How Positive Thinking Can Change Your Life

 

I’ve recently been reading the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  In it, the author talks about the common denominator between successful people, across the board, is positive thinking.  This can also be referred to as visualization.

Wait! Before you check out and write this off as being some weird mumbo-jumbo, let’s look at what this means for a minute.

What the author is saying is that by picturing in your mind’s eye, yourself succeeding, your brain actually begins to prep itself for success.  He gives the illustration of coaching his son how to visualize success on the football field, connecting passes with receivers, making calls when time is tight and how that visualization plays off.

If you’ve read my blog at all before, you’ll probably know that I write most of my articles from a Christian perspective.  As someone who loves Jesus, is this even Biblical?  Good question.

Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.”  Some translations say, “As a man believes in his heart, so he is.”

As Christians, we can see where positive thinking has its limits.  You can positive think all you want that you are the best singer in the world that does not necessarily make it so (ask some of the auditions on The Voice!)

We must do more thank just think positively, we must believe that we can do what we must do.  Again, this cannot be based on fiction or fantasy.  We must know what God says of us and believe that to be true.  This is what the Bible refers to as “renewing your mind.”

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For instance, because of Jesus, I am now a new person, made in His image, with his mind, given a new heart (this is all in the Bible, so it’s not just some nice ideas that I made up.  It’s truth.)  I need to align myself with this truth.

If I have been impatient all of my life, I will most likely see myself as an impatient person.  I will act impatiently in accordance with what I believe about myself.  But if I start to believe the truth of the new person that God has made me to be, that I am in His image and that He is patient, I will begin to change.

I will be able to picture myself being patient with my children, listening to my husband, not trying to rear end the car in front of me that just cut me off.  Whatever narrative you believe about yourself will be the one that you live out of.  However you think in your heart (about yourself), so you are.

It’s a daily, step by step choice, but it has the power to change your life’s destiny.  Will you choose to agree with the truth of how God sees you or will you continue to believe your inner dialogue (effectively saying that you must know better than God!)

He has the power change you, day by day.  And the work that His Son did on the cross has nulled sin’s grip on our lives.  We can walk as free men.  We don’t have to sin any longer.  Let’s change our mindsets until they are in full agreement with our Creator’s!

 

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1 Comment

  • Erik Grangaard August 23, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Good again Brooke! The difference between “positive thinking” and believing what the Lord is saying about us is enourmous! Erik

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