Summary: “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”Proverbs 4:23 (GNT)
CHANGE YOUR THINKING, REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR LIFE
Proverbs 4:23 (GNT) says “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
One of the most important steps we can take toward achieving our greatest potential in life is to learn to monitor our thoughts and its impact on our attitude. Everything we perceive in the physical world has its origin in the invisible, inner world of our thoughts and beliefs. To become the master of our destiny, we must learn to control the nature of our dominant, habitual thoughts. The conscious human mind is capable of great good and equally extraordinary evil. “Our mind is the master builder and that which we think upon may become misery or miracles. Our thoughts determine our destiny. Minds are really an amazing creation. Our brain contains over 100 billion nerve cells. Each individual cell is connected with 10 thousand other neurons.
Research indicates that most people speak at a rate of 150 to 200 words per minute, but the internal dialogue that you carry on with yourself (self-talk) you do at a rate of 1300 words per minute. The problem is, in all that self-talk, a lot of people are Negative. Whatever your circumstance today – rich or poor, success or a failure, happy or sad – is nothing but the product of your thoughts. In a very simple manner, you are a product of your thoughts. You become what you think about, like Job says In Job 9:20,” though I'm in the right, my own mouth will condemn me; though I'm blameless, he'll pronounce me as guilty.” If someone feeds his mind with negative thoughts of worries, fear, anxiety and confusion, his life becomes one of frustration, fear anxiety and worry. On the other hand, if another person feeds his mind with positive thoughts of a better tomorrow, good and worthwhile goals and work towards them, it will become a reality, because that is what he thinks about. If you keep feeding your mind with negative thoughts you achieve negative results.
Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. Neither success nor failure is ever final. The way your mind is programmed determines your mindset. Your mindset determines your character which has overwhelming impact on your attitudes. Williams James said “the greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind.” To get what you want, change who you are by simply changing the way you think. Proverbs 23:7, says “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” People do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. To attract good people, you must be good. To attract godly people, you must be godly. Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself. Your circumstances may be out of your control, but God is in control of everything. Your thoughts shape who you are, but you can change the way you think. Therefore, if you are not satisfied with your present circumstance in life and you want to change it, you need to change your thoughts. Think and act like the person you want to become. Before you can do something, you first must be something. Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. You become valuable when you value what God value.
Transformation comes when we allow God’s Word to change our thinking. How do you eliminate negative thoughts so you can become a refine person? It’s the principle of replacement: Bible says. “Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right … Think about all you can thank God for and be glad about” (Philippians 4:8 TLB). As your thinking changes, your feelings, decisions, actions and attitude will change and conform to the mind of Christ. We have the power to transform our lives. Romans 12:2 says “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”(NLT)