By Dan LeFave

Every day we wake up with a limited supply of energy and eventually we need to sleep. Similarly, we have a limited amount of thoughts that we can think daily. Since we must sleep approximately a third of our day, we can only invest so many conscious thoughts, what I call our mental currency.

Many of us have financial investments of some kind. Big or small, we generally do some research or receive a tip from someone we trust before deciding how to invest our hard-earned money. It makes sense, because we want to feel that we made a good buying decision and we want a great return on our investment.

What if I were to give you currency to go out and purchase what you want, and you took this and instead purchased what you don’t want? Then when you got home you would wonder why your life is filled with things you don’t want. That’s just insanity. Why would you take a currency and spend it on what you don’t want?

The currency that you have is your thoughts and your imagination. Why would you use it to say I am not good enough, I am unlucky, I can’t or I am not smart enough? You are throttling your potential!

What about our daily mental investments? What about our mental currency? Think of each of your thoughts as a currency and consider for a moment whether you invested wisely today. When it comes to your mental thoughts, did you carelessly think in ways that will invariably lead to problems, losses and headaches? Why do most of us buy things we don’t want? What is the root cause of this epidemic?

What we think and feel, we create. And we create precisely what we believe in. Our thoughts are constantly being deposited as down payments towards a future outcome. The cause of this problem resides in our beliefs and our chronic way of thinking and the effect is unhappy thoughts and feelings.

For example, if we were to look back on an experience such as having a house foreclosed and recall the many thoughts we had and the actions we took, we would soon realize that we invested our thoughts extremely poorly. Each thought layered on top of the next one builds a bridge to the thing we feared the most, like being homeless.

Our thoughts become our things whether we like it or not. Every day, our thoughts and words are shaping our experiences, good, bad or indifferent, and as I’ve pointed out, we are carelessly creating circumstances due to lack of awareness. We possess all the power in the world to have all the money and the lifestyle of our choice, but we waste it away and blame others and deny that we were a significant part of the cause. Why?

At the root of the cause is a century of wars, famines, economic turmoil and a clear lack of education about how the science of our mind works and the universal laws that govern our mind. We suffer day in and day out without the slightest shred of awareness that we are our own creators of happiness and frustrations.

We are either prospering or poisoning our minds with our thoughts and because of mental blindness, our mental currency is washed down the drain with our hopes and dreams. The good news is that it’s not too late to change things up!

Now that you are aware of what’s been holding you back, there’s a clear and definite way that you can take control of your thoughts and move towards achieving you most desired goals. Thoughts are mental energy; they’re the currency that you have to attract what you desire. Learn to stop spending that currency on thoughts you don’t want.

Dan LeFave is the “Prepare for Success” coach, No. 1 best-selling author, speaker, habit-changer and the creator of the online program Live Without Limitations – Five Easy Steps to Release Old Limitations and Balance Your Life. He has been profiled on radio shows, in magazines, articles and podcasts, from Manhattan to Vancouver. Dan’s motto is, “Thoughts become untangled as they pass through your lips and over fingertips.” Visit his website.


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