I’ve been thinking about thinking recently.  It’s funny (as in funny-tragic) how our thoughts are the only reality we can actually know and how they can be so wrong about a situation that we behave inappropriately.  Here’s an example of how our thinking can impact our physical body:

A woman went to the doctor for her annual physical.

The nurse asked her how much she weighed and she told her 135 pounds. Then the nurse weighed her and the scale said 160.

The nurse asked her how tall she was.  She answered, “5 feet, 8 inches.” When she was measured she was only 5 feet, 3 inches.

Finally, the nurse took the woman’s blood pressure and told her that it was dangerously high.

“Of course it’s high,” the woman replied heatedly. “When I came in here I was tall and slender. Now I’m short and fat!”

It’s obvious from this story that the woman’s thoughts impacted her physical body in an unhealthy way.  What’s not so obvious is that many humans refuse to accept responsibility for that sort of event.  Here’s what I mean by that:

Let’s suppose that you’re in a bar, having a drink with a friend and you overhear a couple seated at the table next to you.  The man says something very uncomplimentary about you and they both laugh.  You’re so insulted that you jump up and go over an punch him in the nose.  Later, you’re trying to defend your action in front of a judge.  You tell the judge, “He made me angry.  He deserved it.”

Then the prosecuting attorney shows a segment of video from the security camera which shows that the couple were actually talking about a character in a book that the woman was holding on her lap.  What just happened to your rationale?  The man didn’t deserve it at all.  He wasn’t even looking at you at the time he spoke.

Some people will still say, “Well, if he hadn’t said what he said, I’d have never done what I did, so it’s still his fault.”  They’re the ones who will have the hardest time understanding what I’m getting at here, since they’ve given up their self-responsibility and are allowing their thinking to be controlled by external events.

The point is, that we often allow external events to determine how we think.  When this happens, we allow our emotions to run away with us and we end up suffering because of it.  Worry, depression, anger, and so on are all very hard on your body.  If you want to have a long life, you’d better learn to avoid this trap.

Now, if you think about it a little, or maybe a lot, you might just come to the conclusion that there is really nothing in our world except our thinking.  If you understand this, you’re well on your way to gaining mastery of life.

The way we think also has a direct bearing on how successful we are.  It relates directly to the law of attraction.  The law of attraction states that we attract the things that we think about the most.  If we allow external circumstances to have control over our thoughts, we have a bad tendency to focus on the current results that you’re getting.  If these results are not what you want out of life, you’ll think you’re a failure and you’ll continue to attract more of th0se same poor results.

The enlightened way is to watch our thoughts, realizing that we can choose to think about more positive results, even when we currently have bad results on our plate.  If you always reach for the thought that makes you feel better, it won’t be too long before your results are better also.  That’s the law of the Universe.

It won’t happen instantly, but, if you keep it up, you’ll look back in a few months in amazement and wonder how you could get so far towards your goal in such a short time.  It’s a journey.  If every step you take is in the direction towards your goal, you’ll make progress.  If you allow external events to influence your thinking, you’ll wander around aimlessly and you won’t reach that goal.

Some people worry about what will happen when they reach their goal.  Where will they go then?  Well, you can always set another, more ambitious goal and start towards it.  Isn’t that great?  If you learn to control your thinking and focus on better feeling thoughts, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish!
There’re two important things that I haven’t mentioned in the discussion above.  The first is to have a worthy goal; one that you find motivating and which will keep your interest.  The second is to take that critical first step towards achieving that goal.  Once again, your thought habits might keep you from selecting a goal and from moving towards it.

Here’s the good news!  Since you’ve taken the step to become an I.R.E.S. certified agent, you’ve differentiated yourself from the vast majority of agents who aren’t motivated towards developing their International business.  You’re one of the few who have seen this opportunity and who are willing to work towards success in this area.

Here’s the challenge:  Now that you’ve got the tools, USE THEM!  I’ve just got to say that again, “USE THEM!”

Start working to co-promote listings in other areas.  Use the team concept to gain additional credibility when you go on listing presentations.  Market the Prestige Collection listings.  Make your listings available for others to co-promote.  It’s not that difficult.  If you think you need some advice or assistance with the process, call me anytime (407-947-3617 cell).  I’m serious about this and I hope that you are also.  I’ll be happy to explain how it works and what the benefits to you can mean in terms of your success.