“You become what you think about all day long,” Ralph Waldo Emerson said long ago and that is very true. When you internalize everything that is told to you and replay it over and over in your mind, it can become a part of you. When we think about things that people have said to us or what we have even told ourselves out of fear or doubt, we don’t realize how much we hurt our ability to be great. You begin to wear those thoughts like a coat that you can never seem to take off. The opinions of others should never shape or change how we view ourselves, but often times it does, to our detriment. Breaking free from the thoughts of others or even those you’ve said to yourself can be challenging, but you can reprogram your mind to start thinking and speaking what God said about you long before He placed you in the earth. “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5, KJV. Your thoughts have the ability to create the life that you want and you are the master of your mind.
Scientists have long stated that even though the conscious part of our minds is what makes us aware of the things around us, it is the subconscious part of our minds that influences our actions and feelings. It’s the one thing that we must dig deep into and shift on a daily basis. In 2018, Kate Maria Pennell wrote an article for Better Humans sharing some techniques about how to get your subconscious to work for you rather than against you. A summary of a couple of those techniques that were interesting to me are listed below:
- Take a break to be more productive. If you are feeling uneasy or anxious, sitting around and thinking all day about life not going your way can drive anyone up the wall. You are allowing your emotions to drive your thoughts and it only keeps you in a negative headspace. Pick up a book and read, or an interactive board game to keep your mind on something positive. Although it’s effectiveness is short term, it will allow your mind to calm down to process what’s going on around you and give you time to cohesively figure out solutions to your problems.
- Ask quality questions. Because our subconscious enjoys making connections, asking yourself questions like, “How can I manage my time better,” instead of saying “I’m always late,” allows you to focus on more positive ways to be productive throughout your day. When doing this, you have to be specific in the questions you are asking yourself and make sure those questions are geared towards a more lucrative outcome for yourself.
Other things you can do for yourself to anchor your thoughts are to be more self-aware. Being aware of when your thoughts are drifting off into the abyss takes time to master. Repeating things such as “I AM powerful” or “I AM confident” over yourself can become apart of your daily thinking. Even having them written down on sticky notes and placing them in general areas of your home will allow your brain to soak up that positivity. We have to realize our brains are sponges. I found that having a vision board can be very helpful with anchoring good thoughts. Visually seeing the things you want to accomplish or become can make a great shift in how you think about yourself. Seeing your dreams and goals on a daily basis gives you encouragement that you are on the right track. It keeps your mind focused on reaching those goals.
Prayer and meditation is also a great way to keep positive thoughts anchored in your mind. Getting in the presence of God is truly life-changing. Finding that quiet, secret place to commune with God and allowing His Spirit to wash over you gives you a daily reminder that you are everything awesome that He said you are. Surrounding yourself with a tribe of people that will keep you lifted up and continuously speak life over you shifts the way you see yourself and how others see you. How you see yourself is a direct reflection of what you think about yourself. I know that there are going to be difficult times that will arise in your life but when you are thinking the right things about yourself, no matter what comes your way you will be able to stand in the light and greatness of who God created you to be.
“Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
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