What do you notice about these 10 famous quotes? They point to one important idea—the notion that what you think shapes who you become and where you go. 

It makes a good case for being more mindful of your thoughts. Today, take a moment to check in with your thinking. What direction are your thoughts pointing you toward—success or failure? If your thoughts need to do a 180, pick one of these and repeat to yourself.

1. We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale

2. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh

3. The mind is everything.  What you think you become. –Buddha

4.  Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

6. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

7. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. –Rosa Parks

8. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar

9. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. –Marie Curie

10. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” –Oprah Winfrey

I often see how important it is to first believe that you can change your eating habits before you can make changes.  If you want to eat mindfully, this is your first step.  Tell yourself, "It is not easy, but possible."

To learn more about comfort eating and to take the Mindful Eating Pledge, go to www.facebook.com/eatdrinkmindful and www.eatq.com

Dr. Susan Albers is a psychologist and author of six books on mindful eating including her latest, EatQ (HaperOne, 2013), Eating Mindfully and 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food. She is frequently quoted in Shape, Fitness, Self, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other publications. She was a guest on the Dr. Oz TV Show. 

About the Author

Susan Albers, Psy.D.

Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. 

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