Mindset Affects Discipline

People seeking discipline help need to first understand the power of their mind and how it impacts their interactions with young people. Having a positive mindset is indeed a powerful discipline tool.

You probably remember learning about the seventeenth century French philosopher Rene Descartes, who asserted the supremacy of the mind over the body when he wrote: “I think; therefore, I am.” This philosophical concept suggested that the physical body is separate from the mind, and it set the stage for Western philosophy and medicine.

We now know, however, that mind and body are inseparable and act upon one another. Thoughts and feelings are inextricably linked to the way a body functions. Yet we are generally unaware of the countless changes that are going on in our bodies. What we do know is that a positive attitude will often accelerate healing and renewal; conversely, a negative attitude can be a factor in breakdown and deterioration of mind and body. More startling is the fact that it is within our power to transform a negative attitude by our self-talk.

When we talk to ourselves in a positive way, we can change the course of our lives.

When we understand that our thoughts prompt our feelings and thereby direct our moods, the personal happiness and well-being that result also affects those around us. It takes discipline and determination to choose positive thoughts over negative ones.

Improving relationships with both yourself and others depends upon whether your communications are positive or negative.

How would you rate your mindset when it comes to interacting with young people? Are your communications with them positive or negative? What steps can you take today to shift to a more positive mindset and thereby more positive communications and interactions? Share your thoughts in the comments below.