The basis for power-thoughts depends on your definition of power. Some synonyms for the word “power” include: control, authority, dominance, authority, rule and supremacy. A mind set based on this definition of power will likely be negative, self-aggrandizing and arrogant. For thoughts to have a powerful impact on your life and health, they need to be positive, humble, selfless and focused on God. We need to recognize our dependence on the power of God.
There is a lot of truth in the old saying, “You are only as old as you think you are.” For years our minds have been negatively programmed by our government, our society, our employers and sometimes our families that we are old when we reach 65 or some other arbitrary number like even 45 or 55.
These arbitrary retirement dates often lead to the perception that “my useful life is over” and “I no longer contribute any value to society.” If this perception is strongly held, it can lead to chronic illness and even death. Unhappily this is the reality in far too many cases. It occurs so frequently in fact that there is actually a name for it, “early retirement death syndrome.”
A decline as we age is largely the result of people expecting to decline. That is not real unless we believe it to be real. Reject negative thinking and reprogram your mind to fill it with positive uplifting power-thoughts. Identify positive things about yourself and become aware of your negative thoughts. Write positive affirmations to counter those negative thoughts or provide new direction. Stay active with a retirement job, volunteer to help others, or enjoy a great hobby.
Our thoughts can cause us damaging stress or be uplifting. We can eliminate thoughts of self-doubt and criticism by changing our thought and speech habits. Change negative thoughts by thinking, speaking, visualizing and meditating on positive affirmations. Remember that God is the source of all positive energy, and prayer is the best way to tap into His power.
Positive thoughts and how we perceive ourselves can have a dramatic impact on our health and wellbeing. If we have a positive, faith filled attitude and expectation that we will avoid chronic diseases, our lifestyle will reflect that expectation and chances are good that we will experience a long healthy life. Perception is reality. Simply changing your perception will change your life.
Start now, today because today is the first day of the rest of your life. Today is really all we have and God has the future. There is a line in a song by the late Steve McNally that says, “I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow in His hands.” No matter where we are in life or what we are now experiencing, we need to know and accept that God’s love for us is unconditional, sacrificial and eternal; now that should be on your power-thoughts list.
Each of us needs to come up with our own list of affirmations. However, the following are some suggested power-thoughts for you to pray about and meditate on:
In the end it's not the years in your life that count but the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
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