If you’ve been following me for a while then you’ve probably got an idea of who I am and what I believe in. You probably know that I’m a free-thinker, have a general disdain for authority and don’t particularly believe in the political system. Instead I believe in coordinated massive action to achieve change; the power of the people. As part of this my most important belief is that all change and all action stems from within. If you can change yourself then you can change the world.
James Allen published ‘As Man Thinketh’ in 1903, the opening lines are as follows:
Mind is the Master Power that moulds and makes
And man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking glass.
He is talking about the power of thought, the idea that whatever you think and whatever you believe will guide your actions and impact on your reality. If you think of good, of love, of sharing and of kindness, then you will be a good, kind, loving and sharing person. If you think of death, of hardship, of selfishness then you will reflect these instead.
The problem, of course, is that nobody’s mind is so black and white. Thoughts tend to be both good and bad, and the assumptions that we live by can create inner conflicts. In my area of health, life and strength coaching this manifests as beliefs that we’re not fit enough, that we’re not strong enough and that we don’t look the way we ‘should’. Inner conflicts manifest as a desire to change blocked by an uncertainty and lack of confidence about what the change will involve.
But if we can overcome these inner conflicts, if we can act to change ourselves and to change our thoughts then we’re taking a huge step towards even greater change. When you’re more energised, when you’re more confident and when you truly believe in the good of the world, that energy will drive your action.
Change yourself to change your environment. Change yourself to change your World.
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