Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mind Inventory

I found this book in the thrift store for $1.99
It has been a great addition to my reading schedule. Although I'm only on chapter 2, I have learned a lot of great things I am incorporating in my life. Here are a few quotes and thoughts:

"Our thoughts cause us to have certain attitudes and perspectives; they affect our relationships; they determine how productive we will be personally and professionally; and they greatly influence the overall quality of our lives. We absolutely must understand the power of thoughts!"  
• I think that it is also imperative to understand how our thoughts have been influential in our personals lives. I think that once we start this process we can cut down on negative thoughts and increase on positive ones.

"Success in every aspect of life begins with a thought; so does failure. If you think you cannot do or attain something, chances are you will not be able to. Your mind has that much influence over your life." 
• I often talk to  people who say they could never run. I can't help but agree with their thought pattern. Before I become a runner I trained myself to think that I was a runner. I strongly believe that my mind influenced that area of life. I also remember being in College and thinking that I was going to get a Master's Degree. Marching on stage to receive my degree was influenced by the way I started thinking 7 years ago.

Here are some things to do:

Develop healthy thought patterns - identify unhealthy thought patters and change them. Whatever it takes (counseling, writing positive thoughts down and saying them out loud,  etc) the development of healthy thought patters is important if you want to have a more fulfilling life.

Discipline your mind to think in new ways - when you start disciplining your mind, you'll find out that you will have to challenge every "I can't" and ask yourself where that thought is coming from. I also try to find out how does God think about me and my situation and I challenge myself to think in this new way.

Your mind can be a junkyard or a treasure chest - take an inventory of your mind and see if you have more junk than treasures there. No matter how the junk got there, it needs to go. For most of us, it is important to realize that...

You can choose your own thinking - Thoughts and attitudes just don't fall on our heads. We can choose our own thinking - thus, the retraining of thoughts is very important. You and I can retrain our minds one thought at a time. Start by the area where you are having the most challenges at the moment.

This week I have been following this advice: "determine beforehand that you will keep a positive attitude in the midst of every negative situation that presents itself to you." It has made my days and circumstances so much easier to face. I am challenged to turn my problems into opportunities and find creativity in times of distress instead of another reason to complain.
I am a firm believer that the Word of God is the place to go in order to achieve solid, positive mind material. God is positive and so are His Words. I am challenged to focus most of my positive thinking in Words of Life.

QUESTION: Have you paid attention to your thoughts lately? How can you retrain them? 

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