I first came across the phrase “Thoughts Become Things” in an Infinite Possibilities training I did for Life Coaching years and years ago. At the time, the thought was intriguing and made perfect sense, but it was still not something that I actively put into practice with everything in my life.
When a thought would pop into my head that was destructive, my ego would create a reason as to why I should let this thought play like a movie in the background. The ego created a need for this thought. The thought then did what thoughts do and my reality would be altered, even if I couldn’t see or feel it in the moment.
If there is one fundamental truth that I have come across is that we all create our own reality. The things around us, the people in our lives, the material things we own.
Let’s go back to the basics a bit and trace these thoughts from origin to outcome.
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How do Thoughts Become Things?
Let’s back up from our thoughts a bit and look at what shapes our thoughts. Our beliefs about something or someone have a direct impact on what we think about it or them. Am I right? Think about it for a moment.
You believe life is hard. Therefore it is.
You believe life is easy. Therefore it is.
It is that simple. Don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you hanging there. We are going to map it all out so you can see WHY it is so.
Let me ask you this – what are your thoughts on Money? Power? Life? Pause for a moment if you need to. But bring your thoughts about these 3 things to the forefront of your mind. Whatever it is that you are thinking are your beliefs about those things. Not reality. Not observations. Not life experience. But your beliefs.
Your belief about something shapes how you think about it. The best example I’ve heard to describe this is to imagine that beliefs are like a pair of colored glasses. The color of your lens in unique to you. You and all your friends put on glasses and view what is around you. You all see it different, even though it is the same object or view. That is what a belief is like. A filter that you’ve created.
If you believe something is impossible, most likely you won’t attempt it. And your experiences support the belief.
If you believe something is possible, then nothing will hold you back. And your experiences will also support the belief.
That “something” is the same in both cases but your belief about it changed how you thought about it, felt about it, acted on it and then lived it.
Now, the color of that lens, as I said, was created by you. Which also means you have the power to change it.
How to Change Beliefs
There are 3 basic ways to start the process of changing your beliefs. And this is a process by the way, so be gentle with yourself.
1.Evaluate your beliefs. Do they serve you? Do they enrich your life? If not, alter them, even for a moment.
2. Implement these beliefs by changing your thoughts.
3. Reflect these new beliefs in your actions.
If you do these 3 things, you will begin to see the old belief fade away and the new belief take its place. Just remember, it is a process. Not always a fun or easy one, but one that is definitely worth your while.
Now you might be wondering where exactly emotions come from? Well our beliefs affect how we perceive something which will directly affect how we feel and think about it. Here are 2 examples:
I believe my friends are good people. Therefore, my perception about them is that I can trust them. The emotion that is therefore happy.
Here’s another one.
I believe my friends are not good people. Therefore my perception about them is that I cannot trust them. The emotion is therefore fear or anger.
In both cases, the friends are the same. But our emotions and perceptions about them are different based on our beliefs.
Guess what happens next based on your emotions? Your choice of words and actions towards your friends. And then an experience happens which further shapes your beliefs.
How to Change Emotions?
This one is simple to say, not as simple to put into practice. To change your emotions, change your beliefs. To change your beliefs, change your emotions and thoughts. It seems like a circle and it is.
The super cool part is that you can jump in at any time and at any place in that circle and create change. Many people teach that you have to start at X step. I don’t believe that. I think you can change anything: beliefs, perceptions, emotions, thoughts, and actions. Any one of those changes will have a trickle effect and ever so slightly work its way back to your beliefs and emotions.
The Best Tool For Change – Visualization
I’m sure you’ve heard of visualization before. Or maybe vision boards. Vision boards are a part of visualization, but not the same.
To visualize something in a manner to effect change requires investment. You invest your time, thoughts, feelings, actions, and senses into the visualization. Let me give you a famous example of visualization.
A Russian scientist did a study where he compared four distinct groups of athletes .
Group 1 did not visualize and had 100% physical training
Group 2 visualized for 25% of their training and 75% was physical
Group 3 visualized for 50% of their training and 50% was physical
Group 4 visualized for 75% of their training and 25% was physical
Can you guess which group performed the best? Group 4.
Think about that for a moment. The group that did the least training, but visualized the most outperformed the rest in a physical activity.
How to Visualize?
Easy. Close your eyes and see it. Eventually you will create your own process and figure out what works best for you, but here are some starter tips to get your going.
Find a quiet spot and settle in. Close your eyes and use your mind to see whatever it is you are trying to visualize. Most people stop here. They simply see it and then create a vision board or something so they can see it during the day too – which is great. But a big piece of the puzzle is missing here. Remember, thoughts become things. And there is a pattern of creation when it comes to things being created from thoughts.
So let’s go back to that quite place where your eyes are closed and you are visualizing. What does it look like? What can you smell? Can you taste anything? How does it make you feel? Are you saying anything? Would you say anything? How would you act? Imagine all of these things as though your visualization was true.
For example, let’s use an easy example. I want to take my kids to Disneyland and am unsure how to make it happen. I close my eyes and visualize my kids and I boarding a ride at Disneyland. It’s hot. I can feel the heat of the sun. I can smell food and. I can hear my kids laughter and the chatter from all the people around us. I can hear the engines and rides. My heart is happy as I look at the smiles on my kids’ faces. I’m smiling and energetic.
So this was just a quick example of what a visualization looks like. Do this daily for as little as 5 minutes. Now, here is a caveat. The importance here to visualize it as though it has or is happening. You have to believe it. It doesn’t work when you think of Disneyland and then immediately wonder how you are going to pay for it and money is finite and it is going to be hard. Do you see how the shift went back to the current belief system. That is what we are trying to change.
Pretend. Fake it. Do what you need to do to begin the process. No judgements.
Now, if we venture back to the athlete example, this should show you just how incredibly powerful visualization is when you really get involved in it. You are effectively creating a whole new belief cycle in your mind. You are recreating the thought cycle.
This was just an introduction to how thoughts become things from the perspective of your beliefs. We will follow on in later articles with how your subconscious mind fits in and how a thought physically manifests in your body. Super cool stuff!
 Robert Scaglione, William Cummins, Karate of Okinawa: Building Warrior Spirit, Tuttle Publishing, 1993