CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS
In The Law of Success, Napoleon Hill said,
“It is literally true that man, through the Law of Habit, shapes his own personality. Through repetition, any act indulged in a few times becomes a habit, and the mind appears to be nothing more than a mass of motivating forces growing out of our daily habits.”
“Our daily habits.”
When an action or a thought gets down to the habit level, you no longer have to think about it—it just happens. For example, if you go to work the same way each day, you don’t consciously have to think about which way to go—you just go! It’s like autopilot.
Our thoughts are habitual. At times, this can be a problem. If you repeatedly think negative thoughts about yourself and the situations you are in, you’ll create a negative life.
How do we change this?
- Awareness, and
Awareness: You can train yourself to be consciously aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Don’t just let them run wild… they will grow and spread like weeds.
A couple of posts ago, we discussed that your mind is like a garden. Weeds will grow, whether you want them to or not. If you went out to your garden and ignored the weeds, you wouldn’t see them. You can choose not to see them—But they’re there. You have to consciously search them out to destroy them.
What’s the best weedicide? (Just made that word up!!!)
Positive Affirmations! An affirmation is a sentence that you say to yourself over-and-over until it becomes true in your life. This is the reprogramming part.
I have a very dear friend named Christina Parker. She is one of the most dynamic people I’ve ever met—and I’m not just saying that. She is a motivating, energetic, and vibrant speaker and business owner, and simply a radiant person. People are drawn to her.
While in her late 20’s, she was diagnosed with cancer. At the time her two sons were very young. The doctor told her that she didn’t have long to live. Her immediate response?
I love that! That is actually what she told him—fired him on the spot and walked out! She found another doctor and beat the cancer. That’s Christina.
She fought—and won! I believe that much of that win came from what she told herself. She refused to accept defeat—first in her mind and then through her actions.
Well, it seems that now, years later, she has been re-diagnosed. She’s going through chemotherapy and is experiencing all the horrible side effects associated with it.
I emailed her a couple of days ago, and asked her what she is saying to herself. She emailed back and said that her affirmation is, “There is no other way but through…”
That’s Christina. In those words is a dogged determination that I believe, when added to prayer, will carry her through this ordeal.
She’s doing her part. She’s fighting with her mind, her will, and with every ounce of energy she has. She’s fighting intentionally and on purpose.
(Side note: I’d like to ask you to say a little prayer right now for Christina’s healing. I can assure you that God hears them all… Thanks!)
Here are a few other examples of positive affirmations that you can use on a day-by-day basis:
- I see each day as a new and positive adventure.
- It’s going to be an extraordinary day!
- I can do anything I put my mind to.
- I see problems as challenges that allow me to grow.
- There’s nothing I come up against that I can’t handle.
- I take actions each day, which move me towards my goals.
- I am helping thousands of people through my work.
Write down your own, and use them daily, if only for a few minutes. Each time you repeat them, you’re planting your own seeds of greatness!
Is it easy to control your thoughts? No. But as Rudyard Kipling said,
“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.”
You’ve got to put the work in to experience the beauty of your creation.
Let’s get planting!