Years ago I read a book called “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightingale. He explained the “strangest secret” was that we become what we think about most of the time. He wasn’t the first to discover or even describe this idea. It’s in the Bible and many other places. “As we thinketh, so shall we become.”
It’s true. In fact that is how we learn. We go to school or read a book and we are presented with information and ideas, and we believe them. If we study to be an engineer, we will begin to think like an engineer and find ourselves doing what engineers do, because we have paid attention to that subject for a lot of our time.
Over these last 11 years, I have talked a lot about what we pay attention to on Think Daily. It’s important to understand how we work, so we can create our best life on purpose.
What if you spent a lot of time at a place where people you were there to listen to or people you respected peppered you with ideas of how society ought to be? What if you watched a given news station that gave you what opinions you ought to have – every day. What if they told you how society was unjust in a given way and gave examples over and over again?
We become what we think about. And we think about what we put into our cameras and microphones (eyes and ears). Most of us are running someone else’s program and we’ve become the product – consumers…voters…
Understanding what is happening here is the first step to taking charge of your own programming. If you do take charge of what you do and do not pay attention to, you can become anything you want. You create your own experience on this earth.
God gave you the hardware. The software you run is up to you.