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Beliefs influence thoughts. Thoughts lead to feelings. Feelings induce actions. Actions produce results.

So everything begins with belief.

The problem is, almost all of us are stuck in a habitual pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting rooted in a system of unexamined beliefs handed down to us in childhood.

Think of your subconscious mind as an empty drinking glass at birth.

And imagine the words, opinions, beliefs, criticisms, emotions, and behaviors of your various childhood authorities — parents, teachers, siblings, media, etc. — to be grains of sand pouring into your glass, taking it all in and making it your own.

You see, before the age of six the subconscious mind is wide open.

You had no ability to consciously accept or reject incoming information. It all just plopped down to the bottom of the glass, spawning a belief system that ultimately set the direction of your whole entire life.

Before this totally bums you out, remember that your subconscious programming can be changed. The first step is to know that it’s there.

However, I bring this up to encourage all of us adults to be more mindful of what we say and do around children.

A child’s self-image is often built upon the words he or she hears from the mouths of “all-knowing” grown-ups. And their behaviors and emotions, as children and eventually as adults, can be mirror images of their parents.

So…

Is it possible to raise an optimistic child when his or her parents are the epitome of negative thinking?

Is it possible to teach a child to possess the bravery that life requires, when he or she is discouraged from taking risks?

Is it possible to raise happy children when they seldom see their parents happy?

Today on The Quote of The Day Show, Connie Podesta reveals two simple things you can do if you want your kids to be happy.

You can find today’s talk here on YouTube.

Happy Thursday!

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