Posted by: marcycalabrese | September 24, 2011

Personal Philosophy- You Are What You Think


Philosophy: Who Needs It

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To have more we must become more.

Philosophy, it is the very essence of what we need to “personally develop”. It is our personal philosophy that determines our attitude, that determines the quality and quantity of the action we take to pursue what we want out of life, our success. It all starts with philosophy.

Our personal philosophy comes from what we know. Throughout our lives we receive input from all sorts of sources friends, family, school, church, the media; it comes from reading books, listening and observing the outside world, it comes from the streets too. We examine through a filter what we will take and what we will leave. The ideas that contradict our beliefs are usually quickly rejected.

It’s 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react 

We all have our own ideas about the things that affect our lives, based on the information we’ve gathered over the years. We have personal views of government, economy, life, and a host of others. How we react and close on the subject is done to our philosophy. We all get to experience the same “challenges” in life- rich or poor, it doesn’t matter. It’s not what happens to us, but how we think and respond to it. And that comes from personal philosophy.

The great challenge is to control the process of our own thinking.

It is a new discipline. It involves going to work on establishing a powerful personal philosophy that will help to influence in a positive way all that we do and all that we think and decide. If we can succeed in this, it will result in a healthy bank account, lifestyle, relationships, and the way we feel about things of value when times are challenging. If we can alter the way we judge, perceive, and decide upon the issues of life, then we can dramatically change our lives.

What do we need to do?

Read the books. Read each and every day. Reading will result in a wealth of valuable information in a short period of time. The habit of reading is a major step in the development of a sound philosophical foundation.

Become a good listener. Develop the skill of selective listening. Tune out the shallow and the ignorant. Everything we hear is being recorded in our brain; listen to valuable information.

Become a good observer. Be alert,  be awake. Know what’s going on around you. Know what’s going on in your industry, what are the new challenges. What are the new opportunities, new tools, and techniques? Let’s get something out of the day instead of just getting through it.

Learn from other people’s experiences, be it failure or success. Learn what to do or not to do.

Learn from your own personal experience. One way to learn something is to do it wrong. We learn from failure, it teaches us, or surely success will not reward us.

Learn from an outside voice. An objective appraisal from someone whose opinion we trust will enable us to see things we have not seen, what we are doing and how we are doing, and the potential impact of our thoughts and actions on our better future.

 Those who seek a better life must first become a better person.


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