Have you ever been in a situation where suddenly it dawned upon you that you were headed in the wrong direction or were doing something that was not working out correctly? When you looked at your mistake, perhaps you said, “Oh, I realize why I made a mistake. I thought that…” And therein, my friend, lies the whole problem, “I thought that…” You see, when we think incorrectly it always leads to incorrect results.
Someone once wisely observed that the only thing in the world over which you have complete control is your thinking. I would like you to think about that concept for just a moment! It is very, very true. Each one of us has a God-given mind with which to think. If we think correct thoughts, we will get correct results. If we think incorrect thoughts, the results will be incorrect. Everyone has the freedom to use their mind to think whatever thoughts they would like. The challenge comes in learning to think correctly.
People who think correctly about money have better results with money. People who think incorrectly about money usually end up with devastating results.
I have often said that for many years I was a talking capitalist but a functioning socialist. It was easy for me to talk about the concepts of capitalism and free enterprise but that is all that it really was…just talk. It actually took the process of becoming a business owner for me to learn to think correctly about business principles. Now when I read good books about business principles, it all makes sense to me. You see, in the past twenty plus years I have learned how to think correctly about business and money. I am amazed at how much my thinking has changed! I am not saying I now think perfectly about everything related to business. It just has gotten a lot better over the years. It is very important that we learn to get our thoughts straight in order to obtain good results.
This is true not only in the financial world, but in every area of life. If you have ever had a broken relationship with another person, you can probably look back and see how you thought one way and he or she thought another. In the end, it may have been your thinking process that caused the break up and the failure of the relationship.
Sadly, this is also true in the spiritual world. Have you ever stopped to consider that not all of us can be right in the way we think about God? I once heard my good friend, Mark Gorman, say, “Eternity is the wrong thing to be wrong about!” What was he saying? I believe he was saying that there are some things you can think wrongly about and make corrections later. But, when you leave this life and step out into eternity, it is vitally important that you had correct thinking about your eternal destiny. After you die, it will be too late to change your mind. Do you understand how important your thinking becomes? You see, your thoughts not only affect what happens in this life, they affect what happens to you in the next life as well. You must have correct thinking in order to get into heaven! Amazing!
The great football coach, Lou Holtz, coached many different teams including Notre Dame and also at South Carolina. He once observed, “Winners and losers aren’t born, they are the products of how they think.” A good coach realizes that the success of any athlete depends as much on their thinking process as it does on their strength or power.
I am told that some of the greatest athletes in the world spend hours learning to focus on correct procedures in their particular sport. Golfers see themselves making the perfect swing over and over and over in their mind in order to help them perform the correct stroke on the course. Basketball players see the ball going through the hoop before it ever leaves their hand. Although I am a firm believer that actual physical activity is important, I believe the correct mental process is vital as well.
This week take a look at your own life to see where you are successful and where there might be room for improvement. When all is said and done, it really does boil down to how you think. f things are not going the way they should, perhaps you may need to re-think the situation and make the necessary adjustments in your thought processes. Sometimes it is painful to correct your thinking, but in the end, you will be the winner for doing it!
Tip: How you think determines everything!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm