“Your thoughts have
That phrase from Dr. Charles
Stanley reminded me of a story.
Megan, a young gymnastics
student, had a great deal of natural talent. She loved the
challenge of the sport. She was always doing more than was required
by her coach. Her enthusiasm showed in every workout and
performance. As she was learning a more difficult skill, she
suddenly became disappointed, overwhelmed by her inability to
master it. Her coach, knowing that Megan had the ability required,
pulled her aside and asked what was the problem. Megan stammered,
“I just can’t learn this new skill,” she said as her eyes
stared at the floor.
The coach told Megan that she
could learn this exercise. Her student was sobbing, “I
just can’t do it. It’s too hard!” She said one of the
older students had told she would never win a medal and to stop
wasting everyone’s time. The coach told Megan to dry her eyes.
After calming her down, her coach did something quite
She told her student to block
out everything that was on her mind. Then she said, “Close your
eyes. Picture yourself competing in the Olympics. The crowd is
breathless as you flawlessly do the exercise and nail the landing.
See that in your mind. Then listen to the cheers from the crowd as
the Judge places the gold medal around your neck. Feel the joy you
have at what you accomplished. Can you picture that in your mind?
What does that feel like?” Megan opened her eyes. She was
grinning as she said that felt terrific!
Then her coach shared 2
things. First, never allow someone else to pollute your mind with
negative thoughts. Second, since you can see yourself mastering
this exercise, then you can do the exercise. With a more positive
frame of mind, Megan learned the exercise after several more tries.
Her enthusiasm returned as her new skill helped her earn a spot on
the travel team.
Like this young student, you
can’t change your life until you change
your thoughts. Your mind is the control
tower of your life. Thoughts create actions. Actions create habits.
Habits create character. And, character creates your destiny.
Because you have the power of your thoughts, you have
the power to control your life. Your
life is an expression of what you think.
And, that is today’s Morning