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“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” -Peace Pilgrim


Hi, John Maxwell here. Welcome to Minute with Maxwell. I've got a statement of strength for you right now from Peace Pilgrim. Here it is: ‘If you realize how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.’ Now, when I looked at that statement and wanted to give that to you, I thought to myself, wow, that's kind of bold at the end. That if we realize the power of our thoughts, we would never think a negative thought. And then I just have to tell you honestly, I don't think that's probably possible.

I don't think it's possible for me to just say, well, I'm never going to think a negative thought. I just think that we will have a negative thought; I do. So I'm not sure that's possible. But I will tell you what is possible to is to stop negative thinking. There's a difference. You see, a negative thought is just a thought until you dwell on it for a while, and then it's thinking. You see, it's continually dwelling on a thought that makes it thinking. We can't always avoid the negative thought, but we can stop the negative thinking. I love it.

I shared with you in another Minute with Maxwell that, you know, negative thinking is like fertilizing weeds in your garden. It's just dumb. And so, I would encourage you today to follow the words of advice of Peace Pilgrim and just absolutely stop that negative thinking. And, you know, maybe you have to have somebody help you. I can't be with you all the time, but that's why I do Minute with Maxwell every once in a while to remind you and me that we can live a better life if we think a little better.

Thanks for joining me today.

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