My late dad once said that one of the most powerful tools everybody has and wields continuously (whether consciously or unconsciously), is their mind.

I can personally attest to the fact that if I think negatively in some way (blaming, judgmental etc), it directly impacts how I feel in my being, what ‘vibe’ I put out which also impacts other people around me.

If you think something beautiful about somebody, greater chances are you will feel very happy and eager to connect with the person.

I am sure you’ve been in a situation where you’re talking to a friend and are touched and uplifted by a beautiful idea that they share with you. A sudden rush of energy, joy and desire to support and manifest this great idea bubbles up and you can’t help but spread that joy around.

These are like positive ripples in a pond going out and out, touching other areas and places.

But of course, they can also be negative ripples, like what happens when people are irritated with each other and a situation seems to only get worse. So it can go either way depending on what you focus your mind on.

I realize all this may seem very obvious as in, “well, what else is new?”

But the fact is, there is a lot of negativity going around in the world and I think everyone could benefit from appreciating the power of our mind more and realizing that we actually have a choice in the matter. We can create better, more positive effects, if we choose to.

Adjust your thinking whenever you catch yourself lingering a little too long on any type of negative thought and bring a more truthful, heartfelt thought instead. ~ Magaji Bolanle

For that reason, mental discipline seems a lot more attractive to me now because of the prospect of being able to create a more beautiful and inspiring life for myself and others.

Isn’t that what we all desire? It just means giving up some things like the “freedom” of thinking what you want whenever you want, no matter how random or stupid it is.

But hey, who can tell me they are happy with the gibbering monkey in their mind, chattering along all day about trivial stuff anyway?

So how does any of this apply in practical life? Here are some suggestions that you can try;

Rather than being (seemingly) a victim of the effects of negative thinking, take the reins of your mind into your own hands consciously.

Start today by adjusting your thinking. Whenever you catch yourself lingering a little too long on any type of negative thought, decide to have a more truthful, heartfelt thought instead.

Give your attention to whatever you’re doing and do it with love and bring a positive vibration.

If someone hurts you, it’s easy to linger on thoughts of blame, anger, retribution etc. “They don’t care about me. Nobody cares about me.

Rather, think about the fact that they are not that different from you, they are humans. Think about what you can do to fix the situation in a way that connects rather than separates.

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. ~ Steve Maraboli

Think about something beautiful and inspiring you can do for one of your friends that will uplift them. Then do it and see what happens.

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up” John Holmes says. I am sure that as you go, more inspiring ideas will come up but at least this is a start.


Magaji Bolanle

Bola is a trained economist with a flair for baking, writing and acting. Her story is that of a silent conqueror and now an agent of positive influence.

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