Forming a Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking

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We can implement a simple process to change our thoughts, thus improving the health of our emotions, spirits, and bodies to achieve wellness. readers often request info on changing thought patterns or breaking out of ruts; essentially, changing behavior patterns, emotional patterns, or thought patterns all center on the battleground of your thoughts. Prov. 4:23 points us to the key, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life (NIV)” or another translation, “Keep watch over your heart with all care so you will have life (BBE).” The “heart” in Jewish literature referred to one’s soul, which consists of the mind, will, and emotions (not one’s eternal spirit). By making a quality decision to “above all else,” or first and foremost, focus on controlling and directing your mind, will, and emotions, you are centering your attention on the successful solution to one’s goal of wellness, or of the most enjoyable level of life possible.

A life-pattern of consistent repetition of thoughts that achieve your goals will bring your desired changes, whether it be positive attitude/thoughts, or emotional, physical, or spiritual healing.

God gave a specific example of this process in Deut. 6. The goal in this quote is “loving God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (v.4) and following His instructions so that you would have a “long, enjoyable life (v.2).” Keep in mind that God’s instruction are not senseless rules but guidelines that keep us from our own patterns of self-destruction. Though this passage is specifically talking about implementing God’s instructions, God’s desire is for your total life to be well and the same process works regardless of which goal of changing thoughts that you are trying to accomplish. The process of keeping His instructions impressed upon your heart (mind, will, and emotions) so you can achieve the goal of a long, enjoyable life is this:

Impress them on your children (v.7). In other words, have positive conversations with family members about your goals for positive attitudes or emotional, physical, spiritual healing.


Now notice the pattern of consistent repetition throughout each day-

  • “Talk about them when you sit at home”…Have conversation of positive, goal-achieving thoughts at home.
  • “and when you walk along the road”…More of this conversation wherever you are, while going about your business during the day.
  • “when you lie down”…Speak and think these thoughts again while resting, before naps and before sleeping at night.
  • “and when you get up (all v.7)”… Speak and think these thoughts again, even if just to yourself, immediately at the beginning of your day or when getting up from a nap to go back to responsibilities.
  • “Tie them as symbols on your hands”… Have some sentences about what you need to think on constantly in view, just as your hands are always with you, always in plain site.
  • “and bind them on your foreheads (v.8)”…Have goal-related notes, pictures, quotes, etc. where other’s will see them and ask you to explain their meaning.
  • “Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates (v.9).” Put a visual reminder of what you are to think at both the entrance to your property and the entrance to your house.

This pattern of repetition can be altered to fit your daily routine, but it gives a clear idea of how to establish consistent repetition throughout the day of the healing thoughts, whether for spiritual, emotional, or physical wellness, that will keep you positive in perspective and focused on your desired goals.

Lastly, make a clear break from the undisciplined, destructive, or unhealthy routines typical to much of our society.

There is another quote in which God gives us insight into achieving all types of wellness in our lives through positive thoughts, but it makes clear that there is a breaking away from the norm. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– His good, pleasing and perfect will (Rom. 12:2).” God’s will for any person’s life is complete wellness-physical, emotional, spiritual, and even financial health. These goals can only be reached by making a clear break from the unsuccessful thoughts and habits typical to our society and by renewing our minds with sound instruction from God and others who are gifted with wise counsel.

Making Real Change to Thoughts, Feelings, or Behavior
Take Charge of Your Thoughts, Take Charge of Your Life!
Break Out of the Rut
Break Out of the Rut Part 2

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