“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius
What’s the color of your thoughts?
As small business owners what do we think about? Getting the next sale? Customer service? Finding another good employee? Keeping the good employees? Taking home enough money to make it worth the time and effort to stay in business? Our thought life is very significant. It’s time to take a look at our thinking and ask: “Do our thoughts support us or work to destroy us?
In 1903 James Allen’s book, “As a Man Thinketh” was published. He writes, “A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”. What we create, what we manifest all start with our thoughts.
So the question is, “What do you find yourself thinking about?” When you are alone, facing a challenge, in a crowd, what thoughts do you think? Some of us become pessimistic, our own worst enemy, a doomsayer. Some of us become optimistic. The good news is that if you are pessimistic you can learn to be optimistic.
Norman Vincent Peale in his booklet “Make Miracles Happen” tells us to consciously choose which thoughts we give time and energy to. He says to contemplate only the positives in life and when the negatives invade (especially the “what if…..’s) we are to look that fear square in the face and ask, “If _________(the worst) happens how will I make the best of it? How will I make something good come from it?
Someone more contemporary, Tim Ferriss in his TED TALK “Why you should define your fears instead of your goals” offers similar advice. As someone who has struggled with bipolar depression he knows the impact his thoughts can have. He’s also learned some invaluable tools for handling them. It’s a 13 min video well worth watching and implementing.
So, what’s the condition of your thought life? What do you surround yourself with, positive or negative messages? Who do you surround yourself with positive, uplifting and supportive people or negative, dismissive, denigrating people? Since we know the environment always wins what is one change you are willing to make to improve your thought life? When will you do it? Who will support you in making the change? When will you talk to them about it?
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FYI: Marcus Aurelius, April 26, 121 AD – March 17, 180 AD, was a Roman Emperor and author. His most well known work is “Meditations on Stoic Philosophy”