5 Ways to Change Your Thinking

Before we can change our thinking, we need to understand what words truly are and the power they hold.

Words are defined as

  • a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone);

  • a person's account of the truth;

  • a promise or assurance;

  • a message, news;

  • a command.

How we choose to communicate our story or share our voice matters.

“A single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.”

According to Andrew Newberg, M.D. that literally means words can change your brain. [1]
Your brain is in charge of sending signals to the rest of your body.

You've heard of the placebo effect, right?
It's the power of positive thinking on your health. There’s also the "nocebo" effect.
This concept shows the power of negative belief, fear and anxiety on the mind and body.

Meditating on negativity for any amount of time can stop brain chemicals that protect against stress from being produced.
These chemicals help maintain memory, feelings, and emotions. [2]

Repeated exposure to negative situations can lead to regular anxiety, irritability, and lack of cooperation or trust. [3]

We are hardwired to worry. It’s our brain’s survival tactic to protect us from threat.
So fear-provoking words—like poverty, illness, and death—real or not, cause you to react as if they were.

79% of medical students report developing symptoms of illnesses they were studying.
They got paranoid and thought they’d get sick.
Their bodies agreed and become sick. [4]

Chronic stress opens the doors to a bunch of health conditions:

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Obesity. Emotional eating and increased levels of cortisol stored in the abdomen.

  • Diabetes. Raised glucose levels of people with type 2 diabetes directly.

  • Cardiovascular Disease

  • Headaches

  • Infection

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Digestive problems. Chronic heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome(IBS).

  • Accelerated aging. Science identified that stress shortens the “end caps” of DNA strands causing us to age quicker.

Every time you think negative thoughts or use negative words, you’re poisoning your body.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit
and bear the consequences of their words.

Proverbs 18:21 (AMP)

Don’t fret! There's hope!

Words like peace and love promote cognitive thinking. So not only are we able to better understand our experiences, but we can mentally bounce back quicker.

Why? Because positivity empowers you!
You're ready to take action and solve problems!
To be responsible, respectful and empathetic.

As a result, our self perception and the outlook of people around us elevate.
We're more likely to put kindness back into the world.

Once that happens, friend, you're less prone to stress that causes sickness and disease.
You're in better control of your emotions, leading to less outbursts and blind rage.
Mental and physical health improve.

Lissa Rankin, MD, absolutely believes that the combination of positive belief and nurturing care kickstart's the body's natural self-repair system. The body has the power to heal itself. [4]

This is the same theory that supports the medical field giving out fake drugs to patients or performing fake surgeries.
The sick believe they are being healed and in return are actually healed. This practice works up to 80% of the time.

Practicing positivity over time, will change the structure of your thalamus [that little part of your brain above the stem] affecting the way you perceive reality. Old responses to conscious words, feelings and thoughts will be different.

This is so important!

Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Proverbs 16:24

But there’s a problem, remember I told you our brains are hardwired to worry?
Well, this makes it harder for us to respond to positivity. Nice fluffy words are not a threat,
so our brain and body don't have to react as fast at they do to negativity. [5]

how do we train ourselves to recognize the positive?

Conscious effort! That's how!

These 5 Ways to Change Your Thinking are going to bless you!

[1] Make a list of all the negative/positive words you use in a day. Where do you focus your energy? When are you using these words? Opening your awareness is the first step to change. (Lamentations 3:40)

[2] Pray Anytime, Any Place. Without God's help it's impossible to change ourselves - for the long term anyway. Your prayer doesn't need to be long or elaborate. Try these in your own words.

Jesus, these thoughts don't belong in my mind. They aren't of you. I rebuke them now in Your name, never to return. These thoughts won't live in my heart and mind. (Psalm 94:19)
Jesus, the words I heard aren't a reflection of who I am. They're a reflection of the other person's heart. You created me in love. You created me with a purpose. I have value. I'm worthy of better, of more. (Jeremiah 29:11)

[3] For every negative thought, think 3 that are positive.

Example: I'm so stupid.
Change to: I am human and make mistakes, it's ok. I'll figure this out. I'm smart enough to handle this task. (James 1:5)
Example: I'm ugly.
Change to: I am uniquely made. No one can carry this beauty like I can. I am His masterpiece. (Psalms 139:14, Ephesians 2:10)

[4] Keep a Gratitude Journal. At the end of each day, write down 2 - 3 things that went well that day and a short explanation why.

Example: I was able to get all my work done before the deadline.
Why: I was able to block out distractions and focus on the most important tasks first. (Proverbs 4:25)
Example: I had a great discussion with my family over dinner.
Why: I was open to hearing about their day without criticism and praised them over their achievements. (Romans 14 - Yes, the whole chapter)

[5] Call a Friend. Sometimes we need someone to help remove the noise in our minds. An encouraging friend can help us get back on track and call out the greatness within us. (Proverbs 27:17)

During one full Truth and Fitness Studio, we speak over 15 positive affirmations over ourselves. We pray and we build friendships that offer support when we need it most. If you haven’t practiced with us yet, I encourage you to do it now. You will be empowered, strengthened, ready to face what life has in stored for you. Reach out if you have any questions.

[1] Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy
[2] Some assessments of the amygdala role in suprahypothalamic neuroendocrine regulation: a minireview. Talarovicova A, Krskova L, Kiss A. Endocr Regul. 2007 Nov;41(4):155-62.
[3]HaririAR, Tessitore A, Mattay VS, Fera F,Weinberger DR.. The amygdala response to emotional stimuli: a comparison of faces and scenes. Neuroimage. 2002 Sep;17(1):317-23.
[4] Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

[5] May I have your attention, please: electrocortical responses to positive and negative stimuli. Smith NK, Cacioppo JT, Larsen JT, Chartrand TL. Neuropsychologia. 2003;41(2):171-83.