Anyone who knows me pretty much knows that I am positive thinking personified. In fact, one business mentor of mine told me that I bring BLISSFULNESS into the room with me.
But that’s not who I was twelve years ago.
Back then my life was completely miserable. I felt trapped in a dysfunctional relationship, my health was in the toilet and crying myself to sleep was a regular thing.
What changed for me?
I made a decision that if I was going to climb my way out of the pit I was in, I was going to have to do a massive upgrade in my thought-life. I needed to create faith big enough to move mountains because I had some pretty huge mountains of obstacles in my life.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). So when I need to increase my faith for something I want to happen, I do a deep dive into God’s word. I saturate myself with His truth. Before I know it, I’ve got big faith building up in me.
Then I become unstoppable.
When I did this twelve years ago, it changed who I was. I completely changed my thought process, which then allowed me to become the woman I needed to be in order to make the changes I needed to make. With a lot more courage and a lot less fear.
You see, if you think the thoughts you’ve always thought, you’ll get the results you’ve always gotten. Your outer world is a direct reflection of your inner world. If you don’t like the results you’re getting, perhaps a major upgrade in your thinking (beliefs, expectations, fears etc.) is in order.
As he thinks within himself, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)
My friends, there’s a reason God tells us to upgrade our thinking by focusing on happy thoughts. He created us and He knows that happy thoughts will cause us to thrive and flourish. That’s how He hard-wired our brains. To focus and meditate on the good stuff.
Negative thinking literally causes brain damage. It distorts your thinking. It limits your ability to think creatively and be resourceful. Which is exactly what you need in order to make positive changes in your life.
So my challenge to you today is to reject all negative thinking (worries, concerns, fears, judgments, guilt, shame, doubt), and choose to focus on thoughts that are beautiful, lovely and empowering. Focus on happy thoughts. Focus on the promises of God.
Then watch your faith start to grow. You start having more energy. Then courage arises. Hope arises, too. Things start shifting in a positive way.
You might be in a place where you’re too down in the dumps to think positive thoughts. I get it. I’ve been there, my friend.
One way to overcome negative thoughts is by thinking of something that you’re grateful for.
What’s one thing you can be grateful for today? Write it down.
What three things can you be grateful for today? Write those things down.
Do this first thing in the morning, and right before you go to sleep at night. Try it for twenty-one days and see how it shifts your thinking.
Your thinking impacts your feeling and emotions, which affects your moods.
Your moods impact your energy.
Your energy impacts your decisions.
Your decisions impact your results.
The bottom line is this: your thinking, your perspective and your faith have a major impact on your life. And, those are things that you control. So, when you find yourself in a negative place in life, realize that you have a lot more control over the results of the situation than you may realize.
Here’s to making positive changes in your life!