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Your Mind, It's Everything You Are


Arnold Schwarzenegger played the role of Douglas Quaid in the 1990 Sci Fi thriller, Total Recall. The movie’s plot centers around memories being implanted in Quaid’s mind. He’s not sure what’s real and what’s not. At one point in the movie, he says, in a way only Arnold can say, “Your mind, it’s everything you are…” This line of dialogue has always stuck with me. Your mind does have the ability to control who you are and what you may become.


There are several schools of thought that deal with this subject. I’ll share just a few.


When I took education classes many years ago, I learned about the idea of self-fulfilling prophecies. This belief states that things will happen simply because you believe it to be true. If a student believes they are “stupid,” then they are going to develop poor academic habits and their school performance may become severely deficient. We were trained as teachers to help put positive learning thoughts into our students minds and encourage them to be successful.


In other situations, self-fulfilling prophecies could include, “I won’t get that job,” or “I’m not very datable,” or “I’m a miserable person.” You might know people that say such things about themselves, and in many cases, they’re right. They’ve allowed their minds to believe it and their actions follow.


I had a good friend inform me about the Law of Attraction. This is another way people believe the power of your mind can lead to positive and negative consequences. The Law of Attraction simply states, your thoughts will produce positive and negative energy. This energy will then help bring about those very things you think about. If you constantly think about becoming a millionaire, the Law of Attraction says that energy will help you become that millionaire. Of course, if you’re constantly thinking negative thoughts, this same law claims you’ll earn those negative consequences that fill your mind.


Lastly, the New Testament teaches it’s readers a similar message. In Galatians 6:7, it reads, “...as a man soweth, so shall he reap.” Sowing is a physical action. But, those physical actions don’t occur until your mind thinks about them first. This is supported in the Old Testament, where a person can read in Proverbs 23:7, “ For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”


No matter how you want to look at it, these different ways of thinking or believing, all claim the same thing. Your mind is in control of what you do and thus, what you become. So, perhaps, Arnold was right.


As you think about those negative labels you seem stuck with, are you allowing your mind to think too much about what that label means? Are you allowing that label to control your thoughts and thus controlling your actions? Do you wake up in the morning and remind yourself, “I’m just a ___________.” Then, your mind thinks about all the negative adjectives associated with that label. Your actions that day align with those thoughts and at the end of the day, you say to yourself, “Yep, I’m just another ___________.” The cycle repeats itself and you feel trapped.


STOP!


I’m a firm believer that my thoughts directly lead to results, both good and bad. I’m not going to say I firmly believe in the ideas of self-fulfilling prophecies, or in the Law of Attraction, or that a higher power grants us consequences based on our thoughts. This isn’t an exact science with empirical data to support any claims. But, I do believe our minds have the power to control who we are.


Try it. Start believing in someone you want to become. Then, start thinking about those habits you need to develop to become that person. Start off small. But, you need to start somewhere.


As I’ve shared with you, in an earlier post, that I’ve seen people accept the label they’ve been given and their minds allow them to act like all the negative traits of that label. I’m sure, deep inside, they’re good men and women, but their thoughts have turned them into something else.


One of the most powerful messages I ever learned in therapy was the concept of constantly thinking about what you want to become. It was suggested to put reminders in places you frequently view. I created a reminder that I always see as a screensaver on my phone. These thoughts have given me additional strength to start my own business. I want to be the owner of a successful business. Because my mind has been full of these thoughts, I’m well on my way. I don’t have time to think about the negative label I’ve earned. I know it’s there, but my mind is focused on other labels. Labels I want to have.


Your mind is everything you are.


Next up: Your mind is a vacuum, but not how you think.


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