Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. We speak what is in us. Your speech is directly linked with what is harboured in your mind.
Life demands that we grow physically, spiritually, and mentally. Although these processes of transitioning from childhood to adulthood seem to come naturally, we have a huge responsibility and duty to ensure that the transition is smooth.
Not only to see it happen but to ensure that it is done right. Even as small children we were responsible for ensuring that the food prepared for us was eaten. Our parents or guardians were only responsible for the provision.
Just as the body needs nourishment to stay in good physical condition, the mind and the spirit which are mostly neglected also need to be looked after very well.
Everything that we do starts with the mind. I cannot think of anything that the body does that is not controlled by the brain which houses our mind. If you want success you need to have a success mind. You need to change the way you think.
Watch your thoughts they become your actions, watch your actions they become your character that defines you. In every situation or circumstance, the state of your mind largely determines the way you navigate through life.
Stop doubting your ability to think big. You have more than enough capacity to achieve anything that you think about. If you can think it then you can be it. If you have a negative state of mind you need to change your thinking habits.
If it means changing the people you hang around with, do it. You are currently in your stagnant life mainly because you have not allowed your mind to provide solutions for you. You have created a box that you cannot think beyond its edges.
Feed Your Mind the Right Stuff
What are you reading? What are you watching? If you are not reading you are starving the growth of your mind. The Bible says “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Transformation of the mind is key to both your survival and your personal development and self-improvement.
Your outward life is a reflection of the world within. You may wonder why your life is stagnant. Take a look at your predominant thoughts and bang! you have your answer. If you spend most of your time complaining you are most likely a complainant.
Life gives you back what you give it. If you give it lemons, you get lemons out of it. You cannot expect to harvest apples from a mango tree neither, can you expect to harvest mango’s from an apple tree.
If you want apples, plant an apple tree, take care of it diligently and in due course you can harvest apples. If you want to achieve success change your thinking habits and have a success mind. Be successful in your mind and work towards achieving it.
One of the ways I use to help stay positive is by reading motivational books and the Bible on a daily basis. Every day I spend at least not less than one and a half hours reading. I have a deliberate target of reading at least two books in a month.
I listen to podcasts, CDs and watch motivational videos. With the advent of the internet, there are lots of free sources for material, YouTube is one of them. I have also greatly reduced my TV time. Yes, I do find time to relax with my family but I spend most of my free time reading.
The change has been immense. My thinking has greatly improved and is more positive than before. Now, am not saying I do not have negative thoughts, I do have them from time to time but I have also learned how to handle them.
I do not allow them to take over my predominant thoughts. Getting rid of them quickly, once they surface is one of the techniques I use. I have also learned to be more focused and have become more productive with my work.
Get Your Hands Dirty
Don’t just end at changing your thinking habits. To achieve anything you need to put in the time, you need to fold your sleeves and get your hands dirty. You need to work.
Thinking without taking action will not put food on your table. Remember you have bills to settle and they are paid from your earnings and these come from your work.
Get to work even when your plan is not as clear as you want it to be. It will become more clearer as you navigate through it on a daily basis. The most important thing is to just get started.
When I was setting out to start this blog I had no concrete idea of the direction it would take. To be honest, even up to now I cannot exactly say what direction it will take. The only direction I pray and hope it will continue taking is the provision of free personal development and self-improvement materials.
I keep getting more ideas on how to make improvements to the site and currently, I have been thinking of publishing an eBook. I know this is going to be hard work. I know for sure that hard work is not a guarantee to success, but it surely is the only chance I have.
I believe that human beings were created to work. If you are not working, you are more likely living a life you do not enjoy. Work is also good for the health of your body. Working also makes you feel relevant in life as you are contributing to the growth of the world.
The Bible says “a good man shall leave an inheritance for his children’s children.” Yes, it is your responsibility to ensure that your children and your grandchildren have a heads start in life.
You may say I never had a good start, well the fact that you are here, reading this article, means that you are privileged enough to make sure that those coming after you have a heads start.
The Bible also says that “if a man will not work, he shall not eat.” A little sleep, a little slumber, and a little folding of the arms to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber. There is no substitute for getting your hands dirty, it has to be done.
If there is one thing you must possess it is having a clear thinking mental attitude. Having a changed and positive mind will surely give you a head start in all your endeavours. Your mind is the heart of your life, guard it against destructive vices. Do not neglect to nourish it well. Change your mind and change the narrative for your life.