Every thought is a seed for growth in our life. It can be so simple in context, yet so powerful if given a chance to develop. A thought can be the foundation of a new relationship, a change in career, a building block for a healthier life, a stepping stone to financial wealth, OR it can serve to destroy a dream, tear down another person’s character, shorten your lifespan or keep you imprisoned in a routine of despair and hopelessness. The power of our thoughts is of great magnitude, and should be respected and managed with care. Each of us has power over the thoughts that come into our mind, and further we have the ability to “save” them or hit the “delete” button.
I can assure you that your mind is busy all day with thoughts of every type. Researchers state that the average person has 70,000 thoughts per day! So I want to challenge you to recognize those thoughts that have a bigger significance in changing your life, and make a focused decision on their disposition. For example, if you are a student at TXCC and your goal is to become a certified coder, you must approach the thoughts that sow into this goal with care. When you begin to doubt your capabilities, think of all of the amazing achievements that you have already accomplished! Try to imagine how happy you will be when you do pass the next exam and see progress, rather than dread the possibility of failure. Commit to yourself that anything not understood will soon be an area of strength as you talk to your instructors and gain a deeper understanding. In other words, water your seed thoughts with healthy water, not polluted water. On a different note, perhaps you drive down the street everyday and see the waver man or woman dressed in a ridiculous costume performing a job that reminds you how lucky you are to have yours. What if the first thought of “boy, that job must really stink” turned into a smile and thumbs up gesture when you drive by? Even better, perhaps putting a cup of coffee in their hand (especially on a cold day like today!) would show them someone cares. These may be simple ways to develop into a positive thinker, but they work!
I cannot tell you how many times I have had to overcome my thoughts to accomplish the task at hand, even though I was full of fear, worry and anxiety. Early in my teaching career, I would drive to Tarrant County College to teach class and pray the whole way there. I listened to uplifting music and encouraged myself the entire drive to be assured that when I walked in the door, I was mentally prepared to have a great class! Was I afraid? Absolutely. But by watering my thoughts of fear with positive influences, it enabled me to do it again, and again and again until I finally overcame that fear. Thank God, I enjoy working as an instructor now in my everyday job, and I would not ever want to do anything else!
Set your mind on good thinking (Phillipians 4:6-9) and do not be controlled by thoughts that serve no purpose in the fulfillment of a happy life! Discipline yourself to recognize the ups and not the downs, the good and not the bad, the hopeful way and not the despairing way. Not only will it change your world, but those around you as well.