We are continuing our quests to overcome our enemies of the mind which are negativity and fear. We previously discussed turning off the TV, especially the news and listening to audio books during our commutes. The third item on the list is books. When you turn the TV off, pick up a book and begin to fill your mind with positive, encouraging, and supportive words. Jon Acuff’s book, “Start” is a good read. If you are wanting to start a new endeavor and are having attacks from the enemy pick up the book, “The War of Art”, by Steven Pressfield. Read the book of Proverbs from the bible or “The Power of Positive Thinking”, by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Put the newspaper down and pick up something encouraging. You will be amazed at how your thoughts can be re-trained.
Positive thinking will let you do everything
better than negative thinking will.
The fourth way is people. As you start to implement these processes you will notice that your thoughts are changing. You will also notice how those around you can have an affect on your outlook. The next time you are in a setting of negative people notice how you can easily get pulled in to the conversation and it can immediately take you into the everything stinks mindset. Jim Rohn has said that we are the average of the 5 people we surround ourselves with. Who are you surrounding yourself with? You may have to find some new friends. On Twitter, I follow those who exude positive and encouraging tweets. I refuse to let people bring me down by pessimistic or discouraging remarks. Why would you want to? I’m not talking about putting your head in the sand to our surroundings, but you can accomplish a whole lot more with a positive attitude then you can with a negative attitude. It’s a choice and the choice is yours.
I choose to hang out with a supportive group on 48Days.net because their drive, optimism, and success is contagious. I love their positive outlook and encouragement. You can choose the same thing for your life. Find those who support you and your dreams. Take time this week and pay attention to the attitudes of those you are with the most. Are they supporting you or bringing you down? Don’t forget to read a great book too!! Invite Excellence into Your Life and have an AWESOME week.