Websters defines a thought as: The act or process of thinking, serious consideration; reasoning power, the power to imagine. Something that is thought, an individual act or product of thinking. A developed intention or plan. Something (as an opinion or belief) in the mind. The intellectual product or the organized views and principles of a period, place, group, or individual.
Mahatma Gandhi said “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
The Bible teaches us in Philippians 4:8 to fix our thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. To think about things that are excellent and praiseworthy. In 2 Corinthians 10:5 it states we are to take EVERY thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.
You may have heard the saying “Change your thoughts, change your world.” Is that really possible? YES!!
So many people today think they have no control over their thoughts……but you do. You are solely responsible for what stays in your mind and what goes. What do you focus on? Is it mostly negative? Do you find yourself worrying a lot? What do you picture in your mind? Is it a positive outcome or negative? Visualization is a powerful tool that anyone can use. The key is being mindful of what you are thinking. Are you upset? Ask yourself why. What is upsetting you? Do you have any control over it? Can you change it? If not, let it go! I know that sounds very simplistic but it really is that simple. Speak words that are positive. Doing that one thing will work miracles!
The thing to remember is it takes practice and as your mother always taught you, practice makes perfect! Give yourself grace, exercise mindfulness, surround yourself with like minded people and most of all…..HAVE FUN!
Being positive is all about joy! It doesn’t mean your life will always be perfect but when it’s less than perfect you can have joy….regardless of your circumstances. Believe it and you can do it!