“Thoughts Become Things” changes everything. I’ve heard it said, “Show me your life and I’ll show you your thoughts.” Suddenly, I realized that there might be a lot more to thinkin’ than just thinkin’.

Like millions of young children, I grew up in survival mode. My thoughts were focused on getting through a day without the trauma of an abusive alcoholic home. The 1950-60’s TV shows were my window to the world. I soaked up movies, serials and Merv Griffin talk shows.

Fortunately, what I watched was pretty wholesome. But none of it showed me how to make my life better. I saw a good life on the screen but didn’t have a clue how to get there myself.
So, I formed a pattern of thought that just handled what was in front of me, as it came along. And I went back into survival mode. Life plodded along.

Then, in my thirties, this saying floated into my life.” Whatever your mind can conceive, and believe, you can achieve.” So, I had to imagine something, then believe in wanting to have it, because it could actually happen! Things don’t have to be the way they are? Interesting!

It was many years later that I realized what this saying really meant. “Whatever my mind is imagining or thinking about, and I buy emotionally into, that is what’s going to happen.” That can be good or bad. I found undisciplined thoughts play havoc in my life.

There was good reason for the Bible to say, “Finally brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- think on these things.” Philippians 4: 8.

That’s a lot of thinking. We are compelled to stop and figure out what those true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good report and praiseworthy things are. Because, those are the very things we’d like to have manifested in our lives.

Let me show you how this works on a Vision Board.

Vision Boards generally divide up the categories you post on your board, into segments of your life. You’ll have a section for money, health, relationships, education, hobbies, creativity, spiritual growth, material desires- house, car, location- and achievements.

You choose images and words for whatever your mind imagines, that you believe, and want. Then, your mind will subconsciously find ways to achieve it. Keep those thoughts in the Philippians 4:8 range, and you’ll be happy with the result.

Once you’ve stated your desire, the people around you will also be sensitive to opportunities to help you succeed. Doors open in places you aren’t personally aware of. It’s like having an unseen team working on your behalf.

Here’s an example of how this works. A few days ago, I glanced up at my board, above my desk, I noticed my faux mini books pinned onto the board, representing one I plan to write and children’s books I illustrate. I thought, “I’d like to do another book illustration.”

Two days later, a friend called, “Hey, I met with a new author who needs her book illustrated. Would you meet with her and show her what you did on mine?” Oh! I just thought about that a couple days ago! Yes, I’m now contracted to illustrate the author’s book.

Light your creative bonfire with words!

Start a file or pile of words that express good things – cut them out of junk mail, magazines, or print them out. Keep them for use in your journal, success book or vision board. Have fun cutting out these little words that can guide your dreams. Just make sure you choose words that fire up your desires and inspire you.

Thoughts become things!

Words that inspire you can be placed anywhere. Here’s a paper collage shadow book doll of me, with some of my favorite sayings and words. “I always wanted to know that!”, “Curiosity!” and “Imagine That!” This was a very successful Fifth-Grade art project for teaching my students positive self-image. They each made their own personal paper doll and background. Give it a try!


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