Editing Your Thoughts

Okay, here I go again.  Not everyone who visits this blog is a subscriber to my free weekly newsletter, called, The Pep Letter.  And because I thought yesterday’s article was worth repeating, here it is.

This article is about editing your thoughts. We edit things we write, but do you think any of your thoughts need editing?  Does it really matter?  What do you think?

Edit Your Thoughts

Typing away on your computer you have no doubt had the spell checker engage when you misspell a word.  That handy red line appears under the word that is identified with an incorrect spelling.  Most of these programs even give you a list of possible correct spellings for that particular word.

I know when I type an article, it is important to me to have all the words spelled correctly.  So I appreciate the spell checker feature.  For me, it is a very helpful tool in editing what I write.

Of course, when it comes to speaking, most of the time we do not have a grammar checker in our brain.  Many of us use incorrect grammar when we talk.  But for the most part, we all seem to get by and understand each other.

But what about editing your thoughts?  We all have thousands of thoughts pop in our heads every single day.  Do we need to edit those? Is that something that needs to concern us?

The answer to that question depends upon whether or not you believe that your thoughts affect your life.  The Bible is very clear about the effect your thoughts have on your life.  Self help and motivational speakers as well as teachers have been talking about it for a very long time.

The Bible says that we ought to guard our heart with all diligence because from it are the issues of life; our life.  It also states that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  And of course, the verse that has been referred to for centuries: as one thinks in his own heart, so is he.

Perhaps you have heard a self help or motivational speaker talk about how our thoughts determine our lives.  Maybe you have read something similar in a book.  It has been said by countless people for many, many years that you can change your circumstances by first changing your thoughts.

If all that is true, then I say we do indeed need a “thought checker.”  We need to recognize if something we are thinking about is not productive.  We really do need to edit our thinking.

How do we do that?  It’s really quite simple, but it does take a little effort.  But, the effort is well worth it.

First we need to make a decision to monitor our thoughts.  We need to take note of what we are thinking.  The best place to start is with your thoughts about yourself.

Each and every thought you have about yourself must be monitored and evaluated.  You can decide to either allow that thought to stay, or determine that it needs to go. If it needs to go, then you toss it out of your mind and replace it with something that is profitable and beneficial to your life.

For example, you may be thinking about how you can’t possibly expect to be financially successful.  You may have all kinds of reasons and experiences to back up that kind of thinking.  And so, you accept the thinking that you are one of those persons who just needs to settle.

That is in fact destructive thinking.  When you recognize that kind of thinking, you need to stop right then and there and simply say, “No!”  Refuse to accept that kind of thinking, and throw those thoughts out the window.

Next, replace those thoughts with positive, encouraging thoughts.  Stop allowing your experiences, or the odds, or your present circumstances to dictate how the rest of your life is to be.  As he thinks in his heart, so is he.

The Bible is full of God’s promises of success.  He wants you to be happy and blessed in all that you do.  But He will not get inside of your brain and change your thinking; that is something that you must do.

People in every walk of life who are successful do not have a lousy opinion of themselves.  They do not think that they can’t achieve, rather they think and believe that they can.  They actually see themselves achieving the things that they desire.

It all starts with deciding which thoughts you want to entertain and keep.  Your thoughts, like a rudder on a great ship will set the direction and course for your life.  Change and adjust the rudder by tossing out destructive thoughts, then replace them with productive thoughts.

You can change your life today, one thought at a time.

Michael A. Verdicchio

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3 thoughts on “Editing Your Thoughts

  1. Mike~I’m so glad you posted this! After reading your Pep Letter I was inspired to forward it to a friend, along with some comments of my own. Thank you so much for blogging this; this is information we need to be reminded of often!

    This especially impacted me: ‘People in every walk of life who are successful do not have a lousy opinion of themselves. They do not think that they can’t achieve, rather they think and believe that they can. They actually see themselves achieving the things that they desire.’ How often do people try to emulate successful men and women by copying what they DO, rather than how they THINK! Two people can engage in similar activity and yet garner totally different results based on their mindset. I’ve seen it happen. Attitude is everything, and I especially love this Henry Ford quote: ‘Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.’

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder that I can change my life today, one thought at a time, by tossing out the unproductive and replacing it with the Truth. I am what the Word of God says I am, I have what the Word of God says I have and I can do what the Word of God says I can do. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

    God bless you,