If you want to change your actions, you have to change your thoughts.  To change your thoughts, you have to change your values.  If you want to see what values you hold, look at your actions.

This is a process I have gone through for years and it has brought me right back to the beginning of the circle.

In actuality, it does start with a value of sorts. It starts with that core value, the one that is imbedded so deep within me that I didn’t even remember where it came from.

Mine goes something like this: I am worthless. I am the one everyone dumps on. I am nothing.

How do I change the core of me to better thinking?  I replace it with a positive statement. Mine is I am whole.  It is the antithesis of nothing. By realizing I am whole, I can then start working on behaviors.

For me it also has to combine with scripture.  One that has been instrumental in this process is “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” (Romans 12:2, NLT) Wow, that’s exactly what I’ve been up to for the last month.  Because to be honest, I’ve been working on changing this thinking for at least a month.

As a result, some of the behaviors I’ve been working on changing are well, changing.  Amazing how that works.  I used to do water exercise every once in awhile. Now, I do it daily if at all possible. Recently I realized I am not eating properly.  I rely on protein shakes to complete my daily vitamin and mineral intake instead of doing the harder work of figuring out the right things to eat. I’m not all the way there yet, but I’m realizing it and working on it.

One of the first things that began changing was my daily writing. Thanks to the prompts from the #Trust30 Project, I’ve been writing and posting every day.  I’ve also been inspired to develop an improved blog.  I have a renewed sense that writing is a gift I have no right to put on the back burner until the “perfect” story comes along. Just writing everyday has made me realize I can do something. I can write.  I can keep some agreements with myself.

No more circular thinking.  I’m going vertical this time, Baby. I’m going straight toward the heavens.  I’m listening to the God of the universe as He speaks my name quietly and shouts it from the mountaintops. Because I finally believe He cares about me.  He speaks to me.  And I am listening.

Writing Prompt, #Trust30 :  “If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

At any given point in time, you’re only one thought away from changing your thinking. What thought can you change today? (Author: Maryellen Smith)