Are you in control of your thoughts? Our thoughts affect our emotions which affects our actions. Life is a series of choices that are followed through in our actions, and everything begins with a single thought. If you’re not in control of your own thoughts, you’re not in control of your life.

You have the power to choose your thoughts and direct your emotional and physical energy towards the goals you want to achieve in life.

If your thoughts are stuck in a cycle of shame, guilt, anger, uselessness and the array of other negative emotions we choose to inflict on ourselves, then it’s difficult to create any positive action whatsoever.

To create positive results in life you must decide which thoughts can help you create the positive results you desire. Focus on those thoughts daily and become aware of negative thoughts creeping in that will sabotage your progress.

Changing your thoughts is a habit like any other, it takes practise and commitment. For example if you want regular exercise to become a habit you might commit to a daily walk and a couple of gym visits a week, you create a schedule and stick to it. In the beginning you have to motivate yourself and keep reminding yourself to do it, but eventually it becomes a habit and you do it without thought – like brushing your teeth, just one of those things you automatically do. Positive thinking is the same, set aside 30 minutes a day to write down and review the positive thoughts that will help you create what you want;

‘I am an attractive person with a good sense of humour, potential partners will see this in me’

‘I am an intelligent woman with a good idea, I can make this business a success’

‘I am a good mother who always does her best, my children will appreciate this’

‘I have the power to create a positive financial future for myself and I commit to learning how to manage money so that I can create this future’

Note how all the thoughts are framed in the positive. I could have written ‘I have the ability to get out of debt’, but your brain only hears the debt word which is negative so all thoughts should be framed positively.

It’s not easy to create new thought processes and what will inevitable follow these positive thoughts is a series of doubts; ‘am I really attractive, I’m a bit overweight’, ‘is it too risky to start a business’, ‘I have made parenting mistakes that I regret, am I really a good mother?’, ‘maybe I’m just bad with money and destined to always be in debt’. Push past these thoughts, they are merely trying to drag you back into your comfort zone – it’s easier to believe what you’ve always believed than it is to challenge your beliefs and think something differently about yourself;

“If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always got”

If you always think what you’ve always thought, you’ll always act in the way you’ve always acted.

And if you always act in the way you’ve always acted? You’ll always end up with the same results as what you’ve always had.

It all starts with a thought.

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