What separates the good from the great is what’s between their ears. It’s their mind. Their mental toughness. I believe it was one of my greatest strengths as an athlete. It helped take me to heights I’d never thought I’d reach. But was is the key word. Because it eventually became one of my greatest enemies.
I’m very proud of what God allowed me to experience and accomplish. But somewhere along the way I lost that edge. My doubt and fears suffocated the belief and determination that marked my game. But how? Simply put, my focus shifted.
The Power of Thought
I often train for hours, in the woods, in the dark. Late at night or very early in the morning, to prepare for my ultra-runs. Although my dog Spirit usually accompanies me, it’s just us. And it sure does get eerie at times. If I choose to focus on the eeriness, and let my mind wander that way, I really get freaked out. My anxiety will rise. I’ll get the chills. I’ll see things that aren’t really there. Like mistake a bush for the guy in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I start wishing I was somewhere else. Anywhere else.
But, everything changes when I shift my focus the other direction. I’ll force myself to start thinking about my kids. Count the times I embarrassed my sweet wife that day. It’s the power of thought! Our minds ain’t no joke. The fear dissipates. Bye bye goosebumps. My anxiety diminishes. You get the point.
What We Think
Do you actually think about what you think about? Had a bad day. I bet you didn’t think too much about what you were grateful for. If anything in your life needs to change. It starts with you.
Shift your focus from the bad to the good. Write down what you’re grateful for. Every day. Smile. Even when you don’t feel like it. Not only can your brain change your behavior, but it’s proven that your behavior can change your brain as well.
Become aware of when you’re negative or feeling low. And become intentional about taking the Apostle Paul’s advice…
“You’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”Philippians 4:8 (The Message)
Those that achieve high levels of success train their attention to stay focused on solutions, possibilities, and the positive aspects of their situation. We make our thoughts and our thoughts make us! You get to choose what you believe.
If you (or someone you know) is struggling right now, I hope this will serve as a reminder.
“We are positive, not because life is easy. We are positive because life can be hard. It’s not about being fake or Pollyanna. It’s about looking for the good in every situation. It’s about trusting God with the outcome. It’s also about overcoming obstacles and finding a way forward. It’s okay to get discouraged, just don’t remain there long. Stay positive. Be faithful. Every day is a new day filled with new opportunities.”Jon Gordon
The Choice Is Yours!
What will you believe today? About your situation at work? Your life as a whole? Your possibilities? Your dreams?
Choose wisely! Life is so fragile. We never know when our time to meet our Maker will come. Here’s the most important question you need to answer: Are you ready to meet Him?
Be bold. Be brave. Keep the faith,