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Good morning, ZOX fam! Today, I want to talk about the connection of how we think about circumstances in life. In other words, how our thoughts begin to reflect our reality.
There's a reason why hearing someone tell you to "focus on the positive" is such an empowering encouragement – shifting our thoughts to center on positive reactions can influence a positive outcome.
Obviously, there are things that we have no control over in life, but we do influence the situations around us heavily. When we walk into work in the morning, we can walk in and announce a joyous greeting and start off the day on a good note with our coworkers. Or, we could walk in, ignore everyone, and head straight to our desk and alert those around us that we want to be alone.
Situation 1: we receive positive greetings in return or even just a smile back. The day starts on a happy note and things can continue to go from there.
Situation 2: we immediately start off with our walls up and people may go out of their way to talk to us for a bit. The day starts on a slightly strange, negative note.
The day will stem from there because our moods have already been established.
Now, those situations aren't set in stone. In situation 2, a coworker could come up and make sure everything's okay, and things could start to take a positive turn. We can't control how other people respond, but our thoughts and reactions did influence the coworker to come over in the first place.
If this sounds a bit dense, let me take a different angle on this.
Our minds aren’t passive observers, simply perceiving reality as it is. Our minds actually change reality – Alia Crum
We're the only ones that can choose to think a certain way. Let's say you receive a text from your significant other that simply states: "okay."
Now, you could choose to read this in a certain tone that makes you think, "Oh my gosh, they're upset with me. What have I done wrong?" This introduces panic, anxiety, and an assumption that has yet to be proven unless context says otherwise.
Or... You could read the text and think nothing of it. You may realize they've had a tough day, they're tired, and they don't feel like producing a more in-depth response.
Your thoughts will influence your next move, in turn creating your reality.
This is because when we think about something persistently, we begin to shape a belief. These beliefs become a "cognitive lens through which [we] interpret" the events taking place around us. From there, we select which parts of our thoughts we want to focus on and apply them to what we want to believe could be the truth.
Our thoughts hold so much power over how we read situations and react. Thus, it's vital we choose to think through a more positive lens.
When we change the way we think, we prevent fear, anxiety, and worry from manifesting. Negative thoughts can cause a negative reaction, creating a negative result. However, positive thoughts can have the inverse effect, creating a positive result. We prevent a "self-fulfilling prophecy...of creating a reality in which we act in ways likely to bring about what we believe is true."
I think that's why this Strap is so awesome. Created by our Spotlight artist, Arnold Ramirez, Life Tree is the perfect way to remind us how powerful our thoughts can truly be.
As we go forward, reminding ourselves to come back into the true reality – or sifting through the negative thoughts to choose the positive ones – can lead to a kinder reality.
Every wristband made is a limited edition work of art for your wrists. ZOX are reversible with a design on one side and a positive message on the inside. Every ZOX is individually laser cut with a serial number to ensure authenticity.