What We Think, Is What We Become

Control your mind, control your life.

Tom Stevenson

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Our thoughts are more than just thoughts. They are what guide us through life and define us. They mould our view of the world and those around us.

It was the author, Napoleon Hill, who said that “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” The mind is a powerful tool when it comes to aspiring to success.

If we believe we can be successful, more often than not, we will be successful. However, if we believe we won’t be successful, then we often fail. This doesn’t mean we are prophetic creatures, it simply means that we come to believe what rattles around inside our heads.

If you have a growth mindset, you will believe that you can work on improving yourself or that there is opportunity all around you. Whereas, if you have a fixed mindset, you believe you cannot change your capabilities and that there are limited opportunities to be had.

Buddha said “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” There is truth in this statement. If you can control your mind, you can dictate the course of your life.

You can either be held captive by your thoughts or set free by them. Whichever one you choose will determine the quality of your life.

Mindset

While this may sound like some conceive, believe, achieve, bullshit, there is no doubt that our thoughts dictate our reality.

I have already written about how our internal dialogue affects our lives, our thoughts are no different. What we think determines how we live.

This has been known for some time. The Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca was aware of this as far back as 2000 years ago.

“Everything hangs on one’s thinking…A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is.”

This quote speaks to me. Back in June 2017, I suffered the first of many panic attacks. I had no idea what was happening and naively thought I was having a heart attack.

Despite going to the hospital and confirming that it was only a panic attack, my mind kept playing tricks on me. Whenever I had the slightest…

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