“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” This saying by Buddha is indisputable. If we are convinced we are mediocre, no worldly force can make us outstanding. The foremost step to success is convincing yourself you are worth more than you conceived. This is the only reason why some are richer than others. It is the potential of the subconscious mind that cures one person of a deadly disease while the other is so immersed in grief and anxiety that he is sure to perish of the ailment. We do everything to nourish our body. We eat and drink and even exercise. Have you ever wondered what we do to feed our minds? Do we read motivational books, interact with wise people, or travel to inspiring destinations to gain depth in our perspective?
Prayer and meditation are potent ways of honing our subconscious. When we pray, we feel empowered to find answers within ourselves rather than looking outside or consulting others who may have no knowledge of our predicaments. Sleep is another unparalleled means of focusing on our inner self. Even though our vital organs don’t sleep when we do, the rest from lack of interference with our conscious mind leads to a reparative and regenerative process initiated to heal and rejuvenate our physical body.
If you tell yourself that you will win, chances are very high you will. Naturally, this logic doesn’t necessarily apply to winning the lottery! It’s all about the mental tuning. In simple terms, our achievements are directly proportionate to self-esteem and confidence. Experts swear by the miraculous power of visualizing and concretizing one’s success. By telling yourself repeatedly that you will succeed and that you are meant for bigger things in life, you are conditioning your mind to achieve the ultimate. If your goal is to become a celebrity, imagine yourself receiving awards and making gratitude speeches. This vision will not only consolidate your conviction that you are deserving of the status you seek, it will help you focus on multiple ways of realizing your dreams. According to Eleanor Roosevelt, “You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.”
Vinita Kinra is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection,Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.