This is a speech I wrote for my second Toastmasters assignment.
The mind is everything.
You can change almost all aspects of your life, simply by changing how you think. Brian Tracy says that each time we take control over our thoughts and work on keeping them positive, the quality of our lives will improve.
Very importantly, our beliefs have the capacity to make us sick, or even healthy. Our beliefs actually impact our immune system. Need proof? There is the story of the group of fans at a LA football game. Several of the fans experienced symptoms of food poisoning and the caring physician deduced the cause was a soft drink from one of the dispensing machines, because all patients had purchased from it prior to feeling ill.
An announcement was made over the loudspeaker asking the patrons not to purchase from this machine. Chaos began in the stands as pople fainted and got ill. Even people who didnt go near the machine, became ill. Ambulances took fans to the hospital to get treated. It was later discovered that the dispensing machine was not the cause after all. Upon hearing this, people immediately began to recover.
Additionally, there is a great saying that teaches ‘ if you believe you can, or believe you can’t – you are right.’ Our beliefs are what make our lives joyful or painful.
Did you hear the story about two women who were turning 70 years old? One of them “knew” her is life was coming to an end – she saw her 7 decades of living to mean that her body must be breaking down. The second woman decided that her beliefs determine her capability. She decided this was the time to try mountain climbing. For the next 25 years, she devoted herself to this and reached some of the highest peaks in the world. Her name is Hulda Crooks and she has become the oldest woman to ascend Mt. Fuji. Amazing, huh?
Lastly, our physical world is a direct resuls of our inner thoughts and visualizations. If you think about where you are today, where you live, where you work, who you’re with, how you look – all of these things came about because of a thought or image you once had. Everyone of us visualizes, the difference is whether you focus on seeing what you want, or if you focus on seeing what you don’t want. This is what separates the successful from the unsuccessful.
As you see, our mind truly can determine our destiny. The world around you is largely determined by the world within you.