In our everyday lives there is so much coming at us from advertising messages, memos from the boss, world and local news, to the political discord to the economy.
I learned many years ago that if you constantly are bombarded by the bad or negative messages, you may find it easier to criticize, and complain more than uncovering the good or positive circumstances in your life.
And yet, sometimes we forget that we are the ones in control or, are we being controlled by these “negative factors?” Might I suggest that you have total control of the good and the bad.
It’s easy to be critical. It’s easy to complain. What is more difficult is to look for the good in a given situation. And that starts by what you allow into your thoughts. You’ve no doubt know the expression “garbage in, garbage out.”
My challenge to you is to form positive thoughts which is tougher than it sounds. The foundation for those thoughts is faith, hope and action. You see, if you don’t have those three ingredients, you will almost certainly be focused on the “bad.”
You must have faith in yourself, a strong belief system is essential. And if you’re like me, faith in the Lord our Savior. Hope is connected because without it, you don’t look forward. And action is the activator for all three. You must take action and be “in motion.”
One of my favorite motivational influences is Brian Tracy who said, “What you think…you are.” Let that sink in for a moment. It all starts with what and who we think we are. And if you continuously have negative and disparaging thoughts, don’t be surprised at your negative attitude and mood which brings to life corresponding actions.
Snap out of it by digesting positive information consistently. Change the channel, put down the newspaper, strengthen relationships with friends and associates who you view as upbeat and positive. In other words, refuse to be pulled in the negative direction.
And finally, protect your attitude at all costs. It’s the greatest asset you have. Put positive in to get positive out.