The average person will have almost 30,000 thoughts in one day. Most of these thoughts are fleeting or uncontrolled. However, whether we recognize this or not, some of these thoughts affect our mental health, the way we live, and the decisions we make on a daily basis. Taking control of our thought life will result in a healthier life and ultimately a better version of us.
Here are some helpful hacks and things I say when I am trying to take control of my thoughts. We are all subject to bad days. But there are ways we can guard our worlds with our words.
1. I AM DOING BETTER THAN I THINK I AM.
We all have a tendency to be hard on ourselves, which can cause us to really think we are doing worse than we are in reality. My focus is not on my failures—I choose to pay attention to my wins.
2. THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE FOR ME THAN AGAINST ME.
It’s so easy to get caught up with those who are against us and forget those who are in our corner! Let’s remember that there are way more people for us than against us who truly want the best for us.
3. MY FUTURE IS BRIGHT, AND MY BEST DAYS ARE STILL AHEAD OF ME.
This is an important one. Pay attention—your glory days are not behind you. Believing in a beautiful tomorrow will always open windows of opportunity.
4. I AM STRONG ENOUGH TO FACE WHAT’S IN FRONT OF ME.
Say this: I am powerful! I will choose faith over fear, and move forward knowing that I am strong enough to face what’s in front of me.
5. THERE IS PURPOSE IN MY PAIN.
Circumstances are catalysts toward our growth. We must always remind ourselves that there is a purpose in our pain and experiences.
6. I WILL FOCUS ON BEING PRESENT OVER PERFECT.
Let’s be honest: none of us are perfect. See the magic in every moment.
7. “I AM” WILL BE LOUDER THAN “I’M NOT.”
Our doubts, fears, and insecurities often dominate our thought life. Let the dominant voice inside you be the I CAN and the I AM.
8. THE GATEWAY TO JOY IS THROUGH MY GRATITUDE.
We are all pursuing happiness. Try being thankful—it might make you smile more.
9. I HAVE EVERYTHING I NEED.
Sometimes it’s easy to dwell on what we don’t have. But I want to encourage you: everything you need is already in your hand, and you are enough for the task.
10. I LOOK GOOD. SORRY, I LOOK SO GOOD!
There is only one you! And you are stunning.
Julia Veach and her husband Chad are the lead pastors of Zoe Church in Los Angeles, California. Though their influence has grown over the years, it’s their daughter Georgia’s story that has captured the attention of the world. Since she was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder in 2012, thousands have stood with Chad and Julia and shown their support. Julia now leads the women’s movement HER within the Zoe Church community and often travels to speak. Julia and Chad have four beautiful children: Georgia, Winston, Maverick, and Clive.
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