The short answer is, for most folk, everyone and no one. All too many drift through life like a ship without a rudder (or at least without anyone consciously at the helm), pushed around by the prevailing winds and tides. Just as it takes skill and effort to man the sails and captain the ship, so too does it take resolution and discipline to live an aware life, to develop life management skills, to become our own programmer.

Your emotions do not spring forth from nothing; your thoughts are their seeds and your world view the soil that nourishes them. What you focus on expands, thoughts held in mind attract in kind. “As the fletcher whittles and straightens his arrows, so the master guides his straying thoughts.”

The stories you choose to tell yourself about the events in your life create your reactions to those experiences. There are always multiple ways to interpret any circumstances and the frame you choose is a powerful form of self-programing. The books and magazines you read, the social media you scroll through, the people you spend time with: They are all potent inputs into your operating systems. Do they lift you up? Inspire you to grow, be your best self more often? If they are not moving you forward, they are holding you back.

Take back your life, live smart. Pay attention to the source of every emotion, begin to see yourself as the programmer, direct your thoughts in ways that strengthen and nurture you. Find sources of wisdom, go there regularly, drink deep. Create a plan for your life, journal.

Closing Quotes:

“As my awareness increases, my control over my own being increases.” – William Schutz

“He who would be useful, strong, and happy must cease to be a passive receptacle for the negative, beggarly, and impure streams of thought.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

“We often go about our lives without noticing what our mind is telling us because we are too busy attending to our hectic lives. Blithely unaware, we comply with the advice our mind dictates to us all day long. When we are unaware of what our mind is saying, we can end up making unwise choices.” –

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier