How To Have A Good Life According To Buddha
“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” — Buddha
Buddha needs no introduction. He’s the main figure of one of the most practiced religion in the world. Everyone has at least heard of him.
But I’m going to say that right away: this is NOT a post about religion. I do not pretend to understand buddhism, or any other religion for that matter.
I simply believe that inspiration can be found anywhere, wether it’s your environment, your friends, your family, your experiences, your beliefs, etc. It doesn’t matter. There are good lessons to learn from everywhere.
1. What you think, you become
- What do you think of yourself?
- Do you act according to this belief?
- How did you get there?
Work backwards in your thinking. Start from where you are now, and rewind a year.
Did you become what you thought?
I’m quite different from what I was a year ago. I had good ideas of what I wanted to become. At least on a broad scale.
I have become it, and a little more.
Thinking without action doesn’t make you become. Neither does acting without thinking.
As I wrote in:
Most of us want to be more than what we currently are. Yet we do nothing to make it happen.
Plan your days, at least one day in advance (Think). Be precise with time. Execute consistently (Do).
Before you know it, you’ll have become the things you have been thinking and doing.
2. What you feel, you attract
We are so emotionally influenced by our surroundings.
Everyone is happy at a party.
Everyone is sad at a funeral.
If you’re negative, you’ll attract negativity. If you’re positive, you’ll attract positivity.
I’m a positive guy. Especially outwardly. The truth is, I fake it sometimes. And it’s a hack I propose to you.
When something negative happens to you, force yourself to think positively, however hard that may be. Your brain will need convincing. Act it out long enough and you’ll convince it.
Here’s a quote I really like from Conor McGregor:
“At the end of the day, you’ve gotta feel some way. So why not feel unbeatable? Why not feel untouchable?” — Conor McGregor
When I feel unstoppable, people around me catch my vibe.
I un-intentionally started a fitness group at the co-working space I worked from. I just wanted to be more fit, so I thought, and acted. I started doing push-ups.
People laughed. People judged. Then people got curious and joined.
I started a movement, simply because I felt I was unstoppable at fitness.
3. What you imagine, you create
Reflexion is an incredibly powerful tool to motivate you to act and create whatever it is you want to create.
In our busy day-to-day routine, we rarely take the time to reflect. Reflect on ourselves, reflect on our day, reflect on our environment, reflect on our future.
We don’t take the time to let our imagination run wild through reflexion, or deep thinking.
I’ve picked up Meditation and Journaling as some of the 3 skills I learn every month.
My mind has never been so clear. With the fog gone, I am free to imagine anything.
By doing this consciously, I can write all my ideas that pass by. Good or bad. Sometimes, from bad ideas stem great ideas. It’s a process.
Let your imagination run wild. There are no boundaries. No impossible.
If you let yourself think something is impossible, it will be.
If you let yourself imagine the path to success, you will create that path.
Become: Thinking without action doesn’t make you become. Neither does acting without thinking.
Attract: If you’re negative, you’ll attract negativity. If you’re positive, you’ll attract positivity.
Create: If you let yourself think something is impossible, it will be.
Think and Become. Feel and Attract. Imagine and Create.
You can do this!
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