Imagine I had a very valuable and powerful computer, capable of extraordinary things and able to make me healthy, happy, and wealthy. What should I do with this incredible machine? If I asked you who I should have program it for me, who would you recommend? Should I allow random coworkers, family members, or friends to load whatever content they want into my computer?
Your Incredible Mind
Guess what—you do have a very powerful computer that can get you anything you want in life. It’s called your brain! Scientists are continually amazed at the incredible complexity and capability of the human mind. And, just like a computer, your brain can be programmed. In fact, your brain is being programmed whether you realize it or not!
The problem with most of us is that we are simply not intentional about what we allow to program our brains. We often let the foolish words of well-meaning people invade our minds and keep us from growing to the heights we’re capable of. One may try something great, fail, and accept failure as part of his life. He then spreads his bile to those around him, discouraging others from pursuing their dreams, simply because he has failed, given up, and accepted defeat.
Filtering What Goes In
You have a choice. You can spend time around the failure of a man described in the previous paragraph, letting his rotten ideas and programming spoil your mind. Or, you can intentionally limit your time around such people and develop a filter for the junk ideas they spew. Turning positively, you can seek out successful people, people who have achieved what you want and are seeking to improve themselves further still, and allow them to speak positive ideas into your mind.
Choose Your Associations Wisely
Success always requires hard work and sacrifice. You can decide to accept your status quo as it is now and fill your life with distraction and entertainment. Or, you can get around people who challenge, inspire, and motivate you. The company you keep and the advice you follow will create the path and future of your life. Will the path you’re on today lead to a thriving life?