What you consistently hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life.
I'll always have a special place in my heart for this book. It has had a big influence on my way of thinking since I first read it back in 2003, when I was just 18 years old. It was also the original inspiration for this page.
In 2013, I was going through a particularly challenging period in my life. One day, I was reading (what I typically do during difficult times) when I got the random idea to organize my favorite quotes from this book into an Instagram account. I thought it would be awesome to have a customized page of wisdom just for me that I could refer back to. For whatever reason, this idea really excited me.
So I started doing it.
And I continued doing it.
NOT because anyone wanted me to.
NOT because I thought I'd make money from it.
NOT because I thought it would be my full-time job.
I did it because I wanted to & because it was fun. I did it because I was just EXCITED about doing it.
And then something I didn’t expect happened. Other people started noticing and sharing my posts. The content I was posting to inspire myself was also inspiring others!
Fast forward to today—almost 3 million followers later—ThinkGrowProsper has turned into an educational platform and media company that allows me to do what I love and help others in the process. And although the content has evolved and expanded beyond just one book, my mission is the same: To share timeless success principles that help people improve their lives.
Thank you for being here and for being a part of this community.
—Ruben Chavez #ThinkGrowProsper
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One of my favorite things about this community is that I recognize versions of myself in so many of you. I sometimes forget all the steps on my personal journey or how I overcame this or that. But then I'll receive an email from someone going through something I completely relate to and it takes me back to that place.
A question I often get is: “How do I deal with negative thoughts?” As someone who has let negative thoughts consume him in the past, here's an idea that has helped me:
First, recognize that not all of your thoughts are yours. Some are old mental patterns that were handed down to you by others and you unwittingly attached to them. Rather than identifying with those thoughts, practice being the observer of them.
Think of it like people watching. When unpleasant thoughts arise, pretend they are passersby walking past you as you sit on a park bench. Some may be unpleasant to look at, but they don’t upset you. That’s just how they are. Let them pass and move on with your life.
I'll be discussing more strategies for dealing with negative thoughts in my upcoming Mindset Shifts Masterclass, registration opening soon.
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A healthy admiration of other people's accomplishments is great but beating yourself up because you’re trying to live up to some arbitrary standard of “success” is unhealthy and it will fool you into thinking you're not good enough.
If you want to compare yourself to anyone, compare yourself to former versions of you. Let that be your indicator of improvement.
Furthermore, it's virtually impossible to accurately compare yourself to someone else so don't waste time trying. There are too many factors and too many unknown variables.
There will always seem to be someone richer, fitter, happier, or more “successful” than you so if you're waiting to reach some arbitrary level of success before you start enjoying your life, you'll be waiting a long time. You might as well start enjoying your life now.
“It also means you are open to changing your destination, clinging more to the essence of your goal than to the particulars. You acknowledge that letting go and modifying your plans is part of the process. Going with the flow means that you are aware of an energy that is larger than your small self and you are open to working with it, not against it.”
—Madisyn Taylor (co-founder of @dailyom)