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This article is based on Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret.

“We become what we think about most of the time.”

In this quick guide you’ll learn:

  • Why we become what we think about most of the time
  • How the start of your day determines the rest of your day
  • 7 ways to learn to understand how it works
  • Lots more

So if you’re ready to go “all in” on learning why we become what think about, then this guide is for you.

Let’s dive right in.

You Become What You Think About Most Of The Time

You become what you think about most of the time

We’ve all heard this personal development quote at some time or another, but do we understand what it means?

We will eventually begin to act and behave negatively if we constantly focus on the negative.

On the other hand, if we continuously focus on the positive, we will progress in a good direction and act and behave more positively.

Many people have pondered the question—religious authorities, philosophers, and poets among them—whether we become what we think about.

However, it may be proved through science that “what we think we become.”

We’re talking about real things here.

  • You won’t become a donut if you think about them all the time.

So keep reading to learn how what we believe becomes who we are and how you might use this for your benefit.

1. How To Start Your Day

How To Start Your Day to have a great day

We become what we think about most of the time, even if we are not fully conscious of it.

That’s especially important in the morning, as it sets the tone for the rest of your day.

When you get out of bed in the morning, you might say to yourself:

I believe something wonderful is going to happen to me today!

If your attitude is positive and you maintain it throughout the day.

This is a sign that you will have a great day.

However, if you wake up in the morning and exclaim:

Today will be a horrible day!

So, ultimately, what’s going to happen?

What you’re creating is a terrible day!

We are, in essence, the sum of our mental activities.

2. Our 50.000 Thoughts Per Day Create Our World

Our thoughts create our reality. We become what we think about

They say that what you think has control over your life.

However, if a person is constantly reminded of their issues, they will continue to plague them in life and have an effect on how they live every day as a result of it.

Following a few of those things (for example, if someone has an underperforming work ethic or doesn’t believe they are capable enough as another individual who’s successful without any proof whatsoever.

It will discourage a person from trying hard enough, which ultimately leads to failure at everything we do, whether professionally related or personally.

Many people have a few concerns in their life, but how many think a thought 50,000 times each day is unknown.

According to other experts, we only give an estimate of 1 to 10 percent because there’s no way for us humans on this planet with our limited amount of energy and resources to be completely aware at all times or even during most circumstances when judgment isn’t required; It’s just like any other detail in life which goes unnoticed until something comes up later when you need it again! –

Anyway, I got interested in these numbers…

According to the National Science Foundation (NSF.GOV), our brains generate as many as 12,000 to 50,000 ideas every day, depending on how “deep” a thinker you are.

If more than half of your reviews are negative, the outcome will be negative since, as Earl Nightingale claims, we become what we dwell on most of the time.

3. What You Focus On Expands

What You Focus On Expands

We’ve all heard the adage “what you concentrate on grows,” and it’s true!

Adverse events have been scientifically proved to be focused on by 96% of the population.

And it is a well-known principle that what you focus on expands.

So, if you’re focusing on things in your life that make you unhappy, and you keep thinking and feeling negative thoughts and emotions, you’ll be surrounded by more of the same.

For example, suppose we wish to enhance our lives.

Instead of focusing on the uninspiring, demotivating, and draining things in our lives, we should focus on the ones that are inspiring, elevating, and empowering.

Instead of focusing on the looming financial crash, focus on how you want your world and your life to be.

4. Change Your Thinking To Change Your Life

Change Your Thinking To Change Your Life

You can change your life by changing how you think.

A person’s thoughts create their reality, so it is important to know what we’re thinking and why before making any decisions or adopting a certain attitude towards something in order for them not only work out but also come into fruition as well!

Where we concentrate our attention, we eventually find ourselves.

If we want to change our lives for the better, it is essential that we learn to focus on the positive things. It can be tough to do at first, but with practice, it becomes easier and easier.

Soon, we find that the good things in life are what matter most.

Another way to express this is: ‘Where we concentrate our attention, we eventually find ourselves.

And it’s true!

In reality, the moment you shift your thinking from negative to positive thinking or fear to love…your life changes for the better.

5. How Can You Improve Your Thinking?

How Can You Improve Your Thinking

You can improve your thinking by learning how to rely on the power of logic and reason.

This will help you avoid getting caught up in emotional responses, which are often based more so on what we think than reality itself!

To do this effectively though it is important that one does not allow their emotions take control when they’re making decisions because then there’s no telling where all these guesses could lead us – sometimes correctly other times incorrectly (and usually without any benefit).

Am I implying that we must manage our thoughts?

In a certain sense, yes.

Do we have control of our thoughts?

Many of us battle with who we’ve become since our mental patterns are entrenched, and there’s more bad news on top of that.

(Seriously, lol)

Negative thinking may wreak havoc on your entire existence without you realizing why. (I unconsciously did that for years)

  3. BAM

To modify your typical way of thinking, first, become aware of your thoughts in the present moment and then record yourself when you’re thinking something negative.

“What we think, we become” Quotes.

Buddha quotes we become what we think about

Is it true that “What we think we become” was said by Buddha?

Not exactly.

Here’s how the entire Buddha quotation goes:

“Our life is molded by our thoughts; we become what we think. Misery trails after an evil notion like the wheels of a cart following the oxen that pull it. Our life is formed by our mind; we become what we think. Like a shadow that never leaves, joy follows a genuine concept.”

There are other, superior translations, but they all boil down to the same thing: when we think of a negative thought, the pain will follow inevitably. When we think of a good thing, we’re sure to enjoy greater levels of delight.

Suffering and pain are inescapable in life, but we may relieve ourselves of them with each thought we think.

“We become what we think about” Earl Nightingale.

“We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret,” says Earl Nightingale, an American radio speaker, and author.

(This quote has been incorrectly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson all over the internet.)

The law of attraction, “The Secret,” or anything else you want to call it, is not magic; it’s the science of the brain.

According to Nightingale, whatever we think most of the day becomes our reality.

You will have a hard time finding the good in even positive outer experiences when you focus on painful, negative, and shameful ideas most of the time. In other words, our inner world blurs our external reality.

If you concentrate on bright, happy thoughts most of the time, your real-world will be filled with more joyous occurrences.

So… how can we take advantage of this idea to improve our lives and alter our perspectives.

The Growth vs. Fixed Mindset Debate

The phrases “growth mindset” and “fixed mindset” are often used in conjunction.

Individuals with a fixed mentality tend to believe that abilities and talents are inherent, whereas individuals with a growth mentality believe that skills might be acquired over time.

According to Mindset Health Magazine

People with a growth mindset understand that being ignorant or destructive at something might be a transitory condition, so they don’t have to feel guilty or try to show how much brighter they are than they currently are.

Those who see the world through a lens of enjoyment and sound events, even when they’re faced with a problem, an obstacle, or a tragedy, are more inclined to recognize that it’s only for a time. People with a growth mindset can feel pain, suffering, and heartache but don’t dwell on it!

Shame vs. True Desire: What We Think, We Become

Let’s look at whether our pre-frontal cortex is firing due to shame or genuine desire.

Assume you want to be thinner, and you dwell on it over and over, daydreaming:

“I’m thin, I’m skinny, I can fit in size zero jeans.”

But this is toxic optimism.

You’re stressed, exhausted, and consume some chocolate after work in the evenings, feeling guilty and ashamed that you’ve once again put off your desire to lose weight.

  • This is why so many individuals fail to lose weight.
  • Their objective is out of sync with their desired outcome.

They believe, “I want to reduce weight,” but what they truly desire is to feel confident, love their body, and earn respect and admiration when they walk into a room.

You do not need to be thin to appreciate your body and influence a crowd of people!

I’ve seen many individuals of all shapes and sizes who can command a room, and I also know several size zero women who hide their power away and don’t make even the slightest ripple in a crowd of people, much alone a wave.

When attempting to influence your life or make a change, all of your objectives and ideas must be in line with your real goals.

We Become What We Think About, Backed By Science.

So, is it true that what we believe is who we become?


Let’s look at the brain science behind how we become what we think about and how our thoughts affect us.

To begin with, you must grasp the chemistry of a thought. Dr. Joe Dispenza delivers an enlightening TED presentation in this video.

He explains how to reprogram your brain entirely using your thoughts.

Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect.

Your brain creates a new neural pathway when you have a fresh idea, and that road becomes more entrenched in your mind when you think about it again.

This is why breaking habits is so tricky. You’ve worn the same path many times, if not decades.

However, it’s feasible to have new thoughts by thinking more frequently.

Here are the things to consider when attempting to alter your attitude (and life).

  1. Make it a notion rather than a thing (such as being thin or having a pricey sports car)
  2. Make it congruent with your fundamental objective (with no sense of shame)
  3. Believe that you can develop.

Controlling Your Thoughts To Control Your Life

Your mind is a powerful instrument, and it may be your greatest friend or your worst enemy.

What we think influences who we become.

My thoughts drove me to become a hypochondriac and worrier.

Only when I took a step back and sought assistance did I discover where my life was headed.

It’s possible that you don’t have mental health issues, but your mind may still fool you.

If you believe you cannot accomplish something, you will undoubtedly fail.

You’re immediately doubtful about whether or not you’ll be successful before even beginning, which is a surefire way to ruin things.

Therefore, our mental activity influences the values and life that grow from our thoughts. We are what we think about constantly. Although these ideas may be intangible, their influence on us and cause us to act is tremendous.

They may either expand our horizons or restrict us. There is no problem with having negative ideas, and we all have them at some time or another, but the difficulty is when you start to give in to them.

It was the humanitarian and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl who stated:

Everything else can be taken from a man, but the last of human freedoms – to pick one’s attitude in any given situation – cannot.”

We control our thoughts, and no one can tell us what we may or may not think.

We have the power to choose how we feel and how we live our lives.

That’s why our ideas are so significant since they affect every part of our existence.

Suppose you want to enhance your quality of life and change your thinking process.

You must act.

You are the only one who lives with your thoughts; no one else can do it for you.

If you don’t take action, who will?

Epictetus, the stoic philosopher, has the right question: “To what purpose?”

Aligning Your New Ideas With Your Goals

Your thoughts and objectives are two distinct issues!

I’m not attempting to discourage you from having goals! Instead, your new ideas should support your aims.

When we apply the phrase “we become what we think about,” remember that both our thoughts and goals are essential.

You should consider the thoughts that alleviate your stress and make you feel good in your body, as well as real-world applications like exercise and eating healthy if you want to lose weight.

Consider the ideas that make you feel rich and powerful, as well as real-world applications like saving money, budgeting, and increasing your income, when making your affirmation deck.

Affirmation cards are a fantastic method to focus our thoughts on these topics.

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 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.


Yes, we become what think about most of the time.

It’s a fact that can’t be disputed.

We may allow our thoughts to go on autopilot and control us, or we may learn to construct our minds for our benefit.

You have the power to live a life of exquisite pleasure and astonishment if you apply to die ideas of “We become what we think about.”

It’s all about your creativity!

So make sure you have a good attitude!

To summarize, the mind is pure joy or pure hell.

Or rather creates what it 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 minds.

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.

Earl Nightingale recorded the Strangest Secret, and in it he explained the idea “We become what we think about most of the time”

Thoughts are far more than simply ideas, and they have the power to shape our lives and define who we are.

They mold our perception of the rest of the globe, as well as ourselves.

The renowned author, Napoleon Hill, declared that “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can attain.” When it comes to striving for success, the mind is a vital instrument.

If we believe we can be successful, we are more likely to succeed. However, if we believe we will not be successful, we frequently fail. This does not imply that humans are prophets; instead, it reflects that our minds generate ideas.

If you have a growth attitude, you can improve yourself or always have an opportunity around you. If you have a fixed mindset, on the other hand, you believe that your skills are unchangeable and that there are few possibilities available.

“The mind is everything,” as the Buddha claimed. You become what you think about. “The essence of yoga is to dwell in the present moment and observe it dispassionately,” says Patanjali in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (4.3). This is undoubtedly true. If you can influence your thoughts, you may direct your life’s course.

You have the power to choose: be imprisoned by your thoughts or set free by them. The quality of your life will depend on which one you pick.

“We become what we concentrate on the most of the time.”

Earl Nightingale, The Strangest Secret

petri maatta, CEO
Petri Maatta

Petri Maatta is a photographer, filmmaker, and webdesigner who has been working for over 20 years in the creative industry. Fascinated by manifesting for business reasons, Petri was determined to find out what it took to create success. He started his career with seven years of business failures before he found success by learning about manifesting from a mentor with a Fortune 500 company. Today Petri shares his knowledge through DreamMaker courses designed to help people change their businesses and lives while living on their terms.

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