“As a single footstep will not make a path on earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” – Henry David Thoreau
As a former educator and athletic coach, there were certain things/behaviors/insights I discovered that are primary catalysts for development in the mind-body equation. As Thoreau alludes to, one of the primary actions that a person can incorporate is the principle(s) of repetition and practice. Simply put, the more practice of a physical skill the better one will be at the skill; i.e. golf swing, distance running, dance, etc. It is not by chance that successful athletes are obsessed at getting better and thus spend an inordinate amount of time practicing(repetition).
This same approach is directly applicable to one’s choice of the kind of person they want to be. “You are what you think”. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from a friend and mentor when I was a young man; “It all starts between the ears”. Consider, negative thoughts generate negative actions while positive thinking (attitude) opens the door for positive actions. “Thou Mayest” is the key that unlocks the latter… reflective versus reactive thinking.
Be careful of your thoughts, for they will become words.
Be careful of your words, for they will become actions.
Be careful of your action, for they will become habits.
Be careful of your habits, for they will become character.
Be careful of your charter, for it will become your destiny..