What do you do with your mind to enhance the quality of your life?
Your mind is not for mere decoration. If anything, it is for the decoration of your life. When I met one of my business partners and she shared her success story with me, it amazed me and drove home the point that we are what we are because of what we allow into our minds. The Holy Scriptures say, “As a man thinks, so is he” and James Allen added, “As he continues to think so he remains.” Whatever level you’re in today is largely a condition of your mind. Your mind determines your material life and conditions.
For the next two articles in this edition, we shall be looking at how to turn your mind to a wonder machine to create your desired future. Now, don’t think that since I am talking about you changing your own life or recreating your own life, that I am leaving God out of the picture. That is not true. When God is not in any picture, that life loses colour and posture. However, I’d like to state upfront that there are things God expects us to do for ourselves to achieve the things that we desire. And one of them is renewing and aligning our minds to achieve our greatest goals. Now what do you think of the following Scriptures: “As a man thinks so is he.” “According to your faith, let it be onto you.” “If you can believe all things are possible to him that believes.” “The just shall live by his (own) faith.”
All these Scriptures buttress one fact I have been trying to prove here: your destiny is largely determined by you. You largely determine what you want to be, do or have. When God finishes His part by helping you know what you want to be, do or have, it then becomes your responsibility to actualize what you want.
Now back to the mind. The mind is powerful a tool that when it is properly developed, it can become a threat to the armies of a nation. It becomes more powerful than ballistic missiles. But when it is left undeveloped and untapped, it remains a desert and a dunghill of waste. The mind works with the concept use or lose.
There are two aspects of the mind that I’ll be sharing with us today. These are thinking and working with your mind.
Thinking with your mind
Your mind is a thinking instrument. Man is so blessed that God gave us the mind to create, design and process our thoughts. As long as you can think, there is hope. People say when there is life there is hope. That maxim is not true for a mad person. Although he is alive, but because he cannot think, he is reduced to a mere vegetable. Great and successful people are great thinkers. God, Himself, our creator, is a great thinker. His thoughts are deep, so His acts are great. Until your thoughts are deep, you will be far away from great performance. Deep thoughts are a foundation for great acts. Do you ever spend time thinking through the challenges of your life? Have you ever spent an hour in deep thoughts or meditation concerning your life?
The Millionaire teacher, Robert Kiyosaki, once said that the difference between the poor and the middle class from the rich and the wealthy is rooted in their mentality. The poor and the middle class will always think and say things like, “I can’t buy a car because the economy is bad. I can’t go to school because my parents are poor. I can’t become an engineer because I can’t pass my Physics exams. I can’t build a house because I don’t have a good job nor earn a good salary. I can’t this or I can’t that.”
But the thinking and language of the rich and wealthy are awesome. Take a look at what they normally say, “How can I buy a car in this bad economy? How can I go to school even though my parents are poor? How can I pass my Physics so I can achieve my dream of becoming an engineer” and so forth and so on. Now if you notice, the poor and middle class make conclusions, the rich and the wealthy ask questions. One group says with finality, “I can’t!,” the other group asks with curiosity, “How can I?”
Sharpen your mind therefore to think like the rich and the wealthy. That way, you’ll see yourself breaking limitations and hindrances standing in your way.
Working with your mind
Frankly, there has never been a time when hard work on its own had made anyone successful. Take a look down the tracks of history and point to me someone who succeeded by dint of hard work alone. You see, if anything, the richest people in the world should be blue-collar or unskilled workers. It doesn’t take a degree or any kind of knowledge to break stones, work in factories as casual workers, clean gutters, fell trees, and do other tasks that require no specialized skills. It only requires your muscle, availability and dedication to duty and you’ll land such jobs.
However, jobs that attract higher pay require more than hard work. They require creativity, a touch of innovation and some specialized skill. But whatever you do now, whether as a skilled worker or not, don’t do it the way it has always been done. Do it the way it has never been done or has rarely been done. This way, you would distinguish yourself in the marketplace. And you can add this value to your work by engaging your mind. Smart workers are needed everywhere, from product-manufacturing factories to service providing companies and from the church to dockyards. Their work carries the emblems of excellence, uniqueness and creativity.
Until you work with your mind, your tasks will come out as ordinary, lackluster and mediocre. In our next edition, we shall look at Part 4: The Richest Place In The World. Sharpen your mind.
Written by U. Moses Urim, an Afroscandic Contributor, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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