Cogito Ergo Sum is a Latin phrase that means I think therefore I am. The little mental messages that flash through the mind act as a backseat driver that determines the direction of a person’s life. They either read the map clearly or they act as a dysfunctional detour.
With this being true, a person needs to give some thought to his thinking. Are you more prone to mindless musings or mindful meditations? Zig Ziglar was an often quoted motivational speaker who knew the importance of the thoughts we think. Ziglar encouraged people to perform a “daily check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin ‘thinkin’.”
Ziglar was a Christian, and it’s possible that some of his quotes were Scripture-based. The words of the Apostle Paul may have provided Ziglar some food for thought: We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ (2 CorInthians 10:5).
Let me share a couple more Ziglarisms:
- Remember that failure is an event, not a person.
- You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.
- People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.
- If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.
- Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, he encouraged them to think about their thoughts: Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.
Have you given much thought about how you will think in 2014? Here are a couple of suggestions:
- Think excellent thoughts and not ones of mediocrity
- Think thoughts that are full of compassion and not misdirected passion
- Think constructive and not destructive thoughts
- Think powerful thoughts of faith instead of paralyzing thoughts of fear
- Think thoughts of reconciliation and not retaliation
Thomas Edison once said that, Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.
Where are you in Edison’s equation and are your thoughts mindless musings or mindful meditations?