Change Your Thinking

When it comes to a personality makeover, you first need to consider what you were born into. Your personality right now is the result of your social conditioning. You are the product of your early surroundings and how your parents, friends, and schooling influenced you.

Psychologists say this conditioning created images in your mind, which you tend to follow. It is possible to change some of that conditioning when you change your thinking by talking yourself into the person you imagine yourself to be or would like to become.

The change you want begins in your mind. That’s because what you think about influences your experiences. “You are what you think about all day long,” wrote author and motivational speaker Earl Nightingale in his book The Strangest Secret.”

To change the experience of yourself, chanage your thinking by revamping those old and familiar images you’ve been following into thoughts and mental images of the personality you wish to have. Think about how you want to be in your own skin. Then follow it.

Then you’ll begin to make different choices that align with the picture of you created in your mind’s eye. And you’ll become “what you think about all day long.” That’s also how to fake it until you make it.

I’ve devoted an entire chapter in my book, “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach,” to how controlling your thoughts helps you achieve career goals.

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.