Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! If two friends who grew up in the same environment should part ways today, and meet in twenty years time, their new environment would determine their accomplishments. If one moved into the elite neighborhood, it will influence his worldview. If the other one stayed where they have always been, his worldview will remain the same.
The body is what the body is fed. By the same token, the mind is what the mind is fed. Mind food, of course, doesn’t come in packages, and you can’t buy it at the store. Mind food is your environment- all the countless things that influences your conscious and subconscious thought. The mind reflects what environment feeds it just as surely as the body reflects the food you feed it.
The kind of mind food we consume determines our habits, attitudes, personality, worldview, perception about wealth creation, belief system and your thought pattern. Each of us inherited a certain capacity to develop. But how much of that capacity we have developed and the way we have developed that capacity depends on the kind of mind food we feed it.
Environment shapes us. It makes us think the way we do. Every mannerism or habit you have right now we’re picked up from your environment. Minor things like the way you walk, cough, hold a cup, talk; our preferences for music, literature, entertainment, clothing- all stem in very large part from environment.
More importantly, the size of your thinking, your goals, your attitudes, your very personality is formed by your environment. Prolonged association with negative people makes us think negatively; close contact with petty individuals develops petty habits in us. On the bright side, companionship with people with big ideas raises the level of our thinking; close contact with ambitious people gives us ambitions.
Experts agree that the person you are today, your personality, ambitions, present status, are largely the result of your psychological environment. And experts agree also that the person you will be one, five, ten, twenty years from now depends almost entirely on your future environment. You will change over the months and years. This we know. But how you will change depends on your future environment, the mind food you feed yourself.
David J. Schwartz shared the following insight. “The number one obstacle on the road to high-level success is the feeling that major accomplishment is beyond reach. This attitude stems from many, many suppressive forces that directs our thinking toward mediocre levels.
To understand these suppressive forces, let’s go back to the time we were children. As children, all of us set high goals. At a surprisingly young age we made plans to conquer the unknown, to be leaders, to attain positions of high importance, to do exciting and stimulating things, to become wealthy and famous- in fact, to be first, biggest, and the best. And in our blessed ignorance we saw our way clear to accomplish these goals.
But what happened? Long before we reached the age when we could begin to work toward our great objectives, a multitude of suppressive influences went to work. From all sides we heard, “It’s foolish to be a dreamer,” and that our ideas were “impractical, stupid, naive, or foolish,” that you have “got to have money to go places,” that “luck determines who gets ahead or you’ve got to have important friends,” or you’re “too old or too young.”
As a result of being bombarded with the “you-can’t-get-ahead-so-don’t-bother-to-try” propaganda, most people you know can be classified into three groups.
First group: Those who surrendered completely. The majority of people are convinced deep down inside that they haven’t got what it takes, that real success, real accomplishment, is for others who are lucky or fortunate in some special respect.
Second group: Those who surrendered partially. A second but much smaller group enters adult life with considerable hope for success. These people prepare themselves. They work. They plan. But, after a decade or so, resistance begins to build up, competition for top level jobs looks rugged. This group then decides that greater success is not worth the effort.
They rationalize, “We are earning more than the average and we live better than the average. Why should we knock ourselves out?” Actually, this group has developed a set of fears: fear of failure, fear of social disapproval, fear of insecurity, fear of losing what they already have. These people aren’t satisfied because deep down they know they have surrendered.
Third group: Those who never surrender. This group, maybe two or three percent of the total, doesn’t let pessimism dictate, doesn’t believe in surrendering to suppressive forces, doesn’t believe in crawling. Instead, these people live and breathe success.
This group is the happiest because it accomplishes the most. These people become top salesmen, top executives, top leaders in their respective fields. These people find life stimulating, rewarding, worthwhile. These people look forward to each new day, each new encounter with other people, as adventures to be lived fully.”
I personally had these experiences while growing up. I used to tell people how great I’m going to be. But when I looked around me, and the things people around me were saying, I began to doubt my ability to achieve those things. Am sure it happened to many of us. Your environment choked your dreams through the culture, lifestyle, mindset and beliefs of the people in your immediate environment.
But I made up my mind to kill those environmental effects that limits people in my life, and in the life of my children. In fact, I usually tell my children that anything they dream of is possible. I make them understand that impossibility is nothing. I usually take them to places that can inspire them to dream big dreams.
Dear friend, you need mental detoxification! I know people today whose environment has caged for life. They talk like people in their village. They believe that success is not for everybody. In fact, they love going to the village all the time. You must get rid of limiting thoughts that were buried in your innocent mind when you were in the village.
Detoxify your mind by listening to insightful teachings. While writing this article this morning, I was listening to life-changing teachings on my podcast. I force inspiring teachings into my mind daily, so that I can push limiting thoughts out of it.
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