Change Your Mind Change Your Life VOE Episode 18

We will explore together the importance of changing your thinking to improve and change your life. You are probably wondering “Why Should I change my Thinking?” My answer to you is simply because good thinking can solve problems, create opportunities, and take you to a whole new level both personally and professionally. Simply put, it can change your life. Do you want to master the process of good thinking? Do you want to be a better thinker tomorrow than you are today?




Hi and welcome back to “A Woman’s Heart” podcast show, on the TRUE Conversations

Network, I’m your host Edna Howard, Founder of Voices of Encouragement, an

organization designed to empower women.

You can learn more about True conversations network at

and more about Voices of Encouragement at

Thank you for joining me to hear another empowering message. Think of me as your

Chief Encouragement Officer, as we explore together the importance of changing your

thinking to improve and change your life. You are probably wondering “Why Should I

change my Thinking?” My answer to you is simply because good thinking can solve

problems, create opportunities, and take you to a whole new level both personally and

professionally. Simply put, it can change your life. Do you want to master the process

of good thinking? Do you want to be a better thinker tomorrow than you are today? If

your answer to these questions is yes, then you need to engage in an ongoing process

that improves your thinking. On this week’s show, my goal is to provide you with bible

guidance and practical advice to help you develop habits to change your thinking that

can change your life.

There are many different ways we can become better thinkers, for example - New York

Best Selling Author John Maxwell’s book “How Successful People Think” gives practical

advice and tools on how to become a better thinker. In his book eleven chapters

focuses on one type of thinking, and contain a case study, critical thinking questions, a

journal section, and an action place of steps to help the reader create a personalized

plan. Some key points that resonated with me from when I read the book:

 Expose yourself to good input

 Expose yourself to good thinkers

 Choose to think good thoughts

 Act on your good thoughts

 Use your emotions to create more good thoughts

From a personal perspective I believe it’s about controlling your thoughts and managing

your emotions. So, if there are things occurring in your life that make you wonder how

did I get here and why are these negative things occurring? I encourage you to find a

quiet place and begin to think deep thoughts about what it is you’re thinking about and

why you may be thinking these thoughts. Are you ready to improve your thinking and

engage in positive self-talk so you can change your life?

I’m a woman of faith so I’ll start from the Faith perspective; delving into God’s Word for

encouragement and wisdom. I look to scripture for guidance in how to increase my

faith, to make it bigger than my fears and strengthen my confidence.

Scripture tells us that in Proverbs 23:7 the “As a man thinks in his heart so is he” And

In Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. And lastly, I

am reminded of the scripture: Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this

world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test

and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

We should always remember that God’s power and strength will never diminish. He is

never too tired or too busy to listen and help us. His power is our source of confidence.

So, when things happen and we become discourage, remember to put your thinking in

check to ensure that your perspective is clear and not cloudy. We have the ability to

create our own reality with our thinking, so we need to think good thoughts. I encourage

you not to let self-doubt and unworthiness taint your spirit. We have all the power in

Christ Jesus and He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly all that we ask and think.

And when He is ready He will open doors no one can close.

This reminds me of one of Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes: “Life consist of what a man

is thinking about all day”

And little-known Englishman James Allen, who wrote a small book called “As a Man

Thinketh” said, “You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be

tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

Taking control of your thought life requires vigilance, dedication, and commitment. It is

your responsibility to take control of your thinking to manifest your dreams and goals to

come to fruition.

Before we get started, put me on pause and grab a piece of paper and a pen; I have

some questions I need to ask you, and may want to write these down for further


1. When spending time alone do you think good thoughts?

2. When spending time with others do you think good thoughts?

3. Do you think creative thoughts about your future?

4. Do you want to change the way you think?

These thought-provoking questions are designed to help you gauge how you think and

where you might need some work.

One of my favorite quotes is from Mark Twain:

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started”.

So, let’s get started!

But before I do, let me share my personal affirmation with you – saying it out loud to

myself every morning gets me motivated and keeps me moving forward with my

personal goal of growing Voices of Encouragement to empower all women


I’m a powerful purpose driven woman on a mission

In 2017 I assumed this position

Thanking God for my direction and clarity, cause he’s my creator He chose this

career for me

So just sit back, step back, and watch me flow, cause VOE, we are on the grow

We keep showing, suiting, stepping up to the plate

Believe extreme success if our only fate

And as break pass this invisible wall of fear

Let me keep real and be very clear

If you think you know you have no idea

Know idea is what you have

Cause I’m supercharged I’m highly powered

I’m bad to the bone the name is Edna E. Howard

Now you’re probably wondering why I decided to focus on the topic “how we think”. The

mission of Voices of Encouragement is to empower women, to help them realize their

dreams, reach their goals, and live their best life. And as much as I want to see yours

and millions of women’s dreams and goals materialize, you’ve got have the right

mindset and positive thoughts to create your own reality from the thoughts you think

because what you think about you bring about.

Good thinkers solve problems, they never lack ideas, and they always have hope for a

better future. Good thinkers rarely find themselves at the mercy of those who out think

them and take advantage of them or try to deceive them.


John Maxwell reminds us that we should remember to expose ourselves to good input,

expose ourselves to good thinkers, choose to think good thoughts, act on your good

thoughts, and use your emotions to create more good thoughts. So, in the remainder of

today’s podcast I will share with you, what to expect when you start working on

improving your thinking, how you can become a better thinker and why changing your

thinking is in your best interest:

Today I will review:





1. Changed thinking is not automatic: Keep in mind changing the way you think

is not automatic. If you want to become a better thinker, you need to work at it –

and once you begin to become a better thinker, the good ideas keep coming. In

fact, the amount of good thinking you can do at any time depends primarily on

the amount of good thinking you are already doing.

2. Changing your thought process takes work: The only people who believe

thinking is easy are those who don’t habitually engage in it. The reality is

thinking is hard work and taking the path of least resistance will not be in your

best interest, You must consistently engage your mind and use the appropriate

tools to help you improve the way you think.

3. Your mind and life if worth making the investment to change the way you

think: American self-help author, known best for his book “Think and Grow

Rich” Napoleon Hill wrote, “More gold has been mined from the thoughts of man

than has ever been taken from the earth.” When you take time to learn how to

change your thinking and become a better thinker, you are investing in yourself.

Gold mines tap out. Stock markets crash. Real estate investments can go sour.

But a human mind with the ability to think well is like a diamond mine that never

runs out. It’s priceless.

HOW TO BECOME A BETTER THINKER: Do you want to master the process of good

thinking? Do you want to be a better thinker tomorrow than you are today? Then you

need to engage in an ongoing process that improves your thinking.

1. Expose yourself to good input: Good thinkers always prime the pumps for

good ideas. They always look for things to get the thinking process started,

because what you put in always impacts what comes out. Read books, review

magazines, listen to podcast or tapes, and spend time with good thinkers. And

when something intrigues you—whether it’s someone else’s idea or the seed of

an idea that you’ve come up with yourself – keep it in front of you. Put it in

writing and keep it somewhere in your favorite thinking place to stimulate your


2. Expose yourself to good thinkers: Spend time with the right people (this is

critical). As I work to expand the vision of Voices of Encouragement I bounce my

ideas off of key people; this keeps me from operating in a vacuum. (so that my

thought would be stretched). I am constantly growing and learning because I am

open to input. This is true of my VOE executive leadership team. Each one of

them is a good thinker! The writer of proverbs observed “iron sharpens iron”. If

you want to be a sharp thinker, be around sharp people.

3. Choose to think good thoughts/Act on your good thoughts: To become a

good thinker you must become intentional about the thinking process.

Constantly, put yourself in the right place to think, shape, stretch, and land your

thoughts. Make it a priority. Remember, thinking is a discipline and ideas do

have a short shelf life. You must act on them before their expiration date. “Think

things through then follow through”. To start the thinking process you cannot rely

on your feelings. Typically, “You can act your way into feeling long before you

can feel your way into action”. If you wait until you feel like doing something, you

will likely never accomplish it. The same is true for thinking. You cannot wait

until you feel like thinking to do it. Once you engage in the process of good

thinking, you can use your emotions to feed the process and create mental


4. Repeat the Process: One good thought does not make a good thought life.

The people who have one good thought and try to ride it out for an entire career

often end up unhappy or destitute. They are one hit wonders, the one-book

authors, the one-time message speakers, the one-time inventors who spend their

life struggling to protect and promote their single idea. For example, could you

imagine Steve Job stopped “thinking” after the debut of the first iPhone in 2007?

Apple would lose customers to updated phones from their competitors! Success

come to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine,

not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for many years. To become a

good thinker you have need to keep repeating the process of good thinking.

PUT YOURSELF IN RIGHT PLACE: Becoming a good thinker isn’t overly complicated.

It’s a discipline. On a day-to-day basis I recommend the following to obtain success in

this area.

1. Find a place to think your thoughts: Find a place where you can think, and

plan to capture your thoughts on paper so that you don’t lose them.

2. Find a place to shape your thoughts: Shape your thoughts until you have

substance. During shaping time, you want to hold an idea up to strong scrutiny.

Many times, a thought that seemed outstanding late at night looks pretty silly in

the light of day. Ask questions about your idea. Fine tune them. As you shape

your thoughts, you will find out whether an idea has potential. You learn what

you have. You also learn some things about yourself. You can shape your

thoughts almost anywhere. Just find a place that works for you, where you will be

able to write things down, focus your attention, without interruptions and ask

questions about your idea.

3. Find a place to stretch your thoughts; If you come upon great thoughts and

spend time mentally shaping them, don’t think you’re done and stop there. If you

do, you will miss some of the most valuable aspects of the process. You miss

bringing others in and expanding the great ideas to their greatest potential. Keep

in mind this awesome “stretch formula”

The right Thought plus the right People

In the right Environment at the Right Time

For the right Reason = the Right Results

When you find a place to think, shape and stretch your thoughts – you find the potential

for your thoughts to go elevate to the next level.

4. Lastly, find a place to land your thoughts: If you want your thoughts to make

an impact, you need to land them with others so that they can ultimately be

implemented. As you plan for the application phase of the thinking process land

your ideas first with….

a. Yourself (landing idea with yourself will give you integrity) ask yourself:

Do I believe it? Did I live it? Do I believe others should live it? If you can’t

answer yes to all three then you haven’t landed it.

b. Key players (these are the influencers, after all, they are the people who

carry thoughts from idea to implementation)

c. Those most affected (landing thoughts with the people on the firing line

will give you great insight. Those closest to the change that occur as a

result of a new idea can give you a “reality read” (or reality check) to

ensure you don’t miss the mark.

American essayist Henry David Thoreau said:

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by

achieving your goals.”

If you can develop the discipline of good thinking and turn it into a lifetime habit, then

you will be successful and productive all of your life. Once you’ve created, shaped,

stretched, and landed your thoughts, then applying, implementing and living them will

be much easier.

Be sure to pick up your copy of John Maxwell’s book “How Successful People Think’.

He shares a lot great wisdom and practical exercises to help you think successfully. If

you do pick up a copy of the book - email me at and let’s start

a dialogue on how successful people think. I would love to hear from you.

Be Bold! Be Fierce and stay the course! You Deserve It!

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Mark your calendars for the upcoming Voices of Encouragements Women’s

Empowerment Workshop “Wisdom, Wealth, and Wellness” scheduled for Saturday,

January 26, 2019. For more information email me at

Have a triple P Week: Powerful, Positive, and Productive

Until we meet again remember Ephesians 4:1 “Walk worthy of the calling with which you

were called.”