Are you herding cats?

Have you ever heard the term, “herding cats”? I have actually stopped and visualized this process from time to time. It brings quite a smile to my face. Unfortunately, this term can also be used in reference to our thoughts. We at times allow our thoughts to run uncontrolled. When we do this it causes havoc in our lives.

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I think back to Proverbs 29:17, “Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.” The same thing is true for our thoughts. If we don’t learn to control and discipline our thoughts, they will in turn control us. You will have no peace in your life until you teach your mind the correct way to think.

I am sure to some this sounds silly. That you don’t have to teach your mind how to think, but actually it is the most important thing you will ever do in your life. When your mind learns the correct way to think, it will be life changing. This will affect the way you respond to every aspect of your life. Kent Julian teaches us the E+ R = O formula. Events plus response equals outcome. Your thoughts control the outcome of every event in your life. It is your response to those events that is the key.

For this week, take time to notice your thoughts. Are your thoughts positive? Are they bringing you closer to your goals? Are they going to bring peace in your life? If they are great, if not get to work on changing the way you think. You can begin by reading, “The Power of Positive Thinking”, by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. This is one of the first steps of Inviting Excellence into your life. Let me know other ways that you control your thoughts. Leave me a comment and share some ideas.

Six ways to boost self-confidence.

photo (5)When you struggle with self-confidence issues, it can make life tough. This is when we have a tendency to beat ourselves up over every little thing. We have goals and aspirations, but those negative thoughts keep telling us that we can’t or that we’re not good enough.

Today, we are going to kick the self-confidence into forward. There are things that you can do to increase your self-confidence. I have learned these lessons first hand. I have done every one of them. Today, I am a much more confident person. Let’s get started.

First, surround yourself with positive, supportive people. Jim Rohn said, “We are the average of the top 5 people that we surround ourselves with.” Select your friends wisely.

Second, be aware of self-talk. What you tell yourself or say about others will directly affect your self-confidence. Be supportive of yourself and others.

Third, have principles to live by. Like the saying, “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.” You must have principles in your life to direct you.

Fourth, read books or listen to podcast that are productive and positive. Watching the news and reality TV is not what you need to fill your mind with.

Fifth, take care of yourself and be sure that you like how you look. Dress in a way that is attractive for you that says, “I am confident and proud of myself.”

Sixth, have a servants’ heart. You will never like yourself more, than when you have done something kind for someone else. Go out of your way for someone with no expectations of getting anything in return.

Pick one of these to do today. See how you feel after completing just one. Then see how great you feel after completing all six.

I can assure you these sixth truths will lift your self-esteem and confidence to a new level. Remember, we are more than we allow ourselves to be. We were not put here to be failures. We are here for a specific purpose. Find your purpose and let your AWESOME shine.