We’ve all heard the saying “there are only two types of people in the world, a person who sees a glass half full, and a person who sees a glass half empty.
To put it simply, a person who practices constructive thinking in this situation will look at a glass filled halfway and with water and ask himself ‘what could I do to fill it up all the way?’.
It is an attitude of looking at something and seeing it not for how it appears to be but for what it could be.
It is a mindset of improving things you find in the world around you rather than just leaving them as they are.
Now you might be thinking that the only people in our world who can benefit from this type of behavior would be people like mechanical engineers, doctors, or physicists but that actually isn’t true.
Every time you and I have ever sat down with the intent to solve a problem, whether its big problems like determining what type of parent we will be or little problems like finishing a game of Sudoku, we at that moment have engaged in act of constructive thinking.
By becoming more skilled at constructive thinking, we can drastically improve the qualities of our lives by becoming more effective at solving the problems that we are routinely confronted with on a day to day basis.
With this in mind, there are roughly 3 basic questions you can routinely ask yourself to practice and hone your ability to think constructively.
- What is the circumstance I’m having right now and what is the best thing I could do right now to resolve it?
- How am I making this circumstance harder for myself?
- How could I improve my circumstances for the better right now?
You can come up with your own questions as well they simply need to focus solely on you and what options you personally have when faced with a situation.
Improving yourself is always the first step to improving others.
Ask for help with the problems you have in life when you need it but genuinely attempt to try to figure things out for yourself whenever you have the opportunity.
When you focus on building yourself up rather than be the one constantly being built up by others you become a person who is more ready to guide than be guided and more able to love than be loved.
The next time you find yourself thinking about an issue, set aside a few minutes and give it a shot.
You might be surprised by how smart you really are.
But in everything that you do, serve the Lord well.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
This is 30 Days of Growth: Day 13
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