Everyone knows the adage, “You are what you eat.” And, even though there are those blessed individuals who seem to be able to eat any and everything and remain thin, for the most part it’s easy to tell what people eat and what type of life they live, health-wise, just by looking at them.
But, fewer people understand and believe a much more important—and much, much older—thought, “You are what you think.”
As a Bible verse says, “It is done unto you as you believe.” James Allen, one of the founders of the positive thought movement, wrote the classic As a Man Thinketh (you can download a free ebook of As a Man Thinketh…Google it).
The basic truth is that we become what we spend most of our time thinking about. If you truly see yourself as a wonderful, positive, active, loving person your mind moves you to act in that fashion. When you act positively and others see and experience the actions they perceive you as positive. Their reactions toward you reinforce your belief that you are the type of person you believe yourself to be, and so on.
However, if you are confused or negative, or if you see yourself as fat, or if you—on some level—believe yourself to be the person you were in high school or college, or when you were with that person who made you feel bad, you’ll act like that.
And you can do all the smiling you want to and it won't matter. A very wise woman I know says that sometimes peoples’ “smiles don’t go all the way to their eyes.” They pasted on the smile but don’t really feel it. So, you can be smiling on the outside and crying on the inside as the song goes. And it shows.
The most wonderful thing about being human is that you can change who you are by changing your thoughts. There’s a whole body of knowledge, scientific and anecdotal, that proves the fact. The key is a cliché; Think Positive. Because, if you Think Positive, you tend to act positive. And (wait for it, here’s another cliché) acting positive is Being Positive. If you want to know how to do it look for books by Zig Ziglar, Bryan Tracy, John C. Maxwell, T.D. Jakes and others. Go to the self-improvement section in any bookstore and skim some books.
So, are you a doughnut or an apple? Are you a flame-up or flame-out? Are you here, or are you gone?
Have a great weekend.