David: I would love to let you tell what is the strangest secret.
Vic: Well, you know we were saying earlier, “You become what you think about,” is the strangest secret. And back then especially, it was not known back in…he created that in 1956 and was very influenced by Napoleon Hill in the whole “you become what you think about” mindset, but the power of the mind was just not…and that power of your ability to change your thinking, to change your own life was not something that was readily known in society. And it's much more accepted today.
But still, most people probably feel that they are victims of whatever is happening to them, their parents or “This happened to me,” or “I went to the wrong school,” or whatever. But if they could conceptualize that “you become what you think of,” your thoughts cause you to become who you're going to be in the future, you'd wanna control your thoughts, and you'd wanna…
David: And do you know why? Do you have some explanations now why you become what you think about?
Vic: We are basically a mind on top of a body. The body just sits there waiting for the mind to tell it what to do. So it's just going to do whatever we're thinking about. Whatever you're conceptualizing, the body just does it. And so the more you can control the way you're thinking…
And I look at all of our programs as ways to elevate a person's thought process, to elevate the level of their thinking. An average person's gonna think average thoughts, “I can only…” and they're limited. It's really by releasing the limitations of your thinking through bringing in great ideas and great thoughts by great thinkers around the world. All of a sudden, you see the possibility of transforming your life of thinking higher.
David: Is that of new ideas and new things we can do?
Vic: Right. In every level, if you raise your thinking it allows you to see the next level and where else you can go in your life. I mean it just keeps compounding.
David: And do you have stories of personal or from someone else about…an example for people who are following us about the strangest secret?
Vic: Well, I've got a favorite story. It's a Wayne Dyer story. Wayne Dyer is a fabulous, wonderful friend and author, and we've produced many programs with him. And over the years, he related to me and other people in his programs that he ran 10 miles a day, every day for 20 years without missing a day. And knowing Wayne, I believe him. And whenever I was with him, he would run. You knew that he was gonna set aside the time to run those ten miles every day for that period of time.
And what that taught me was something about life priorities and also commitment. He committed at such a high level that he was going to do that running that no matter what happened in his day, the first thing he thought about was, “Okay, how do I slot that into my ten miles? I'm still gonna run my ten miles sometime today.” So no matter what happened to him, he said if he had a cold, he'd never thought of it as a cold. He just said, “It's just something in my nose. That's just about it.” But nothing stopped him for 20 years. What occurred to me is that's a level of priority that most people just never have. It's putting that at the absolute top of your priority list, and everything else comes underneath it.
So it's just good I think for all of us to be aware of, what are our life priorities? And that's our level of thinking. What is our level of thinking about our weight or about our exercise, about like Wayne or about our relationships or if we're gonna start a business? What is our commitment level? What is our level of thought about is it, “I'm gonna give it a good chance,” or is it, “I'm in it for 100%. Every day, I'm gonna get up and do this, whatever it is that's at the highest level of my priorities.”
David: High level of commitment.
Vic: Yes, yes.
David: It's amazing. Just to know, do you know why he was doing that?
Vic: I think it was just his personality. He doesn't do it every day, but he exercises every day. But he doesn't do the ten miles anymore. My brother-in-law has always exercised. That's just built into him, every day. Different people have different things that they do. To Wayne, that was his thing, but it'd be good if each of us should know what it is. Do we just do everything accidentally? In this day, it's this priority. In this day, it's another priority. Or do we control our thinking, control what we're setting our life priorities.
And if you just made out a list of what your life priorities are or what you think they are, and if one of them is, “I'm gonna lose weight,” but you're heavy, obviously, that's not really one of your life priorities. Other things are getting on top of that. If self-improvement is your top priority, you're not gonna be watching television or listen to the radio and so forth.
David: Great. And is it a common point in each speaker you meet?
Vic: Certainly self-discipline…well again, it's back to that thinking, back to the mind, back to the…but something. And I applied the lesson personally in my relationship with my wife. We've now been married 46 years, but the first 12 years were not that great. It was like neither of us were totally committed. And it wasn't until around the 12th year that I know personally it was like, “Okay, I got to either not commit or I got to commit. Either I got to go one direction or I got to commit completely.” And it was at that point when I started doing…made that mental commitment that I noticed she also changed. And we both started maybe seeing each other in a different light with a higher commitment. And so it made a big difference in my life, and I'd say that the 1% between 99% and 100% in a commitment is a huge difference.