Our thoughts are what drives how we feel at any particular moment or how we react to certain situations. You may have had of the phrase “Is your glass half empty or half full?” This is what Peace Pilgrim emphasises when he avers that “if you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”
So, what is hidden in these quotes is that if you focus on the positive, you are likely to get positive outcome and the reverse is true. Therefore, our thoughts often tend to become our reality.
A story was shared of a man who was told to ask for whatever he wanted and would receive it. The man started by asking for a house, a mansion house was granted well furnished, then he asked for the means of transport, a new car was granted, he asked for money and it was granted, he asked to have a holiday to explore the beauty of the world and guess what, it was granted as well. As he was on his holiday, he saw a nice tree with a good shade. Then he chose to rest there. While there a thought came that there may be a snake in the tree, then the snake appeared, then thought came that snake was going to bite him and it did and slowly he died of snake poison. The memory of the story is in the difference between our thoughts and interpretation of the events that happen around us and in our lives.
Negative thoughts have the potential to turn or dilute a very strong positive into negative as emphasised by William Shakespeare: “there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Because negative thoughts have the potential to destroy any human being, every effort has to be made to stay away from them. What gives confidence is that you are in control of your thoughts (feelings and emotions). Let’s now look at three ways to take control of your thoughts.
Charles Barugahare (Ph.D., FCCA) – Financial Consultant, Trainer and Coach