Take Charge of Your Thoughts, Take Charge of Your Life!

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Positive thinking empowers us. The recent awareness of the health benefits of positive thinking has influenced large portions of our society.

Numerous people have come to fame through careers as motivational speakers. An article online said the medical world is considering the need for “humor therapy.” The famous story about Norman Cousins tells how he received 2 hours free of pain from his rare collagen disorder for every 10 minutes that he belly-laughed**. In the religious realm, Jesus Himself told those desiring to be healed that it would be according to their faith—what they thought in their minds or spirits.

When we accept with how thoughts affect our spiritual, emotional, and physical health, we will experience definite progress in our healing.

I challenge you to do a check on your thought life! Keep record for a day of how many negative thoughts ran rampant in your mind–fears, criticism, fretting, complaining. You will probably be less surprised at the amount of health related issues you are dealing with. To make a decision for health—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—we have to choose to take charge of our thoughts. The following quote sums up this idea quite well, “Your mind is where the battle will take place. Whatever you allow to captivate your mind will rule your life…The decision is yours (Faith to Faith, Kenneth Copeland, Feb.12th).”

Taking charge of our thoughts eliminates a sense of helplessness over our lives.

There are many things we can’t control– the actions of others toward us, the driving abilities of those in the cars around us, the economy, etc. During the past 2 years of my journey for a positive thought life, I have noticed how the myriad of circumstances that used to cause worry and a sense of helplessness don’t control me like they used to due to thinking and speaking positively over my life. One of the ways I do this is to take promises from God out of scripture and think or speak them over my circumstances, personalizing the verse. For example, “God will bring health and healing to me. He will enable me to enjoy abundant peace and security (Jer. 33:6).” “God makes all grace abound to me so that in all things, at all times, having all that I need, I abound in every good work (2 Cor. 9:8).” “Because I seek God, I will lack nothing (Ps. 34:9).” This type of positive speaking empowers one’s mind and spirit, eliminating both the sense of helplessness and the physical drain of negative thoughts.

Creatively positive communication brings life to relationships.

Something else my spouse and I have begun to practice in the area of positive speaking is creativity in how we communicate between each other regarding negative circumstances. Being self-employed, rather than expressing concern about income, one may make a positive statement to the other such as, “I’m glad today’s newsletter will receive great response, bringing in the income we need.” Instead of saying that I am feeling under the weather, I may state that I’m glad my energy level is going to come up to its proper level. As unusual as this seems, such positive statements bring added energy and life not only to our bodies and spirits, but to our relationships and the atmospheres in the home and workplace.

You cannot change everything in your life, but you can bring new levels of health by changing your thoughts/words! Take charge of your life!

For a more detailed discussion of changing your thoughts to positive ones, read the post, “Practical Ideas for Overcoming Fear.”

**Norman Cousins story (http://myweb.brooklyn.liu.edu/jlyttle/Humor/index.htm)

The similarity of this blog title to Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book is purely coincidental. I hadn’t seen any ads on his book until after writing this post.

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