We’re going to go through 30 days of simple, specific exercises to uncover our thinking strongholds, say goodbye to negativity and begin a thought life full of gratitude and joy!
Our thought lives are crucial to finding joy this side of Heaven. Everything we do stems from a thought process — whether it’s bad or good, trivial or monumental.
So why is it we don’t pay much attention to our thoughts? Instead, we tend to let them run wild. The truth is you can control your thoughts! It’s true. And the more you practice thinking positively, the more your brain will do it automatically.
I’m going to do this 30-day thought life challenge throughout the month of April. I’d love for you to do it with me over on Instagram!
I’m so excited because this study is a summary of everything I have learned over the past five to seven years. Our thought life is so very important because everything we do, small or big, bad or good, starts with a thought.
I didn’t even know that I could control my thoughts until I was in my 30s! Now, after research, I understand that I am not hostage to my thoughts and am even capable of controlling how my brain grows.
Yep, you heard me right! It’s called neuroplasticity and, simply put, it’s the brain’s ability to grow and adapt. If you continue to think postive thoughts your brain will improve postively. If you think negatively, your brain will grow negatively.
Neurosurgeon and author Dr. Caroline Leaf explains in her YouTube series that you have 12 to 48 hours to let a thought go. If you do not, it will become a semi-permanent memory.
It’s semi-permanent because nothing in the brain is permanent because it continues to grow and create brain cells. And that’s amazing because it means you can rewire your own brain! You can shape it with positive thoughts.
For more science on this amazing phenomenon, check out Caroline’s book Switch On Your Brain.
With neuroplasticity in mind, I’ve created a 30-day challenge, one exercise a day — first working to identify negativity and weed it out, and secondly to find joy through gratitude, prayer and focusing on the positive.
- Printable 30-day challenge calendar
- Devotional for each day of the month with meditation verse
- Daily thought exercises to expose negativity and find joy
- Thought Journal to record your exercise experience
- Grateful Journal to remember what God has done for you
- Link and password to printable PDF version
This is an ebook, so you will not receive a hard copy. It will be a digital file with a PDF link included so that you can print if you wish.
Let’s take a look at some pages inside so you can get an idea of the content. I start right off with this printable calendar of thought exercises. It’s one thing to read information, but it’s another to actually apply it to your life!
You can print off the calendar and tape it to your fridge so you don’t forget the challenge for the day and also you don’t forget what you’ve learned so far!
Each week has a theme:
- Saying goodbye to negativity
- Losing strongholds
- Focusing on truth
- Learning gratitude
- Peace & quiet
First we’ll work on identifying negativity and strongholds and do exercises to release them. The second half of the month we will focus on truth and learning to choose joy.
Each day has a concise devotional that relates to the daily challenge. A meditation verse is included on each page, as well. The idea is to focus on that verse as you complete the challenge each day.
There are five pages in the back with space for each challenge so you can write what you’ve learned about yourself during the exercise. It’s an extra step, but I think it will teach you more about your thinking habits. It would also be helpful to see how far you’ve come if you do the challenge again in a year from now!
After the thought journal, I’ve included a page for your thanksgiving list. Add to it as you see fit throughout the study. Sometimes I find them most helpful on the hard days.
2 ways to get Thought Life Challenge:
- Buy the PDF instant download on Etsy ($5).
- Buy the Kindle ebook on Amazon ($5) that also includes a link on the last page to the downloadable PDF.
You can do this as a group or individually. Some studies you do once and leave it at that, but this study has so much to dig into on each day you can do it repeatedly, once a year. You can keep you journal pages and compare your growth year after year.
Do you like the study? Would you consider leaving me a review on Etsy or Amazon? It would help me tremendously!
And if you could pin this to help me get the word out, I would be so appreciative! Thank you for your support, friends!