We all know that you get to choose your thoughts. This means you get to decide what you believe about yourself, about your family, about your job, about your life—about everything!
As you start to examine the mindset and beliefs that have been creating your current results, you will find thoughts that are not serving you. For me, I find that in many cases my thoughts are actually generating results that are the exact opposite of what I want in my life.
In this case, it can be helpful to clean out your "thought closet," if you will.
Perhaps, over a lifetime, you have picked up thoughts that you no longer like, thoughts that no longer fit, or thoughts that are out-of-fashion with the results you really want. You can think of these thoughts like you do the fashion relics crowding your closet. You are under no obligation to keep them. Just like your bell-bottom jeans...
On Friday night, David and I were talking over pizza…it’s our standing date.
He was telling me all the things he was worried about. It was a long list.
For one thing, he was worried about all our kids for different reasons. He started listing them. He was worried about work. There was another long list of anxieties and stresses.
“Huh,” I thought, “That’s interesting, because I’m not worried at all."
That’s when I realized that I’m not worried about anything. Worry pretends to be necessary and effective, but it is neither. It has never once prevented something bad from happening and it has never once improved the future in any way. All it has ever done is rob me of my present joys. Worry is just a thought that I no longer choose to think.
It wasn’t always like this. I used to be a world-class worrier. I used to wake up at night to do it.
But I have...