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Garret Kramer Garret Kramer self-correcter. thought changer. inner explorer.

Garret Kramer is the author of Stillpower and the upcoming The Path of No Resistance. His inside-out paradigm for performance excellence has been featured in various magazines, newspapers, and television programs. [www.garretkramer.com]

In principle, nothing or no one can make us feel a certain way. Our feelings come from inside of us – from our own thinking. For everyone, this understanding is the difference between living at the mercy of circumstance or self-correcting back to clarity – no matter the circumstance – at those times when we feel low.

The fact is that 99 percent of us are walking through life believing that external circumstances have the power to affect our states of mind and create our experiences. But the opposite is true. A person’s state of mind is always what creates his or her experience. If you want proof of this phenomenon, simply consider a time when you fretted about something, then you became distracted and turned your attention elsewhere. Then you returned to the same circumstance and wondered, “What in the world was I worried about, this is a piece of cake.” The circumstance didn’t change. Your thinking and mindset did, and so did your outlook.

What’s more, those who grasp that they live in the feeling of their thinking, and not in the feeling of life events, won’t make the mistake of looking outside to find excuses when they do struggle. Doing this is a never-ending search because, again, our feelings are generated from inside of us. This common misappropriation of feelings accounts for all types of illicit behavior. It also accounts for every problem known to mankind. Human beings create their troubles via their own thinking – not from their past, environment, neighbors, or spouse.

This is not to say that you should ever try to fix the thoughts that randomly pop into your head. Not at all. Merely consider that you live in a thought-based reality (not a circumstance-based reality), keep living, and your mind will self-correct on its own.

Remember, like your body is designed to regulate to a core temperature of 98.6, your mind is designed to regulate to clarity. The next time you feel low, don’t look outside for reasons or fixes. Doing so thwarts your innate ability to find peace, harmony, and answers. Rather, look inward to the value of your thinking at that moment. Your feelings always come from there.

And, yes, it is this simple.

– Garret Kramer

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