Be intentional with your thoughts

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” 

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

How can you be intentional with your thoughts? Negative thoughts come at us every day. This principle is about establishing actions that will inspire, motivate, and help us grow. Be intentional about tapping into your creative ideas. Seek out and surround yourself with people who generate positive momentum in your life. Practice the discipline of gratitude and positive thinking. This principle is about being intentional with what influences and shapes your thoughts about yourself, your circumstances and the environment around you.

Practical examples of Principle #1

  • Take a course or a seminar
  • Learn a new skill or talent
  • Listen to uplifting, positive music or podcasts
  • Participate in on-line training
  • Watch an educational or inspirational video
  • Read a book
  • Seek a mentor
  • Meditate or pray
  • Listen to an audio book
  • Engage in coaching or counseling
  • Begin a gratitude journal

This is a list of general actions; however, be as specific as possible. Name a book you are going to read, identify a specific course or seminar, designate a specific person to be a mentor, determine a specific time to meditate each day, etc. The important thing is to turn the principle in to action.

Be intentional with your thoughts. You will be amazed at what you learn, how you grow, and where new thoughts will take you.