New Year, New You: Positive Change Through Positive Thoughts
Positive Thoughts are Everything
With the new year on the horizon, many Americans will be making resolutions aimed at improving their health through regular exercise and proper diet, which is a great starting point.
However, to optimize these efforts, the mind should also be integrated for a more holistic approach to quality living. Here’s why.
There’s great validity to the expression, “You are what you think.” Though often overlooked, your thoughts can impact:
- Your mood
- Your self-esteem
- Your overall well-being
All the more reason for a paradigm shift…
Here’s how my journey to a better thought life began. One day, while watching pastor and best-selling author Joel Osteen deliver his weekly sermon, he stressed the importance of a disciplined thought life.
He shared how it is crucial to “filter” out the “impurities” in order to stay focused and maintain a more positive outlook on life. Much the same way that we would govern and “filter” the types of food we ingest in our bodies.
It made perfect sense. The concept stuck with me, and I have been on a mission ever since. And you should too.
According to Dr. Rainer Zitelmann, “Our actions are determined by our thoughts, and our habits, which shape and influence us and our lives, are born from our actions. That’s why it’s crucial to keep an eye on our thoughts.”
With this is mind, here are five timely tips for a more positive, disciplined thought life.
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1. Control the amount of daily news you watch on T.V.
The media’s sensationalistic philosophy is: “If it bleeds, it leads.” Translation? The goal is to provide audiences with a lot of violence, criminal activity, and negative events.
The result? As viewers, we typically feel more vulnerable, depressed, paranoid, and helpless over our collective circumstances.
A better alternative might be a game show that stimulates your thinking or a sitcom to tickle your funny bone and reduce stress.
2. Eliminate gossip from your daily diet.
To borrow a computer term: G.I.G.O. Garbage in, garbage out.
3. Govern your associations.
Hang out with individuals who are positive, nurturing, and knowledgeable — not toxic individuals who can be taxing and a “brain drain.”
Make it a weekly ritual. De-clutter your thoughts. Visualize your dreams. Reflect on your daily blessings.
5. Read more.
It helps to keep your mind constructively occupied.
If you lack the time or desire to get immersed in a long novel or a lengthy read, try a short book of motivational quotes, a book of romantic poetry, verses of scripture, or a collection of short stories.
Follow these timely tips for a more disciplined thought life, and a new year that exceeds what you could imagine!
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