When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. – Joe Namath
At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a good day. – Simone Biles
Just keep taking chances and having fun. – Garth Brooks
Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun. – Randy Pausch
Aaron Kennard’s book, Affirm Your Truth, explains the power of positive thinking and personal affirmations. The basic premise is summed up in the following two quotes.
- There is so much to live for, to explore, to be and to do…life can be thrilling…or completely overwhelming.
- All of our thought habits can be changed by making a conscious decision and then by practicing the new thoughts consistently over time.
Joyce Meyer wrote, “Battlefield of the Mind” to teach how changing our thinking habits can change our life. Thoughts lead to actions.
If we have negative thoughts we will have a negative life. However, if we have positive thoughts we will have a positive life.
We should pay attention to our thoughts and think about what we are thinking. We should also spend time discovering the root cause of our negative thoughts.
Sings of a negative or out of control mind:
- Your mind is always busy
- Your mind is always wandering
- You mind is frequently confused
- Your mind is full of doubts
- Your mind is anxious or worried
- Your mind is full of judgmental or critical thoughts
Strategies to improve thinking patterns and control the mind:
- Think positive thoughts
- Spend time praising God
- Ask for help
- Meditate on God’s word
- Encourage those around you
- Be thankful
- Do things for others to show your appreciation
There are a few theological points in the book that I don’t agree with; however, the book is excellent. I would recommend this book, even if you don’t like some of the things Joyce Meyer teaches.
When people predict events will turn out badly they are practicing a form of distorted thinking called forecasting.
For Example: Kelly finished taking an important test and immediately predicted that she would fail.
Forecasting can lead to depression and feelings of misery. If you struggle with forecasting, spend time thinking about the positive. Also, take time to consider what is the worst thing that could happen and be realistic. Even if things don’t work out the way you hoped, there are other alternatives and your world will not end in a flaming disaster.