Discussion: As A Man Thinketh… So Is He!
April 23, 2021
This past Friday, on Victory Talk (with Lady J and Key) the following statement was made. “If you don’t see it before it comes, you won’t recognize it when it comes”! The statement had been echoing in my head for the past several days. Then while on Facebook wishing my nieces and nephew “Happy Birthday” I saw the following post by Tia Boone… “When you sit with Warriors, the conversation is different.” Two powerful statements united in my mind.
According to the dictionary, the mind is the place where thoughts gather to produce opinions, beliefs, ideas, purpose, reasoning and my favorite definition… imagination. I believe the two statements above should be life lessons that shape how we think. The processing of our thoughts subsequently causes emotions to be attached to them. Our emotions express our mental activity. What we create in thought ultimately is expressed in our behavior.
We take courses and special training to get needed information to prepare our minds for business or specialty in our pursuit of degrees and certificates. Over the years we see, hear or attend courses to “Brand Yourself” or “How to Create a Vision Board”. We take courses on finances or how to purchase a home.
I Googled, how many people in the United States live below the poverty level? The answer was about 12% of the US population, or 36,460,000 people. Poverty not only indicates a lack of monetary funds but also a lack of basic needs, which may include such things as clean water, shelter and food. These figures change annually and vary by state. I would like to give food for thought.
As a Man Thinketh! Determine your most dominate thought (s) and apply it to your life. Identify the specifics which mirrors back to you? Such as, “no matter how hard I try, I just don’t seem to get ahead”. Maybe you are saying, “I keep trying, when is my time coming?” Do you see childhood words spoken facing you? Starting with the one fact that is true, we are all human beings. What is it that causes someone to make it in life and others not to? What are you thinking at this very moment in your life?
People fail all the time, it’s inevitable. It only shows you what is or isn’t working, which should translate into not giving up on the goal you set. Our thoughts create our emotions and our emotions produce our behavior. According to the Research Firm, Wealth-X were findings that 30% of today’s billionaires don’t have a Bachelor degree. Per the Forbes 400, 63 billionaires have just a high school diploma. With this stated, I am in favor of getting a degree, but it is a proven fact that a degree is not a prerequisite to becoming wealthy or successful?
Look at the statement, ‘When you sit with Warriors, the conversation is different.’ Study the characteristics of a warrior; confidence, strength, aggressiveness, discipline, being active, bravery, being relentless. What I love is that qualities (good and bad) come from within you. No one can give or take them from you. I believe a warrior’s conversation never has words such as; try, maybe, perhaps, attempt, might. Conversation is going to be different because your vocabulary is different. It’s a Mindset!
‘If you don’t see it before it comes, you won’t recognize it when it comes’! Many things come to us disguised as something else. Oscar Wilde wrote, ‘What appears to us as a bitter trial are often blessings in disguise’. Many have walked away from the reward of their labor because it didn’t come the way or looked as they thought it to be. I wrote a post in the past regarding Michael Illitch Sr. whose dream was to become a professional baseball player. An injured knee put a stop to this career goal. While seeking his baseball career, he made pizzas to support himself. What does pizza have to do with baseball? Fast forward from the injured knee, which derailed his baseball career to pizza that was only supposed to be a supporting vehicle.
Michael Illitch Sr. became an American entrepreneur, founder and owner of the international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza. He owned the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. Ilitch was at the center of Detroit's downtown redevelopment efforts; he purchased and renovated the Fox Theatre and moved his business headquarters (Ilitch Holdings) there. He also owned Olympia Entertainment. What he saw was his life being successful. Even though it came differently, he recognized it and ultimately ended up on the Forbes 400 list.
What are you thinking?
What conversations are you having?
Are you talking to warriors?
What thoughts are creating your emotions which are producing your behavior?
What is your mental activity before going to bed and upon arising in the morning?
My last statement is to the ladies… Remember, the daughter of a lion is a Lion!
Amplified Bible: Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
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