Thursday, January 12, 2012
Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Thursday
What cha thinkin'? That can be a loaded question, because those thoughts create your reality, and can negatively impact your day, your attitude and your health. “Toxic thoughts” lead to stress, which affects our body’s natural healing capacities – it wears down the brain and body.
Dr. Caroline Leaf has spent years researching the brain/thought process, and how the science of thought relates to thinking, learning, and renewing the mind, gifting and potential. In a November blog she wrote that much our mental and physical illnesses come from our thought life. It’s a fascinating article, and you can read it further by clicking HERE. Research found that thinking and feeling anger, fear and frustration caused DNA to change shape according to thoughts, by tightening up, becoming shorter and switching off many DNA codes.
In today’s blog by Michael Hyatt, (click HERE to read it), he spoke about keeping a positive attitude. He writes:
“'For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he' (Proverbs 23:7). Negative thoughts deplete your energy. Positive thoughts replenish your energize. Attitude is not something that just happens; you choose it. Even in difficult circumstances, you can choose to have a good attitude. And, it whether good or bad, it will have a direct impact on your energy."
The point I’m making here is that you have so much power in your thoughts. Worrying and anxious thoughts can bleed you like an energy vampire, create physical problems like indigestion, ulcers, blown out adrenal glands and much more. Have you ever gotten upset in the morning and thought, “Well, that’s just going to ruin my day - it's all downhill from here!” Tell me, did the rest of your day meet your expectations? Probably. We set ourselves up all the time by low expectations, a victim mentality and believing wrong information. Were you criticized as a child and still believe those lies? Do you assume you’re going to have a lousy day? Do you expect the worst behavior from people? Do you tell yourself there’s nothing you can do, you have no choice, you’ll never lose weight, never have a good relationship, never this, never that? Sound familiar?
You CAN choose to think better. I’m not talking about sickeningly sweet Pollyanna positive la-de-dah life is beautiful all the time fluff. Nor am I saying that when life is hard we just cheerfully sigh and say, “Oh well, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” No, not only will that be unrealistic, but you will be incredibly annoying and most people will either run from you or slap you silly. I had to laugh when I recently heard a revised version of the lemons philosophy – “When life gives you lemons, grab the vodka and make a lemon drop martini!” Hey, at least they’re thinking about positive options! You have to start somewhere!
Seriously, though, you can choose how you are going to think about (and then act upon) a given situation. You can have a great day even if it’s pouring rain and traffic was re-DUNK-u-lous. Even if the situation itself cannot change, how you think about it/deal with it is within your thought choices and your power. You might not be able to change your circumstances, but you always can choose how you are going to think about/react to them.
For example, let's say yesterday you fell off the healthy eating wagon big time. Now you may think, "Oh well, I blew it. No point in trying now, I'll start again next week." You've just given yourself permission to eat poorly through the weekend. Then Monday morning you'll step on the scale, get discouraged, and possibly give up. Your thoughts can change that scenario and give you a whole different outcome. Today instead think positively and say, "Okay, I blew it yesterday. But today is a fresh start, and I'm going to continue to eat healthy." You stay true to your goal, and next Monday you feel better when you step on that scale, and you'll probably see a physical manifestation of your positive choice to keep on track and not give up. You'll feel proud of yourself, which will give you a boost to your mood and keep you on that upward climb. Good for you!
Today, exercise the positives in your thought life (and say NO NO NO to the negatives). Think I CAN instead of I can’t, expect the very best from everyone you meet – they might surprise you! It’s your choice.
What do you think of that?