"The mind is everything. What you think you become."...Buddha
"He that fails to command his thoughts will soon lose command of his actions."
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
If you really think about it you may notice that practically everything you do is as a result of some thought process that happened before the actual action takes place, with the exception of reflex actions, of course.
What is so amazing is that for so many people thought processes are seemingly in an 'auto-pilot' mode, which seemingly leads to auto-pilot actions that cause us to get trapped in sub-standard life experiences. All areas are affected - relationships, career, family, health, finance and any other category you may think of.
People who are successful, whether in terms of financial gain, personal achievement or just simply at peace with nature and the joy of living somehow have developed thought processes that are different from people who blame the system and find justifications for why they are not living a better life.
In actuality, we are not taught how to think, we just do it as part of the natural process of physical/mental development. It's astonishing that even before we are born into this world we have a keen sense of what makes us feel good or bad and actually respond to varied stimuli from such an early stage.
So we go through the stages - babe, adolescent, young adult and then full - fledged adult with the attached expectancy that we are fully equipped with the required skills to think and act as responsible beings who can contribute to the greater development of our societies and become responsible parents who will so easily pass on the invaluable traits to our offspring, so that they too can attract wealth and abundance and continue a cycle of prosperity. Unfortunately, it does not work that way in most cases.
People who are able to follow this path usually tell a story of just going along with the 'motion-of-life' without exercising too much focus on thinking and behaving in order to align themselves with people and opportunities that will enhance their experience. So whatever happened just pretty much happened, until they reached some point where they wanted more than just routine living. They usually report a profound shift in their focus, leading them to make more responsible and deliberate choices.
Clearly, the analysis of how we ought to think and act sounds so much easier than realistic situations will actually allow, but what is also clear is that it is absolutely possible and offers so many tremendous benefits. So, where do you begin? This becomes your most vital question because beginning to reshape how you think is usually the most difficult part of changing your life experience.