Monday Morning Coffee


"A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other
people will alter towards him.... Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished
at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life. Men do not attract that
which they want, but that which they are.... The divinity that shapes our ends is in ourselves. It is
our very self.... All that a man achieves is the direct result of his own thoughts.... A man can only
rise, conquer and achieve by lifting up his thoughts. He can only remain weak and abject and
miserable by refusing to lift up his thoughts."

- James Allen, "As A Man Thinketh"


It's so simple . . . the advice given in the above quote . . . and so true. Each of us has the power to elevate the value and quality of our life, simply by "lifting up" our thoughts, by placing our hands firmly on the wheel of positive thinking. Earl Nightingale gave an example in one of his taped programs. He said imagine that you are the operator of a huge piece of earth-moving equipment. You are perched in a small cab, hands on the wheel, and have the ability to move vast amounts of earth. Would you take your hands off the wheel and let it run itself into a ditch?

Your mind, and hence your thoughts, mirror that steering wheel. Through positive thoughts, you guide your life in a direction that produces positive actions, resulting in positive re-actions from others. Refusing to keep your hands on the wheel will quickly deliver you into life's ditches.

Life today is complex. It brings with it many opportunities for negative thinking. They range from the personal early morning "Hurry up, we're going to be late!" to the mid-day business crisis of "The deal isn't going to close!" Another quote goes like this: "Think you can, think you can't, either way you're right!" Again, it's your choice, isn't it?

The next time you feel frustration and doubt creeping into your vocabulary, think of a time when you felt really good about a similar situation . . . then replace the negative thought with a positive statement. As another wise individual once said, "Our lives are what our thoughts make of it."