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I was shocked to hear from a car dealer that the value of my car drastically depreciated over the last few years. Although it still looked good, the high mileage caused its value to depreciate.
All the other things we possess will also have the same fate, except for that one intangible asset that appreciates over a period of time and shapes our destiny. Can you guess what it is?
It is the brain, where wisdom, intellect and all thoughts reside. It has the capacity to develop with age. It is such a valued commodity that some people are highly respected for their wisdom and paid for their expertise.
However, one thing is very specific about this asset. It only grows if you are committed to using it rigorously by putting in only positive thoughts.
The famous actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has a very toned and muscular body compared to yours. Why? He worked out hard to reach his goal physique and achieve his best body.
The same is true with the different faculties of our brain. The more we use our brain in productive activities like reading, research, innovative thinking, creativity and others, the more our brain muscles grow and become powerful.
Remember, your professional success starts with your thoughts. Your thoughts become your actions which become your habits. Habits help shape your personality. Your personality, whether positive or negative, helps determine your destiny.
In the reverse order, if you want to change your destiny, then change your habits. To change your habits, change your actions (and your words). Your actions will only change if your thoughts change.
So, carefully safeguard your mind's contents in the form of positive thoughts, which result in intelligent actions and words, and healthy habits, as what you put into your mind is what will shape your future.
• Control your mind by entertaining only positive thoughts
• Thoughts are the rough drafts of your actions and words
• Wisdom and intellect grow with learning and experience
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company