To someone who doesn’t buy into this stuff, the idea that thoughts become things, is ridiculous. Not for me though, and some influential people, who said similar things too. Gandhi said, “A man is but a product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes.” In his book, You Were Born Rich, Bob Proctor wrote, “Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.”
In practical ways your thoughts can become things. For example, if you suddenly think you’d like to learn how to bake a cake, you might take action and buy a book about it. After reading the book, buy the ingredients required, mix them, put them into the oven and then voila! You have a cake, your thought became something!
When you consider it in this way, it’s easy to see how the statement is true. Your thought process starts a chain reaction, which leads to an inevitable result. That’s all well and good for having an idea then creating something, but how does it work in our everyday life?
Beware of Thoughts Becoming Things
Unfortunately, most of us operate from a negative perspective. For some reason it’s the natural state for us. There’s no reason it should be this way, but because we’re programmed by outside influences from an early age, it’s easy to understand why.
Often, if we’re having bad things happening to us, if we take time to study our thoughts and our inner beliefs, we can find the source. If you think and believe something bad is going to happen to you, it sometimes does. Not always, but it creates a mindset for living your life.
Once you’re on that road, it’s hard to get off it. When it’s engrained into a habit, you start to look out for things to go wrong. When you do that, you’ll find them, that’s for sure. So, if it’s that easy to cause tragedy, why don’t we do the opposite? Surely that must be just as easy?
Good Thoughts for Good Things
When we’re looking for (read attracting) bad things, it’s hard to see any good things. They are out there, it’s just that we allow the bad to be more powerful than the good. We can’t see the wood for the trees.
It’s very important to understand that we can control our mind, but we often let it control us. When we allow that, it uses learned beliefs and behaviors, together with negative influences from the world around us. No wonder it’s hard to change the pattern.
Once you realize you can get into the driving seat, you can begin the change. Replace harmful negative thoughts with positive ones. Yes, I know that sounds simple, silly and a typical thing to say, but you would think that wouldn’t you? Actually, it’s not YOU thinking that, it’s your mind – you know the negative thinking one, which keeps feeding you this stuff.
Control Your Thoughts for Good Things
Your conscious mind thinks in the here and now and it causes you to react to what’s happening around you. If you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’re taking control by not reacting in the way your mind expects. You’re now in the driving seat and slowly but surely, over time, you’ll learn how to steer.
Because it takes a while to change this pattern, there’ll be times when you feel it’s pointless because it’s not working. That’s a sign it IS working, because your mind is trying everything to stop you from changing. Really, it’s trying to protect you, things were fine as they were, you were bouncing along through life alright, but this change you’re trying to make, is into dangerous unchartered waters.
If you look at yourself as being separate from your mind, it’s easier to understand. There’s you, your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. Once you control your thoughts in the conscious, eventually your reaction won’t naturally be negative. The subconscious will pick up on this and you can gradually change your deep-rooted beliefs and habits.
Now Thoughts Become Things You Want
It takes time to form a new habit. It’s thought it takes a minimum of 21 days but more likely 66 days. Even after then, you have to work at it, but you will start to naturally look for and expect positive things. It’s amazing how your attitude can determine the direction of your life. Change your thoughts, change your world!
Of course, not everything will always be good and positive, but that’s how life is. It’s how you deal with what crops up in life that will determine your direction and who you are. Accept that some negatives will occur and that they can be helpful. It’s the toxic ones that need kicking into touch.
When you adopt this approach to life, your world will change for the better. When you get knocked back (and you will), you see it as something that can be overcome, changed or even destroyed. That’s how thoughts become things – things you want, things you like, things that make life a joy to live.