how much we're struggling, we experience more struggle. When we contemplate how bad we feel, we get to feel worse. When we focus on our problems, we perpetuate them.
"But," you say, "it's in my face all day long. How do I not think about them?" That's the challenge. To find a way to change your focus.
When we keep our attention on one aspect of our lives, generally what we don't want, we are impressing our inner mind with that very thing. Our inner mind can't reason. It gets the impression and creates the outer result from that imprint, just like a rubber stamp. Our creativity carves a star in a block of wood, and then our inner mind stamps it on the fabric of our lives.
"Energy flows where attention goes." We follow wherever our vision looks. In baseball, the batter keeps his eye on the ball so he can hit it. A basketball player wouldn't dream of looking at the stands when he was planning to sink the ball in the basket. The same is true of our lives.
So how do you change your focus from your problem to the solution? It takes discipline and persistence. Realize that the problem is simply an outdated creation of yours, an empty shell of an earlier choice. Make a new decision of what you want. Write it down. Cut out pictures of it. Feel yourself having it. Whenever you think of the original problem, substitute what you now want. "That was then, this is now." The old will begin to crumble way, like old parchment.
No matter how long it takes, keep at it. You've had the problem a while. It may take a few months to build the new structure. It may form slowly, or suddenly arrive. Don't fall back into the old vision, that will delay the new shape. The most important thing, though, is that you are in the process of creating it, whether you see immediate results or not.
In this way, your life is becoming what you consciously think about all day long. So remember to focus on what you want, and keep your eye on the ball.
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