Have you ever considered how what we allow into your mind directly impacts our thinking and outlook on life? Similar to how the types of food we allow into our bodies directly impacts our physical health, the material we watch, read, and listen to have a direct impact on our thinking and how we view our current situations and overall view of life. Therefore, it is imperative that we are not only aware of what we are filling up our minds with, but that we are also taking an active role to ensure the content we consume is positive, useful, and improves our thinking, rather than polluting it.
For example, I’m currently conducting a job search to find work closer to where I live. This can be a challenging process with no shortage of opportunities to engage in negative thinking.
In Scripture we’re told…
“[…] whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” — Phil 4:8
Therefore, before I started the job search process, I found some positive words to use daily to keep me focused and to thwart of negative thinking when it would begin to show itself. Some of those positive words I use include:
- The greatest cure for anxiety is action.
- Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. – Psalms 25:4
- Do what others aren’t willing to do.
- Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Phil 4:6-7
- Take action every day.
These words are certainly not the only positive choices and may not be for everyone, but they work very well for me in my situation. The important point is for each of us to find our own encouraging words that we can use to positively influence our thinking.
What about you? What are you filling your mind with? Could you benefit some renewed and positive thinking? If so, begin collecting quotes, phrases, gems from religious text, or just kind words from others and put them in a place that will cause you it intersect with them several times a day. As you see them, spend a moment to read them, think about them, and apply into your daily life. This habit will not only cause your thinking to change for the positive, but your life will follow as well.