I still recall the conversation. My friend Tim had phoned in a panic to ask, "What color is engine oil?" I replied, "That depends. If you're asking about the color of new engine oil, somewhere between light blue-green and an almost clear tan. However, if you're asking about old oil, anywhere from dirty brown to inky black."

"Oh," came Tim's somewhat surprised response. Then, after pausing long enough to reflect on what I'd told him, he said, "So, why is mine bright red?"

As it turned out, in his first attempt to change his own oil, Tim had completely drained the transmission fluid from his truck--not what he'd intended at all.

Three things happened here.

First, Tim believed he knew how to correctly change his oil. Second, Tim also believed he had the necessary tools to complete the job: wrench, drain pan, a few quarts of new engine oil from the auto supply store. Third, and perhaps the most important point of all, what Tim believed was wrong! The cost? In this case, not much--but if he had gone on to replace the transmission drain plug, add five more quarts of oil and start his engine, the result of his actions based upon his erroneous beliefs would have cost him plenty!

Have you ever been in a situation like Tim, where you thought you knew the right course of action, and paid a dear price for a mistaken belief? Perhaps the salient question is, "How did I create those beliefs in the first place?" If you understand how you came to think the way you do, you would then possess the wisdom to alter, adjust, or amend anything in your life.

Let's examine how your mind creates your beliefs by considering three clues:

"For as he thinketh within himself, so is he." --Solomon

"The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart--this you will build your life by, this you will become." --James Allen

"First comes thought...then organization of that thought into ideas and plans. Then transformation of those plans into reality." --Napoleon Hill

Every belief, right or wrong, is created and can be changed by following these five steps:


1) you acquire knowledge,

2) you think about the knowledge,

3) you act (or don't act) upon the knowledge,

4) you get results from your actions (or inactions), and

5) your results (from your actions or inactions) over time produce the beliefs you hold.


Want to adopt a new belief? Acquire accurate knowledge, think on it, act on it, get better results, and experience the awesome power of your mind!


MICHAEL S. CLOUSE is the Editor-in-Chief of Nexera e-News™ and author of Thinking Your Way To Success.