One thing that sets apart many successful individuals is their ability to think big and aim high. Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer of all time with 28 medals in the Olympics alone (23 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze) said in an interview, “If you dream as big as you can dream, anything is possible.” Imagine, someone diagnosed with ADHD at the age of seven and suffered the divorce of his parents when he was nine years old was able to achieve what he achieved because he thought big and aimed high.
If you want to achieve extraordinary results you need to think extraordinary thoughts and take extraordinary steps to achieve them. The problem is that our natural environment mostly conditions us to be “realistic” or to “play it safe” by thinking small. This leads to so many people living small lives, way below their potential. In order to move beyond the mundane and press into our God-given destinies, we must recondition ourselves to think bigger and aim higher.
The way you think not only affects your own life, but that of others around you — it affects your world. You have the power to change the world you live in. If you concentrate on the positive, you re-affirm that reality in your personal life and throughout the universe. According to Emerson, “Great men are those who see that thoughts rule the world.” The question to ask is, “How do you think?” Have you ever asked yourself this question? Do you think positively or do you think negatively?
It is our inner world that produces our outer expression of who we are. If we think ourselves as incompetent then we become what we think. It is important to realize this connection and to begin a healing process to see your world as a garden of possibilities instead of a den of fools.
It is the direction in which you place your attention of thought that will determine the direction of your life. By giving the world your positive thoughts you will begin to see a world of possibilities unfold before your eyes. It is only by thinking that we can change our world.
If you listen to the words of Harriet Martineau, it will do you a lot of good: “You better live your best and act your best and think your best today, for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.”
Dr John Parankimalil is the Rector and Director of Don Bosco Institute of Management, Guwahati. He is the recipient of many awards including Pioneer of Education, Green Mission Champion and Best Teacher Award.