Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Change Your Thinking – Change Your Life

If you could change one thing in your life -- right now -- what would you change?

For Tina in New York it was stress at work.  In her own words:

One of the habitual thoughts I had was I never had enough time to get any of my paperwork done at work....I gotta tell you that this is the first week in a long time that I actually got everything done and I'm actually ahead of my work schedule so it was fantastic!

What changed in Tina’s life that made her more productive and experience less stress?  She changed her thinking.  Back to the question; “If you could change one thing in your life – right now – what would you change?”  This is probably not the first time you've thought about your own answer. So what's keeping you from making the change?

Have you considered that there's only ONE thing you really need to do and everything else would fall in line and you'd see the change take place.

It sounds too simple, but that one thing you need to change is - your thinking!

As James Allen writes in As A Man Thinketh, "Let a person radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the conditions of his life."  The apostle Paul of the Bible said it like this;
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” (Philippians 4:8).  Paul lists six objects of a wholesome thought life.  He then concludes by saying that these six objects of thought are excellent and praiseworthy.

From my experience, I have found that there is a correlation between a person’s level of success and his or her thought-life.  In his book Thinking for a Change, John Maxwell writes,

Why are some people successful and others not?  You’ll hear many answers.  Consider some of the popular ones;

·         Successful people get better opportunities.

·         People who do not succeed have bad backgrounds.

·         Education makes all the difference.

·         Failure results from bad breaks.

·         Some people are smart; others aren’t.

·         Lazy people don’t succeed.

Here’s John’s conclusion: Successful people think differently than unsuccessful people.

So, do you want to change your life?  Maybe the first thing you need to change is the way you think.