Do you think your thoughts don’t matter?

Think again. They do.

The Buddha said, “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.”

I believe that has been true in my life.

When I was younger, I went through a period where I told myself I was shy, a loner, misunderstood, and best off alone in my room.

But later in life, I realized that was just a script I’d picked up somewhere. I decided to try some new lines.

“I like people, and I’m comfortable with friends.”

“My problems aren’t so terrible – I’m like everybody else, more or less.”

“I’m attractive, smart, and a good person.”

And you know what? I became a better friend, started smiling more often, and did better at work.

The Buddha was onto something!

Try it yourself. The next time you hear the voice in your head saying something negative, turn that statement around.

“You can’t do it” EASILY becomes, “Give it a try!”

“I’m just heavy” EASILY becomes, “I’m losing the extra weight!”

“I’m just one of those junk-food junkies” EASILY becomes, “I’m making better choices today!”

Now, what do you think about that?