Your Life is Shaped By Your Thoughts

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"Be Careful How You Think. Your Life Is Shaped By Your Thoughts."

Written by Kashara Johnson

So let’s talk about taking control of our thoughts for a little bit. It’s so easy to let insecurity or bitterness direct how we navigate through our week. Our thoughts truly drive our actions. Thoughts lead to actions. Actions lead to habits. Habits shape our lives.

As we continue through the week, let’s take some time to get still and reflect on the narratives, insecurities, and habits that are no longer serving us.

Here are a few tips for reshaping your thoughts.

Address Your Insecurities

Oftentimes our insecurities can lead us to create narratives about ourselves and those around us that are simply not true. Capturing our thoughts begins with addressing our insecurities. Difficult? Yes, but growth and comfort cannot coexist. I can’t think of any instance in my life where comfort has led me to another level of personal or professional growth. What’s worth having is worth struggling and working for.

So - what insecurities have you been holding onto for dear life? What narratives have you been allowing to capture your thoughts? Those are questions worth answering.

Be Present

Let’s be honest. This is a pretty tough one to do, but I think it’s up to all of us to decide what exactly “being present” means in our individual lives. For me, being present means to stop, breathe, and think about the things that are going right in my day. For others, it might mean meditating or exercising. “Healthy” means something different to all of us, but the main thing to do is remember to be present in whatever way works best for you.

Prioritize

Do you know that the fact that you’re even alive to read this article is a miracle? There’s a pretty good chance that someone in your family long before you were ever born had a hope for your existence. With all of the world events that have occurred, life itself is a gift. Treasure it. Recognize that the vast majority of things in this world simply doesn’t matter. Set your priorities accordingly.

Gratitude

We all have something to be grateful for, even on the worst days. Over the last six to eight months, I’ve created a habit of waking up every morning, grabbing my notebook, and writing down my “gratitude list”. Nothing is too big or too small. The only rule is that I’m not allowed to write the same thing down two days in a row.

Our minds are bent toward negativity and from I’ve heard that’s related to survival instincts. Starting out might be tough for that reason, but keep going and you’ll realize that you never run out of things to jot down. Gratitude seems to beget more gratitude.