Thoughts Are Things

I continue to be pleasantly in awe of the perennial teachings that some say go back to Hermes.


“As above so below.”

James Allen

“Men imagine that thought can be kept secret, but it cannot. It rapidly crystallizes into habit and habit solidifies into circumstance.”

Matthew 17:20

“If yea have faith…nothing shall be impossible to you.”


“What you are today comes from your thoughts of yesterday.”

Marcus  Aurelius

“The Universe is change; our life is what our thought make of it.”

Earl Nightingale

“We become what we think about most.”

Tony Robbins

“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy.”




The year was 1990 and I had a road trip from Dallas to Amarillo and back.  Part of what kept me going on that six hour drive was a tape series by Earl Nightingale called Lead the Field. This is where I first heard, “We become what we think about most.” Oh I had probably heard some of these other phrases before. But this is when I got it.

So my question friend, as we start the New Year is, are you investing the time to manage your mind?

This may be the most valuable investment. As I look back over my life I can see when I was actively managing my thoughts in a positive and productive manner, it showed up in my outcomes – sales made, achievements, and relationships. And yet when I have relaxed and allowed my attention to wander, I have observed that things can get off track.

We are all pulled to activity. We want to be doing, reading, scanning, and listening. Take a look around the airport lounge sometime. There are very few individuals just sitting and thinking. I read this morning that we now have developed the attention span of a goldfish. That’s fifteen (15) seconds. I am not sure it lasts that long for some people I know. Let’s all take another sixty (60) seconds a couple of times a day to remember why we are here (at the office, in the lobby, on a plane. That sixty seconds reconnecting with your goals, dreams and desires will lead to the outcomes you seek. It is a perennial truth…We become what we think about most…

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