Thoughts are things
Our thoughts are as tangible as words written on paper. Everything that we can see, hold, touch, use, read all started as a thought. And so if you can think it, it can be.
In fact, once you have thought it, it is already; all that’s left is experiencing it in the physical.
That’s why the law of attraction is meaningful because it always starts and ends in the mind.
Create an environment for good thoughts: The quote says, “Thoughts are things”, not good thoughts are things. All thoughts, good and bad, are things. The law of attractions don’t just mean that only your positive thoughts will attract positive results; it simply is that you will attract all the things you think. Knowing this fact, it makes sense to become deliberate about your thoughts. To cultivate good thoughts, and I believe that it is easy. Surround yourself with the right people. Grow your knowledge, watch, read the right stuff. Expose yourself, travel, read books about places, have solid conversations, challenge your biases, open yourself to new ideas etc.
Remember this “ no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.”
Nurture your thoughts: Ever had a great thought one minute, and next thing you can’t remember it? Getting a good thought or idea is one thing; nurturing it is different. So as you think and have brilliant ideas, do the work to build it up. Expand on it, Make it bigger. Nurture them.
One way to nurture your thought is to give it a goal & a purpose. What can that thought become? What do you want that idea to become? You need to have definiteness of purpose to translate your ideas to reality.
Purpose is intention. Purpose is a person’s sense of resolve or determination. It is hard for a thought to become a thing if you have not identified its intention or translated it to goals.
One of my defining beliefs is that clarity comes in doing; this means that you will not always know the final intent or design of a thing at first, but you have to start with the little you know. Then, as you take steps, the definiteness of its purpose will become even more definite.
Think about it like this:
- Your goal for your key thoughts is to know and pursue a definite purpose.
- You might not know the extent of that purpose immediately, but you owe it to yourself to take the first steps with the little that you know because repetition and consistency drive definiteness.
- So when you have a great thought, nurture it by first asking what its intention is. Then, nurture it by resolving to pursue it to the extent that it currently makes sense.
But you know intention (definiteness of purpose) is nothing if you do not break it down into actionable goals. It is only wishful thinking if you do not make a plan on how to achieve it. Set SMART goals with the level of clarity you have. Remember that as you knock each goal in the list off, it’d become even clearer where you are headed. Trust me!
A burning desire. A pulsating desire, almost obsession, but healthy :D.
It’s almost impossible not to succeed when you have a definite goal and place all your energy, willpower and effort into achieving it.
I have been watching the documentary of Kanye West, and from the first two episodes, I realized that Kanye is Kanye because of his desire and belief in himself. Get this; I am not a fan. I can’t even actively remember or name a Kanye song, but oh my! Does his story inspire me! Kanye believed in himself from Day 1. He was sure that he wanted (desire) to be the best rapper (definiteness of purpose), and he believed in and trusted himself to make it happen. And oh! did he put in the work. No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.
…the world is filled with an abundance of opportunity which dreamers of the past never knew. A burning desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off.
Having a clear goal is not enough. You need to want it badly enough. Kanye made music with a broken jaw!
How bad do you want it?
Feed that desire.
Faith: In the book, Napolean Hill says that one thing that feeds desire is Faith! You may never know how to get what you desire or create your idea, but you must believe that it is possible. That even if the resources you need to build it do not exist yet, the universe, by sheer force of your burning desire, will create it for you (the law of attraction). And it’s not just a burning desire; it’s not just about the Intensity. It’s the consistency. It is a persistent desire. That day one passes, day ten passes, year one, then year three, and still, your desire is constant, and your Faith and belief in your ability to attain it are unwavering.
…Nature wraps up in the impulse of strong desire, that something which recognises no such word as impossible, and accepts no such reality as failure.
Definiteness creates a burning desire: When you are clear with exactly what you want to achieve, it will birth a desire. And I maintain that the best way to get clarity is to do :D.
See this “Most ideas are stillborn and need the breath of life injected into them through definite plans of immediate action”.