I’ve heard it said “We are what we eat.” Yes, I agree with that. But more importantly, we are what we think. What you think about what you’re going to eat is what you’ll end up eating. It always goes back to thinking.
Have you ever noticed that you can talk yourself into having a bad day? Through our self-talk we either have great days or very poor days. So if you’re having a bunch of “bad days” you need to look internally not externally.
Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (KJV) This is so true and this simple verse can change the course of your days and your entire life.
Let me give you an example.
Several months ago I was going to do a seminar in Topeka, KS. I was living in Portland, OR at the time and had to fly into Denver to catch a short flight to Topeka. When we arrived in Denver, there were very bad snow storms all over the central part of the United States. So we sat at the gate until around midnight before they finally told us that our flight to Topeka was cancelled.
Over the next two hours, I had to get rebooked on a 7:15 a.m. flight, find a hotel room, get to the hotel room in the snow and then try to sleep. Two hours later at 4:30 I woke up. I had to shower, shave, get dressed, check out of the hotel, catch the shuttle back out to the airport, go back through security, and make the flight.
Right at 4:30 a.m. when my alarm clock went off my first thought was, “This SUCKS! I’m so sick and tired of all these travel hassles, blah, blah, blah.” And I realized what I was doing. Within the first seconds of being awake, I was talking myself into having a truly BAD day! So I changed my self-talk and said out loud, “It’s going to be an EXTRAORDINARY Day!!!”
Just like turning on a light switch, I consciously changed my day! I had a pleasant conversation with the front desk clerk, the shuttle driver, my friends at TSA screening and the flight attendants. As a matter of fact, I put smiles on each of their faces.
End result—I walked into the hotel where I was doing the seminar with over 50 managers staring me down for being almost one hour late. They weren’t a happy group. I smiled at everyone, told them what had happened and asked for a little help getting my projector/laptop set up, training materials handed out, etc. I first apologized to them, then started joking with them as I set things up. Within 5 minutes they were onboard and ready to have an extraordinary day themselves. And they did! It was one of the most fun days I’ve had with a group in a long time.
So here’s the point. You control it. It’s how you talk to yourself. Watch your first few thoughts.
I’ve actually trained myself to always say as I’m turning my alarm off, “It’s going to be an extraordinary day!”
And they all just seem to turn out that way!
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