When you start thinking the right way, your life starts getting the right way. To experience a feeling, you must first entertain the thought that produces it.
It is not rocket science that we are responsible for our own happiness. What are you thinking about today, what energy are you producing in your ‘emotional factory’-positive energy or negative energy?
Believe me, your thought pattern is vital to your emotional well-being and general health.
To demonstrate how powerful our thoughts are and how our body and organs react to thoughts, let’s look at the effect of thoughts on our reproductive organs. The act of having sexual intercourse starts with a thought. When the thought is produced by what the eye sees, it sends messages to the brain, which in turn makes the male reproductive organ ready. Same happens to the opposite sex, thoughts could make the female reproductive organ ready for intercourse.
We can apply this principle to other areas of our life. Thoughts are very powerful and to live a healthy normal life, we have to become masters of our own thoughts. We have to think positive thoughts. When you look at a glass of water, do you believe it’s half empty or half full?
The best times to be positive is first thing in the morning and last thing at night. In Nigerian local markets, traders have this belief that what happens very early in the morning, or the attitude of the first customer you serve would determine how the rest of the day would go. If your first customer was not rude and happily paid for your goods without long bargains, it is generally believed business would be good for the rest of the day.
What you do immediately you wake up from bed would definitely affect the rest of the day, there is no such thing as waking up from the wrong side of the bed. When I wake up in the morning, I thank God for the blessing of staying alive, I say a little prayer and commit the rest of the day to the Lord. In that way my mood is elevated and I trust that I would be having a good day. At the end of the day, I reflect on how the day went, I tend to count my blessings, I do not focus on the day’s disappointments, rather I think about my achievements for the day; this helps me to re-fuel my positive energy for the next day.
Going through the pandemic period, losing a job, losing a loved one or facing economic hardship are all energy draining. But your survival greatly depends on how you manage your emotions. The way you see things or respond would determine whether you go into full blown depression or anxiety.
Some thoughts could spoil your day and drain your energy, other thoughts could energise you and give you hope. When you think positive thoughts you re fuel your happiness, you refuel your ambition, your increase your patience and you manage your emotions better.
So, start today to think the right way, and watch your life change for the better, it may take some time to feel and respond to things differently. Keep working at it, practice makes perfect.