May 1, 2016

How Important is our Mindset?



Is your self-talk usually positive, or negative? Some lucky people are blessed with a sunny disposition that cannot be pierced by many circumstances. They just cannot be rattled by anything, and they don’t overanalyze situations. On the other hand, a few of us seem to live in a claustrophobic world of continual self-examination.

My last article was about the importance of words, including those we speak to ourselves. Today, I would like to expand on that theme. I will discuss how other factors also contribute to our attitude. We certainly allow ourselves to feel limited by more than just what’s spoken.There are quite a few ways that we allow negative circumstances to block our minds and bodies:
  • Agonize over others’ unwise decisions.
  • Eat and drink foods that damage our health.
  • Use strong cleaning products that fill the air with toxicity, which can make us anxious. This can manifest in disturbing dreams and feelings of panic.

Optimism or Pessimism; it’s your choice.

However the limitation manifests itself physically, it probably will affect our way of thinking first. Our mind is a battlefield, as Joyce Meyer and others say.  This means that the roots of such pessimistic emotions as confusion, anger, disbelief, and fear begin inside our heads.

It follows that the best way to fight these feelings is to fill our heads with positive, light-filled sentiments.  The optimistic feelings will crowd out the dark ones because light is stronger than darkness, spiritual or physical. We must always remember that the gloom is only temporary, and we are likely to forget its effects when the metaphorical sun rises.  

Keep the Faith.

The famous saying, “It’s always darkest before dawn”, should give us an unwavering hope.  For instance, I faced my darkest hours just before five of the most important events in my life:
  • College graduation
  • Meeting my future husband
  • Marriage
  • The births of my two children

My Conclusion

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”—Romans 15:13 (NIV)

We constantly make the choice of what thoughts we allow into our heads. The default setting for many of us is negative. Only we can turn that around and pour light (positive thoughts) into our psyche. This can often result in a healing of our bodies and our self-image.

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