"Self-suggestion makes you a master of yourself."
~ W. Clement Stone ~
Although I may not personally know you, I do know some things about you. Particularly when it comes to the way you talk to yourself. Chances are, you fall into one of two ways of being.
The first way is strong and resolute. When this type of person faces adversity, they truly believe they can make it through it, that they'll find a way, no matter what.
The second way is that of a defeatist. When this type of person faces adversity, they feel overwhelmed and beaten. That there is nothing they can do.
If you fall into the first camp, good for you. Chances are you will succeed at whatever you set your mind to, and really go after. Truly the only thing that will hold you back is you.
But what of the second type of person? Is there any hope? I can tell you without hesitation that the answer is yes. It's all about changing the way you talk.
Think of your mind as a computer. One so powerful, nothing man has built even compares to its virtually unlimited capacity. A capacity so great that it’s been estimated that the average person only uses three to four percent of it in a lifetime.
Your "computer" is basically empty when you first get it (when you’re born), but it quickly begins filling its database. And it does so in a truly amazing way.
Unlike a regular computer, this one records everything that it comes into contact with, automatically. This means that it not only records when you are intentionally inputting information, but also when you are totally unaware.
This means you, as "the programmer," must exert as much control as possible over your “computer.” By what you read, listen to, and watch. By who you associate with, and the focus of this post, what you say to yourself.
This probably has more impact on your success or failure than any other one thing. Literally, what you say is what you get. Remember, you can never get away from yourself. The outside world may not hear what you say, but your mind does. It’s always there. Waiting, listening, recording.
When you say things like “I can’t,” or “I’m nothing but a loser,” it hears you and takes action to ensure your commands are carried out.
Conversely, believing in yourself will do wonders for you. You can do far more than you ever thought possible, if you’d only believe in yourself. Henry Ford understood this when he said, “If you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
We’re also affected greatly by what others say to us, just as we affect others by what we say. That’s why we should all be mindful about the words we use; particularly to children, who have very impressionable minds.
Although there are many factors involved, it basically comes down to this. Your mind is like a fertile field and you’re the farmer. If you’re planting weeds, don’t expect corn to come up. So, what are you planting?
Well, that's it for now. Until next time...
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