This week we continue to explore the seven steps of living at our full potential as stipulated by Joel Osteen in his book Your Best Life Now. In step three, he asks us to discover the power of our thoughts and words.
According to Osteen, “like a magnet we draw in what we constantly think about. If we think positive, joyful and happy thoughts that is what we get”. In line with this, James Allen in his famous book As a Man Thinketh noted “A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”
Below I share two ways in which you can ensure that you always have positive thoughts.
1. Remember that Garbage in is Garbage out
We are what we constantly think about and that is why we are told, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he…” I know that my thoughts are largely determined by what goes into my mind. When I choose to watch or spend time on social media where what is being discussed is negative the result will be negative thoughts. In the article Keeping It Simple Is Key I wrote about how avoiding clutter in form of things and sometimes even people is key for me.
Michael Hyatt has correctly observed that ” negative thoughts deplete our energy. On the other hand, positive thoughts replenish our energy”. Because of this, I am cognisant of what I choose to watch. My use of television is very limited these days. The world is full of all sorts of things and bad news. Getting exposed to this day in day out will not bear good results for me. I prefer to watch videos on YouTube where I have control over what goes in my ears and before my eyes. YouTube has borne very many results for me one that is evident is this blog. With YouTube I know everyday am assured of a video that is educative or edifying and all of this contributes to me living a fulfilled life.
2. Keep Your Mind In Perfect Peace
The way you can do this is by focusing on the good/positive in every situation. We are told that ” when our minds are steadfast and we trust in God then he will keep us in perfect peace”. Remember no situation is permanent. We are told “weeping may stay for the night but rejoicing comes in the morning”. With this in mind, you need to practice the art of praying that your mornings come sooner rather than later because for sure they do come.
Joel Osteen also cautions us that “whatever happens, we should do our part and stay in an attitude of faith and remain filled with hope”. The way you can ensure you stay filled with hope is by hiding God’s word in your heart. Many times when you are facing a trial, try and recall a scripture this will keep you going as you wait for your morning.
The next time you feel overwhelmed with the cares of this world, ask yourself what have I been thinking about? This is because without a doubt our thoughts yield a lot of power in our lives.
I would love to learn from you. In what way are you ensuring that your thoughts remain positive. Please let me know in the comments section.