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Power Thoughts: Input To Change Your Life

Power Thoughts: Input To Change Your Life

Thoughts are the foundations of our entire lives. How do you make that foundation strong so you can build the life you want?

Thoughts are our inputs. We think over 60,000 thoughts per day, all the while creating our lives, whether consciously or unconsciously. The choice of what we think is ours, even if we don’t realize it. When we decide we want more harmony, more joy, more happiness, more love, and more abundance in our lives, we have taken the first step in taking back our power and control. Our bodies and life experiences are reflections of what we are thinking. Every moment, we infuse our lives with thoughts. Those thoughts are feeding our body, our emotions, our experiences. Like building a muscle in our body, becoming aware of the inputs and thoughts we are cultivating takes awareness and time. Awareness can begin by just reading an article (like this one!) and becoming knowledgeable about the power you possess within. Over time, staying aware and recognizing the type of thoughts you are thinking will help the mind to weed out the thoughts that are not of the highest vibrations.

Positive thoughts, such as healing, kindness, love, joy, happiness, cooperation, peace, and high self-esteem, will improve your entire life. Negative thoughts, such as anger, control, low self-esteem, revenge, hatred, prejudice, and fighting, produce stress and make the body and our experiences feel sluggish, slow, and uninspired.

Ready to try out this knowledge and change your life?

Let us take our body image as an example:

1st Statement: I am fat.

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This is a very mean statement. You are attacking yourself and your image. By adjusting it, like unscrewing a screw, one turn at a time, we release the meanness of the statement and the power it possesses.

2nd Statement: I am a bit heavier than I want to be right now.

Feel the change? You are now making a statement relative to a goal you have for your body image. The thoughts are getting better and the power will increase.

3rd Statement: I am doing the best I can in this very moment and my body is reflecting all the inputs I have been giving it. These inputs include what I am thinking about it, all I feed it, and how much I move it.

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Fantastic. You are shifting the very inputs that determine how you feel about your body. This moves the thoughts up on the vibrational scale. The attacking has ended and self awareness of where you are at right now versus where you want to be is occurring. This is how all change begins.

4th Statement: I am ready to make improvements in my body because I want to feel stronger, healthier, and love my body again.

Bravo! You now recognize your body is yours and you do control all inputs: the thoughts you think, the food you eat, the movement you create. By changing just a few of our thoughts, we have moved from a place of self-attack to self-empowerment — yes, it is that simple!

These concepts are being proven again and again by science. The thoughts we think are even able to influence our DNA.

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“HeartMath deems integral elements of the model for who we are and what we can be are the thoughts, feelings and intentions we have every day. After two decades of studies, HeartMath researchers say other factors such as the appreciation and love we have for someone or the anger and anxiety we feel also influence and can alter the outcomes of each individual’s DNA blueprint.” —Heartmath.org: “You Can Change Your DNA”

The inputs you create all day become part of your body and trigger emotions. The emotions trigger chemical reactions in the body and influence how you feel, look, and act. The inputs we give ourselves determine what our minds communicate to our bodies and, in turn, how our lives unfold.

Becoming aware of our inputs and weeding out what does not help us allows the creation of a barrier which prevents additional negative thoughts from creating an endless loop within the mind. Remaining aware of what you are thinking provides the tools to be able to change your thoughts.

Louise Hay, the Queen of Positivity, has helped to build an empire of self-help gurus. Through her own journey of healing, her experience with cancer, and other challenging circumstances, she has produced many self-help books. In addition, Hay House, her publishing house, shares the power of thoughts with the world.

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“Through Louise’s healing techniques and positive philosophy, millions have learned how to create more of what they want in their lives, including more wellness in their bodies, minds, and spirits. Her own personal philosophy was forged from her tormented upbringing. Her childhood was unstable and impoverished, and her teen years were marked by abuse. Louise ran away from home and ended up in New York City, where she became a model and married a prosperous businessman. Although it appeared that her life had turned around, it was not until the marriage ended 14 years later that her healing really began.

Louise started what would become her life’s work in New York City in 1970. She attended meetings at the Church of Religious Science and began training in the ministerial program. She became a popular speaker at the church, and soon found herself counseling clients. This work quickly blossomed into a full-time career. After several years, Louise compiled a reference guide detailing the mental causes of physical ailments, and developed positive thought patterns for reversing illness and creating health. This compilation was the basis for Heal Your Body, also known affectionately as “the little blue book.” She began traveling throughout the United States, lecturing and facilitating workshops on loving ourselves and healing our lives. ” — Louisehay.com

Enjoy the beautiful audio of Louise Hay sharing affirmations and the power of those thoughts.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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