Do you ever listen to your thoughts? Are they helping you or hurting you?
Our thoughts are powerful – like the software running in the background every moment of our lives – issuing silent commands and controlling every function, idea, and activity.
If you aren’t happy with something in your life, just trace it back to the thoughts that got you there. Our thoughts are the SOURCE of all our results. They dictate and influence our actions, which directly correlate with our results.
Samuel Smiles wrote:
“Sow a thought, reap an action.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny.”
Our actions create our future, but it all begins with our thoughts. Therefore, indirectly, our THOUGHTS are creating our future. So how do you know if your thoughts are creating the future you want? And how can you shape and influence your thoughts?
Listen to the words coming out of your mouth…are they helping you or hurting you?
Our words are a reflection of our thoughts – they reveal the thoughts we are thinking, the software our brains are running in the background. If we think we are weak, our words will betray our weakness. If we think we are strong, our words will reveal our strength – both to ourselves and to those around us.
But it’s a 2-way street! Our words not only REVEAL our thoughts, they can INFLUENCE our thoughts! Intentionally choosing to use optimistic, proactive, solutions-oriented language can ‘update’ the software your brain is running. Our thoughts can be molded and refined by our words, which ultimately leads to an altered future.
Instead of saying “This is too hard”, try “This is gonna take some time and effort.”
Instead of saying “I’m not good at this”, try “What am I missing? Who can I learn from?”
Instead of saying, “I’m a failure”, try “Failures are stepping stones to success.”
Instead of saying, “It’s impossible”, try “There’s gotta be a way. What are other options?”
Comparing our minds to a garden, our words are the tools we can use to nurture growth and weed out pests, so that the fruit of our lives will be the future we hope for.
Until next time, Get Wisdom.