The world runs on thought. My thoughts, your thoughts, the thoughts of every person alive. This isn’t magic, it’s just the way things are.
The problem is, we don’t act like this is true most of the time.
We look outside of ourselves for reasons our lives are the way they are.
It’s not that things don’t happen that we can’t control, that goes on every day. It’s that what really makes a difference in our lives is what we decide we are going to pay attention to.
Most times, what we pay attention is what shows up in our day most often. That means if 50,000 people post on twitter about the same thing, it seems essential to us, and we pay attention.
Whether it makes any difference in our individual life is irrelevant.
Our attention and our thoughts are treasures. These are what we create our days from. Whatever we pay attention to becomes essential to us because we are spending our time on that subject.
You’re in charge of your thoughts
We’re caught between the media and the experts. We spend endless amounts of attention energy on what shows up in our inboxes. And when we get tired of doing that, and we turn to experts who say they’ll show us how to gain control of our lives.
The trouble comes when we’re not sure that what somebody tells us will work for us.
Take some time to evaluate if the advice here seems coherent to you. If it does, give it a try. If it doesn’t, don’t try it.
Use your own thoughts
Creating our lives through our thoughts sounds pretty “out there.” But that’s only because we don’t phrase our everyday lives in that vocabulary.
The truth is that we control each moment of our day through our thoughts.
What we want is to control our thinking so we can live the lives we want instead of the lives others tell us we should desire.
The steps to taking charge of your life are simple. They are the basis for your life right now. Why not learn to live your life on purpose?
The first step is the simplest and the most difficult. You must decide what it is you want. Most people can’t do this. They think they can, but they get easily sidetracked by Instagram, Facebook, and which pumpkin spice treats they’re going to try next.
The person who can figure out what they want and pay attention to that is going to come out ahead of every other person every time.
The next step is deciding what you’re willing to do to get what you want. Here’s where the myth of working hard for success shows itself up close and personal.
If working hard was really what it took to get what you want, every ditch digger would be rich. They’re not.
But you do need to figure out how much of your life force you are willing to spend to get what you want. If you’re going to be a successful writer, you need to write more words more often.
You can’t write on your breaks. You can’t write when the kids are in bed. You can’t write when your partner is out playing tennis. You need to write, first and foremost.
If you spend all your energy on other things first and give only leftover energy to what you want, you are going to be a long time achieving your desire.
Author’s note: I’m using writing as an example. You must choose what it is you want.
The last step is to know when you have achieved your desire. Some people go on forever, striving to get ahead, desperate to fulfill their dream and live their perfect life. They never stop to realize they’ve already achieved this.
They become addicted to the struggle. Don’t do that.
Thoughts are powerful
Each of those steps depends on your thoughts. You can’t take any of them without thinking.
There is a real physical world, and you have to do things in addition to thinking about them. But you are not going to do anything without thinking about it first.
The first step of deciding what it is you want is crucial. This could take deliberate thinking, contemplating, purposeful dreaming, meditation and a host of additional thought processes. But it is going to take some thinking. You can’t begin without that.
The second step of deciding what you decide you can do to get your goal is also essential. What you are willing to do might change, but if you don’t start somewhere you are never going to get anywhere else.
The third step might be the hardest to reconcile with your life. Our culture places a great deal of importance on constant activity. But when you set a goal for yourself, you must be willing to recognize when you’ve accomplished it.
Our thoughts create our worlds. Not just in our opinions, but in how we interact with the world to create what we want.
That’s real power.
When you use that idea to create your world, you’ll be light-years ahead of everyone else.