Posted by: successforrealpeople | September 23, 2008

Believing Is Seeing

“We are what we think; as we desire so do we become! By our thoughts, desires, and habits, we either ascend to the full divine dignity of our nature, or we descend to suffer and learn.”
~J. Todd Ferrier

This is by far the most important point that you have got to wrap your head around if you are ever going to live the life you dream of.  Your thoughts and habits are the origin of the life you’ve create for yourself.  If you wish to change your world, you must first change your thoughts which will lead to changes in your behavior and ultimately to changes in your life.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What things do I say to myself on a regular basis?
  • Do I view setbacks as a sign of failure or an opportunity for growth?
  • Am I living up to my potential?
  • Do I expect good things for myself?

The answers to these questions will be quite revealing.  Many of us received lots of negative messages as a child and we’ve continued to recycle those messages over and over again well into our adulthood.  The good news is that we are capable of changing those old messages to ones that serve us better.  For example, I was given the message as I child that I would not be able to go to college because we were poor and poor kids didn’t go to college.  Well I decided in my 20’s that I could go to college if I wanted to and money would not be the deciding factor.  I changed the message in my head and the rest is history.

How do you interpret a setback?  I used to think that setbacks were just the Universe’s way of letting me know that I didn’t deserve to have the things that I was pursuing.  Fortunately, I’ve learned that what I used to view as setbacks are really just opportunities for growth.  And at times, some of those setbacks have actually served to send me in another direction.  In the end I discover that the new path turned out to be better for me.  I see setbacks as the Universe’s way of teaching and guiding me.

Are you living up to your potential?  The key to this question is your potential as you feel it, not someone else’s expectations for you.  When we can get below the surface of our self-talk and look deep within, most of us know on an instinctual level that we are capable of great things.  But the messages of others, combined with a few setbacks in life often cause us to doubt ourselves, thus leaving us feeling that we are not capable or worthy of having a great life.  What are your God-given talents and abilities (and I don’t need to know you to know that you have them)?  Shut out the voices of others and see what your own spirit reveals to you.  We are all born with the ability to live a wonderful life, but not every one knows that.

Do you expect good things for yourself?  Understand that you will get exactly what you believe you’ll get.  I love the expression “Believing is seeing.”  Why?  Because I know that if I don’t believe something is possible, it isn’t.  If I can’t believe it, it won’t happen.  Now flip side of that is, if I believe something to be so, then I will eventually experience the reality of it.  You must believe it before you see it.  It does not work the other way around.  You’ve heard the expression “Fake it til you make it.”  Same idea.

We get out of life all that we expect to get.  If you are willing to look at your thought habits, you may discover what has been holding you back from reaching your goals and living the life you dream of.  No one else is going to be able to do it for you.  You are in charge of your own thoughts and ultimately your lot in life.  Change your thoughts if you wish to change your life!

Wishing you much happiness and success!


  1. Here’s to happiness and success!! Great advice. We do get out of life all that we expect; so why not expect great things. Make things happen for yourself. No one is stopping you but you. Wake up one day and decide to make a change. Re-invent yourself. Do great things. Live Strong!

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