I had an interesting revelation recently. As you well know, I have always strongly believed in the power of the mind. I think most people would agree that your mind has some degree of power over your circumstances.
Why don’t we stick with empowered thinking?
Yet, when push comes to shove and the going gets tough, most people will become discouraged, negative, let their minds and attitudes go off in a non-productive directions for extended periods of time, and even give up.
Now, I know keeping control of your thoughts is hard work, especially when things aren’t going well. But just the fact that it can be hard doesn’t seem to explain it.
I sometimes wonder if many people are hard-wired to be negative, or maybe negative thought patterns are very reinforcing on their own, or maybe the negative patterns protect us from disappointment… or if most people really just don’t believe in the power of the mind after all.
But that doesn’t sit well with me either, because ‘positive thinking’ is too simple for what I believe in and what I teach.
It’s not a magic bullet
I know that a great mindset has a cumulative effect on your life over time, because you make better choices more often, take advantage of more opportunities and attract around you those that resonate with your journey. There is real power in it. But why don’t people always embrace the tools and the concepts?
When people try to use the mental game as a band-aid or quick fix, it seems great when everything is going well…the proverbial magic bullet. But it’s not a magic bullet, and it doesn’t make life permanently warm and fuzzy, and it doesn’t mean you will never fail.
I’ve come to realize that when things get tough, people lose hope. When people lose hope they lose their power.
I looked up the definition of hope. The modern definition is: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
That’s what happens when things get tough, people lose their expectation and desire.
Where’s the trust?
I found it interesting that the archaic definition of hope was: a feeling of trust.
So I looked up the definition of faith: complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
People lose hope when they don’t have trust in something, faith in something…faith in the process, faith in themselves, faith that their strategies work, faith that perseverance will get them where they want to go, faith that what they want is worth fighting for, faith in something bigger than themselves… faith in anything!
Their determination fades because they see no reason to press on, no real confidence or trust that the outcome can still occur despite what appear to be insurmountable obstacles.
Our modern definition of hope has lost the element of trust, and people skirt around the concept of faith, so where does that leave trust…and belief?
We must be able to believe that something amazing can happen even if the proof isn’t right in front of us…even if it seems hard or even impossible.
Find your trust
What is your fuel? What do you have unshakeable faith in? What do you trust? What do you believe in? What is worth fighting for?
One of my favourite characters in literature is from The Lord of the Rings…Frodo’s companion, Samwise Gamgee. When all hope was lost, and all the odds were against him, he didn’t give up…
“One tiny Hobbit against all the evil the world could muster. A sane being would have given up, but Samwise burned with a magnificent madness, a glowing obsession to surmount every obstacle, to find Frodo, destroy the Ring, and cleanse Middle Earth of its festering malignancy. He knew he would try again. Fail, perhaps. And try once more. A thousand, thousand times if need be, but he would not give up the quest.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
What gives you hope, faith, courage, determination…keep it in front of you. What are you fighting for? Put it where you see it everywhere. Keep your eyes on the prize, even when it seems out of reach.
Burn with a magnificent madness, a glowing obsession to surmount every obstacle…
Most people quit when they are inches from the gold.
Don’t you be one of them. BELIEVE!
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