It’s very important that we are cognizant of our thoughts because our thoughts will manifest into our realities. Whatever it is that we are thinking about eventually becomes our words, then our actions, then they create the reality that is our lives.
The power of the words are so true that many faiths make references to it:
But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man.
On the day when their tongues, their hands and their feet bill bear witness against them as to what they used to do.
Experiences are proceeded by mind. Mind is their master, by mind they are made. If, with a mind corrupted, one speaks or acts… Thenceforth he will be followed by suffering. Like the wheel follows the hoof [of an animal] that bears [the cart].
(The Buddha, Dhammapada verse 1)
To lead a fulfilling life, it all starts with how we think. Do you start your day thinking it will be horrible? Do you constantly stress about money, lack of love, drama, or anything else that is negative? To slowly see the shift from your life, you need to first start with changing how you think. It may seem difficult, but it all starts with speaking words that are positive. Words can heal and transform just as easily as they can hurt and destroy.
Many doctors and nurses also use the power of words to change the experiences that patients while recovering or coping with illnesses. Joyce Hyam, a registered nurse and contributing writer on www.kevinmd.com wrote this about a patient recovering from having a brain tumor:
“The remedy was words. The words guided her brain to focus her mind on what she wanted. Tell me what to do to feel better? I want to feel better. She asked for guidance. Those three words, mind OVER matter said in a gentle, compassionate way, made all the difference in relieving my friend of the discomfort. Her deliberate focus of her mind over the situation made her feel relief. She guided her thoughts and her body into a feeling of peace, tranquility and feeling better and better.”
Start your day with a positive affirmation.
Starting your day with a positive affirmation will slowly transform how you think. I used to be the girl with exceptionally low self-esteem, always stressed, and the Debbie Downer no one liked being around. Those who know me now, would never believe that I was such a negative person. I wanted to change who I was and how I was perceived. I started each morning with a positive affirmation that I would say aloud in front of a mirror.
I am special. I am loved. I am beautiful. I am fun. I am able to change the problems in my life. I am capable.
Did I feel silly at first? Absolutely. But every day, I noticed that all the things I affirmed to myself were true. It became easier and easier to be the person I always knew I was and could be.
Follow your positive affirmation with positive actions.
After you start your day with positive affirmations, the next is to have your actions match your affirmations. I started to do things like investing more time into the things and people that I loved. The things that I wanted to change, I invested time to work on those things. There were moments where I was discouraged… and what did I do? I followed it with another positive affirmation.
I did not fail at (insert issue here). It was a minor setback, and I can still achieve (insert goal here).
Track your progress.
All of the affirmations I desired for myself I wrote down in a journal to remind myself. Every day, I wrote down my progress, my shortcomings, and how I was going to fix my short comings. By the end of my journey, I looked back at my journal, and I had tangible record to look at. I could see all of my changes as a person, not only manifested in my life, but also in a journal as a written reminder of how far I’ve come.
Remember to live the life that you desire, it all starts with how you think. With positive thoughts, you will be able to commit to positive actions. Even when there is a downfall, you can always pick yourself right back up with the powers of your thoughts and words. Shift your thoughts and your whole life can change.