Thoughts are powerful. They have the ability to move us forward or stop us in our tracks. Your mind is like a computer. The messages that you put in affect your feelings and mood, and your feelings influence your actions. Henry Ford said it this way, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” You become what you think.

Your thoughts shape your reality. Here’s a story I often share to illustrate the power of thoughts. I told myself, “I have to work hard for everything I get and nothing comes easy.” The story came from a past experience, but repeated over and over again it became a limiting belief. In fact, this is how the story became real in my life. I did everything the hard way, and I did everything alone. If it came easy, I didn’t trust it nor did I believe it was worth it because I thought nothing is worth having unless it’s hard. I continued to look for evidence to support that self-defeating belief. One day in prayer and meditation I heard, “You are the lid that contains you.” My own thoughts put a lid on my potential, my dreams, and my success. If you think you can, you’re right. If you say you can’t, you’re right. If you believe everything must be difficult, it will be. If you tell yourself that you have to do everything yourself, you won’t ask for help.

Examine your thoughts. Does your thinking lift you up to your potential or pull you down to your perceived limitations? This month in One Degree Shift, we are transforming thoughts and stories that hold us back into empowering beliefs that move us in the direction we want to go. We discussed an article during a recent community call, Personal Transformation: What’s Holding You Back in Life? by Russell Bishop. The author shares a story of a baby circus elephant that is chained to a post in order to keep it in place. The young elephant learns that the chain is stronger than the elephant, and so even the adult elephant can be kept under control simply by putting a chain around a leg. Do you have a story equivalent to the elephant’s chain? The key is to become aware of the thoughts and stories you are creating, and if they don’t empower you, change them.

THINK ABOUT IT

  1. Take time each day to explore your thoughts. Ask yourself: Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it moving me toward the things I desire?
  2. Monitor your self-talk this week. Catch yourself repeating a limiting thought and replace it with an empowering thought.
  3. Write a short mantra that supports you in getting what you want.

Spotting your limiting thoughts and beliefs can sometimes be difficult on your own. If you don’t already have a strong community around you, consider joining One Degree Shift. We learn and grow best in community!

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