Saving money is not only about finding ways to spend less. Living below your means depends heavily on attitude. We are what we think and the choices we make. We choose either to live under our circumstances or above them. From time to time, it’s good to do a mental reset to renew and restore our minds.
Recently, I heard from an extremely negative woman. Her long letter revealed her life philosophy: “If I don’t expect anything good to happen, I won’t be disappointed when it doesn’t!”
She told me of all the devastating things that had happened to her over the years. She was afraid to believe anything good might happen. Because her thoughts were all negative, so was her life.
Maybe you’re like that woman; you’re avoiding hope to protect yourself from being hurt. Let me tell you something: Your negative attitude is setting you up for negative behaviors, and that’s setting you up for a negative lifestyle. Everything becomes negative because your thoughts are negative.
I want you to think about the tremendous power your thoughts have over your life. You have 100 percent control over your thoughts. You can focus on what’s wrong or be thankful for what’s right. Your actions are a direct result of your thoughts.
If you think negatively, you will act that way and make harmful decisions. The converse is true, as well. Force yourself to think positively, refuse to look on the dark side of any issue or action, search for what’s right about your life right now, and focus on it. You’ll be surprised how quickly your behavior begins to change.
It’s called renewing your mind. If you are habitually negative, this will be quite a challenge. But you can do it, I know you can. Want to practice? Using the comments area below, tell me ten good things about your life today.
Can’t think of even one thing? Well, you did wake up this morning. You are breathing. Your mind is clear enough to find the computer keyboard or a piece of paper. You have some method to press those keys or manipulate a writing instrument. You have sufficient eyesight to read this column. Your mind is processing at a level necessary to understand the written word. You do have the proper muscles in your face to turn your mouth into a smile.
Try it right now, even if you are convinced you have absolutely nothing to smile about. Have you reached ten yet? OK, so cheat. Start with the reasons I’ve just given above, making each one personal to you. Then end each with an exclamation point.