So I’ve been back at school for about a week now, and there has been a lot taking place. Catching up with friends, buying books, classes, readjusting to the campus, and so on, and I promised myself that this year I would do things a little differently. So I hit the ground running. If there were chapters to be read, I read them all. If there were assignments, community service opportunities, people to talk to, errands to run, and so on, I planned and set time aside to do things quickly and efficiently before their deadlines. Why? Because Procrastination is my opponent and we’ve been fighting each other since I set foot in this place. I would be so slack, for no reason at all. It wasn’t that I couldn’t get things done, it was just that I didn’t feel like doing it. I would keep putting it off and keep pushing it back. I knew that if I did not try extremely hard to break habits in the beginning, I would be doomed to fall back into my old way of doing things and be back at it with procrastination once again. In the past seven days, and already in these first 18 days of the New Year, I have tried to view my world differently. I want to open my mind to different opportunities, and try to understand things that I used to avoid (cautiously, of course). Things that I’ve perceived to be one way based off of my own experiences were far from truth. Life is not always just black and white but it is dominated by the grays. That’s why I want to use the quote by Norman Vincent Peale as the main focus of this post.
“Change your thoughts and you change your world”
I’ve had this quote in my email signatures for a few years now and for some reason it is just now smacking me in the face lol. I mean duh, why did it take me so long to put this into action? All the while I have been defeated by things even before I tried them just because I went in with the mindset that it “couldn’t be done”, or “I couldn’t (can’t) do it”. Or in some situations I went in thinking, “that’s not for me” or “I don’t have time”, or even “Nah I’m good”. How do I even know if I’ve never tried it?
This quote can be applied to so many different life situations: personal, professional, religious, leisure, etc. There are even situations where people did some of the most unheard of, miraculous, and phenomenal things just because they had a belief deep down that it could be done, or it had to be done.
So my friends, we have to change our mindsets. THINK BIG, THINK POSITIVE, THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX! Our thoughts influence our beliefs, our beliefs influence our goals, and our goals influence our everyday actions. They can open doors but they can also close them. They can touch lives, or ruin them. The mind is powerful, and what you choose to do with yours will affect your life. God gave you that brain of yours. He gave you wisdom and intellect, and strength in your bones to do the impossible. But without Faith, Trust, Hope, Belief, all mental entities, what can be done??
Think about it…