The book of Proverbs has lots of great little bites of insight for us, it’s kind of like Twitter from the Bible days. One of those verses is Proverbs 4:23: “Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life.”
This is a topic that I think about often and have written about before. Why? Do you know how valuable your thoughts are? Your thoughts are your ability to think things through, your ability to process news, your ability to plan ahead, and your ability to your ability to make decisions on your own. For most people their stupid or poor decisions are not a result of having mental challenges, but laziness, lack of interest, lack of effort or lack of willingness to ask for help.
Sometimes things happen that make us lose control of our thoughts, and that’s to be expected, for example when you get stuck in a repetitive thought pattern thinking about the ways you screwed up that day or ways you could have done things different. When you end up in a situation like that it’s usually a good idea to get it out and either talk it through with yourself or a friend. Once you’ve really worked out your frustrations (not spending more time than 15 minutes on it), you have to make the decision that your thoughts are better used for other purposes and let it go. It may come back up in following days or weeks and if it does you can deal with it then. But otherwise there’s no point to dragging yourself around in circles when you could use the power of your thoughts and mind for much better purposes.
This week I encourage you to pay attention to what you’re thinking and how long you’re spending thinking about it. Are your thoughts serving you and helping you be your best version of you or helping you start this year off on the wrong foot?