If you look around you and observe all of the various aspects of modern life, you will realize something phenomenal. Every invention, every object in the man-made world originated in a person’s mind before entering the physical, tangible world. Its incredible to understand that everything around us has been invented or improved by someone at some point in history. When you think about what you have accomplished in your life (and what you have failed to accomplish), you will realize that everything began as a dream or was imagined as thought in your mind a long time ago.
In other words, what we are trying to say is that your very thoughts helped create the circumstances of your life. You have probably heard the phrase,” you become what you think about.”
We believe there is great truth in that statement, and furthermore, we believe that your thoughts will to a great extent determine your ultimate success or failure in life. You may find this idea strange or reject it as some crazy new age idea or metaphysical abstraction. Well, we won’t inquire into a discussion about metaphysics or abstract philosophy.
What we will do, however, is simplify this concept and demonstrate why it is really a matter of common sense. You see, unsuccessful and unhappy people constantly focus on the problems they currently have, and they then try to blame these problems on everyone else but themselves.
Flourishing people, on the other hand, spend most of their time thinking about what it is they want to achieve. In other words, failures are problem-oriented, while successful and happy people are solution-oriented. No one will claim that there are no difficulties in life, and many people face serious challenges on their way to achieving goals. The issue is whether these obstacles will in the end serve as a obstruction or a positive challenge for the person who is trying to achieve certain objectives.
When you think about it in this manner, it becomes pretty clear why you become what you think about. It is not simply that your thoughts somehow magically transform into riches, as if your mind could physically manifest a pot of gold or some other wild imagination. Rather, what we are trying to say is that your thoughts will ultimately determine your actions. Focusing on your problems most of the time will keep you from seeing the solutions that are often right in front of you.