“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny” — Unknown
This is an old saying that most folks are familiar with. But there is a question that begs to be asked. How do you get the thoughts that you get? For example if you consider thoughts as “Outputs” then what are the “Inputs” that cause these thoughts?
What are the Inputs?
We have two input devices, eyes and ears. What we see and what we hear are the inputs to our thoughts. These inputs are how we feed our minds so that they can generate our thoughts. If we are not having the right thoughts then most probably we are not seeing or hearing the right things. You know, “Garbage in, Garbage Out”. Do we know what is Garbage?
Most of us know what to eat and when to eat so that we can function well. Whenever we eat something that is bad for our body then there is a feedback mechanism that causes us to fall sick and then we take some medicine to get back to normal. If we take this simple analogy of feeding the body vs feeding the mind, do we know what we need to feed the mind?
If we feed something that is bad for our mind, does our mind throw up? Does our mind recognize garbage? I think it does. There is some content that depending on the age, sensibilities, culture, religion etc., that our mind understands that it is bad. But most content is not that clear and so we need to understand what is the food that may not be right for our mind.
What do we hear and see?
If we made a list of all the things that we hear and see on a regular basis then we will understand where our thoughts are coming from. Here is a sample list of our inputs that are outside of our work.
- News on the radio while driving to work
- On-line news
- Social Media updates on Facebook and Twitter
- Talking to friends and relatives
- Office Cooler Talk
- Listening to Music
- Outdoor activities
So, if you think you are not having the right thoughts then pay close attention to what you are hearing and seeing. This will give you the clue so that you can eliminate the foods that are not right for your mind.