Examine Your Thoughts

A lot of people speak but very few actually think. Real thinking never happens accidentally; it is always intentional. You have to make a choice to think and to think right. Take a few moments today to look across the landscape of your life. Do you like what you see? If you don't, consider changing your thinking pattern. Author James Allen states it simply, "You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration."

What we feed our minds controls our lives. Our thoughts define our words which dictate our actions and behavior. Our behavior become our habits which ultimately decide what our outcomes in life will be. Stephen Covey said, “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny."  I have never met a gardener who planted corn and expected to reap tomatoes. It doesn't matter how much fertilizer or watering is applied to corn, it will never result in tomatoes. Everything in life produces its own kind. When you sow good thoughts, you reap good habits.

All that you are today is a sum total of all the thoughts you've ever thought - good and bad. Your life demonstrates what you think about all day, every day. Everything starts with a thought. Your thoughts feed you and whatever feeds you will eventually lead you. Thoughts are very powerful because they determine your destiny - whether you fail or succeed. There is absolutely no way your life can extend beyond the range of your thoughts. That is why it's so important to nurture great thoughts. Benjamin Disraeli said it well with this quote, "Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts.

Though everyone encounters difficult circumstances, it is a fact that successful people think very differently from unsuccessful people. The circumstances we face is not what destroys us; it's our reaction to them that makes all the difference. If your thinking is at a higher plain than your circumstances, you can rise above them and come out victorious. The good news is, with some effort and commitment, you can change how you think and improve every aspect of your life.

Figuring out what type of thinker you are is the first step to improvement. If your thinking focuses heavily on survival, chances are that you could do with some help. If you are simply trying to maintain the status quo, your level of thinking is more than likely average at its best. On the other hand, if your thinking is focused on progress, you are a good thinker; one who consistently moves forward and ascends higher.

1 comment:

  1. Thinking - I prefer this over listening to radio. I don't even know how to use the radio in my car, but on the few times I tried, I stopped in frustration before getting to hear anything worth my time. I prefer to think: think about people, issues, how to address either of those; prayer concerns which ends up being a prayer in process. Making connections between current events in my life and past experiences comes naturally. If I want music, it is memorized in my head. I love to talk with people who are thinkers. Polite conversation is hard for me. Dig deep or don't bother. SAW