What you think you become. We’ve all heard that said before, but just how true is it? From my experience, it’s extremely true. When I’ve thought I was a loser at work, I became a loser at work. When I thought I was an attractive person, I became an attractive person. Throughout my life, as far back as I can remember, what I’ve thought I’ve become.
As someone who has grown into a personal development enthusiast, I can say that every book I’ve read, every lecture I’ve attended, and every online course that I’ve taken has said the same thing in one way or another – what you think you become. And there’s a reason I want you to read, listen, and study these things.
The More You Learn About Something, The More You Will Believe It
The thought that your thoughts are creating who you are going to be is exciting! It means you have the potential to create an amazing future where you are healthy, happy, and successful. But, not everyone has a firm belief that they are in that much control of their future. In fact, many people don’t give a second thought to their thoughts and how they influence their present and their future and, instead, feel like they are being manipulated by something or someone else in life.
If you are on the fence as to whether or not you thoughts influence your future, then you need to start by reading up. Books will influence your beliefs one way or the other. While I didn’t always understand how important thoughts were, the following books were just a few of the many I read that helped me understand how important your thoughts are to your happiness, success, and health.
1. You Are The Placebo by Joe Dispenza
This book is incredible for making you think about your thoughts and how they affect what you become, especially physically. One of the things I liked the most about this book is that Joe Dispenza does an excellent job explaining things from a quantum perspective. If you are feeling run down or are dealing with some sort of health issue, then this is the book you will want to read.
Joe Dispenza is a diligent researcher who has explored the science of spontaneous remissions and healing from conditions that were chronic or terminal. He started this after he healed himself from what was almost guaranteed paralysis. In the book, he uses the placebo effect to target new genes and restructure the cells in his body. He gets stronger each day and eventually he is up and walking after he was told he wouldn’t be.
In the book, you will read real stories of how powerful people’s thoughts are when it comes to their health. For instance, one man thought he was cursed and became really sick to the point of death. It wasn’t until the doctor convinced him (through the placebo effect) that the curse was lifted that he started to get better. This takes ‘what you think you become’ to a crazy level where other people can influence your health if you let them influence your thoughts. And that’s very important to understand!
In short, you will learn how your thoughts affect everything in your life. You will learn how they can keep you stuck or change the way your life is going. The information is backed by stories and science, so it will be a good read for anyone who wants some real proof that your thoughts affect your life in this way.
2. The Magic Of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
“Think big and you’ll live big.” That pretty much sums up the idea of ‘what you think you become’. This book was written in 1959, and it focuses on how thinking big can lead to great accomplishments, a huge income, lots of friends, lots of respect, and much more.
This book approaches an important subject when it comes to thinking big – you have to believe big. Your beliefs affect your thoughts. This is why you need to read! The more you learn, the more you will believe big things for yourself, and the more your thoughts will serve you and your life’s direction.
One of the things I like about this book is the talk about excuses. If you find yourself making a lot of excuses for why you can’t be great or have great things, then, of course, your thoughts are going to sabotage your life.
The best way I found to get rid of excuses is to start taking ownership over your life. Once you decide that you are responsible for what happens to you, and stop blaming other people, then you have no choice to start doing things for your improvement. Why? It’s hard to live knowing that you are purposely sabotaging your life by not taking control of it!
You will also learn how action cures fearful thoughts, and how that will affect your life. This could be the insight you need to start doing things that matter for yourself that will directly, and indirectly, start changing your thoughts about yourself and your life.
In short, you will walk away from this book with many big ideas about your thoughts and how they affect your life, and how you can work towards creating and maintaining more positive thoughts in your life. You will learn things like what kind of thoughts to deposit in your memory bank and why, why getting out of ruts is important, capturing ideas before they die, and how your behavior can drastically affect your thoughts.
3. Think On These Things by Jiddu Krishnamurti
The information in this book was first covered in lectures to parents, teachers, and students in India. The book talks about everything, including education, tradition, culture, and politics. Jiddu Krishnamurti was a man who spoke on matters that concerned humankind, which is something that I think we all need to focus on in this time of craziness. His teachings can have a huge impact on our thoughts and possibly help shift the way we interact with each other and view each other, which can benefit who we are and our lives in a big way.
One of the things he discusses is a stupid mind. This is a mind that says I have decided to be something, and I am going to be that something for the rest of my life. Thoughts like this are what create a hateful and angry person because they make someone see a very narrow view of life that causes them to judge and scorn other people in a big way. This kind of thinking is what causes people to harm in the name of belief.
This book will challenge your current thoughts. It could help you develop different ways of thinking and get unstuck from an unhealthy thought pattern that is causing your life to be unhappy. You will learn why negative thoughts can take root in your mind and why they are hard to pull out, and you will learn how to fix that. You will learn how to handle your feelings of anger and passion and not allow them to affect your thoughts in a negative way. And, you will come away understanding why learning is so important.
4. Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This is probably where most people have heard the expression ‘what you think you become.’ According to some sources, Think And Grow Rich has sold over 15 million copies and has affected every big personal development teacher on the planet. If you have not read it yet, I highly suggest you do if you want to understand more about how your thoughts are affecting your reality, especially if you want to be more successful in life and want to learn a simple way that you can do that starting today.
Inside you will learn how riches begin with a state of mind – hence, your thoughts! You will learn why the dominating thoughts you have in your mind are attracting everything in your life in a way that harmonizes with your thoughts. In other words, you will learn that if you are thinking bad things, then you are attracting bad things to you. Best of all, you will learn how to create positive thoughts that will transform your life into one big heap of awesome.
One of the things that Napoleon Hill suggests is concentrating on the person you want to become for thirty minutes a day. Who sits and thinks about who they want to become? Most of us think about our fears and who we DON’T want to become. But, this practice can help you gain a clearer mental picture of who you want to be and, thus, affect your thoughts positively.
In short, you will walk away understanding how important your thoughts are to your success and how to develop the right thoughts for success. You will also learn what you need to add to your life to create more successful thoughts and success, such as a well-defined purpose in life and self-discipline.
5. How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael Gelb
Leonardo da Vinci was a genius, and he had some interesting habits and ways of moving through life that helped him develop the thoughts to be a genius. Yes, he was a painter that was highly respect for paints such as the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, but he was also a musician, inventor, and scientist, and he has been credited for many different inventions, including the parachute and the helicopter.
The big thing I like about this book is the principles of his genius. Things like his curious approach to life, his commitment to testing out what he learned, and his continuous improvement of fitness, poise, and grace. He constantly asked questions, never getting stuck in any one thought pattern without the willingness to be open to new thoughts. This guy lived a life that I want to live full of personal development and, best of all, progress. And it all started with the way he thought about life, himself, and everything around him. He is a huge example of ‘what you think you become’.
One of the things this book talks about is how Leonardo da Vinci carried a notebook with him always for jotting down any thoughts that came to his mind. Journaling has been proven to create happier thoughts, so it’s no wonder he lived such an interesting life. People who journal are known to be healthier, more optimistic, and happier than people who don’t, and to me it seems that one reason is being able to distinguish thoughts that you are having and write them down instead of getting lost in them.
In short, this book has a lot of insight into how Leonardo da Vinci lived his life in terms of thought and how that knowledge can benefit yours. You will learn about mind mapping, affirmations, and why goals and the process to those goals matter.
6. Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman
Lastly, if you think that you can’t think any other way than how you think now, then this book is for you. Martin Seligman is a psychologist, and he states that psychology has found that you can choose the way you think and habits of thinking don’t need to be forever. This is a huge idea for a lot of people who are stuck in a rut of thinking sad, upsetting, or angry thoughts.
As the book title suggests, you can learn to be optimistic, and it will teach you how. You will learn what optimism is, what learned helplessness is, and why maintaining thoughts that lead to desire or motivation are essential for your success. In other words, if you think certain thoughts that drive you to do what you need to do, then you will become more driven and motivated, and your life will be affected greatly by this!
I think one of the important things that this book brings to light is that even though optimistic thoughts will not save you from setbacks, heartache, and tragedy, they will help you get through them better and come out the other side with a life you prefer. If you are pessimistic in thought during times of struggle, then it becomes hard to deal with setbacks and failures and your whole life can be affected negatively.
In short, this is a book that will help you further understand why ‘what you think you become’ is such a true statement. And it will help you develop the desire to be more optimistic. I know how annoying optimism can seem when you are feeling pessimistic, but this book will shine some light on why developing an optimistic way of thinking is something you want to do.