In summer of 2017, I took a meditation class. It’s now July of 2020 and I wonder how I forgot a life hack that was taught to me then. But I’m glad this train of thought came to me and very timely. Gita’s Chapter 2, Verse 13 says,
“Information doesn’t have to be new to be helpful — it has to be timely.”
A human has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts in a day and majority of them is negative. This comes from from an article from National Science Foundation. I couldn’t retrieve its source but it is also accepted by Deepak Chopra, the author of The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success. So I believe it’s good to go. If you think about what I’m about to tell you, it’ll only make sense. Let us say that that negative majority is about 70–80% of our thoughts. By negative I mean, thoughts of worry about things that don’t really happen, anger, distractive thoughts et al. The next category(let us assume this is about 10%) is thoughts of daily chores — eating, duties of — work, kinship, society et al. Coming to the rest 10%, are the most useful thoughts we have — Thoughts of ambition, thoughts of kindness, thoughts about our loved ones, thoughts of gratitude, thoughts of that comes from understanding a lesson et al. Logically, the useful 10% thoughts are thoughts which brings us tranquility, clam, clarity outside us and within us. It is believed that the 80/20 principle can be correlated in any part of our life. Using the 80/20 principle, what if we dwell more on the useful thoughts? This, I believe can be a total game changer. Everything in this universe is out of your control, you’re coming into existence was not in your control, your place of your birth was not in your control, your birth parents were not in your control. Everything in this universe is out of your control, except for one — your thoughts. Only you can control your thoughts. Heed about it, don’t bluntly accept it, feel it. Think about sea now, think about your dreams coming true, think about your current worries dissolving into thin air, think now about space and now a unicorn farting rainbow. Feel it? Once you have realised this, you have accessed to one of universe’s secret, or like I call it a life hack.
Lao Tuz, an ancient Chinese philosopher said,
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. What your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
So Lao Tuz says, your destiny is made from your thoughts and as we have know, your thoughts are controllable. Which connects to the title of this article, “You’re the creator of your own destiny.” This was said by Swami Vivekananda.
I’d like to end with what Daniel Chidiac, the author of Who Says You Can’t? YOU DO says
“When you change the way you think, you change the way you feel. When you change the way you feel, you change the way you act. When you change the way you act, you change your life. It starts by changing the way you…”
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