Whatever we let our thoughts dwell on, becomes prominent in our lives. An example of this, that many people are familiar with, is the new car syndrome. When we buy a new car, all of a sudden we see that model everywhere. It’s not that our buying the car has instantly influenced people all over our community to acquire one, it’s that we notice them much more than we did before. They become prominent in our awareness; It just appears as though a lot more of them suddenly hit the road.
This same principle applies to many things in our lives, most especially attitudes like happiness or dissatisfaction. Happy people always seem to have a good attitude and things always seem to go right for them. Unhappy people are the opposite. Often times, it is not that their lives are so vastly different, it’s what they notice about their lives and what is prominent in their awareness that is world’s apart.
By changing what we let our minds dwell on, we can significantly change our reality. By focusing on the positives in our lives and the good in other people, our world becomes filled with those things. In contrast if we focus on everything that is wrong with our lives and the flaws in other people, our world becomes filled with those things.
For anyone that has any doubt about the power of what we let our minds dwell on to literally change their world, here is a very enlightening way to actually experience it:
“First assess your general attitude towards life and your world. Then for 30 days do not let yourself think about anything in a positive way. Three times a day, stop and write down 3 things that are wrong with your life and 3 things that are wrong with someone or some people you know. At the end of the 30 days, assess your attitude towards life and your world again. You will notice a darker shift has occurred.
Then for the next 30 days, reverse the above and don’t think about anything negative. Three times a day stop and write down 3 things that are good about your life, and 3 things that are good about someone or some people you know. You will notice a lighter shift has occurred.”
After doing this experiment, they should be very clear about how important it is to monitor and manage what their mind dwells on. While it takes a little time and effort to do this experiment, the lesson learned can significantly change their life, as they consciously choose what their world will be filled with.