The Power of Thought
There are many things that contribute to finding joy in your life. I will continue to write blogs about all of the contributing attributes that I believe allow a person to create a fulfilling and meaningful life.
There are many people who feel that their lives are out of control. They believe they do not have the strength to continue to fight every day. These people become overwhelmed with despair, helplessness, hopelessness and a paralyzing fear that they cannot go on any longer. I have experienced this and I’ve yet to meet anyone who hasn’t felt like this at times in their lives. I write from my heart; for my knowledge was gained from many hours of research to overcome the desperation I felt in my soul, that at times, made me feel that I could no longer survive. Through the knowledge that I gained and the experiences I have had, I found hope. Hope has not only allowed me to survive but it has given me the opportunity to thrive.
As I stated in my last blog there are many powerful forces that contribute to our well-being and to our health. Today I will be writing on the power of our thoughts.
Thoughts are constantly streaming in our conscious minds; this is normal and useful, when used in the way it was intended to be used. But sadly, people can develop faulty ways of thinking and these thoughts bring a great deal of negativity into their lives. They believe that they have no control over their thoughts and that all of their thoughts are true. Many people mistakenly believe that they ARE what their thoughts, repeatedly, tell them. This is simply not true. Our thoughts create emotions and our emotions influence how we behave. Our emotions, feelings and behavior are not controlled by the events in your life; they are controlled by “what you think about all day long”. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thoughts never cease and you can become a slave to your thoughts if you allow your thoughts to control you. You must develop skills that will allow you to have control over your thoughts. You cannot change the way you feel, or the way you believe or how you act or react if you do not change the way you think.
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it”. ~ Eckhart Tolle
“Our actions are a direct result of our thoughts. If we have a negative mind, we will have a negative life.” ~Joyce Meyer
How can you overcome being controlled by your thoughts?
- Awareness – become aware of each thought that you are thinking and know that you can make the decision to keep thinking that thought or stop that thinking process or pattern and replace it with a new and healthier one.
- Diligence – simply put, this means to deliberately put a great deal of effort and to continually persevere to examine your thoughts. Only allow thoughts that empower, inspire and motivate you to be the best that you can be.
- Patience – it is important for you to be patient with yourself. Any new skill takes time. The efforts you put into building this skill will more than pay off in your life.
YOU MUST take charge of your thoughts to have control over your life and the way you feel. Through focused attention to your thoughts you can create any life that you can imagine. YOU will be USING your mind to create change in your life. You will be using the most powerful way to change your life. This quote sums this up beautifully:
Watch your thoughts for they become words,
watch your words for they become actions,
watch your actions, for they become habits,
watch your habits for they become your character,
watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson