You are what you think!
Have you ever been listening absent-mindedly to music on the radio when a favorite song plays? Suddenly, you find yourself singing along to the music despite the fact that you’ve not even thought about the song in years! Like it was yesterday, you remember many, if not all of the lyrics. You may even start to think about where you were when you first heard the song, and any other memorable events associated with that time and place, emotions included.
How did this happen?
You might not realize it, but the human brain is a powerful ‘natural’ super-computer! All your life, you’ve been programming your brain with the information that makes you ‘unique’. But have you ever considered exactly what it is that you are recording in your memory-banks to be stored for the rest of your life? Like the majority of us, probably not.
When I was a teenager, I used to go to the Woodhaven public library everyday to get new books or to return old ones. I was a voracious reader. I once read ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS: STORIES THAT SCARED EVEN ME. Decades after reading it, there are still to this day several stories that I remember like it was yesterday. I even tracked down a hardback copy for my personal library.
A former friend of mine was a talented singer and song-writer. She could play guitar, and several other musical instruments as well. Jolene would walk into a gig, sing and play guitar for three hours, and perform every song from memory. I watched her do it dozens of times. Impressed me every single time. Truly amazing!
The point is this– EVERYTHING you put into your brain is there forever whether you realize it or not. I’m not saying that the recall will be instant, sometimes we have to fight to remember certain things as we shuffle through all that stored data. Think millions of files in tens of thousands of file cabinets cluttering the warehouse of data that’s stored in your brain.
All of this information impacts how, what, and why we think the things we do. It makes us who we are. So now that this has been brought to your attention, I want to consider this little mantra as you evaluate the quality of the information going into your mind. It’s an acronym G.I.G.O. It stands for ‘Garbage In, Garbage Out’. Just like a computer can be used to run spreadsheets for large companies, be used to write the great American novel, or search vital information on the internet for research, you can also use a computer for media, games, and email. The same thing goes for your wonderful brain. So don’t fill your mind with depressing garbage! From this day forward, make it your mission to avoid anything that’s depressing, demoralizing, or just plain garbage. Just like the lyrics of that old Bing Crosby song “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don’t mess with ‘Mister In Between'”
If you want to be successful in life, you need to fill your mind with positive information. You need to consider the quality of the information that you are committing to memory for the rest of your life. If this information is violent and depressing, you’ll be teaching your brain to be angry and without hope. Instead listen to positive and uplifting things. Don’t just listen to music on your car stereo, play audio CDs from motivational speakers like Brian Tracy @BrianTracy , Tony Robbins @TonyRobbins , John C Maxwell @JohnCMaxwell , or the late great Zig Ziglar @TheZigZiglar to name a few. Fill your twitter with accounts of people who tweet and retweet positive quotes, motivational pictures, and uplifting posts! Surround yourself with talented, encouraging, successful people and you will program your mind to be happy and successful. You will become a better person than you are now, and you will grow as an individual. You will be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and you will live boldly like you’ve never lived before! You can do it! I believe in you, and wish you great success!