A positive outlook is the foundation for achievement.

A positive outlook is the foundation for achievement.

Creating a solid structure requires quality materials. The same is true for how our thoughts determine the future we can build.

During a recent philosophy club meeting, attendees discussed how mindset influences events.

The group focused on James Allen’s essay “As a Man Thinketh.” Allen argued that each person has a choice: forge weapons of self-destruction with negative thoughts; or fashion tools for heavenly mansions of joy and strength with optimism.

“Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself,” Allen wrote.

One participant named Ed shared how his grandfather carved out a business, despite poverty. “Show a trash pile to two people,” he said. “One sees garbage, but the other sees resources to recycle.”

Entertaining worry and uncertainty, instead of committing to action, erode achievement. “They are disintegrating elements which break up the straight line of effort, rendering it crooked and useless,” Allen wrote. “Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplish anything and always lead to failure.”

Deciding to persevere sets into motion the ability to find solutions. “Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force,” according to Allen.

Just as architects envision huge skyscrapers and sketch blueprints, so do each of us construct our lives with thoughts. “The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream,” Allen wrote. “The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg.…Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”

Successful people endure trials and failures. They make sacrifices and remain undaunted to realize the vision of their heart.

What dream are you pursuing on life’s long, arduous journey?

Don’t give up!

After each disappointment and setback, reflect on what can be learned. Look for the next opportunity.

God has equipped you for unique, amazing accomplishments.

Today’s Bible verse:

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV).