What is Your Joy?
Philippians 4:8 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.
The power of positive thinking has been around for decades. Since Napoleon Hill's book Think and Grow Rich was published in 1937, people have been admiring how positive thinking can impact people's ability to become successful.
Napoleon was not the first person to develop this concept. This concept is biblical and there are Scriptures sprinkled throughout the Bible pointing to how our thoughts manifest reality.
Proverbs 23:7 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
For as he thinks within himself, so is he.
Yet in our current society, we seem to have lost the desire to tap into this potential.
Learning how to tap into the power of positive thinking is a game-changer.
I am a champion and a poster child for the fact that you do NOT have to stay stuck in your current situation. Wherever you have ended up in life, it can change. But it starts with deciding where you will look?
What I mean is you cannot consistently focus on the negative and dwell on disaster and believe that your life will be full of joy and peace.
Your life is the sum total of your thoughts.
And where you decide to find your joy is the beginning of your thought life.
Your greatest joys will define you.
People who find joy in raising their child are more likely to produce a healthy and balanced adult.
People who find joy in their work or more likely to be rich.
People who find joy in their relationships will have more friends.
These are some of the upsides of joy.
But the opposite (corollary) is also true.
People who find joy in eating will become obese.
People who find joy in stirring up trouble will have a life full of drama.
People who find joy in imbibing will become addicted to alcohol.
Where is your joy?
If you do not like where you are in life, I propose to you that you need to change where you find your joy.
Focusing on the lovely things in life is a start. When you being focusing on "whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper," you will produce those behaviors and decisions that are "true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper."
It's just that simple.
I know there are people that will tell you that you can side-step this simple truth and still have a great life.
Those people are wrong.
I am NOT saying that you don't need to be smart about your decisions and think critically.
Critical thinking is critical to your success.
But once you have thought it through, come to the place where you decide that your joy will be that thing you want to produce.
And it shall happen. Try it.