Friday, February 19, 2016


    If you have difficulty feeling good about yourself and see opportunities pass you by, don’t fret! There is a light at the tunnel’s end, for you can think your way into triumphing over many difficulties!  
     It’s not a Pollyanna idea. Much research supports it and that’s why I stress throughout my book Finding Happiness in America that we all become what we think about. What you achieve or don’t achieve is directly related to your personal thoughts, so if you diligently work on changing negative thoughts into positive ones, you will eventually become a more confident and constructive person. By thinking optimistically, you will carve out an encouraging and promising future for yourself. Researchers found that roughly 20,000 thoughts pass through the human mind each day, so why not nurture yourself by focusing in on great ones?

     You can make things improve in your life because you are human and possess the unique ability for creative imagination. It’s holed up in all of us even though it may be suppressed by passive TV viewing and by a civilization which carries out vital functions and bestows bounties upon us with little mental sweat required. A study of the 400 most prominent people of the 20th century, like Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, and Eleanor Roosevelt revealed how crucial our thoughts are in determining our fate. Three-fourths of those dignitaries utilized creative thinking to overcome personal tragedies, terrible frustrations or debilitating handicaps to achieve their victories.
     It’s no surprise that successful business owners forge positive, detailed business plans. They learned that the happiness and success in their ventures depend on the quality of their thoughts. Likewise, you can overcome present difficulties and better cope with unseen future snags and dilemmas as well. Start by writing down your personal thoughts on what you’d like to achieve and the person you’d like to become, your long-range goals and aspirations…paint a picture of your ideal life. Then, rephrase it, not as a wish list, but as if you’re already there, describing how it feels to have your dreams actualized. This is your first creation- existing only in your “mind’s eye”. This will enable you to begin thinking positive thoughts and to make them take root in your personal, daily experiences.
     Next, use your creative imagination and positive thinking to make your goals begin to materialize in the real world (second creation). Set yourself up for success! Plan for frequent wins by breaking your long-range goals down into shorter, easily-reachable ones. These initial victories will become mental coup d’états against your negative thoughts that hold you back, a kind of cognitive rebellion…against yourself!
     By getting a grip on the 20,000 thoughts that pass through your mind each and every day, you can transform them into positive and constructive reflections, ideas and inspirations. Eventually, past mistakes will dissolve from your “mind’s eye” and you will find yourself creating new opportunities instead of waiting around in anticipation for them to knock on your door…which they seldom do.
    You are today where your thoughts have brought you and you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. Yes, we all become what we think about!
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. has retired from his positions as school psychologist and adjunct professor in the School of Leadership & Policy Studies at Bowling Green State University. He authors the book, "Finding Happiness in America".(Click HERE for Kindle edition).