Recently, I read the following, "What we focus on - we become. If you are just focusing on unhappy things, you will become unhappy. If you focus on happy states of mind, then it will grow in you.” ~ Frederick Lenz.
That got me to thinking.... I know, weird right? A quote about what we focus our minds on, actually got me to think about what I focus my mind on.
The question is, "What do you focus your mind on?" Have you anchored your mind to regrets? Have the blows you've suffered left you languishing in the agony of defeat? Or, have you been able to let go of past mistakes and move forward with your life? Have you set your sights on the next opportunity to jump back in the ring - to go one more round? If you're like most people, you fall somewhere in between these two extremes.
The concept of becoming what we focus on is not new. Its roots are in wisdom literature. The Book of Proverbs says, "As you think, so you become" (Proverbs 4:23). The Buddha is quoted as saying, "We are shaped by our thoughts." Then in the book, As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen, we find, "A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts." So, what do you think about?
The bottom line is this, if you continually set your mind on what might have been, you will find yourself unable to become what you were meant to be. Setting your focus on the mistakes of yesterday, prevents you from grasping the opportunities that lie ahead of you today. Stop focusing on the mistakes, the what might have beens, and the if onlys. It's time to lift your eyes up and fix your focus on all the possibilities of what can be.