I Thought…

You are what you eat, possibly, but more importantly, you are what you think. One famous quote is “As a man (or woman) thinks in his heart, so is he”.

There have been many great books written on the subject of ‘thinking’. Their common theme is you can be a better, happier, more productive individual by controlling your thoughts. You are in charge of those thoughts.

We all have thoughts dropped into our minds. From that point on, it is up to us to deal with that thought. If it is a bad thought, it should be dismissed, but sometimes it is considered. From there it may even be grown into a plan and acted upon. But it started with a thought that we had the responsibility to accept or reject.

And then there are the thoughts we produce. Produce good thoughts. Train your mind to think of achieving your goals. Envision them accomplished. Create a ‘movie’ in your mind of you living your future with that end result you wanted.

So get busy, dream. Great people dream.

What Do You Think Of Your Mom and Dad?

There are good parents, bad parents, and everything in between. How would you rate your parents?

One evaluation technique is “If you don’t have to spend your adult life recovering from your childhood, you had good parents.” And the issues go deeper than your parents. How were their parents? How they treated you is likely related to how they were treated.

It is a complex issue, but the bottom line is your peace of mind in this area depends on what you think of your parents. The key issue here is what you THINK. Your perceptions of your parents are very important.

Experts say you will have a longer life by focusing on the good your parents did for you or with you instead of the bad times. For those with terrible parents this is much more difficult than for others, but dig deep. It is far more healthy mentally to remember the good times than the bad.

If your parents are still alive and available, share that good experience with them. Although they will probably appreciate the conversation, you are not doing it for them as much as you are doing it for yourself. It will help you cement a positive experience in your mind. It will make you a better person.