Have you ever had a misunderstanding with your boss, a co-worker, or a customer? It could be a verbal exchange or something as simple as an email. You replay the scene in your head over and over getting more frustrated each time you think about it. Worse yet, as the day goes on you have a hard time focusing on the tasks at hand, your energy is zapped and you become less pleasant to be around.
I think many of us have experienced this from time to time. We’re human, right? But when our thoughts are preoccupied and distracted over the course of the day, don’t we end up hurting ourselves even more? So, how can you reign-in your out-of-control thoughts?
Strategies to control your thoughts:
- Don’t speculate. How many times do you make assumptions that you don’t even know are true? Paul says in Philippians 4:8 “…whatever is true…think about such things.” Don’t read anything more in a situation then what you know is REAL. Don’t speculate, don’t assume, don’t read between the lines.
- Take control of your mind. Literally! Is the situation stuck in your head, like a broken record? Paul writes “Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” When you start thinking about the situation, say this scripture instead. You’ll be amazed how powerful God’s Word can be to help you get your mind back on track.
- Do NOT get offended. People are imperfect and as long as we come in contact with other people, there will be misunderstandings. Our pride can rear its ugly head in many ways and getting easily offended is one example. Be proactive. Decide right now NOT to get offended when someone rubs you the wrong way.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true…think about such things. Phil 4:8