Hello. My name is Michelle and I have a problem. I struggle with being way too negative. I’m not sure if this is learned behavior or if it’s wrapped up in my DNA… but I tend to dwell on and focus on and talk about the negative things that are going on all around me. I wear my hardships like a badge of honor. No matter what’s going wrong in your life, I can top it with something in mine.
I’m exaggerating a little bit. But my negative thoughts are something I want to change in 2016. So the one word I’ve chosen for myself for this year is positivity. I don’t even know if positivity is a real word. But it works for me!
This year, I am going to work at focusing more on the positive and letting the negative slide off my back. I think that this one change will do more to improve my life and the lives of those around me than anything else.
Thinking this way is Biblical. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
An even more convicting verse for me is Philippians 2:14 which says, “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” I don’t like to think of it as complaining, but when I’m constantly thinking about what’s wrong and talking about it, that’s exactly what it is… complaining.
Did you know that the word complainer means “one who is discontented with his lot in life.” Ouch! I’m not discontented with my life. So why does my speech sound like I’m discontent? I’ve always prided myself in how content I am. I don’t go shopping for new things, I don’t spend money on lavish clothing or items to decorate my house. In fact, I rarely spend money on myself at all.
But if I complain about my clothing or my home or anything else, I guess I might as well be.
Maya Angelou used to say, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” I love that! This year, if I see something in my life that I don’t like, I will work to change it. If it’s something that I can’t change, then I will change my attitude. I’ve been trying to think this way so far this year and I’ve been pleased with the results.
- I’m less stressed
- I have more energy
- I’m smiling more
- I’m getting a lot more accomplished during my days
I know that learning to think this new way will take a lot of time and effort. But I also know that if I ask God to give me the strength and the will to change my thought life, that He will do it. Whenever we ask God to help us to obey Him, He is always willing.
I don’t want to complain my life away. I want to enjoy it and live it to the full. I look forward to this year being a huge turning point in my life! My heart feels lighter thinking this way. I’m excited to see what new adventures are in store for me with my new, positive attitude.
How about you? Do you have one word you are trying to focus on for this coming year? I’d love to hear what it is. Please leave a comment below.