I am back in Seattle for the third time this year. I have been lucky to have enjoyed nothing but sun during the three trips. Each time I visit, I get to see new places and continue to see Seattle as a city growing with energy and culture. Yesterday I visited the Seattle Center, which is a 74 acre park created when Seattle hosted the World’s Fair. This area is the home of the iconic Seattle landmark, the Space Needle, the amazing architectural building called the “EMP” (Experience Music Project), and much more.
On the visit, I sat down in the grass covered park, pulled out my notebook and jotted down some ideas. I was inspired and couldn’t resist since it was great place to simply hang out and think.
As I was focused writing, I had a man walk up to me and ask me for my food. I am not sure if you have had an experience like this, but the whole situation just made me sad. There I was in front of multi-million dollar buildings from Microsoft celebrating the possibilities of the world, and I was faced with a “no win.” I could have given him my lunch and help him short term, but it wouldn’t help his real problem. I don’t know his situation, but I know there was something wrong with his thinking. That was the aspect that made me saddest of all.
Here I was spending my time thinking about how to create more ideas to help more people. Here he was thinking about how to create something for himself by offering nothing in return. And at the end of the interaction with him I only felt worse about myself. What a contrast, but powerful example how our thoughts control our circumstances and experiences.
I believe thinking is a skill. You can improve it. I know with practice, I have. The more I do it, the better I get at it. I once heard when Einstein’s brain was examined after his death, the area responsible for thinking was larger than anyone else in history. I guess it is not a surprise the person who solved some of the biggest mental challenges spent the most time in thought.
Whether you consult the Bible and learned, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” or the Buddha and were taught, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think,” one thing should be evident: Your thoughts can move you forward or they can pull you back. In order to show examples of this, I have created the following list for you to examine:
10 Ways To Change Your STINKING Thinking
- Instead of thinking your problem is too tough, think about how to solve it.
- Instead of thinking your situation is bad, think about how to improve it.
- Instead of thinking you are not talented enough, think about how to be better.
- Instead of thinking you don’t have enough, think about how to get what you want.
- Instead of thinking you don’t know enough, think about how to find out.
- Instead of thinking you are out of shape, think about how to shape up.
- Instead of thinking about what you can’t do, think about what you can.
- Instead of thinking about what you don’t want, think about what you do.
- Instead of thinking your life should be easier, think about how to be more awesome.
- Instead of thinking your troubles are someone else’s fault, think about accepting responsibility.
Look at both sides of each sentence. Read the “Instead of,” until the comma. Does that person sound like someone you know?
Now read the “think about,” until the period. Does that sound like a person you would like to become?
The question is: Which way do you think?
The best news is that it is all under your control! In the end, your success (or lack thereof) will be a product of how you think…Cogito ergo sum. Control how you think, that will control how you act. Control how you act, that will control how you get.
The more you think positively, the better you will get at it. You have to find the time to do it. It you don’t think you have time, make time! I wish I could say it as poetically, but I will let Thoreau handle that:
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
Earl Nightingale once said, “You become what you think about most of the time.” If that is true, don’t waste your time thinking life should be easier, invest your time thinking about ways to be more valuable.
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