Get A Grip on Your Thought Life

Get A Grip on Your Thought Life

by Olga Hermans


Our thought life can cause us to have certain attitudes without even realizing it. They have an effect on our relationships and they even determine how productive we will be during the day; they have a huge impact on the overall quality of our lives.

What does that tell us? It tells us that we need to come to grips with our thought life. Let’s say, you desire to start your business or maybe you desire to improve your health and you start to think about it and talk about it with your best friends; the moment will come that you will begin to take steps towards it.

Or maybe life is putting you in a place that you least expected and doors swing open for you; doors that you had never expected to be opened for you. But there is that thought that comes up that whenever God asks me to do something new, it is usually something I don’t think I can do and the battle in my mind begins.

I know God always has bigger plans for us than we have for ourselves and I know that He will always back me up and will always be there for me.  It doesn’t matter how much time has passed or what kind of mistakes you have made, the vision God has given you is still in you and it is time to pursue it. If you are willing to pursue your dreams, nothing can keep them from coming to pass!

Success in every aspect of life begins with a thought; so does failure. If you think you cannot do or accomplish something, chances are you will not be able to. That is how much influence your thoughts have over you.

James Allen said: “All that man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.” The way we think is far more powerful than we often realize and our thoughts impact every aspect of our existence, either positively or negatively.

It feels so real to us what we think, even if it is not true at all. If we think it is true, we respond and act as though it is. Our thoughts are so important that we definitely need to get a grip on them and take charge over them. You and I are the managers of our life and we need to take responsibility; it all starts in our thought life.

We need to make quality choices when we want to discover the life we were born to live, because our thoughts affect our relationships, our self-image, our finances, our health and our productivity in whatever we are doing.

Proverbs 23:7 makes it very clear to us that there is a connection between our thoughts and the rest of our lives. We become what we think. It is very crucial for us to think properly. Thoughts are powerful; they have creative ability. If our thoughts are going to affect what we become (and they will), then we need to get a grip on them and thinking the right thoughts should be a high priority in our lives.

It is so sad that many people believe things that simply are not true. I think we all know people that think they have no worth and value because people have treated them in a way that made them feel worthless and devalued.

I had a sister who fought these thoughts and died two years ago of anorexia; she always compared herself to our older sister and battled to even want to live. Anorexia is a form of slow suicide. It was very, very sad. The Bible makes it very clear that we are valuable to God.

When we have negative thoughts, we end up with negative results. But positive thoughts open the door for God to work in our lives. If we think we are unable to do certain things, we will never do that particular thing even though God’s Word says that we can do anything God asks us to do because of His ability in us. Phil.4:13. Our thoughts are that powerful.

We must all change our thinking before our lives will change. Rom.12:2 God has good plans for us, but we will not experience them if we cling to our old ways of thinking. Our minds must go through a process of renewal in order to experience God’s plan for us.

It is impossible to change our lives unless and until we change our thoughts. Your mind can be a junkyard or a treasure chest, and you alone have the ability to choose what it will be. You can make it one or the other by deciding whether you will think thoughts that are negative, cheap and dirty or thoughts that are uplifting and positive.

You need to get a grip on your thoughts if you sincerely want to be different from how you are now or if you want some aspect of your life to be different. There is no other way to ignite your life with passion and steer it in the right direction.

You alone are in charge of your mind; I believe that with God’s help you will break away from the chains of bondage; you can change your mind, and as you do, you can change your life. God does not control us. He guides us in what is right. Don’t poison your life with wrong thought patterns, but instead take action and you will experience a great improvement in every area of your life. Will you do it; will you make the choice to get a grip on your thought life? Please let me know by leaving a comment; thanks for doing so!

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  1. Great post Olga. We are surrounded by negative thoughts and that make us surrender to negative thoughts and we have to be intentional in thinking the right thoughts so that we will have the right conclusion. When I spend time with God each day I submit my thought life to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to lead me i nthinking right so that I make right decisions.

    • Thank you so much Bernard for your comment. It’s the best thing to do to commit our thoughts to the Lord first things in the morning; that’s how we honor Him!

  2. Hi Olga…Thank you for sharing your wisdom, knowledge and strength! Your articles always touch an inner spirit…a spirit which is truly and dearly needed in our Christian world and the rest of the beautiful world which we call ‘home’! …Hughie 🙂

  3. GREAT post – THANKS Olga!

  4. Wonderful words of wisdom…words and thoughts are so powerful, use them wisely

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with us…I so needed that today!

  6. Absolutely right, we are products of our environment – including,especially what goes on in our head. We have shift or find the ways to shift our thinking if we desire change. 😉 ty for sharing!

  7. Great post, Olga. I am a fan of James Allen and love “All that man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.” I really believe that to be true. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  8. Absolutely! Great article!

  9. Thank you for a thought-provoking post. Cultivating positive thoughts is something that I have to work very hard at. My upbringing was not always so positive and so I have had to learn to be more positive. It really does make a difference.

  10. M Smith-Moore says:

    really enjoyed your post Get A Grip on Your Thought Life. tks for sharing good advise…Stay Blessed

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