One of the things I have noticed throughout my life is the amount of thinking or thought people give to what they do with their lives. Most people don’t think or give a great deal of thought to what they do. Most of them just either go with the flow or react to what happens around them. Instead of giving thought to what they wanted to do.
So my theme for today is about thinking. As a martial artist one of the earliest things I learned was this:
“Think before you act, act before you think.”
In other words, learn how to react to a given set of circumstances, so that when those circumstances came you would not have to think about what to do as you already knew how to react to them.
One of my favourite quotes on this theme is:
“Thinking is the hardest thing we do, that is probably why so few indulge in it.”
This goes along with what I was saying earlier about people not giving a lot of thought to what they do with their lives.
“We become what we think . . . . . . always.”
And in the same vein, this one relates, in a way, to the sort of people and situations that we often find ourselves involved with or in.
“You attract the things you give a great deal of thought to.”
Whether you think positive or negative thoughts, the most dominant type of thought is the sort of thing that you will have to face or be involved in.
When I need to do some deep or heavy thinking I always use this, or approach my subject matter with the contents of this next quote.
“I keep six honest serving men; they taught me all I know. Their names are; what, where, when, why, how and who”.
I have always found it very easy and helpful to use these six words as a basis for my thinking. And the thing I like most about them is that they always approach each problem or challenge in a manner that will help you to resolve or reach a solution in a more positive manner than any other way.
To finish off our theme for today here is a poem by a gentleman by the name of Walter D Wintle.
If you think you beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch, you won’t
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later to the man who thinks he can!
Walter D Wintle