What we think, is what we are. Our thoughts can be equally as helpful to our development as they can be detrimental. These can be thoughts of our own self image, of others and of the world around us. Our thoughts can be the difference between seeing hills or mountains or between seeing man and giant, or in some cases our thoughts can present the difference between winning and losing. That can seem scary, but oh it’s so powerful. Trust me.
Ever struggled to get out of bed before as a lot of people do because you can’t bare to face the day that’s ahead? To have to struggle through challenges you feel you have no control over. From the get go your day is already filled with negative thoughts and you have suppressed your ability to make the first action of your day a positive one, and you are now rushing to get to work or late for work, a place you never really wanted to go in the first place when you woke up, right? So why is it that we find ourselves rushing to places we don’t want to be or have envisioned avoiding countless times?
The truth is, the majority of the time, these are places we really do want to be but we have connected the wrong incentives to them – we’re not being true to ourselves, and this is why. We believe that we are going to work to save money, or to support our family and pay our bills, but this is a limiting ideology. Whilst these are benefits that come from the work that we do, we should not use them as the main reason. If and when we do this we grow into a cycle of just completing tasks for the outputs that they produce and we never really think about the actual work we are doing – we are just zombies waiting for the end of the day to come so we can get our money and run.
But, what if we had a more open reason for working? What if we wanted to work because we generally enjoyed the contribution we were making. What if we were driven to succeed through achieving company sales goals or by personal goals to better our skills? Wouldn’t this be better? We would prepare better the night before and we would wake up in the morning with a desire to race to work and endeavour to achieve our goals with enthusiasm. And the beauty of it? That money that we so dearly work for to support our family and pay our bills would still come, but with the added bonus of a growth mindset and the potential to increase our earnings based on our eagerness to develop, and consequently the availability of opportunities for promotion.
So the way we think about life is important. We can apply this to all aspects, not just work. The thoughts we generate behind the reasons we do particular tasks and invest time in activities are important for laying the foundation of growth, both personally and for our contributions to different niches of society. Our thoughts create our reality.
~ A.M, 2018