Becoming What You Think About!

by Syl Tamanda

Definition of Think

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, to think means to “direct one’s mind toward someone or something; use one’s mind actively to form connected ideas.”

As you start this journey, you must remember that you are what you think about. Whether you want to be a musician, a banker, an accountant, a mechanic, an air hostess, or a tennis champion, the answer lies in how you think. Djokovic said this in an interview after winning the 2021 Wimbledon Grand Slam “When I was a kid, my biggest dream was to win Wimbledon. It’s amazing that a seven-year-old boy in Serbia made a fake Wimbledon trophy out of things he found around the house and is now standing here with a real one. It’s really cool.”

Food for thought!

It would be instrumental at this stage to ask yourself the following questions;

  • What do I want to do with my life?

  • What am I doing right now to make those goals come true?

  • What do I plan to do to make more money?

  • When would I like to be able to do things on my own?

Think about the answers to the questions above to figure out where you are in life. This will lead you to realize that the reason the most money is owned by so few people is because most people haven’t asked themselves these life-changing questions.

Think and write down what you think

For example, if you want to grow long, beautiful hair, you might read books or articles about hair or watch videos on YouTube about how to make your own hair products, all with the goal of reaching your original goal. You can put the same amount of effort into any goal in your life, including becoming independent, because if you don’t want to be independent, you probably won’t look up the rules or learn from people who know more about the subject than you do.

As you read this article, I want you to stop and ask yourself, “Do I want to be remembered as someone who didn’t try to think, look up the rules, or learn about what they wanted to become, or would I rather be remembered as someone who worked hard and set up the right foundation to be remembered as someone who became financially independent early?” I think we’d all like to be in the second group. Earl Nightingale once said, “We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it.”

The different subheadings explain some of the most important things about the mind.

Helping Your Mind

You see, before a plane pilot takes off or lands a plane, he goes through his checklist rather diligently, and he makes it a point not to rely on his memory alone. This is a habit that you are encouraged to form vis-a-vis your own personal goals, your vision and even your mission. Make it a point to write stuff down and, if necessary, hang them up to your wall, where you will be reminded of them every single day, and in that way ponder at what they mean for your life.

Pilots performing a checklist before landing

The Rationale Behind Your Worth.

What your mind can push you to do is how much you are worth. No matter what you do to make a living, the amount of money you get or make is often directly related to the need for what you do (which often depends on your mind), your ability to do it (how you decide to do your tasks), and how hard it would be to replace you or your offering (how well you train your mind to become an expert in your domain).

For example, the entertainment industry is full of talented black women. But you can’t call all of them billionaires. Forbes officially named Rihanna the richest female musician and the second richest female entertainer in the world after Oprah Winfrey on August 5, 2021. The article went on to say that of the $1.7 billion, she was able to make $1.4 billion from the cosmetics line she started in 2017 called Fenty Beauty. She wanted to appeal to “every type of woman” by making more than 40 different shades of foundation, which had never been done before.

Rihanna could have been stuck with the money and fame of a pop star, but she took the risk of being an entrepreneur, put her mind to work, did what she had to do, and was pushed to a whole new level of success that put her ahead of her peers. Even though not all of her business ideas worked out, she never gave up.

The Power of Your Ideas.

Rihanna could have been stuck with the money and fame of a pop star, but she took the risk of being an entrepreneur, put her mind to work, did what she had to do, and was pushed to a whole new level of success that put her ahead of her peers. Even though not all of her business ideas worked out, she never gave up.

The only thing that makes people different from animals is their minds. So, the only thing that can make you successful is your MIND. In addition to the fact that your ideas are free, one of them could make you very wealthy. Focus on getting your thoughts under control and doing what you know how to do best in your current job or field of study.

For example, Tom Blomfield, the CEO of Monzo, an online challenger bank, was fired from sterling bank in the UK. He and his friends then came up with an amazing idea that led to the creation of “Monzo” in 2015. Monzo raised a huge £1 million in less than 2 minutes, which was a record for crowdfunding. They have more than 1,500 employees and more than 4 million customers now. It’s important to know that Tom was offered a great job at another big bank, but he turned it down because he wanted to work on this big idea he had. He took a big chance.

Today, your task is to think about the field in which you are an expert. Get a journal and force yourself to write down a list of 5 ideas every day of the week. Keep in mind that some ideas may be useless, some will be good, some will be great, and one could be revolutionary.

Strive for Uniqueness.

No one is asking you to reinvent the wheel, however, there are so many things and businesses that already exist, that can be tweaked and improved upon. However, you must avoid copy-catting other businesses in your field. It would be more beneficial if you focused on finding new ways of improving what is currently being done, in order to stand out, beat the existing competition, and increase your efforts towards attaining your income goals.

Imagine that you would like to open a local barbershop. In order to get ahead, visit existing barbershops and make a list of things that need improvement. Going back to your own business and implementing those changes will be a good way to get ahead. Some changes could include the cleanliness, the cosines, music or little entertainment offers.

Mind Your Attitude

The last, but not the least, thing is to alter your attitude and align it with whom you want to become because your total environment is an exact mirror of who you are as a person. Remember the saying “show me your friends and I shall tell you who you are!”. Begin acting the part of the person you want to become, in the little things you do, the way you talk, the way you dress, the things you read or listen to, and the courtesy you show to people you encounter. It is your attitude towards other people that largely determines their attitude towards you.

You can also listen to the Podcast about my personal experience and how my life changed when I intentionally changed my thought process.

Always remember that in whatever you do, practice is the key to forming new habits. Moreover, in order to experience a complete shift in your mind, actions and attitude, it is imperative to practice relentlessly because our rewards in life are in exact correlation to our input.

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