You are what you think. Whatever you are doing, whatever you feel, whatever you want—all are determined by the quality of your thought. If your ‘thinking’ is faulty, it will lead to many disappointments and unhappiness. If your thinking is overly pessimistic, it will deny you due recognition of the many things in which you should properly rejoice.
Try this out; identify some examples of your strongest feelings or emotions. Then identify the thinking that is correlated with those examples. For example, if you feel excited about going to school or work, it is because you think that positive things will happen to you while you are at school or work, or that you will be able to accomplish important tasks and feats. But if you dont feel exited about what you want to do, it is as a result of an expected negative outcome – established through your thought.
If the quality of your life is not what you wish it to be, it is probably because it is tied to the way you think about your life. If you think about it positively, you will feel positive about it. If you think about it negatively, you will feel negative about it – its a simple natural principle.
Mysteriously, most of people’s ‘thinking’ is done in the subconscious; that is, never explicitly put into words. Or have you ever heard someone who thinks negatively about himself say that, “I have chosen to think about myself and my experience in largely negative terms. I prefer to be as unhappy as I can be”?. The problem is that when you are not aware of your thinking you have no chance of ‘correcting’ or ‘altering’ it. When thinking is subconscious, you are in no position to see any problems in it. And, if you don’t see any problems in it, you can’t alter it.
Henceforth, make a list of all the things you have done today. Then, for each act, figure out the thinking that led you to do, or guided you while doing, the act. (Remember that most of your thinking is unconscious).
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