“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Martin Luther King, 1963

We are stirred by the greatness of ideas originating from a superior mindset; inspiration, vision, purpose, courage, hope and determination explode. Martin Luther King’s superior mindset called mankind to manifest justice, integrity, character, mutual respect, integration and harmony. There is more power in our thoughts and words than most people realize.

Why do we need a superior mindset? Our goals and dreams for our families and future must have the lift necessary to launch into flight. We create the lift by the paradigm and values we communicate.

The amount of vision we possess determines the boundaries for our future. The battle for our personal growth and tangible results begins in the mind because the right thought life is the key to healthy relationships and productive living.

Positives abound

Our thoughts are powerful because they determine our fruit. We are encouraged in the Bible to think about what is excellent, worthy of praise, true, honorable, right, pure, beautiful and respectful. Filling our minds with these qualities provides the fertilizer to grow positive, luscious fruit.

The first step to choosing a superior mindset is to become aware of what we are thinking and projecting. Do we replay the traumatic memories of the past? Do tormenting thoughts of rejection and failure fill our minds and determine our actions? Do condemnation, criticism and past labels define our identity?

Thoughts based on faulty logic and wrong assumptions need to be replaced. All toxic, self-defeating recordings should be purposely, permanently demolished. We don’t have to think within the confines of the past.

The second step to growing a superior mindset is to take responsibility for our thought life. We can replace unhealthy thoughts with something beautiful. During high school, my aunt and uncle were convinced I was going to college. My negative thoughts of, “I’m so stupid; I’m not good enough. I’ll never amount to anything” needed to be demolished.

With the Lord’s help, I was able to reject such lies and complete a computer science degree; BUT the real gift was the transformation of my old negative mindset into a superior empowering mindset.

Providing power

Hopeful, faith-filled thoughts empowered by love will bring the life-giving strength we need to grow and meet the challenging experiences ahead.

I have a dream of a community filled with brilliant thinkers who perceive the potential within themselves and their children, regardless of their skin color or economic status; choose love over hate and creativity over criticism! Join me in growing a superior mindset to make our community a better place to live, work, play and worship.

Julie Court lives and works in Eau Claire. She runs the nonprofit New Life for Today and is a motivational speaker and author. Her book, “Incredible Life Makeover,” can be purchased at newlife4today .com.