Its been on my heart lately that too many of us walk around defeated in our TALK. We say things like if instead of when and its never going to happen yet we pray. I have always wondered, if you think something is never going to happen, well, why are your praying for it too happen…there’s some action that we need to take that goes along with our prayers, words and thoughts.
Last week I took an outstanding class here at IBM and during some of the preparation reading, I came across the following video. Its so powerful so I’ll say no more but it shows us the power in words!
Proverbs 15:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)15 All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].
Romans 8:25 New Living Translation (NLT)25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
“They aren’t going to like it.”
That was the first thought that popped into my head when I sat down to right my weekly column for Inc. Magazine the other day. Pretty empowering, huh?
Here’s the irony…I spend a lot of my time focused on becoming a more positive person and helping others do the same. But I’m also human (and a quite imperfect one at that). For some reason my first thoughts are quite often negative.
In the past I just accepted that and didn’t really think there was anything I could do about it. I would hear the negative thoughts and many times I would agree with them. That would lead me to simply not take action and stay stuck in fear and doubt. But one day I got to the point where I didn’t want to just accept these negative thoughts, I wanted more..
Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a psychiatrist, physician and author, calls this type of thinking ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts). He says that ANTs are “cynical, gloomy, and complaining thoughts that just seem to keep coming all by themselves”. ANTs are thoughts like this:
- “My presentation is going to go horribly.”
- “I’m not going to close this sale.”
- “They always ignore my ideas during meetings. Why do I even bother?”
- “Something bad is going to happen. It always does.”
One of the biggest problems is that these thoughts become self-fulfilling prophecies. If you are convinced that your presentation in front of the board is going to go horribly, you won’t really prepare for it. You’ll sit in fear and procrastinate rather than taking action. And then guess what happens? The presentation will indeed go horribly and you will say to yourself, “See? I told you it would be a nightmare!”
This type of thinking can severely limit your ability to enjoy your life. How you think on a moment-to-moment basis plays a huge role in how you feel and thus how you act. If you are negative all the time, you don’t expect good things to happen so you don’t try very hard to make them happen.
On the other hand, positive and hopeful thoughts lead to positive behaviors. They help you to feel better about yourself and be more effective in your day-to-day life. Hopeful thoughts also help you connect with others.
Finally, a song for today that just might help you remember, where there is power!
There is Power in the Name of Jesus – Tasha Cobbs
Father, your word declares you have given us power to do great things. So we cast off our fears and boldly seek you to show us the things you have for us to do to break every chain binding us and keeping us from our bright futures and prosperity. Teach and help us remember that you are LOVE and help us to share and spread your love so that it abounds in this cold world we are living in these days. Bless the families of those who died in the recent tragedy on Amtrak in Philadelphia…help us to show them and each other brotherly (and sisterly) love for we are our brothers (sisters) keepers. We give you thanks today and always … Amen.
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
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