Consistency of thought
“Thoughts become things…pick good ones!” ~ Mike Dooley
We chose our business name for a reason. We want our clients (YOU) to believe that you have the ability to effect change in your lives and those of your children. You have that power.
Our consistent thoughts and words are incredibly powerful. We love the following saying from the ancient, Upanishads:
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become your character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Setting up consistency in your home can start with thoughts. Make some time (during a weekly family meeting,) to go over what went well as a family. Creating a consistent opportunity as a family for your children to hear what is going well will literally put those thoughts in their heads.
Now let’s look at your thoughts. We encourage you to start each day with a positive thought; perhaps a mantra, a poem, a quote, or a prayer. Gail starts every day with: Today is the day God created, let us be blessed and glad in it.
Another way to introduce this is with a mantra or positive directive each day with your kids. When we first met, we were teaching at a school together. As the principal, Gail would greet the kids each morning and tell them, “Make a great day!” Julie adopted this mantra right away and the Smith and Bell children hear this one regularly!
Check in with your daily thoughts. What are you telling yourself when things get tough? You may want to shift, “Why is there never enough time?!” to “There is always enough time.”
When you do it CONSISTENTLY, you will see the changes – your brain will believe you.
This week, ask yourself these questions:
How can we set our kids up to consistently think good thoughts about our family?
What is one gift I will do for myself to create a consistent, positive start to my day?
Do I hold a consistently recurring negative thought? How will I change it?
If you are curious about what strategies you can share with your kids, we are always here to answer your questions and give you real life parenting tools.