The power of your thinking.
A friend of mine gave me a riddle the other day that I thought was really quite clever and very reflective of how we view life.
“Imagine you are stuck in a jail cell with no way to get out. How do you get out?”
And the ridiculously clever answer he followed up with—“Stop imagining.”
The answer is simple, too simple. But there is such wisdom in it. We are constantly imagining worries and outcomes that don’t even exist. And we get stressed by them and they take us away from living life in the present moment. Our mind has such power and influence over us and we sometimes forget the impact our self-talk has on our mind and body.
If we constantly think that we are not good enough, smart enough, strong enough and fast enough, we are essentially imagining ourselves in that jail cell.
The simple truth is you may not be the smartest, strongest, fastest person. In fact, there is a very small chance that you are. However, I can guarantee that you are a master at something. You may be a great listener, or a loving brother or an environmental superstar—all of those things are extremely important.
If you constantly compare yourself to others where you fall short, you are essentially putting yourself in that jail with no way to get out, and that’s not a great place to be. But we all have the power to stop imagining the jail cell and start imagining that we are amazing people and we all make the world a better place, in our own unique way.
I am a very strong believer that your thinking becomes your reality. Which means, if you think you make the world a better place—then you will make the world a better place. And if you think you are stuck in a jail cell—then you will be stuck.
We are in complete control of our thoughts, so let’s concentrate on thoughts that remind us that we are great and we help others around us to be great as well.
By Sunjay Nath
Sunjay travels the world sharing insights on leadership. He is the author of several books including the best seller, The ABCs of Student Leadership and a frequent speaker at our Leadership Summits. To order his book or learn how to have him as a guest speaker, please visit www.SunjayNath.com.