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Tim Kolodziej

July 5, 2012

Tim Kolodziej: We really need to think more about our thought life

NEW CASTLE — “If you’ve got stinkin’ thinkin’, you better get a checkup from the neck up.”  — Zig Ziglar

The battle for the heart is won in the mind.

So is the battle for the Super Bowl, and the White House and any other lofty goal set before us.

Do you believe that?

It’s true.

From war to athletics, food to faith, you are what you think.

And there’s a pattern to our thought life. It goes something like this: Your thoughts become your actions, then they become your habits, then they become your character, then they become your life.

That said, be careful what you feed your mind today.

Ultimately, it can and will affect what you feed your body, too.

“Change of diet will not help a man who will not change his thoughts. When a man makes his thoughts pure, he no longer desires impure food,” writes James Allen in the classic book, “As a Man Thinketh.”

“If you would perfect your body, guard your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind. Thoughts of malice, envy, disappointment, despondency, rob the body of its health and grace. A sour face does not come by chance; it is made by sour thoughts. Wrinkles that mar are drawn by folly, passion, pride.”

“We can all train our brains to be as strong as our bodies. It sounds simple, but it's so easy to forget. If we let our head drop, our heart drops with it. Keep your head up, and your body is capable of amazing feats.” — Chrissie Wellington, a four-time World Ironman champion.

Think about it. How many thoughts run through your mind each day?

 Maybe some of these crept into your head just this morning ...

•Man, I am SOOOOO tired.

•Just one donut won’t hurt me.

•OK, just two donuts.

•These shorts make me look fat.

•I can’t get up in front of THOSE people and make a presentation.

•Nobody likes me. I have no friends.

•I’ll never get 10 reps of 225.

•I hate the people I work with.

•Same crap, different day.

•My coach won’t even consider me. I know she’s got the team picked already.

•I hate these glasses. Everyone thinks I look like a geek.

•I’ll never be able to make the team.

•I work just as hard as that guy. Why don’t I make that salary?

•It’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know.

•I’m just not very good with numbers.

•Story of my life. If I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have ANY luck.

Sound like anyone you know?

By changing a few thoughts, you could be looking at an entirely different person in the mirror.

Today.

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