“If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Our thoughts are more powerful than we give them credit for. They are running 24/7, directing our emotions, actions and results. If we think we can, our thoughts will be constructive and solution oriented. They will be aligned with the goal and we will see opportunities we might otherwise miss. When we believe we can, we find the way.
When we believe we can’t, we may not even take the first step, or if we do, it will be half-hearted. We will have reasons or justifications as to why we can’t; we don’t have the time, the money, contacts or whatever it may be. Things will come up that don’t even appear to be related, and act as obstacles. We’ll allow the circumstances to dictate our actions and say, “it just wasn’t meant to be”. Yet on its own, the obstacle is neutral.
Thoughts of “I can” and “I can’t” are produced by our perception. If our predominant thoughts are negative or complaining, the Reticular Activating System (RAS) of the brain, which filters information, will focus on that.
The RAS helps us focus on what we think about on a predominant basis. Have you ever gone online or to a dealership and saw or test drove a car that you’d never seen before and then all of a sudden you saw lots of that same car on the road? The cars were there, you just hadn’t seen them before. That’s an example of the RAS filtering out information that wasn’t previously relevant to you.
Through the filter or perception of doubt or “can’t”, we won’t notice opportunities that are available to us. The good news is that the filter is actually a system – patterns of thought that, with support, can be changed.
So, what do we do when the voice in our heads (the one that says, “what voice, who me?”, and talks to incessantly every day all day long) keeps running the “I can’t” or I don’t have [fill in the blank]? Well, most of us believe we are that voice so have to listen to it.
Nothing could be further from the Truth.
That’s the voice of fear. And while focusing on positive thinking is helpful and has a more expansive trajectory and potential for outcome, positive thinking still arises from the voice in the head and is just the other side of the coin. That’s why it can feel so arduous.
Yet there is another voice, which some have referred to as the “still small voice” or as Ghandi said, “the voice for Truth”. It is our true voice, and as Ghandi says, “is as loud as our willingness to listen”.
It is still only in the sense of being calm, and small only in the sense of being faint because we allow the voice in our heads to talk over it. If you and a dog were sitting by a babbling brook, and the dog were barking in your ear, you might well miss the beautiful sound of the babbling brook, or it might seem faint.
In truth the “still, small voice” is no smaller or bigger than any other voice. It has no size and is powerful beyond measure.
It is the voice that may come to us as a sound, words or perhaps a sense. It may speak to us in the form of desire – the one where we sense, “step this way”. It is the voice calling us to our greater selves – our True selves – the voice that is calling us Home.
So, while we may not have resources at any given moment to achieve a goal, when we have a strong desire, there is always a way. Positive thinking may get you there on the slow train, and with a lot of energy and effort. Listening to the Voice for Truth will lead you beyond what you can now imagine, faster and with ease and grace.
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