Mindset is reality

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford

In large part, attitude determines outcome. Your reality is a manifestation of your thoughts and beliefs. You bring everything to yourself that the world has brought to you via your thoughts. 

Now, I understand that is not 100% truth. There are, of course, things that happen regardless of our mindset, what we believe or welcome to ourselves. I do not believe that hurricanes are a result of your thoughts. That would be unmistakably something recognizable as a natural disaster. Let’s spare ourselves the “keyboard warrioring” and recognize we’re talking about a spectrum here. 

That scope is of the things we consciously and/or subconsciously will into our lives via our minds. 

For instance, many of us over the course of time have positioned ourselves into a work environment we are unsatisfied with at one point or another. Whether it is the job itself (the activities or job description) or the environment (the place those things are executed in) something is awry; amiss. We’ve grown stagnant in our habits and have close to no sensation of meaningfulness associated with the work. 

In that reality we placed ourselves in that situation. It may have been a matter of necessity (i.e. I need this job because of X financial hardship, etc.) or of self convincing (i.e. no, no, it will get better, it’s not that bad, I should really take this job, etc.), nonetheless was a self-produced reality. 

Take a “bad” relationship as another example. No one is forcing a person to remain in relationship with another. You allow yourself to remain in company with said person. Sure there are realities like marital goings on where a spouse doesn’t have a choice because of extenuating circumstances. Still, this reality is not mandatory or forced, rather chosen. It may be a very ass-backwards choice and one we do not feel complete freedom in making, but a choice nonetheless. 

Take a sport as another easy example. Imagine an opponent so daunting and goliath-esk that he/she conquers most of their opponents before the match even begins. The challengers most often carry the mindset that the obstacle is unsurpassable, the problem insurmountable, the mountain so steep the peak can’t be reached. They’ve already lost before they take the field. Now on one hand, wishful thinking is no way to go about a goal worth pursuing. If you’re ill-suited and incapable of executing the plan needed to take down an opponent then that may be as simple as two plus two. But, in most cases, there is a way. That way begins with the mindset of the challenger and there is nothing before that is realized. 

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”

“I have to take this job, I can’t pass it up.” You’re right. 

“I can’t take this job. It isn’t right for me. The pay may be worth it, but there is more than meets the eye. I can’t take it.” You’re right. 

“I can’t leave my relationship. No matter how dangerous it is for me to leave, I have to stay. I can’t make it on my own.” You’re right. 

“I need to be in a more productive relationship. This is not for me. I have to find an exit. I will find one.” You’re right. 

“This opponent is too advanced for me. They’re bigger, stronger, faster, and more talented. I don’t stand a chance.” You’re right. 

“I know there is a way I can beat this opponent. If I stick to my fundamentals and execute the plan my hard work outweighs their talent. It’s not guaranteed, but it is possible.” You’re right. 

Damn near 100% of this is projection of thought. Realization is reality. There is certainly some execution involved, but realization is the first step. 

Recognize, realize, execute. 

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