You Become What You Think About


I've lived near a train for over five years. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall you can hear it chugging along. Now, sometimes I hear it, and sometimes I don't. But on days I hear it I recite to myself “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can”. It reminds me to mind my thoughts because you become what you think.


Thinking and your beliefs

I think I can” is a phrase from a movie that I saw as a child. It is called The Little Engine That Could. In the movie, a little train is commissioned to carry freight over a large mountain. On the way towards the mountain the little train is told to turn around, go back, your too little. But the little train says “I think I can, I think I can” and it keeps chugging to the mountain. When it reaches the mountain it's told again to go back, your too little but it recites “I think I can, I think I can”.

Eventually, the little train gets over the mountain despite its' size. See, by repeating the phrase “I think I can” the train conditioned its subconscious mind and formed a new belief. Not only in herself but within every child who watched along with me.


Mind your self-talk.

The little engine reciting "I think I can" reminds me of something I heard Les Brown say once. That is to “mind your self-talk”. You can't control what someone is going to say to you however you can control what you say to yourself. The universe is abundant in what you are seeking and you should not withhold it from yourself.


Mastering your thinking.

Mastering your thinking is no walk in the park. You have to do your due diligence. Learn what thoughts are truly yours and what thoughts are imposed by others. One way is to focus on the positive. This is accomplished by thinking of something you have been proud of, grateful for, or excited about. When this is done your perspective shifts and you begin to operate from a place of gratitude.


To become the best version of yourself you should shift your perspective. When you do you will realize that you become what you think. And the next time you hear a train don't forget to recite “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can”.


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