Success Starts Early - Positively Powerful
Do you ever think about what you think about? I don't think my dog spends much time thinking about much besides food and squirrels...and maybe how he'd like to finally catch a squirrel so he could have it for food (and that's never gonna happen). Do you think it matters if you think about the right things? I do! What you think about most tends to affect the things you do, which eventually determines what kind of person you become. And how do you control your thoughts? Through words!
There are two parts of the brain: the conscious (which does the things you're specifically thinking about) and the subconscious (which runs in the background most of the time). Sometimes these two handle the same jobs - you could consciously change how fast you're breathing or blinking your eyes, for instance, but most of the time your subconscious handles those important tasks for you. The subconscious actually does most of the work, and sometimes it interrupts your day by tossing things into your conscious mind. Your friend may have been telling you about a beautiful green car that's been driving around town, but couldn't remember what kind it was. Suddenly your subconscious mind starts pointing out green cars all over the place. They were always there before, but until your brain thought they were important, you'd never really paid attention before. It's the same way with being positive - if you talk your brain into looking out for good, positive things it'll actually try to show you examples. Maybe that's why the Bible tells us this (my own emphasis added):
Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
For one day, try to catch yourself any time you say anything bad about yourself or another person. Nobody is perfect, so don't beat yourself up over it. At first it might happen more often than you realize, but each time it happens stop for a moment, shake your head no and say, "no, that's not right", and then say something uplifting instead. Make sure you actually say it out loud!
Norman Vincent Peale wrote the book that may be the best-known publication on this topic, The Power of Positive Thinking, and I also highly recommend James Allen's classic, As A Man Thinketh.
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