25 января, 2005

Мы становимся тем, о чем мы думаем

Рано или поздно мы становимся такими, какими мы хотим себя видеть. Мы создаем себе такое будущее, какое для себя допускаем.

Или по другому: мечты сбываются. Все в конце концов упирается в вопросы воображения, веры, и воли. Это очень старая идея. Ей минимум 2000 лет, потому что еще проповедник Иисус Христос говорил: "Имейте веры хоть на пшеничное зерно, и весь мир будет перед вашими ногами." Он имел ввиду: все что вы хотите, во что вы верите, вы получите.

The "Strangest Secret" is from 1988, but I found that most of the ideas are timeless and still apply today. The "secret" is simply six words:

We become what we think about.

Few people would argue that our thoughts control our actions and that our actions (largely) control our results. If you think about going shopping and decide to follow through on that thought, your body follows suit, and pretty soon you acquire the results of going shopping. It all begins with a thought. But what people often fail to realize is that we have the power to consciously choose our thoughts. Instead of just letting our brains randomly cycle through the same thoughts over and over, we can start choosing to spend time thinking about different things. And if we do that consistently, we'll shift our actions in new directions and thereby acquire new results.

Thoughts are like seeds. If you want different results in life, you have to figure out which thoughts are capable of growing those results and which aren't. Then you have to consciously fill your mind with the correct thoughts and weed out the incorrect thoughts.

The main point I'm trying to make is that if you find yourself in a situation where you want new results in your life (i.e. something other than what you're currently experiencing), then the first step is to examine your dominant thoughts to see if they're the right seeds to grow the results you want. The odds are probably better than 95% that if you're not making progress, then you're probably thinking the wrong thoughts and need to replace them with new ones. For example, you won't become a nonsmoker by thinking thoughts like, "Quitting smoking is hard."

A key concept to understand here is that shifting your thoughts is a conscious and deliberate activity. You don't just say to yourself, "Ok, I'll think about starting my own business. Sounds good. Next:." You have to be a lot more proactive than that. You have to set aside an hour or so to be totally alone, sit down with pen and paper, figure out the correct thoughts/seeds you need to be thinking, and then consciously ram those new thoughts into your head, over and over again until they become dominant over the old thoughts. And if you're trying to make a big shift in your results, then this is something you'll need to do every single day.

You might find the above exercise really difficult at first. When you start thinking new thoughts, the most common initial reaction is that you'll feel a great deal of doubt about them. So if you start thinking about running your own business, your initial images probably won't seem too attractive. Then you find yourself thinking about quitting your job, the negative reaction you'll get from coworkers, the office politics you have to deal with on a daily basis, and you suddenly realize you're back to thinking the wrong thoughts again. That's normal. But use your imagination to push past the doubt and keep working on it.

After about 2-3 weeks of this, you'll start to actually believe in those new thoughts. And that's when you'll feel the urge to start taking action. But in the beginning, you'll still be too full of doubt to act. That's fine - it's important to reach the point of belief first. So just be patient with yourself, and let your imagination guide you. As Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

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