We live in a world which generally focuses on the lack in things rather than the possibility of things. It is absolutely necessary, then, to consistently strive to develop your world in an expanding and affirmative way. It is critical that you ask and answer the question “What do YOU think you can do?”
Read positive information every day. If reading isn’t your idea of fun, then pull out your favorite electronic device and listen to positive audio information. If listening isn’t your thing either, then put yourself in the company of people who will stretch you and hold you to a higher standard. Your new circle of friends becomes your support system, keeping you focused, directed and uplifted.
In the opportunities I’ve had to interact with successful individuals, I have noticed the one trait that allows them to stand above the rest: these people have decided what their lives are about. They have created a vision, not letting their environment, the beliefs of others, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape their decisions. As Napoleon Hill states, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
How often do we read the newspaper and see articles about killing, robbery, and misery? How often do you turn on the TV and hear about war and destruction? If this is our consistent focus, this is what we should expect to experience. Why should we presume any other outcome? It has been reported that over 90% of news is of a negative nature. Even when the facts are positive, the stories have a negative slant. For example, “Unemployment rates went down today, but that won’t help John Doe, who can’t find a job in this economic climate and probably never will.”
Often, those who are bent on convincing you that you cannot live your dreams are well-meaning and trying to protect you: they don’t want you to get your hopes up, only to see them dashed on the rocks. After all, they’re basing their views on “reality.”
However, personal reality is completely controlled by the information we have, and more importantly, by what we focus on. We are often reminded that we live in the information age. However it is not the information that is available to us, but the information we understand and focus on that truly determines how we feel and what we accomplish. The key really is “What do YOU think you can do?”
Those who succeed in our society are the rare individuals who do not merely swallow the information fed to them, but seek quality information that will enrich their lives. They have learned to trust their instincts and intuition.
If we’re not careful, we can find ourselves caught in the trap of “group thinking” or “mass consciousness” where the psychology of the crowd begins to shape our perceptions of right and wrong.
Those who follow conventional wisdom (the path of the crowds, the group thinking) usually suffer both financially and emotionally. Continually settling for an average existence results in pain; the pain that comes from never touching one’s true purpose or destiny because we have not reached out for our dream, we failed to think for ourselves!
Am I suggesting that we blindly turn away from our problems, and merely “think positive?” Of course not. That is no more a solution than continuously focusing on the problem. Instead we must focus on solutions, both immediate and long term, to the challenges we face. Decide today on a plan to consistently feed your mind with quality information that can help you make intelligent decisions. Seek out and surround yourself with people who are producing results rather than making excuses. Your association with them will profoundly shape your destiny. Prepare yourself for the success you expect with a strategy that includes your constant growth, improvement and happiness.
Here are four simple habits to follow:
- Read! Through the information found in books, you can imitate other people’s positive experiences. You can get a feel for what that success is like. Read for at least 30 minutes a day, and make it a priority.
- Listen to inspirational recordings. Take advantage of your downtime, whether it is in a car, on a plane, or while exercising. Learn from those who are successful.
- Keep a journal. Your life is worth living, and it is worth documenting. Placing your thoughts on paper is one of the most powerful ways to clarify your ideas and develop resolutions.
- See yourself as a Leader, not a follower. See yourself as one of the few who do, versus the many who just talk about it. Be a student of possibility and create a life full of amazing experiences.