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Tim Kolodziej

July 5, 2012

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

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NEW CASTLE — “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” — Philippians 4:8

Remember our pattern from a bit earlier? Your thoughts become your actions, then they become your habits, then they become your character, then they become your LIFE.

So, what do you really want your life to look like?

Will you remain a victim? Or will you emerge victorious?

Try an experiment. In the next hour, whenever a negative thought pops into your mind, DON’T LISTEN.

Instead, TALK TO YOURSELF.

I know, I know. The guy in the next cubicle is going to think you’re crazy. But so what? We’re renewing our minds and we really don’t care what other people think, right?

It’s a simple two-step process. But it’s not easy. It will take practice — lots and lots of practice.

But just the act of practicing is sure to change your life because your focus will be much different than it is now.

Here goes ...

•Step 1 — Cast a vision. What are you hoping to become?

Remember, you become what you behold. If you sit around and watch MTV all day, don’t be surprised if you become Snooky or, for that matter, one of the guys from “Jackass.”

On the other hand, if you follow the example of successful people who have gone before you, that’s the direction you’ll go, too.

•Step 2 — Step up and stand out. When your workmates are ripping on the boss or a co-worker, refuse to join in. If your friends are ridiculing a classmate, end it quickly by saying something or just walking away.

Instead of adding negative energy, think of what you can do to improve your situation in a positive way.

I know there are plenty of toxic environments out there, but even toilets can be cleaned with the right amount of thought and effort.

Renew.

Refresh.

Reinvent.

So, are you ready to change your life today without spending a penny on the latest fads?

I thought so.

And if you aren’t, at least think about it.

 

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