Thoughts create action. They have extreme power over what you feel and do. This is why scripture speaks to the power of thoughts in the renewing of our minds.
Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:2
Harnessing this power to make a difference in your life is important and simple.
In the book, Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do, author John Bargh shares a way to “implement your intentions.”
To carry out the desired behavior, attach a when, where and how you will accomplish it.
I often put the stuff I will need the next day in a pile as a form of intention implementation. If I want to take an item to church, I place it with my keys and it’s done and settled. I will grab both the next morning.
It can also be that way with bigger things. Each time I return home and open the garage door, I take a deep breath and get ready to invest my next ten minutes listening to, focusing on, and connecting with my family. Letting go of the day’s stress is something we want to do, but can forget to implement.
A major reason people don’t carry out their good intentions is because they forget to do what they intended.
What intentions do you need to implement in your life? The power of these cues and habits can radically change you and help you do the things that really matter.