Too often, we listen to the broken tracks in our life on repeat!
We keep telling ourselves things like, “this will never work,” “I’ll be in this situation forever,” “life just isn’t fair, I might as well get use to it,” and many other negative things. These are the rolling scripts that play through our minds and thoughts and continue every day.
You’ve probably heard this concept by names like, self-talk or self-speak, and I totally understand it! I will often say to myself, “how in the world do you always get into these messes, Tim?!”
In a recent book I ‘ve read, the author Jon Acuff invites us to change those scripts. His word for them is Soundtracks.
I like the idea of changing them instead of getting rid of them because we are always going to think something!
Since reading this book, I’ve taken note of those things I say to myself and tried to replace them. I’ve taken time to create a list in my phone that pops up new each day with the new soundtracks I want to have rolling through. I also have the new anthem written out and been reading it most days. It’s been awesome!
Here are some quotes from this book, Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution To Overthinking by Jon Acuff.
“One of the greatest mistakes you can make in life is assuming all your thoughts are true.”
“The next time, you’re in the middle of a stressful situation, ask yourself, ‘Am I focusing on the problem or the solution?'”
“Good days start with good thoughts.”
“The overthinking loop: Overthinking leads to a lack of action. The lack of action leads to more overthinking.”
“Fear comes free. Faith takes work.”
“A list is the fastest way to bring clarity to chaos.”
“Always ask your soundtracks three questions: 1) Is it true? 2) Is it helpful? 3) Is it kind?”
“Your thoughts empower your actions, which in turn generate your results.”
“The biggest mistake we can make is to assume that all our thoughts are true.”
“If you can worry, you can wonder. If you can doubt, you can dominate. If you can spin, you can sore.”
“Overthinking is when what you think gets in the way of what you want.”
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5)