The good news is- Thoughts are free. The bad news is – that according to some researchers our minds process between 50,000 -70,000 thoughts per day. Even more troubling is that in many of these same reports, it is said that 80% or more of the thoughts we dwell upon are negative!
When I woke to the fact that I had lived most of my life in the default mode, the first thing I had to examine were the thoughts taking place on auto-mode. Sad to say, at one point in time nearly all the thoughts in my mind were negative regardless as to the past-present-or future state of affairs.
It has been said that whatever we spend time focusing on grows and personal experience in my life bore that out! The never-ending replay of negative chatter went on and on and always seemed to bear negative results. Stress increased, bills mounted, relationships got more abusive or neglectful, life was one constant struggle to the point that I considered more than once to simply end my life to stop the chatter.
It was at just that moment in time that I received a copy of a book titled Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Myers and saw several video teachings based on this book which drew my attention to the power ‘Stinking Thinking’ holds over our lives unless we start paying attention and do battle against those type of thoughts.
Through prayer and determination, I began to pay attention to all those free thoughts jostling for room in my mind and decided to give the Negative Nelly Committee an eviction notice. Lest I mislead anyone into thinking that just deciding to ‘think positive’ is a quick fix, let me say – NO it is NOT! It is a lifetime of repetition that has given the negative thoughts power and tenure and it takes time, determination and attention to uproot the strongholds of a lifetime.
But – it can be done and it is worth it! I believe it is also the very first step towards designing that OPTIN-2-Living lifestyle that allows us a balanced life filled with dreams, goals and vision to believe and work towards a better tomorrow.
Where to start?
You cannot change what you don’t acknowledge – How big a role does negative thinking play in your life?
What would your life look like without that negativity?
For me – prayer is the key to major changes. God is the Dream-Giver and He has the power to show you how to exchange the negative chatter for His affirmations of power, love and a sound mind.
Then pay attention to those thoughts that pop up countless times during the day.
At the first time of negativity – nip it in the bud! Find something positive to focus on instead. Positive affirmations work! Especially when based on God’s love and purpose in your life.
Jeremiah 29:11- says, ” I know the plans I have for you- plans of Hope and a Bright future”..
Never settle for less than that! You are worth so much more!
Optin-2-Living – live with intent and purpose, you are meant to THRIVE!