Making a Habit of Good Thinking

Albert Einstein observed, “The problems we face today cannot be solved on the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”  Look around and you’ll see that is true. The world keeps getting increasingly complicated. Does that discourage you? It doesn’t have to. Here is a quote that makes tremendous sense:

“I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed- you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great men; and alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a man. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin- it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I? I am habit!”

No matter how complicated life gets or how difficult problems may seem, good thinking can be effective- if you make it a consistent part of your life. As you engage in good thinking, more good thoughts will come to you. Success will come as you habitually do things that unsuccessful people don’t do. Achievement comes from the habit of good thinking. It’s like creating a never-ending army of ideas capable of achieving almost anything. Playwright Victor Hugo stated, “An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an invasion of ideas.”

Many people believe that good thinking is complicated and beyond their reach. But in truth, it’s really a quite simple process. Every person has the potential to become a good thinker. Yes, even you. Leadership coach and author, John Maxwell, shares a few observations:

  •  Unsuccessful people focus their thinking on survival
  •  Average people focus their thinking on maintenance
  •  Successful people focus their thinking on progress

A change of thinking can help you move from survival or maintenance to real progress. Philippians 4:8 gives examples of what to think upon: truth, honor, righteousness, love, admiration, excellence, and things that are praise- worthy. Making a habit of good thinking will empower you to go far. Enjoy your progress. Keep growing and going. It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,


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