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Something(s) To Think About

August 13, 2015

If it’s true that

“You become what you think, even if you don’t think so.” – Dr. Morris Mandel

and it is.  Then think about what you think about.  For example:

1. Are your thoughts more about what you don’t have, or what you do have?

 “Life is great when we are grateful.” — Rabbi David Aaron

2. Are your thoughts more about where you have been, or where you are and want/need to go?

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” – Emma Phillips

3.  Are your thoughts more about who might have hurt you, or who loves you?

“He who angers you conquers you.” – Elizabeth Kenny

4. Are your thoughts more about how you have been hurt, or how you can help someone else heal?

 “How can you expect a man who’s warm to understand one who’s cold?” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

5. Are your thoughts more about what you are getting, or what you can be giving?

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

6. Are your thoughts more about errors/failures you have made, or what you learned from them and how to put that into action?

“Experience is the best teacher, and the worst experiences teach the best lessons.”Unknown

7. Are your thoughts more about worrying what might happen, or how to keep moving forward?

 “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia

 After you finish thinking about what you think about, think about what you mostly talk about.

What we think or talk about is where our focus is and it’s energy takes us.  It sets the direction of where you are going, or not going at all.  Are you going in the direction you want to?  Are you “climbing your mountain?”  Something to think about!

 “Our thoughts create our reality — where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.” –  Peter McWilliams

Homework Assignment

Think about what other thoughts belong on this list and may be holding you back.


Heart and Soul


15 Comments leave one →
  1. Dr. Seth permalink
    August 14, 2015 12:44 pm

    Fred, great reminder that our thoughts control our reality. Our perspective and positivity make a huge influence not only on our journey but on those who surround us.

  2. Jacqueline permalink
    August 13, 2015 11:20 pm

    Thank you for your words of wisdom. Always a much needed reminder.

  3. Kelley permalink
    August 13, 2015 4:53 pm

    Love the quotes. I need an art collage of them. 🙂

    • Fred Fox permalink
      August 13, 2015 6:44 pm

      Thank You.

      • Kelley permalink
        August 15, 2015 5:32 pm

        And also your insight.

  4. steve permalink
    August 13, 2015 11:51 am

    HABITS. We are trained to habitually do the opposite of this list. Retraining our brain takes effort. Success comes best and fastest with a coach, partner, peer. Someone to hold each other accountable to NOT THINK THIS WAY. My favorite vice is ruminating on the past. Gets the good juicy brain chemicals going. Grateful for my new Vans today. What more does a guy need? Glad you stimulate us, Fred. Happy Thursday.

    • Fred Fox permalink
      August 13, 2015 1:06 pm

      Thank you for your as always thoughtful comment.
      “If you are always looking backwards, then your future will look like your past”

  5. Miller, Robert G., M.D. (CPMC) permalink
    August 13, 2015 10:28 am

    Fred–many thanks. Lots of research also indicates that gratitude is good for blood vessel and brain health! Best, Bob ________________________________________

    • Fred Fox permalink
      August 13, 2015 10:31 am

      in that case I am grateful for your comment

  6. jocko permalink
    August 13, 2015 10:25 am

    Thank you, Fred. Once again, your teaching arrives at a “just in time” moment to wade through some bumps coming through.

    It seems like science is validating much of what you’ve sent i.e. through exploring the “neuroplasticity” of the brain and our inherent ability to adapt to this life. But for me, having a succinct and thoughtful adage is most helpful.

    I’m going to try to walk with Brother Buscaglia’s gem today.

    May you be happy
    May you be well


    • Fred Fox permalink
      August 13, 2015 10:32 am

      Thank You and you too my friend

  7. David permalink
    August 13, 2015 10:05 am

    Well said

    • Fred Fox permalink
      August 13, 2015 10:20 am

      and so was your reply

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