Dad is famous for a lot of great quotes. Somehow, he has the “knack” for saying really big things in really simple ways that are easy to remember. One of my favorite quotes from Dad is this one:
“You are who you are and what you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change who you are and what you are by changing what goes into your mind.” Zig Ziglar
In other words, what you put into your mind impacts everything you do! The chain of events works like this:
What goes into your mind determines your thoughts.
Your thoughts determine the words that you speak.
The words that you speak determine your actions.
Your actions determine your habits.
Your habits determine your character.
Your character determines your destiny.
I wish I had a really sophisticated reason as to why The Purity Diet worked for me. All I can say is I was fat for over 35 years and then I decided that I needed to focus on eating pure, unprocessed foods and not eating any artificial chemicals. My ability to stick to this idea was not because I have incredible will power or the pure food was easier and tastier, but because for six months before I even started the diet I was focused every day on putting the right things into my mind. Then, when the “idea” of the Purity Diet popped up in my mind, I started a quest to learn about all of the pure and best foods available and the benefits of them. I started talking about them to everyone and then I started making pure food choices. Before I even realized it, this became a habit and my taste buds even changed! Now eating pure is really a character quality I have, and I can tell you that my physical destiny has really changed since I have lost 80 pounds.
In my article, “Do They Care…Continued,” I gave a negative example of the exact same principle. A new study shows that promiscuity in young girls goes up directly relating to how much adult-themed, sexually-oriented TV they watch. Here is how the above principle plays out in the minds of young girls who put the wrong message into their heads. “Hmm, seems like all the cool and successful people are ‘fooling around.’ I think I will talk to my friend about it. Yeah, everybody is doing it, I think I will give it a try. I mean, why not, I will be careful…”
So, you see, the thought was inspired by what had gone into the mind and this led to words and then actions and so on. Of course, many argue that watching TV isn’t that big a deal and really doesn’t influence what people do. How much are Super Bowl ads again?
Dad boils all of this down into the Be, Do, and Have philosophy. You gotta Be before you can Do, and you gotta Do before you can Have. The Be part starts with what you put into your mind. Until you BEcome the right kind of person, DOing the right things consistently will be very difficult, and HAVING any type of consistent, long-term success will be nearly impossible.
Whatever you want to accomplish starts with what you put into your mind. Simple, I know. Might as well put the pure stuff in if you want to get pure stuff out.