Program Your Mind for Success
By Chandra Ellington
“We are made or unmade by ourselves. By our thoughts, we forge the weapons by which we can destroy ourselves. Likewise, we also fashion the tools with which we build for ourselves heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, we ascend to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, we descend below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character. We are our own maker and master.”—from As a Man Thinketh
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Have you ever wondered what hidden ability you have within you, and who you could become, if you took the time to look for your hidden ability and not stop looking until you find it?
It is a shame to die without having lived your life to your greatest potential. In the words of motivational speaker, Les Brown, “Live your life to the Fullest, and die Empty.”
The Role of Thoughts in Achievement
Our mental weaknesses and strengths are brought about by ourselves and can only be altered by ourselves – no one can do it for us. A strong-minded motivated person can’t help a weak-minded motivated person, unless the unmotivated person is willing to be helped. And even then, the unmotivated person must develop strength by their own efforts to change their condition.
The same way a physically weak person can make themselves strong through patient training, so can a negative-minded person make their thoughts positive-minded by exercising in right thinking (i.e., according to Philippians 4:8 (KJV), …whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.).
On the road towards achievement, you may face failure again and again, until weakness has been overcome. In order to rise from weakness and unhappiness, don’t let your thoughts drift through the ocean of life without direction. An intelligent accomplishment cannot be achieved until your thoughts are connected to a purpose and you set out to accomplish it. Make sure you guard your mind against “possibility-blindness.” Without belief and a purpose in life, you can easily become cynical, self-pitying, full of fears and petty worrying, which lead to emotional misery and unhappiness.
If you are not sure what you want to accomplish, then focus your thoughts on being a top-performer in doing your job duties at work. Do it extra-ordinarily well – no matter how insignificant your task may seem. In doing so, you train your mind to be a top-performer, which can open doors of opportunities for you.
Put a little life into your work, into your pleasures, and into yourself. Stop doing things in a half-hearted way, and begin to take an interest in what you are doing, thinking and saying. You will be surprised at how interesting the ordinary things of life are when you pay attention to what’s going on around you.
Always remember that there is something you can do exceptionally well that no one else can do exactly in the same way that you can do it. You have personality, therefore, develop it – let all your work be distinctive with a personal touch to it.
Discipline Your Emotions for Success
There are people who think that feelings are something that can’t be controlled, so they don’t try to resist them. They yield to their feelings even though they may know that the emotion will lead them to unhappiness or bad behavior, instead of, happiness and good behavior. They think they are just made that way. According to the Apostle Paul, we are to take every thought captive, which implies that we can control our thoughts that affect our emotions.
Don’t allow yourself to be ruled to a large degree by your emotions and feelings to the point that you become enslaved by them. Start paying attention to the thoughts you are having by noticing what happens to you emotionally while you are thinking. If your thoughts start to make you angry, afraid, jealous, have an unpleasant attitude, or any other negative feeling, then switch your thought to something that makes you feel happy, encouraged about life, or compelled to do something kind for someone else.
This exercise will help you make a paradigm shift.
Close your eyes and concentrate all your mental imagery on seeing yourself full of energy, in good shape, cheerful, and enjoying life. See yourself on a path that is steadily going upward. When you look behind you, you may see some gloominess, but when you look in front of you, you see increasing brightness. Picture yourself stopping bad habits and overcoming weaknesses–winning in life. See yourself encountering difficulties on the path, and see yourself strengthened and enlightened with wisdom by an inward power, able to get past all blockages and continue in the upward climb that leads to a life full of achievements and success.
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