You probably instinctively know that the thoughts you have, and the thoughts you share with others, directly affect your emotions, and that your emotions have impact on your well being (both physically and mentally). To put it simply, our emotions dictate whether we are happy or sad, satisfied or dissatisfied. In case you feel that you have let go of mental health because you feel like a pessimist, you should not be to concerned. Negativity is a global trend that seems to be invading the hearts and minds of more people every day, even Christians. The good news is that it is possible to acquire positive thinking skills. Any individual can learn how to view the world around us through the mind of positive thought.
When we say positive thinking we don’t mean a situation in which people ignore problems or avoid altogether. That would be a recipe for disaster. It is mush more than that. It is a disciple that trains the neurological patterns of the mind to observe life from a set of values we know come from God. This way of thinking includes the use of an approach that is more effective and productive. Instead of thinking about worst case scenarios, we can think of life scenarios from God's perspective.
From God's perspective we are born, die, and then reach Him in eternal salvation. Everything else in between are experiences that can expand our love and spiritual knowledge if, and only if, we live continually aware of our eternal existence with God.
Most people who begin practicing this technique are almost immediately relieved of the heaviness and stress that comes from the weight of daily burdens. With the new perspective, they see all situations in life as temporary and are then free to more boldly withstand, accomplish, or conquer all things.
Positive thinking usually begins with self-analysis and self-talk. Actually, every person is talking to themselves on a daily basis. We all have unorganized and unsaid thoughts in our head. Each of these thoughts can be classified as positive or negative. Sometimes our self-talk is quite logical because it is based on facts, while in other cases we are just using our imagination and even our prejudices to paint the mental picture. A mind that is highly populated with negativity will be reflected as a pessimistic personality. On the other hand, an optimist is an individual that filters life situations with the mind of God. This type of thought process leads to a happier healthier life.
It is good to mention at this point, that even our Lord Jesus Christ connects impure thoughts and words to ill effects in the mind and body.
And in the epistles Paul emphasis the concept by directing believers to solely focused on eternal spiritual attributes.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
So the Bible clearly guides readers to think and speak with godly awareness which leads to see life from an eternal point of view in which our life is always present with God.
So, What Can We Gain From Positive Thinking?
Modern science is still collecting evidence about the impact of positive thinking on our health. There are some indications though that this way of thinking leads to extended life expectancy, reduced depression rates, reduced stress levels, better resistance to flu and cold, improved physical and psychological well being, lower chances of developing heart disease and improved ability to deal with difficult situations.
Another study showed that positive thinking had a tremendous impact on cancer patients, reducing doctor visits and boosting recovery time.
It is still not clear why individuals who practice positive thinking experience extraordinary health. However, many believers claim that this is God’s way of our life with His power. Contemplating on this thought we can definitely come to the conclusion that since He created people in his own image that negativity, or pessimistic thought, which is not reflective of His nature will not draw the best from God into our life.
Today, with more scientific data available we can clearly begin to make the correlation between a healthy frame of mind and good health. A positive mindset gives us a better chance to deal with stressful and difficult situations which ultimately mean easing pressure and stress of body and mind. It is also believed that people with optimistic views follow more appropriate lifestyles – they tend to workout more, have better eating habits, and avoid alcohol and smoking. This of course enhances a life cycle that draws us closer to God.
Are You A Positive Thinker?
If this is new to you then you may be a little bit confused whether your inner self-talk is negative or positive. The best way to determine whether you have negative thoughts on your mind is to check some examples of negative thinking.
First and foremost, there are people are evaluate situations from a negative mindset. They do this because they disengage a positive mindset and filter situations through the negative. The effects are further compounded if the person dwells on the negative, or if the person magnifies the negative.
For instance, you were very productive at work and your boss and colleagues praised your productivity. However, when you get home, you make plan for the next day because there are other tasks that are were not finished. Then you begin to dwell on you failed to accomplish what you set to do and begin to ruminate on your shortcomings. In other words, you drown out all the positive with the negative. A positive thinker will herself, or himself, a person who achieved great results and experience feelings of satisfaction. These positive feelings are then accompanied by visions of improvement and possibility for the next, which opens the door for improvement. In the second scenario the brain is stimulated to review and improve. The next day, the mind goes into overdrive accomplishing even more with better insight, resolve, creativity, and positivity. This cycle of affairs is also know as the “self-fulfilling prophecy”.
A person of faith on the path of positive thought will continually praise God and pray, while fulling his or her mind with more positive concepts from the Bible.
Another negative mental pattern to look out for is, guilt. Guilt can be very destructive. This way of thinking casts blame on oneself and focuses on worst case scenarios all the time.
Negative thinking can rapidly short circuit the brain. Take for example, on your way to work you notice a person that you dislike and you “predict” that your day at work will be awful. Once you get there you notice all the negative aspects of your day. You may even have a contentious encounter or two. This outcome would have totally different for the positive thinker who does not engage. Rather the optimist goes through life observing while moving forward with an energized mind. There is very little that can stop a person who flows this way.
Finally, there are some people who separate and categorize things as bad or good. To them it seems like there is no neutral event. Unfortunately, this opens the door to enumerating, or counting, negative events, and this tendency magnifies the negative. Its enough to know that not all things, or people, are perfect. For that reason it's better to simply know that it's there and move ahead.
Become Positive Thinking Giant
As we have mentioned, you can convert negative thinking into positive thinking easily. This is a very simple process that can last for a lifetime. To start, you must determine what must be changed. If you have negative thoughts you usually think about certain aspects of your life. What aspects of your life are we talking about? Love? Finances? Family? Pick any topic.
From time to time through your day, stop all your activities and pay attention to thoughts you produced. Were they positive? Negative? How did feel as you processed the thought? Then think of a better way to think about situations and why. Then focus on your on the same situation and mentally rehearse with your new positive reaction.
It is also a good idea feel positive emotions as you mentally rehearse. You may experience peace, happiness, joy, etc., so go ahead and smile, or laugh – humor is great for our health and it supports positive thinking. Emotion based mental training is very powerful so practice it for a healthy mind and body.
If you practice this technique every day for the next 30 days you will begin to change. Your body will also respond with feelings of well being. When you reach this point, mind, body, and life are beginning to synchronize with your higher ideals. Good job!
Now the true magic can start. The first 30 days was simply a practice, a kind of warm up, to the bigger picture. To become a positive thinking giant, go through the Bible on a regular basis and write scripture that will help you keep overcoming negativity. Within weeks, or months, your mind will be a temple of positive thought.
Then start writing your thoughts about a new life, future goals, a business plan, whatever your God given mind can reach for. God puts desires in our heart so we can accomplish them, so go for it. Then write scripture that will help you accomplish your dream in steps. Focus on them every day. As you move forward always give thanks, remain humble, love others, keep your integrity, and work hard, really hard.
When the dust settles, you will find yourself living the dream or goal you chose. Life will never be perfect, but it's much better when we apply our God given talents to God's glory.
How to Support Your Positive Thinking Practice
The single best advice positive thinking giants have to offer is, “stay away from negative thinkers.” Negativity is everywhere constantly interacting, or engaging with it can rub off. If interaction is unavoidable be sure to stay mentally alert. Quietly identify negative mental patterns. Mentally identifying negative patterns wins the battle. If you can identify it you can keep your mind clear.
Try to socialize with other positive individuals. Most of your friends should be positive and supportive. This will provide you with a healthy support system. On the rare moment your feel down, or doubt, you can rely on your mates to lift you up. Negative people can't do that for you. They'll just drag you down to the pit with them.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore your friends and family, or anyone else, especially if they need your help. You can interact will all people, positive or negative, but with the understanding that you have the mission of staying positive and that you need to continually feed that positivity.
Finally, practice positive thinking every of your life. Don’t think badly about yourself. Find inspiration in the Bible everyday. The Bible is full of inspiring and motivating passages. They produce hope in heart and vision to the mind. Daily study make us mentally and spiritually stronger. Even when we feel bad for a good reason scripture leads us on the path to life.
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