The Power of Positive Thinking

If you’re going to come into your very best, you’re going to have to let go of the stinkin’ thinking. Many people have let negative thoughts hold them back from the best that God has for them. We dwell on thoughts of defeat, thoughts of doubt, and thoughts of insecurity. But there will come a point in time when you’ll have to take charge of your thoughts and move on into victory.

When you wake up in the morning, let it be your declaration; “today is a new day, I’m going to rise to the occasion.” “Despite the setbacks, I’m going to launch forth into new heights.” “I may not have met my mark yesterday, but today is a chance to go above, over, and beyond in a whole new way.”

The power of positive thinking will take effect, when you take the proactive approach. When you choose thoughts of victory, you’re setting yourself up for a destiny of victory. You will take on the path in which your thoughts take.

On the other hand, if you wake up thinking, “nothing good will ever come to me.” “I’ve tried and failed.” “Why should I put forth an effort? Nothing ever worked out for me before,” then you’re setting yourself up to fall into more of a spiral of defeat.

Let it be your declaration today that you’re in it to win. God has put something in you that will cause you to come to a flourishing finish. But you have to believe in what He says about you. Choose today to come into agreement with God’s word. It says you’re a victor not a victim. You are a masterpiece. You are God’s most prized possession.

Don’t adapt the victim mentality, adapt the victor’s mentality. Come into a higher level of thinking; a thinking that says “I am an overcomer.” “God causes me to triumph.” “I may have had a bad past, but I don’t have to have a bad future.”

Take the proactive approach. Let go of the stinkin’ thinking. When you adopt a new mindset, the power of positive thinking, according to God’s word, will take it’s full effect and you’ll come into all that God has for you!

~ Jarrod


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Make Bold Declarations!

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When you speak positive declarations out of your mouth, you begin to change the course of your life. In the supernatural, things begin to shift in your favor.

It’s one thing to speak, “God will favor me with the new car.” It’s one thing to declare the raise on the job or favor with certain people. But it’s another thing to declare the brand new car beyond your wildest imagine nation. It’s another thing to declare the raise that’s going above and beyond your expectations.

You see, God owns it all. There’s no sense in limiting Him. He doesn’t want you to doubt Him, no He’s an above and beyond God. He wants you to trust Him to do the exceedingly and abundantly above all you can ask or think.

Boldly declare that not only are you healed but you are better off than before! Let your declaration be that not only are you coming into a raise, but God is going to enlarge your territory.

You may have dreamed some dreams that seemed unrealistic. But great things happen when you open your mouth and speak with words of faith. Not only will the right relationships come into play, you’ll come into relationships that will teach you, encourage you, and thrust you into purpose.

God is not just a get by God. He doesn’t want you to just exist, He wants you to thrive.

God wants to favor you with His undeserved, unearned and unprecedented favor.
You may have had some disappointments but when you boldly declare favor, you’ll come into divine appointments. You’ll come into victory, healing and restoration.

Make bold declarations today. When you do so, God will go to work behind the scenes and make great things happen on your behalf.

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Speak Life Over Yourself!

God’s Word says that life and death lies in the power of the tongue. One of the greatest things you can do is boldly and declaratively speak positive filled words of life over yourself.

Too often, we’re relying on outside influences as a source of validation. But your tongue is your greatest gift or your worst enemy. It’s through the tongue that you can speak victory over yourself. It’s through the tongue that you can speak opportunity, increase and abundant blessings over yourself.

Studies show you believe more of what you say, than what others say about you. One of the most powerful conversations you can have are the spoken monologues with yourself to yourself, about yourself.

Dare to boldly declare that you are valuable. You are worthy. You are blessed going in and coming out.

It’s not enough to simply think the thoughts, no, you have to speak it. In the morning when you wake up, instead of speaking defeat over your day, speak life, victory, joy and rest. God will reward you for your faithfulness.

In this week’s inspirational video, I encourage you more on the benefits of speaking over yourself. I hope you’ll check it out and I pray that it encourages you!

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Positive Thinking Exercises

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I talk a lot about the importance of thinking positive and putting right and good thoughts in your mind. But sometimes, it’s easier said than done. It’s not like you can just flip a switch, right?

The truth is, negative thinking is like a hungry stomach that we feed. The more we feed it, the more strength we give to it. On the contrary, the more we exercise positive thinking, the more we strengthen that ability too.

It won’t happen over night. It’s not a quick fix.  But over time, you’ll be able to develop the positive mind that God wants you to have.

Here are some positive thinking exercises you can put into play. Carry a note pad around with you everywhere you go. When you get a negative thought, write it down. And next to it write a positive thought to combat it.

For instance if your negative thought is- “I always make mistakes,” you can combat it by writing “mistakes are not always bad. Mistakes help me to grow and I [Read more...]


Speak it Out loud!

There is power in the tongue! When you speak good and positive words of life over your situation, you’ll come into a positive and right result.

God’s Word promises that life and death lies in the power of the tongue. Your tongue is one of the most powerful weapons you have against the enemy.

Too often, when we get a bad break, a set back or a difficulty, the wrong words come into play. Many say, “I never get any good breaks.” Some say, “I can’t do this, I don’t have the gifts or the talents.” Others may say things like, “I’ve tried that before and failed, it doesn’t work.”

Well, when you speak these words of defeat over your circumstance, you limit the power of God over your life. You have to speak life into your situation.

Here’s the key, it’s not enough to just think positive words. You have to speak them out loud.

In your car on the way home, speak hope-filled words over your life. In your preparations for the day, speak God’s word of hope and life. Let your declaration be, [Read more...]


Did You Hear What You Said?

Studies show that you believe more of what you say about you, than what anyone else says about you. The scripture says that death and life lies in the power of the tongue.

Motivational speeches are good. It’s good to even hang around others who are uplifting, positive and speak good into your life. Yes, I encourage that. But you take things to another level when you speak life over yourself.

When you speak words of encouragement over yourself, in essence, you’re indicating that you truly believe it. Supernatural breaks happen when you speak blessings, opportunity and favor over your life. Eventually they become manifested.

What you truly believe, comes from the heart. The scripture says that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Many times, we get opportunities to take our faith to the next level. Maybe you’ve had a fear of doing something. Maybe you thought you didn’t have the skills, [Read more...]


The Naysayer Within

I heard an interesting statistic. We believe more of what we say about ourselves than what anyone else says about us. Unfortunately, the problem comes into play when we become our own voice of defeat. We become our own worst critic and naysayer.

If we could play back the words and thoughts that we think, we would realize why we never accomplished that dream. We would soon find out why we never met that goal and came into that victory. It’s because the whole time we’ve been allowing the negative voice of defeat to set in.

Make a choice today to speak victory into your life. Speak hope, blessings and courage into your destiny.

The scripture says that God has given us a choice. He has set before us blessings and curses. He’s given us a choice at life and death. He then urges us to [Read more...]


Think About What You’re Thinking About

Too often, we think about things that aren’t uplifting and encouraging. We focus on the things that we can’t do rather than dwelling on the things we can do.

Many will look at what others are doing, their accomplishments, and what they have going for them. In the interim, they’ll discount what they have going for themselves.

But it’s not God’s will for us to go around with a negative, defeated and less-than mindset. No, God’s Word says we’re overcomers! We’re more than a conqueror. We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us. God wants us to think on things that are virtuous, noble, and true. Things that are of a good report and worthy of praise.

If someone played a recording back of the things that you thought about, you would probably be embarrassed and feel ashamed. You would probably be tempted to think, surely I don’t think those thoughts. But if you only knew the negative [Read more...]


Choose Your Thoughts

“…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” – Matthew 12:34

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God has given us the wonderful gift of choice. And one of those choices is the ability to choose our thoughts. Day in and day out, we’re bombarded with thousands of thoughts. Some are good and some are bad.

I’ve heard it said that the average person has somewhere around 7,500 bad thoughts a day. This may be an alarming statistic to swallow but the truth is, you can change those negative, defeating thoughts.

Here’s the key, you don’t have to entertain every thought that enters your mind. Whatever you meditate on will take root, multiply, and grow.

If you’re unsuccessful at something, don’t meditate on what went wrong, dwell on what went right. if a friend betrayed you, don’t think that you’re “less than” or “not good enough.” No, your thought should be, “It’s their loss.” “That person lost a good thing.”

Maybe you had a bad day, and you’re tempted to get in despair. Your declaration should be, “as long as I’m among the living, I have hope.”

You see, the enemy wants to get you down in the dumps. The scripture says that the thief came to steal, kill, and destroy. How does he do that? Partly by [Read more...]


How the Words “So What” can Change Your Life

Sometimes living an optimistic lifestyle requires us to have a “so what” mentality. That doesn’t mean that you don’t care. It doesn’t mean that you’re being tossed to-and-fro in the wind. No, it simply means you say “so what” to the things that don’t matter.

If someone cuts you off in traffic– “so what,” don’t give power to things that don’t matter. Keep the bigger picture in mind. Maybe you lost the battle, “so what, that’s okay.” You may have lost the battle but rest assured you’ll win the war.

Maybe you didn’t finish your task. Maybe you didn’t cross the finish line– “so what,” tomorrow is a new day. It’s a new day with brand new mercies and compassions. God will give you the strength to cross the finish line in due time.

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