We Become What We Think About

In 1956, Earl Nightingale recorded a famous speech titled “The Strangest Secret.” It was wildly popular then and has been quoted again and again over the years. In the speech, he repeats a couple of famous quotes:

Marcus Aurelius, the great Roman Emperor, said: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.”

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale put it this way: “If you think in negative terms, you will get negative results. If you think in positive terms, you will achieve positive results.”

He then goes on to make his point, “Every one of us is the sum total of our own thoughts. We are where we are because that’s exactly where we really want or feel we deserve to be — whether we’ll admit that or not. Each of us must live off the fruit of our thoughts in the future, because what you think today and tomorrow — next month and next year — will mold your life and determine your future. You’re guided by your mind…You’re in the driver’s seat. You see, the very law that gives us success is a double-edged sword. We must control our thinking. The same rule that can lead people to lives of success, wealth, happiness, and all the things they ever dreamed of — that very same law can lead them into the gutter. It’s all in how they use it … for good or for bad. That is The Strangest Secret!”

So we become what we think about.

I am not naive enough to think that someone inflicted with Meniere’s disease can just think themselves well-although maybe there are people who can do that.  I am, however, convinced that alot of people hold themselves back from getting well due to the things they think about and that is an obsession with their ailment.

Early on, when I was first diagnosed with Meniere’s disease and was repeatedly hit with those terrible vertigo attacks, I read the book The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, by Joseph Murphy. There was a chapter on autosuggestion that was so convincing that I figured I would try it. The idea is to program your body for something you desire by mentally focusing on a phrase repeatedly. So for one day straight, I repeated in my mind: “Meniere’s disease, Meniere’s disease, Meniere’s disease…” Well what do you know? The next day, I had an attack far worse than anything I had experienced before. In fact, I had fits of vomiting long after my stomach had been emptied. I quickly found out that there really was something to autosuggestion. From then on, I figured that if I were to repeat anything to myself, I should be much more positive. I decided that “Perfect hearing, healthy ears” was a far better mantra.

If you wish to overcome a disease, mentally you need to move to higher ground where you are not giving that disease any thought or attention.  This is one reason why I am skeptical of reading most Meniere’s disease forums.  I tried that initially in my quest to get better and found a similar pattern

initial post:  Hi I’m Larry and I have Meniere’s disease.  I tried treatment X and it didn’t work for me.

commenter #1: Suzie here, I’m so sorry Larry.  Hang in there.  I tried treatment X also and it didn’t work for me either.  I am more miserable than ever.

commenter #2: Treatment X didn’t work for me and I’m even more miserable than Suzie.

After reading that kind of stuff for an hour, I felt worse than ever.  The most destructive part of that activity is that it dashed any hope of getting better.  I realized that a daily diet of discouragement was not helping.

So evaluate the value of information that you are feeding your brain.  If what you are reading is uplifting and helpful, by all means continue on.  If it is not, stop.

The purpose of this blog is to help people find what they need and move on.  My goal is very different from most blog owners in that I really don’t want lifelong subscribers. I would hope that readers would “graduate” from reading these postings, conquer Meniere’s and spend time reading something more fun.

Here’s to moving on.

RTC