It’s rare that you get to be in the presence of true greatness. There are several great politicians, celebrities and sports starts, but there are only a handful of Jordans, DeNiros, and Churchills. But when you get to spend time learning from a TRUE person of greatness, it’s a life-changing event.
Recently I was blessed to be under the teaching of Pat Williams, basketball Hall-of-Famer, co-founder and senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and one of America’s top motivational speakers.
He was remarkable; full of energy and brimming with excitement for life. It was contagious and inspiring. But there was one specific question he asked that really made a tremendous impact on me.
“Are you thinking the right kinds of thoughts?”
Unless we protect what we are thinking from moment to moment, we will never get the results we want out of our lives.
What we think will become our reality.
If we are to protect our thoughts, then we should answer some very specific questions:
- Do you find it difficult to focus on the things you should be focused on?
- Are you letting the same thoughts run around your mind that you thought the day before?
- What do you need to STOP thinking about?
- What do you need to START thinking about?
- What/Who do you need to help you stay accountable?
Pat was right in reminding us all that our thought-lives are important to our success.
Many times in my life I have struggled to stop my thoughts from being harmful to myself. The negative, self-abusive, depressing, and damaging thoughts needed to stop. And it was hard to change, but change was needed.
Who you are today does not have to be who you are tomorrow.
You can change. And it all begins with how you think, what you think, and the way that you think about yourself and others.
3 Simple Ways To Change How You Think
1. Feed Your Brain Better Fuel
Just like a fine-tuned machine, your brain requires the best fuel for good thoughts. When you realize how much input goes into your brain, it can be overwhelming with all the bad stuff that seeps in on a constant basis. You have to seek out better fuel for your brains.
2. Guard Your Thoughts
We spend too much time dwelling on the negative and all the things that might happen or what other people think. STOP IT! The only person that controls you, is you. When the negative thoughts start, stop them immediately. Think of something positive and focus on that. Or begin to think about a challenge at work or a personal project. If you become better at re-focusing your brain, it will become easier to circumvent the bad thoughts.
3. Baby Steps – Every Day
Life change is difficult because it is rarely ever immediate. You didn’t gain all that weight over night – so it stands to reason that losing it will not be over night. But changing the way you think, just like losing weight, IT CAN BE DONE! But it takes a lot of work and determination. Take baby steps consistently each day, and over time, you will find that controlling your thoughts will become easier and easier. And remember to give yourself as much grace as you can…there will be mistakes, but you MUST NOT GIVE UP!Consistent, persistent changes will eventually become healthy habits. Click To Tweet
I know it’s tough, but I hope you see the value in thinking the right thoughts… And you see the benefits you will receive that comes with more positive and healthy thinking.
And don’t forget to choose to be awesome.
Thanks for reading,
You may want to purchase a copy of Pat Williams’ The Difference You Make.
From the book:
“Every one of us has influence, whether we realize it or not. In
everything we say and do, we are influencing those around us.
What if we became more aware, more intentional, and more
strategic about our own influence? Well, we might just change
True influence, says Pat Williams, isn’t about getting what you want–it’s about serving others. Using personal stories from his own life and the lives of others, Williams shows readers the difference between influence and manipulation, how to influence others through both words and deeds, and ultimately how to change the world for the better, one relationship at a time.