How to be in control of your thoughts
Did you know we can choose how we think?
Thinking wasn’t something I was ever intentional about until six years ago when I gave my life to Christ.
I struggled with unhealthy thoughts not realizing that I had the power to choose something better.
Little did I know I would continue to struggle until I changed my thoughts.
You may be thinking, “Oh there’s no way that thinking is that important is it?” and I’m here to tell you YES it is!
God gives us free will in every area of our lives including our thoughts. We get to choose what comes in and what doesn’t, and we get to kick out what doesn’t need to be there.
Thinking literally forms your life.
In Proverbs 23:7 God says that as a man thinks, so is he. You are what you think!
Still not convinced?
According to the Mayoclinic,
Positive thinking has plenty of noteworthy benefits such as:
- A longer life span,
- lower rates of depression,
- lower levels of distress…
According to scientist, Dr. caroline Leaf, “75% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life."
There are real studies out there if you look for yourselves that prove there is power in our thoughts.
One thing I asked myself when I got on this journey to better thinking was HOW?
Here are a few steps to get you on your way to a healthy thought life:
1. Think about your thoughts
It sounds silly, but be intentional about recognizing the thoughts you are having. Be intentional about thinking healthy thoughts! When you recognize that you’re having a “bad” thought, KICK IT OUT, and replace it with a good one.
2. Watch what’s coming in
Are you watching how to get away with murder all day, and then wondering why you are experiencing anxious thoughts? Are you constantly comparing yourself to that girl on Instagram, and then wondering why you hate your body? It’s not a coincidence. What you allow in your life, what you surround yourself with, what you listen to, or engage in, will impact your thinking.
3. Fill yourself with the good stuff
The more I read from God’s Word, the less negative thoughts I have. The more I listen to an inspiring podcast, the more encouraged I am. The more I hang around with positive people, the more joyful I am. Get the good stuff in your system!
These are just a few baby steps of what you can do to live a healthier thought life. Comment below what you’ll be trying this week to have better thoughts!