What are you thinking? (Part One)

If I said half the things to you that you habitually say to yourself, would we still be on speaking terms?

by Charlie Greer

Has the voyage of life left you seasick? The average man has sixty-six pounds of muscle, forty pounds of bone, and three and a half pounds of brain--which seems to explain a lot of things to me.

The average person brings most of his troubles on himself and uses poor judgement choosing them.

Medical science has made great strides in increasing the length of life. My question is, what do you intend to do with your extra time? More important than the length of life is how we spend each day. If you're not doing something with your life, it really doesn't matter how long it is, does it?

Many know how to make a good living, but don't know how to live good. If you want life's best, see to it that life gets your best. Life is either what you make of it or what it makes of you. Your life is what your thoughts make it. Each individual carries within the world in which they must live.

Your words may hide your thoughts, but your circumstances will reveal them. What lies behind you and ahead of you is not as important as what lies within you!

It is later than we think--and some of us are not thinking!

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs. You can no more blame circumstances for your character than the mirror for your appearance.

Some people seem to find the greatest satisfaction in life just standing at the complaint counter. Those who complain about the way the ball bounces are usually the ones who dropped it. Those who complain they don't get all they deserve often should be congratulating themselves. The world's most disappointed people are those who do get what's coming to them.

Most of the shadows in life are caused by standing in our own sunshine. Your attitude toward your trouble often hurts you more than the trouble. Life is 10 per cent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it. Don't spend the last half of your life regretting the first half.

The two greatest mistakes you can make in life are to be continually fearing you will make one, or continually looking back on your past ones. He who makes no mistakes makes nothing. Bloody noses are great teachers.

Experience is an expensive teacher and a good teacher, but a hard one. She gives the test first and the lesson afterward.

Of course, if you don't learn from your mistakes, there's no point in making them. Experience enables you to recognize a mistake every time you repeat it. Past experience should be a guidepost, not a hitching post. Some learn from experience--others never recover from it.

Small hurts can have big imaginations. Troubles are a lot like babies, they grow larger if you nurse them. Don't let a moment of time make you unhappy forever.

What's wrong with having a few failures in your past? Today is not won by old victories nor lost by old defeats. Adversity introduces a man to himself.

Before success comes into anyone's life, there will be much temporary defeat, and perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes an individual, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. And that is exactly what the majority of people do.

What causes success? The same thing that causes mistakes, disease, misfortune, happiness and every other condition in your life--each and every thought you think.

Every thought you think, everything you believe contains enough creative power to bring about the condition or experience or circumstance you're thinking about. The things you habitually think about, the thoughts you habitually think, the things you habitually say to yourself will mold and shape every aspect of your life.

What are you thinking about? Are you committing suicide on the installment plan? What kinds of mental habits are you practicing? What kind of self-talk are you practicing? Have you forgiven your past mistakes? If I said half the things to you that you habitually say to yourself, would we still be on speaking terms?

Negative self-talk is as bad a habit as you can have and most people are afflicted with it. Habits are first cobwebs, then cables. The chains of habits are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. Bad habits are like comfortable beds--easy to get into, but hard to get out of. Bad men excuse their faults--good men abandon them.

Have you never forgiven your past failures or do you unconsciously use them as a crutch and a reason and excuse for not doing better? Do you habitually call yourself stupid or ride yourself for mistakes?

The remedy for injuries is to forget them. Have the courage to let go of the things not worth sticking to. The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is what you make of it.

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. The city of happiness is in the state of mind.

Happiness comes when we stop complaining about our troubles and begin to be thankful for the troubles we don't have. Some people find happiness in making the most of what they haven't got.

Some people bring happiness wherever they go, others whenever they do.

Every day, do something every day to make others happy, even if it means just leaving them alone.

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