What are You Thinking About???
“Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is change your mind.”
Day in and day out, we are constantly bombarded with careless thoughts. They can come from how much information we receive from every platform of media (TV, Facebook, Instagram, Music). They can come from friends and relatives and even close family members. Their ideas and opinions can either make us or break us if we let them. As someone stated, “garbage in, garbage out.”
Your thoughts can shape your feelings which can then shape your actions. Thinking is powerful stuff whether you’re shaping your moment or shaping your lifetime.
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” ~ Unknown
Here are some tips on how to manage your thoughts:
1. Identify Your Obstacles
Have you ever thought that nothing good is going to happen to you? Maybe you've even said something like "If I don't expect anything good to happen, I won't be disappointed if it doesn’t. “These thoughts are obstacles in your mind, and simply recognizing them will pave the way to your freedom. As Christians, we need to learn to fight for our thoughts, because our minds don't automatically come into agreement with God's plans.
2. Practice the Positive
Once you've identified any obstacles, the next step is to start practicing being positive in all kinds of situations. If you're going through a difficult time in life, start believing that God will work things out for your good. Even positive thinkers deal with disappointing situations. The difference is that they have learned to let things roll off their back and enjoy life no matter what happens.
3. Say What God’s Word Says
Nearly everything God has brought me through has happened by believing and confessing His Word. I recommend that you not only purposely think the right thoughts, but that you go the extra mile and speak them out loud as personal confessions of faith (see Mark 4:24). Basically, God's telling us that the more time we spend meditating on His Word, the more we will see the benefits in our everyday lives and even have a closer relationship with Him. He even promises we'll be prosperous and successful! (See Joshua 1:8) I encourage you to spend time examining His Word and comparing it to your thought life. Give God time to help you put your thoughts in line with His. Make up your mind to work toward changing your way of thinking. I've found the best way to become a positive thinker is to ask God for a lot of help—and to ask for it often.