Changing Your Life One Thought at a Time

Thoughts are like a gear shift, they can move you forward, backward or keep you parked

Thoughts are like a gear shift, they can move you forward, backward or keep you parked

King Solomon once wrote “Your life is shaped by your thoughts.”  The level of your personal happiness, success and quality of relationships can often be tied back to your thoughts.  Your thoughts are the seed in which your action will follow.  The reason for this is because “you cannot consistently perform in a manner that is inconsistent with your thoughts.” In other words if you want an A+ life you cannot have C- thoughts.  Your life will follow your thoughts.

It has been estimated that 1,500 bits of information are moving in and out of our minds per minute.  Imagine that, 1,500 thoughts floating through your mind and you have to choose which ones you will stop and dwell on.  Your thoughts are your choice.  If you choose to focus on the negative, that is your choice.  If you choose to focus on the positive, that is also your choice.

Think of it like a transmission in your car.  If you want to go forward you put it in drive.  If you want to go backwards you put it in reverse.  It is just as easy for you to go forward as it is for you to go backwards… it’s just a choice.  The same is with your thoughts.  You are the one that gets to choose whether or not your thoughts take you forward or take you backwards.  But whichever one you choose you must understand that it will set the tone for your life.  Your thoughts are like a compass continually pointing you to where you will end up.

Here are some things you can do to help you develop the right kind of thoughts that will take you to higher ground:

1)  Take out the trash
My dog loves to go through the trash.  If we are not careful to put away the trash properly he will dig through it and create a mess.  There is some trash in our minds.  Things people have said, experiences that have been hurtful and events that have made us feel like a failure.  If you keep digging through those thought (trash thoughts) then you will not like where you end up.  Stop thinking about the things of the past and stop the negative thoughts.  You are only hurting yourself!

2)  Practice thinking more positively
Try to make it a daily habit to think more positively.  This won’t happen overnight but if you begin to work on it each and everyday you will find that your positive thought percentage will go up.  Success is about developing the right habits.  The right habit for your is to practice thinking right thoughts.  Try it everyday and see what happens.

3)  Visualize yourself achieving even greater things
There is so much negative thoughts that run through our minds about ourselves. “I can’t do it, I’m not that talented, great things are for everyone else or I could never do that.”  Stop that kind of thinking.  You are shaping your life with these negative thoughts.  You have been created by the creator for great works and you are more then capable.  Quit talking yourself out of it and start talking yourself into it.  Remember that your life is being shaped by your thoughts.  If you think C- thoughts you are more likely to have a C- life.  However, if you think A+ thoughts you are more likely to have an A+ life.

Until my next post,

Chris Sonksen

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you,
you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
James Allen

Chris Sonksen is a celebrated Motivational Speaker and Published Author; the Lead Pastor at one of America’s fastest growing churches (South Hills Church in Corona California); and the founding member of Celera Church Strategy Group. Celera offers pastor support, teaching, training and mentoring programs that equip pastors who want to learn how to grow church attendance through evangelism using proven church growth techniques.


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on May 23, 2009, in Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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