First Thought







I just came back from an amazing 3 day weekend with my beautiful wife. Upon our return, I fell back into my normal routine. My routine dictates evening meditation. During tonight’s meditation, I started thinking about mindset. My personal mindset is a positive one. My go to is “work the problem” or “I got this”. Why is this important? Because when I must fight, I want to throw the first punch. Let me explain.

Life is going to deal us some shitty cards now and then. And sometimes, it’s going to unload a hand that is so defeating, that we accept defeat before we even enter the fight. And that’s your problem. Make your first thought inspiring. Losing a job, spouse or taking a hit in health, will always be a difficult time. But you know what makes it worse? Your mindset.

First thought is a way of giving yourself some power, in a situation that seems powerless. I often advise my clients in my practice to not only face their fears, but to run to them. Why? Because it beats the hell out of running from them. Fear eliminates options. Of course be practical about it. Never put yourself in harms way. But enlist the help of others, or a professional to address your concerns. It is a game changer.

I find that the first thought is the first step in taking your power back. By not focusing on what you don’t have, you leave room for focusing on what you do have. And if that doesn’t conjure up feelings of being grateful, I’m not sure what will. Even when working in a hospice setting. A terminal patient is directed to focus on family, experiences, love and lessons. Not regrets, fear, frustration or pain.

It’s all about mindset. I promise you whatever the day throws at you, mindset establishes direction, and often leads to outcome. May your first thought be one of power.

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  1. Hubert Philbert on 05/02/2021 at 9:48 pm

    I was sitting here and this very thought crossed my mind. On my plate this piece was shared. Thanks Varnce for this I can now read something over and over giving me some insights into the struggles I have experienced.

    • Tracey Adams on 05/04/2021 at 12:38 am

      Motivating article, many times we don’t realize that our mind is the battle field and every battle starts in the mind. Whatever we feed our minds with would determine the outcome of any situation that we’re faced with…a positive mind brings out a positive outcome and a negative mind brings out negative outcome. Becareful with your thoughts they become words and words become actions.

      Mr. Larson thanks for sharing 👍

  2. Asha H on 05/03/2021 at 7:37 am

    Mr. Larson, great way to approach any situations. Whilst preparing with a positive attitude no matter what, can increase a better outcome. Defeat and conquer!! Thanks for reminding me that as long as my mindset is positive, it’s a stronger possibility that I will win. Continue to encourage and inspire us Mr. Larson, please and thank you.

  3. Christine on 05/03/2021 at 2:09 pm

    I agree the best way to approach any bad situation is to stay positive and focus on the good things in life

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