Positive Thoughts for a Positive Life
Author: Melissa Lahti ~ February 11, 2014
Week 6 ~ Challenge
This week is going to be full of positive thoughts. I am going to carry a pad of sticky notes and a pen and every time I have a positive thought I am going to write it down and stick it to the wall. On the opposite side, every time I have a negative thought, I am going to turn it into a positive thought, write it down, and stick it to the wall.
To add to this I am going to also create a vision board. A friend of mine, Ali Dombek who wrote this great article “Truly Grateful for Grace”, shared this great idea with me. You take a piece of poster board, and on it put down different things you want for your life, goals, sayings, pictures, ect… Anything that represents something you want for your life. You will then hang the board somewhere in your house where you can see it daily. If you wish you can make the entire board at once or I plan to start with one word in the middle of the board and then add things to the board as I come across new things that speak to me. Here's to many happy thoughts this week!
Positive thinking is powerful enough to change a person’s day. When you are having a bad day, have you ever noticed that everything seems to go wrong at once? It’s almost as if one thing feeds off the next. In a way this is exactly what is happening. Our brains are more powerful than we can ever imagine and we actually have the power to shape the outcome of our day. By thinking happy thoughts and having a more positive outlook on things, we are able to control what kind of day we are going to have. Now does this mean that nothing bad is ever going to happen? Of course not. But the way we react when something bad happens will determine what happens next.
Imagine you are driving down the road and the driver in the lane next to you speeds up and cuts you off. This makes you really angry. You immediately honk your horn, scream some foul obscenities, and flip them off all while your blood pressure shoots through the roof. Through all of this you have just set off a chain of motions that you may never even realize are a reaction to this one incident. For instance, the anger you feel at this very moment is going to change the way you behave with the next person you meet. Even if it is just the look you have on your face when you encounter them, it will then affect the day they have. Especially if you were to end up in a situation where you had to deal with someone who is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Normally you would just dismiss them and excuse their ignorance but today, because you are already so angry, you are going to release some of this anger on this poor innocent person. This is going to put them in a bad mood and make you in an even worse mood and so on. Until the end of the day when you finally update your Facebook status and it reads “Worst day ever!!!”
Now rewind to the whole car scenario. As soon as the jerk in the other car cuts you off, remember that you can yell and be mad all you want, they can’t hear you. As a matter of fact, they are already long gone and never even realized they cut you off. Guess what? Your anger never affected their day one bit but it sure affected yours and all the people who had to deal with you that day. Moral of the story is, when someone does something to put you in a bad mood, refuse it. Instead scream out “jerk”, if it makes you feel better, and immediately think of happy thoughts.
I spent this last week filling my life with happy thoughts. We made a sticky note for each happy thought we had and put it on the wall. Every time I felt down, frustrated, or angry, I immediately tried to change the situation around by coming up with something positive and focusing on that instead. I actually caught myself driving down the road with a smile on my face for absolutely no reason this week. It’s pretty amazing what a difference one little thought can make. If you find that you are an angry driver, try putting something as simple as smiley face stickers on your dashboard. You may be amazed at what a difference this will make.
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