What you see is what you get

Think a minute…You have heard the expression, ”What you see is what you get.” Psychologists tell us that one of the most powerful influences on our life is our self-image. We live like the person we see in the mirror. We are what we think we are. If you do not think you will be successful, you most likely won’t be. You cannot be it if you cannot see it. Your life is limited to your vision. So if you want to change your life, you must change your vision of your life.  

Arnold Schwarzenegger was not very famous in 1976 when he met with a newspaper reporter. The reporter asked Schwarzenegger:  “Now that you’ve retired from bodybuilding, what do you plan to do next? Schwarzenegger confidently answered: “I’m going to become the #1 movie star in Hollywood.” The reporter was  both shocked and amused at Schwarzenegger’s bold plan. At that time, it was very hard to imagine how this muscle-bound bodybuilder who was not a professional actor, and who spoke poor English with a heavy Austrian accent, could ever hope to be Hollywood’s #1 movie star!  

When the reporter asked Schwarzenegger how he planned to make his dream come true, Schwarzenneger replied:  “I’ll do it the same way I became the #1 bodybuilder in the world. First I create a vision of who I want to be, then I start living like that person as if it were already true.” Sounds childishly simple, doesn’t it? But amazingly, Schwarzenegger actually became the #1 highest paid movie star in Hollywood in his day—and later the Governor of California. Tragically, he did not have the same vision and ambition for his own moral character and marriage! 

A successful businessman I know wears a shirt with these words on it:  “Don’t pursue your dreams. Chase ‘em down and tackle ‘em!”  You only get one life to live, so why not live the best life possible! It only makes sense that the One who designed and made life is the One who knows the best way to live it. Won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you for living your own, wrong way, and to take charge of your heart and life every day? He will help you start seeing and being the truly successful human being He created you to be. His way is the only way you can become genuinely and permanently fulfilled with what you see and get in life. Just think a minute…

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