February 25, 2016

Why our Thoughts Form our Actions




No event happens without first taking root in our minds--for better or for worse. It’s the same scientific principle we find in nature. For instance, a peach tree cannot become a full-grown tree without first starting as a tiny seed.

Trees don’t spring out of nowhere any more than thoughts do. They both require a foundation and growth.

Seeds and thoughts both may seem small or inconsequential at times. Still, they are the starting point for huge trees and life-changing events.

Great thinkers throughout history have expounded on this concept. Buddha said, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” King Solomon had similar words of wisdom. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (KJV)

The Necessity for Optimism

Please see my book, Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds , for uplifting stories about how optimism leads to success.

The truth is that negativity cannot produce positivity any more than a peach seed can produce a tomato plant. It just doesn’t work that way. We reap only what we sow. A successful life isn’t possible with only negative thoughts; it’s that simple.

Dodie Osteen

She is the mother of Joel Osteen, the head pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. This remarkable lady is a prime example of the power of optimistic thinking and speaking. Over thirty years ago, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She was given two months to live.

Well, she refused to accept defeat. She pushed herself daily. Mrs. Osteen constantly spoke victory to herself. In addition, she put up a picture of herself in more healthy days on her wall. This was another source of motivation.

Little by little, day by day, she saw improvements. Small triumphs turned into a full recovery. Today, Dodie Osteen is happy and healthy. It’s no wonder her son often suggests that everyone set their minds for victory, not defeat.

Daniel of the Bible

He’s another example of refusing to give into defeat. Despite the proclamation against praying to God, Daniel began each day by giving thanks. He rejected the negative atmosphere. In the end, he was delivered from the lion’s den—at the last minute.

Perhaps we won’t be saved from life-threatening diseases or situations. However, we can speak even small successes into our own lives. This is exemplified by the following story told by Joel Osteen:

There was a lady who was constantly negative and sick. Friends got tired of listening to her complaints. Numerous physicians had been unable to help her. Finally, she went to a specialist. He refused to give her medicine or order any procedures. Instead, this doctor suggested she say these words five to six times an hour: I’m getting better day by day in every way. After some time, her words came true. She became a happier, healthier person.
We can’t expect hopeful thoughts to immediately heal us, but they can give us a mental boost. Here are some more positive affirmations:

Something good is going to happen to me today.
I am well able.
I am a lender, not a borrower.
No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
My God is well able.
My God is bigger than this problem.
I am the head and not the tail.

My Conclusion

Jon Kabat-Zinn states, “You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” This is an illustration of how our attitude is always a matter of choice, not circumstances.

There are many opportunities to live life in darkness. Life is tough for many people. However, pessimistic thoughts can never produce a positive outcome. That’s against nature.  We are likely to limit the negativity in our lives by refusing to give into it.

How are you talking positively to yourself?