“We become what we think about most of the time”
  • Earl Nightingale, The  Strangest Secret

Most of us have heard this personal development quote at one time or another, but do we really understand what it means?

If we are constantly thinking negative thoughts, we will eventually start to act and behave in a negative way.

On the other hand if we are always thinking positive thoughts, we will move in a positive direction and start to act and behave in a more positive way.

We become what we think about all the time, even when we don't realize it or while we are sleeping.

When you get up in the morning, you might say: I hope everything goes well today! If this is your attitude and you keep it throughout the day, it's a giveaway that you will not have a day of frustration and worry.

However, if you wake up in the morning and say: I hope today is a lousy day!

What is going to happen then?

Well, you do the math.

This is what you are manifesting into your life - a horrible day!

We are, in fact, the sum total of our thoughts.

50.000 thoughts per day

A lot of people have a few things that they worry about, but it's unknown how many actually think a thought 50k times times a day.

Some researchers say we only put forth 1 to 10 percent as an estimate because there is no way for us humans on this earth with our finite amount energy and resources can be completely aware at all times or even during most situations where judgment isn't required; so basically anything outside those parameters falls by the wayside from memory overload--just like any other detail in life which simply goes unnoticed until something comes up later when you need them back again!

Anyway I found myself curious about these figures...

A number of years ago the National Science Foundation (NSF.GOV) made an estimation that our brains produce as many as 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day depending on how 'deep' a thinker you are.

And if more than 50% of them are negative, the results will be negative because, as Earl Nightingale says: we become what we think about most of the time.,,

So, how can we change this?

Am I suggesting that we have to control our thoughts?

To a certain degree, yes.

Do we have control of our thoughts?

Many of us struggle with who we have become because our thoughts are habitual.

And there's more bad news.

(Seriously lol)

If your habitual way of thinking is negative, it can cause disaster in your whole life without you knowing why. (I did that for years unconsciously)




To change your habitual way of thinking, you need to start by becoming aware of your thoughts in the current moment, catch yourself when thinking something bad.

Buddha quotes

Quote 1

We are shaped by our thoughts; We become what we think

Quote 2

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him

Here’s a model for you to apply to your current problem and to change that habit forever:

1. Catch yourself when thinking a negative thought in relation to this problem you wish to resolve or overcome.

2. Eliminate the bad as fast as you can, by focusing on what you want instead

3. Keep your focus on what you want for 5 seconds.

4.Say it out a loud, what you want, to solidify your (creation).

5. You will have shifted the attraction towards what you want.

Repeat this several times during the day and especially right before sleeping when our thoughts tend to gravitate toward unresolved problems.

That's how you improve on your personal development, self talk and positive thinking.

That’s how you change your habits

That’s how you become what you want to become.


To summarize, the mind is pure joy or pure hell. Or rather creates what is focuses on.

When we become what we think about, it's usually because of the focus we've given it.

If you want to be a millionaire, start thinking and speaking as if you already are one.

Life is shaped by our mind.

If you want to be a millionaire, start thinking and speaking as if you already are one.

If you want to be fit, start thinking and speaking as if you're already in great shape.

When our minds and mouths are in agreement, the results are predictable.