Teacher: Today, let’s take a lesson on success from The Buddha, “As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.”
Student: What does that mean and what does it have to do with my success?
Teacher: Be like the fletcher with his arrows when it comes to you and your self-talk. Whittle away all of the nonsense in your self-talk and get right to your intentions for the day. That is what is meant by “make straight your arrows.” Direct your straying thoughts back on track. Gather information that supports you with your aims and aspirations, and dwell on that. Begin with the little things, and it gets easy when it comes to the big things.
Student: So, the most powerful way to learn to control my life is to learn to control my thoughts?
Teacher: Control your thoughts and you do control your life. Control your world of thoughts and you control your world. Most folks spend too much time trying to control the outer world and too little time learning to control their inner world of daydreams, self-talk and imaginings. Conquer your inner world and your outer world yields to your commands.