“Things may happen to you, but the only things that matter are the things that happen in you” ~ Eric Butterworth.
I am not made or unmade by the things that happen to me but by the things that I do, this means that I have learned to live from the inside out.
The bible says we shall know them by their fruits, very true indeed. What we manifest outside is a result of the fullness of the inside.
Have you ever wondered how many people care about what other people think of them as compared to the number of people who care for them; what they look like; what school they went to; how society has accepted them and where they work?
Most of us have actually forgotten or do not even know that we are what we are as a result of what has been planted inside of us. Our own life is like a fruit.
Do you expect that when you plant say a mango seed you will get an apple tree? Of course not, you can only get the exact type of fruit tree you planted.
They say all growth comes from within. Human beings, just like plants, grow from the inside out. Our personal growth begins with a seed that is planted and nurtured within us.
All things being equal, we would all grow and reach the same heights. However, this is not to be so. Even, though all other parameters remain unchanged.
I have below a few things that you may consider to help you live from the inside out.
What Do You Feed Your Mind On?
Before we go and discuss what we feed our minds on, you must know and realize that you have a world within. This world within although, invisible its forces are mighty.
This inside world of thought and feeling and power; of light and life and beauty is waiting to be discovered and unleashed.
You are made or unmade by the things you do and not the things that happen to you. In order to better understand and know how to live from the inside out, you need to know that every thought is a cause and every condition is an effect; for this reason, you need to control your thoughts so as to bring forth desirable conditions.
Yes, there will be challenges along the way, but what world would it be without challenges? The world within is the cause, the world without the effect; to change the effect you must change the cause. Change your world within and you will change your world without.
This brings us to a very important daily act and this is the act of reading and feeding your mind with the right stuff. If you are like me and want to succeed in the area of personal development and self-growth.
You need to feed your mind with the right material. The mind can only be feed through reading, listening, and watching the right material.
To help you get started with feeding your mind start reading, say 1 book per month. Just ensure that you have drawn up a reading program and stick to it.
Studies have shown that nonfictional books are rarely read beyond the first chapter. Please improve on this statistic.
There are plenty of materials to be read out there. Just look for what suits you and what will help you grow in the area of your interest.
My personal target is to read 1 book per month on top of reading my daily bible verses and magazines of interest, so far so good. I have also greatly reduced my reading of current affairs as most of it is usually on the negative side.
I know that this is one of the best ways to keep my mind focused and feed on the right material. The best time for me to read is at night and early in the morning.
You may also consider reducing the time you spend watching TV. I have noticed that TV is a major source of a lot of negativity. If you are a parent you will agree with me that most of the things your kids do or say are a result of what they see on Television.
Your Mind Creates Your Reality
Reality starts in your mind “by thought, the thing you want is brought to you, by action you receive it.” As a man thinketh so is he in his heart. As you think, so your life becomes.
Changing your attitude and expectations, will sooner or later, change your life accordingly. The biggest player in our daily lives is the mind.
We live our lives according to what we think. Studies have shown that what we think comes to pass as reality. To live from the inside out, your mind has to be creative.
Remember that everything that we see that is man-made, was first conceived and created in the mind. I would be right then to say that your mind creates your reality.
If your mind is full of negative thoughts chances are 9/10 you are living in negativity. If you want to succeed at whatever you are planning to do, you must first change your mind and see yourself as successful.
Let your mind create your reality. If there is one organ in our bodies that is underutilized it is the brain. To positively live from the inside out you must allow your mind to create the reality for you.
If you believe in your mind that you will be successful at what you are doing then prepare yourself to receive it.
All things have their origin in the mind, and appearances are the result of thought. Since they are produced by thought, they can be erased by thought.
This is how important your mind is. What you think has a direct influence on what surrounds you. It is believed that the mind is capable of attracting that which you harbour in your thoughts.
Human beings can form things in their thoughts, and by impressing these thoughts upon formless substance, can cause the things being thought-about to be created.
If you are a Christian you will agree with me that God “thought” before every creation.
Be Creative and Think Positively
“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it” ~ Peter F. Drucker.
Being creative and positive will surely enhance the quality of life we live. If you are to successfully live from the inside out, then your mind must be both creative and positive.
If we take it in the spiritual context man is made in the image and likeness of God. Man is therefore a spiritual being and the spirit possesses the power to think.
Thinking is, therefore, creative and all form is, therefore, the result of the thinking process.
No sane person can disassociate themselves from thinking. Thinking is the core activity for every living being. It is therefore very important that you harbour and entertain positive thoughts that will manifest into a positive form.
Remember that creativity is embedded in all humanity. It is entirely up to an individual to tap in and use it constructively. Studies have shown that the mind is always active no matter what you are doing even in sleep.
I believe that the quality of your creativeness coupled with your reaction and action will determine the level of your achievement.
All growth is from within. All living creatures grow from the inside out. I, therefore, challenge you to feed the inner you for perfect growth.
Yes, you will come across challenges and these will only be a test of what you are made of. Success will not come without growth.
Prepare yourself to overcome the storm, as after every storm there is calmness.
The bible says we shall know them by their fruits. Ask yourself what fruit you carry and remember to always “standout tall and be counted.”