Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thoughts Matter!

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So many times, when we think of the things we want to change in our life it usually revolves around things that we want or activities and jobs that we want to do.  Those are fine and good, but then you end up one day wondering, "Who am I?", "How did I get here and why didn't things turn out different?"

The missing ingredient in this recipe of life's journey is thought.

Of the many universal laws, one that I firmly believe, is the Law of Reaping and Sowing.  This law is made up of three points:
  1. You reap what you sow.
  2. You reap later than you sow.
  3. You reap more than you sow.
So, what does this have to do with the subject, "Thoughts Matter!"?  Everything. We all want a great lifestyle (defined differently for each of us). We want to do great things.  But, we've never really been taught that it all goes back to our thoughts.  Let's look at our thoughts with respect to the law of reaping and sowing.  It progresses as follows:
  • Sow a thought, reap an action.
  • Sow an action, reap a habit.
  • Sow a habit, reap a lifestyle.
If you want to be a great leader, then read books on leadership, network with other leaders and get their input.  Really THINK about what you read, people with whom you network, and advice that you get.  Think about your thinking.  As you dwell on these thoughts, you will begin to notice (with intentionality) that your actions will begin to change. Your habits will begin to change. And finally, your life will begin to change.

I think therefore I am. ~Descartes  Think about it.

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  1. So true and concise, John. There must be purposeful action, otherwise we are just being "busy". Having a clear vision of what it is you want to achieve and following those three ingredients, you will no doubt find success...however one defines it for themselves.
    All my best, John

  2. Hi John!
    "Busy-ness" is such a distraction. Completely agree with your comments. Appreciate you taking time to read and comment.
    Thanks! John

  3. Good post John. We all need to slow down and do a lot more thinking.The busy-ness is a distraction. And, we caught up in the ratrace of trying to keep up with everyone else.
    The busy-ness is also a distraction because we have forgotten how to be comfortable with ourselves and our thoughts.
    I think, thefore I am (Pascal--?)

  4. John:

    I like your thinking, especially as I am a big thinker, although it can be one of my weaknesses as well as strengths, sometimes I need to think less, and do more.

    For me I need to remember the necessity of tending my crops from sowing to reaping and be aware of when that crop is ready to reap.

    Leave growth to chance and you loose much of your hard work, do not attend to timing of harvest and again loose much of the crop.

    I like your question "How did I get here, and why didn't things turn out different" it is a great question to spur growth and understanding from within.

    As Marcus Aurelius wrote:

    "Not Knowing what other people are thinking is not the cause of much human misery, but failing to understand the workings of one's own mind is bound to lead to unhappiness."

  5. Thank you Martina and Simon for taking the time to leave your comments! I appreciate you both!

    Martina: Yes, it's so easy to get busy! Good catch on "I think, therefore I am" - I should have attributed that to Rene Descartes.

    Simon: Love the quote from Aurelius and I appreciate your comments. Brilliant!