Still with me?
In the last post I explained how thinking about the things (and people) we love will increase our level of happiness. In this post I’m going to go into more detail about the power of our thinking.
And I’ll start by asking you…
What to you think?
Has anyone ever asked you that question before?
And the answer is… of course.
Jim Rohn (one of my favorite authors) use to say that it is important to ask ourselves the tough questions and many times he would lead his audience by asking questions with obvious answers that would result in the words “of course.”
When we humans come into this world we are completely helpless. If any of you have any children of your own, then I’m sure you know by now that unlike your computer (or any other modern day appliance)
they don’t come with a manual…
or directions of any kind.
However… over time, it is possible to program them. Not only is it possible, but it is inevitable. Often times, you will not realize that you are doing it. And some of those times you will be programming them in ways that you wish you hadn’t.
Continuing on with the computer analogy, there is the adage of GIGO, which is simply an acronym for Garbage In, Garbage Out. Meaning that whatever you put into the computer program you can expect to get the same out of it. That sounds a lot like the law of sowing and reaping, sometimes known as “cause and effect.” I’ll talk more about this later. But my point here is that a human being is initially programmed by the people around them.
Of course, there are other things that play a part in that programming, such as environment and circumstances, but the major influence for all intents and purposes comes from the loved ones in our lives at that point in time.
Inside of all computers (as you may well know) there is something called a CPU. CPU is an acronym for “Central Processing Unit” and it is the part of the computer that processes the program(s) to accomplish the things that computers accomplish. Of course we know that inanimate objects cannot think as we humans can, but this is just an analogy and hopefully I’ve explained that well enough for you to understand my point.
We are all well aware that computers can accomplish incredible things. They are in virtually all of our cars nowadays, our planes, our phones, our TV’s, our microwaves and our many other appliances. If we could somehow make all computers stop working for one day, I’m sure all of our lives would be quite a different experience.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because as wonderful as all of these computers are at making our lives better, easier and more fun… they all stem from the mind of…
Did you guess that before you read it? See how fast your mind works?
Between your ears you own something free and clear that can take you wherever you want to go. It is an extremely valuable possession that many of us take for granted every day. Don’t beat yourself up over it. We all do it. It seems that the things in life that we get for free we don’t place as much value on when compared to things we pay for. Isn’t it time that we realized how priceless we really are?
A Person’s Worth
One of the first audio programs I ever heard was recorded by a man named Earl Nightingale called “Lead the Field.” Here is what Earl said about our worth:
“Before the atomic age, chemistry professors used to say that a person’s worth, from a strictly chemical standpoint, was about $32 on the going market. In recent years, this view has undergone a startling change. Scientists now calculate that if the electronic energy in the hydrogen atoms of your body could be utilized, you could supply all the electrical needs of a large, highly industrialized country for nearly a week. A DuPont scientist said that the atoms of your body contain a potential energy of more than 11 million kilowatt hours per pound. The average person, by this estimate, is worth about $85 billion.
Moreover, the electrons and the atoms of your body are not just particles of matter; they’re waves of living imagery. And these waves ripple out and spread themselves in patterns of light. And as they move, they sing. If you had the proper hearing aid, you could hear a great flow merging with the waves of neighboring atoms. And they not only sing, they shine!
If you stand in front of an infrared camera in a completely dark room, the screen will show you from top to toe as a glistening, radiating, gleaming form. In short, you are a whole lot more than meets the casual eye. Add to all this the fact that to try to reproduce your mind mechanically would cost many billions of dollars, and you begin to see yourself for what you really are. An amazing, infinitely valuable creature. And not only are you immensely valuable as a human being, you’re unlike any other human being who ever lived or ever will live. You are unique.”
Do not take this lightly. Earl Nightingale (though no longer with us) was known as the “Dean of Personal Development” and was the author of “The Strangest Secret”, which economist Terry Savage has called “…One of the great motivational books of all time“. Earl passed away in 1989 so factoring in that $85 Billion dollar estimate in today’s dollars would put your value at an even higher worth!
Earl’s Greatest Discovery
By the way, The Strangest Secret is said to be Earl’s Greatest Discovery, which essentially explains that
“We become what we think about”
Those are six of the most powerful words you’ll ever hear. You may want to read them again;
“We become what we think about”
Have you ever noticed how many other great books and authors talk about the importance of our “thinking?”
You’ve probably heard of one of the bestselling books of all time by Napoleon Hill called “Think and Grow Rich.”
Or how ’bout “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale
Have you ever heard Henry Ford’s famous quote:
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right!”
Now I’m going to ask you again.
What do you think?
Do you “think” you can become a happier person?
At some point during your life you began to think for yourself. Of course, your initial programming will always be part of who you are, but you now have the power to program and/or reprogram anything that you want. If you’re not a very happy person now and you want to be one, here’s another thought I’ll borrow from Earl.
“You only have to make up your mind and then begin immediately to move toward it, one thought at a time”.
And I am going to help you beginning now.
Here is a thought I want you to “think” and say to yourself right now.
I am an amazing, infinitely valuable creature. I am unlike any other human being who ever lived or ever will live.
I am unique.
And whenever anyone asks you how you are, the answer is:
“I’m super good, but I’m getting better.”
I got this response from Zig Ziglar. You remember him don’t you? His most famous quote is “You can get anything in life that you want, IF you’ll just help enough other people get what they want.”