Someone once asked a question “Is your glass half empty or half full?” Now, of course they didn’t literally mean a glass that we drink out of, but they were using the glass as a metaphor in terms of how we think. If your glass is half empty, this means that you often think the worse about a situation. If your glass is half full, this means that your thought pattern is more positive about life outcomes.
Let’s look at an example of what you’d be thinking if you were taking a test today. Knowing that you will have the test, do you think you’ll ace it with flying colors, or are you certain that you’ll fail? Believe it or not, you have the power to control your thoughts; and your thoughts can control your outcomes. For the person who goes into the test with a positive attitude, he or she will most likely feel more confident with the answers they select. If they studied hard and remain positive, then most likely they will do well on the test. For those who go into the test with a failing attitude, these individuals will be uncertain and insecure about their test score, and will doubt every answer they select.
In my book, “Hello, My Name is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.” I dedicate a whole chapter to our thoughts because I firmly believe that our thoughts are very powerful and can ultimately become our reality. Remember the little engine that could? You know the childhood story of the engine’s ability to believe in herself despite her negative environment. All other engines doubted her strength and minimized her power because of her size. But she just kept believing that she could run the course to drop off toys to young children who lived far away from her railroad track. She kept saying “ I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” and the more she said this to herself, the more she believed that she could keep moving, keep trucking, until she finally made it to her destination! What I love about the end of this story is that when the little engine arrived to her destination, she went from saying “I think I can” to saying “I knew I could.” To me, this shows us just how powerful our thoughts really are.
Once we believe that we can do something, nothing or no one can stop us from doing that very thing. In fact, the only person who can ever really stop you from doing what you want to do is YOU. So, my friend, what’s in your glass?