Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

In the movie about Margaret Thatcher, called The Iron Lady, Margaret's character says a very thought-provoking quote to a doctor who was treating her with an air of condescendence. 

Watch your thoughts; they become your words.

Watch your words; they become your actions. 

Watch your actions; they become habit. 

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

I thought the quote was hers, but it was actually from  Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher. 

 It is true. We must watch our thoughts. Regardless of circumstance, the tape we play for ourselves in our head affects... no , rather it effects our future. It doesn't just influence it. What we tell ourselves changes our future -- for better or for worse. 

There will always be ups and downs in life. There will be a disproportionate amount of people who are either for us or against us at any given moment. There will be people who will be kind and understanding, and those who are cruel and intolerant. And we can't change that. We can't change other people. 

But, we can change what is inside our heads and hearts. We can try to be positive. It may take many months or years of conscientiousness of thought. It may take dozens of self help books. It may take being around more optimistic people. It may take going to beautiful places and reflecting upon the messages found in books or movies about incredible people. 

We all can change. No matter how old. We don't have to settle for where we are. Whether it is your thoughts that gets you into a rut, or your past words, perhaps actions or habits. You can change.  We can change our thoughts, change our words, change our actions, change our habits. We can improve upon our character. We can change our destiny. 

-- Carrie Zing


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