What you put into yourself is what you get out. Happiness in. Happiness out. Anger in. Anger out. You’re going to have bad days where you do things you’re not proud of. But as a rule, your output is directly related to your input.
If you are like most people, you will spend a significant amount of time thinking – sometimes even obsessing – about how to get better results, without ever giving much thought to the quality of content that is fueling those results.
Your thoughts lead to feelings.
Those feelings drive your actions. Your actions dictate your results. And ultimately your lifestyle.
Your thoughts don’t occur magically. Or automatically. They are the result of thousands of things that you have fed into the giant computer processing the world around you–your brain.
- Angry, caustic political news shows make you bitter and jaded.
- Reality television shows give you a warped sense of reality.
- Negative people make you more fearful than you need to be.
Looking honestly at your own life, you can see a direct link between the sources of information you put into your mind and your perspective on the world around you.
You are what you think about.
And because there is a clear cause and effect, you can adapt and adjust to get to where you want to be.
If you don’t like where you are right now, you can change the inputs.
Hack your operating system.
You can swap your soul-crushing morning news shows for a YouTube video of TD Jakes preaching a message of inspiration. You can trade your nightly television entertainment for an online video series about new ideas for taking your business to the next level.
Being happy is a skill. It’s earned. Not something that’s owed to you.