You Are What You Think

Any good dietician is likely to tell you: “You are what you eat.”

Any good life coach will appreciate that the quality of the fuel you feed your body can have an important – perhaps even dramatic – bearing on the quality of your life … but it does not constitute who you are or who you will become.

Instead, life coaches are more likely to pronounce: “You are what you think.”

That’s because the nature of your thinking has a truly fundamental and profound effect on the type of person you are and the quality of life you lead.

“All that we are is a result of what we have thought.”

– Buddha

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We Are What We Think

The fascinating thing about the field of human motivation is that the more you study it the more you appreciate how science and spirituality are ultimately converging on the same amazing conclusions regarding our ability to create our own reality.

That’s not to say that scientists and spiritual seekers share the same belief systems. Many are still poles apart in their thinking when it comes to the secrets of life.

Slowly, however, it would appear that more and more scientific studies are bearing out some of the more esoteric wisdom that has been popularised by books and movies like ‘The Secret’.

In this week’s post I’d like to follow up on the general theme introduced in last week’s post ‘Shape Your Own Destiny’ but I’d like to come at it from a different, more scientific angle.

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

― Albert Einstein

 

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Promoting Happiness

The problem with the term ‘life coaching’ is that it’s just not terribly descriptive. The net effect of that is that members of the public tend to hold very different preconceptions of what life coaching is really all about.

In particular, life coaching often gets confused with counselling or mentoring, two disciplines which are, in fact very different.

At New Insights we’ve developed a fairly simple and succinct definition that we use – and ask our trained coaches to use – to promote consistency. But sometimes even that’s not simple enough.

When the situation calls for ‘brass tack’ brevity I like to explain life coaching as ‘promoting happiness’ because when you boil down everything that life coaches do, that is the end result that they seek for their clients.

So what is happiness and why does a consistent state of happiness remain so elusive for so many of us?

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

– Denis Waitley

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Thoughts Create Reality

School holidays are about to start in the UK and are entering their final week in South Africa, so for many of you, there will be a little more time to think of something other than work and the daily routine!

This week’s article, Thoughts create reality, is inspired by a recent newspaper article in which the journalist interviewed Dr John Demartini.

Demartini is one of many leaders in the field of human motivation and empowerment that played an inspiring role in the creation of the New Insights Life Coach Training and Certification Programme.

“You don’t have the potential to create, you are always creating.”

– Jack Canfield

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Separate yet Connected

When I was younger, I believed that my thoughts were my private domain – that it was safe to think whatever I wanted without affecting anyone negatively.

Why?

Because I was a separate entity who could affect others only through my actions.

For example, I knew too well that acting negatively towards others could, of course, cause harm. However, thinking negative thoughts about others, provided that such thoughts were not backed up by actions, was – I thought – totally private and harmless.

As I studied more about the Law of Attraction and human motivation I began to realise the power of thought and the importance of sustained, positive thinking in getting desired outcomes.

“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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