Our Thoughts Become Our Reality

This post comes from our Australia contributor, Miann Scanlan. Follow along with her on Instagram @freepeopleaustralia!

Have you ever taken the time to think about the dialogue we have with ourselves? That audio loop constantly reminding us of our own deepest, darkest, secret insecurities. Whether the words we hear inside are positive, negative, or simply fleeting thoughts, our inner voice has a lot of power over us.

So who’s doing all the talking?

We might have these well rehearsed lines that we think define us, running over and over in our internal dialogue. What we don’t realize is, saying them out loud is a pretty powerful way to seal the deal. What we think, and what we say, is our reality. We literally become our thoughts.

From my past, I can recall sentences I repeated over and over to myself, to friends, even to perfect strangers. I made these proclamations as a way of defining who I was. Thinking back now, I cringe at the thought of those words coming out of my mouth. It almost feels like another person was saying them. Without realizing, I was doing some serious affirming to the point where I would block out things from my life.

The other afternoon I was flicking through my camera roll on my iPhone and discovered that almost every morning during my sunrise run I have been taking pictures of the ocean and completely forgetting about it! While it’s no news to me that I love nothing more than photographing the ocean, I didn’t realize how many photos were getting lost in the camera roll.

The moment I stumbled across the first photo above, it hit me – and the memories came flooding back through the gates of my consciousness like a violent, surging river. Words began to echo over and over again in my ears, just as I had said them time and time before in the past. “I hate exercising in the morning”…

I remember saying this at school, I remember saying it during university, I even remember saying it when I lived right on the beachfront at beautiful Bondi Beach! For years, I told myself I the same lies and wasted so much energy convincing myself I wasn’t a morning person when it could have been spent outside in the sunshine making the most out of my days (and my life).

Now, I wake up in the mornings with the sun and never has my life felt more fulfilled. I now tell myself that I LOVE mornings, especially when I’m finding it hard to get out of bed. I also tell myself other things like “I am beautiful” and “I am happy,” because what you think becomes you, what you feel follows you, and what you believe builds around you.

The day you live this truth and take conscious control of your thoughts is the day you declare your freedom and begin your mastery of life.

thoughts become reality

thoughts become reality

Find Miann at miannscanlan.com & instagram @miannscanlan and @freepeopleaustralia

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This was a great read especially since this was my first time here at Free People. It reminded me of the scripture that is frequently referenced at my church: “The tongue has the power of life and death…” Proverbs 18:21.

I love that simply speaking words of positivity and hope, we can change situations that are anything but hopeful. Thank you for the reminder!

Very inspiring thoughts for Monday morning motivation.

I do quite love this. Perhaps positive thinking is much more powerful than I expected.



Wow, this hit me hard. Ive been feeling quite alone all weekend telling myself I have no friends and I am lonely. But that is something that I created with my words to others and myself.
Thank you for this!

Thank you for this – when I have to wake up early in the morning I always marvel at how beautiful it is and think “I should do this more often”. But then work, life, sleep get in the way of this thought and it’s only when I “have” to get up early that I do. I think from now on, I’m going to make more of an effort to get up a bit earlier, to enjoy the morning sun (or that cosy feeling of a rainy weekend). And that piece of peace and quiet before the day gets busy… Read more »

I’ve been denying the fact that I’m a morning person since I was a teenager. College tends to force you to become a night owl. All the “fun” things seem to happen at night. But I love the morning. I’m more energetic and feel so at peace. In the early morning it seems as though the world is all yours. No one is around and you are free to enjoy the beauty before the day takes you away.


great post-thanks for sharing! love your photos too….

thanks for this – just what i needed to read on this blue monday! the kind reminder that ‘thoughts become things’.

Powerful words, they are very inspirational! In fact I haven’t really realized how much impact those negative thoughs have on my actions, things I could do in a really great way end up being a ‘not so bad’ thing. I think is change to rethink and change those thoughts! xx


Perfect! Our thoughts do become our realities. It’s like the Roald Dahl quote on good thoughts like sunbeams making us look lovely. Thanks for being so mindful and sharing so eloquently!

What does the reach look like for FB posts?

I am currently reading a Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, which I highly, highly suggest to anyone who found this post inspiring! We truly bring about what we think about, I am such a strong proponent of that.

Allison x


okay, so i think you are perfectly everything and so right on — so, question, did i credit this correctly on our page? i handle our digital communication, usually. thanks! xo! keep on keepin’ on because we/i LOVE it.


if this isn’t correct, just let us know. #thanks

We truly bring about what we think about, Yes!