If You Think You Can, You’re Right

 In Mindfulness and Meditation, Weekly Forum Discussion

In the ocean of social media memes there is no shortage of inspiring quotes from which to draw wisdom, knowledge, courage, or even a smile.

I find that many of the follows I give in any of those platforms are to those who help inspire, empower, and spread messages of hope.

This one for me stands out. Henry Ford said this and it speaks to me today the same as when I first heard it years ago.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

I have seen more and more examples of how our thoughts can create our reality (loosely quoting Buddha here).  But, it’s true. How else to do you explain two people, same diagnosis, same prognosis (e.g. six months to live), and one person becomes well and whole again, and the other succumbs to the illness in the exact timeline as foretold by the doctor. Interviews with these survivors show sure a change in diet, possibly adding a regimen of exercise, but what they all have in common, all of them, was that they focused on what they wanted. They thought they could get healthy, and they did.

Our bodies, our cells, are all made of energy. Just like houseplants. There are also many studies that show you can kill a houseplant by being mean to it, by saying horrible things to it. Other studies with ripe healthy apples also show that they respond to negative words and thoughts, and once you cut them open, despite looking fine on the outside this apple it’s completely rotted on the inside. Now imagine how our much bigger bodies react if we send that kind of hurtful thinking to ourselves. If I constantly tell myself I can’t do this or do that, my body believes me. Well heck, I want to make sure I am telling myself the best and most positive things. I don’t want to limit myself with small thinking.

In the beginning of my training for energy healing I remember working with other students who were struggling, because they couldn’t feel the energy. Those students had a choice in that moment to believe that they could, or to keep complaining that they couldn’t. I bet you can guess which ones went on to continue, and which ones abandoned the practice.

I guess my point is that it doesn’t matter what the thing is.  If you believe you can have it, and focus on having it, and make decisions that get you closer to your end goal of having it, you can achieve it. Take for me, while unlike those other students I did feel the energy right away, and find connecting to it is easy, I do have to work, and be conscious of how I am talking to myself about this phase of growing my practice. I try to focus on the pieces I can achieve around the business side of entrepreneurship, and search for support to help me with the “I haven’t mastered this bit yet”. So I choose my thoughts, my inner words, I choose the ones that build, that inspire and that light the fire of  “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can”  (the little engine that could). Except, I energize it up with I know I can.  Words and thoughts are powerful. I use them wisely.

Written by: Melanie Groves; Metamorphosis Healing

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