Changed thoughts, changed life

“How could anyone ever take risks? It’s terrifying!” “There’s nothing like the safety of a steady job.”

“I could never be creative enough to come up with something of my own…”

Two years ago, that’s what my brain sounded like.

Whenever I heard about a crazy cool idea someone was trying out or whenever I was told that I should do something about my love for computers, that’s the tape that my brain ran over and over again.

“I could never start a business because what do I know about accounting or taxes?!”

“It must be annoying to try and get new clients all the time…”

“I’m not like those people who start successful businesses… They’ve got something special.”

Before I even considered making a change in my life, my thoughts held me back.

But all of that changed in January 2012 when I decided to quit my job to write a book.

The key here is that I wasn’t quitting to start a business, serve clients, and start dealing with money.

I was quitting to express myself creatively. It was easier to psych myself out of the negative thoughts because there was less at risk. I was writing a book, not starting the next Google.

The book I wrote was on Amazon a month and a half later, and that book sold well.

While that wasn’t an impossible feat, it was improbable, and I pulled it off.

So I started thinking…

If I pulled off the book, what other improbable stuff could I try?

How Did I Attempt the Improbable?

Two years later, my brain works in a drastically different way.

My thoughts changed, which led to a changed life.

My thoughts aren’t perfect by any means, but they’re enough to propel me to do some exciting stuff.

I’ll give you my most recent example: I’m learning to program web apps.

I’m learning a programming language called Ruby on Rails. I’ve wanted to learn to code for a long time, but I hadn’t taken it seriously because my brain had convinced me that it was too difficult, too time-consuming, too not-for-me.

Screw that. 

I’m now creating my own web app from scratch — because I want to experiment with something new, because I can, because I believe it’s possible.

It’s by no means a walk in the park, but my brain is pushing me forward, telling me things like:

“If other people can do it, so can I.”

“If I feel stuck, it’s okay. I’ll learn one thing at a time.”

“If something goes wrong, I’ll ask a friend or Google for help.”

Instead of tearing me down, my thoughts are positive, understanding, and compassionate.

What About Your Thoughts?

I’m not the only one this happens to. It happens to every single one of us, whether we’re aware of it or not.

Whether it’s something you’ve always longed to try or a new opportunity that’s just presented itself, I invite you to try listening to the thoughts running through your mind and how its affecting your actions — and your chance for a changed life.

If you’re willing to try, running through these questions may help:

  1. What do you want to try in your life?
  2. When you consider trying that, what runs through your mind — fears, concerns, possible roadblocks? (Listen carefully…)
  3. What could you do to solve those negative thoughts?

Armed with that knowledge, a whole new changed life may open up for you like it did for me.

Friends, adventurers, breakers of the status-quo, my question to you is this:

Are your thoughts holding you back or propelling you forward? … and why?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Wishing you awesomeness from Managua,

— Marcella