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Uju Chukwu: Your Mind is a Power Tool

Uju Chukwu



The thoughts in your head are a reflection of what your mouth says. How powerful can our thoughts be? Very very powerful. Has it ever happened that you thought of something, without having the intention of seeing it happen and the next minute you see it happen? Sometimes it might not be as fast as a minute; you might have gone for hours and the next thing you see, it happens. Most times, people even mistake it for a dejavu, but then it is just your thoughts.

So if your thoughts can be this powerful, what then are we supposed to do? It’s pretty simple, GUARD THEM RIGHT.

We need to think positive at all times. How does that work? It is a CONSCIOUS effort. I will list 2 major points of the conscious effort we have to make:

By minding the things you let get into your head: Everybody has something to say, (the good, the bad, the ugly and the worse) but not everything everyone has to say is for you. You do not necessarily have to open up your mind to digest everything or every word that passes because some are for you and some are for others. Sometimes you intentionally avoid being in the conversation.

I read a billboard one day and I noticed that the pastor of my church was going to visit a different church. I had been to that church and I did not really like it there, and then I saw that the pastor of my church was going there. A few of my friends said, “now you have to be there because your pastor is there” I replied, “I would not be there because my pastor is going to be there. That which I do not like about the church might just automatically get at me even when my pastor is speaking. So to avoid myself the power of negative thoughts I chose to avoid going because the program he is going to attend will be for him to speak the word for someone in that congregation and definitely not for me.”

There was nothing was obviously stopping me, but was it going to be my word? Not so sure of that.
So it is a conscious effort for us to mind the things we allow to get into our head. Sometimes, you play deaf or better still avoid it completely.

Mind the things we see: The things we look at or study affect how we think and automatically affect how we speak. Our minds get to store images faster than even words. Just like a child, the ability of an image to affect our thought is about 75%. However, what differentiates an adult from a child is the ability of owning up and deciding not to look in that direction – unlike a child where you have to help them watch what they see. Not every book, article or pictures is for our consumption; most times we need to take in things that enlighten us and energize us to move on. Imagine having to watch the news every day and you keep seeing people dying in various countries, the ability for you not to live in fear will be very low.

I actually lost the love for travelling after hearing consecutively on the news the number of plane crashes reported. But does that mean that people do not fly and land safely? The image I have seen and that which I have heard, I let it sink in. Now I try to avoid the TV as much as I can.
If you think of a big future, why not live in that light and look for images that portray same. Rather than watch the TV, I would rather go on YouTube and watch Awesomeness fest. It is an image I am seeing but a different one.

How do we effectively work on our mind?
We should constantly apply the rule of meditation. Learn to meditate. It is the best form of clearing our minds and our thoughts. Maybe you have let in the wrong things; with effective meditation, you have the ability to sieve your thoughts.

Think before you speak, not the other way round. Think first put your words together and then let them out. Consider if the words you speak will make or mar you. Will they make people see you as someone else and will your words make a difference in the lives of those around you in a positive way or cause destruction? These are factors we need to consider.

Learn to put your thoughts first before your words.
Are you willing to take action today? Are you willing to take control of your thoughts, mind what you see and things you hear?
Leave your comments below on how your mind has helped or improved you as a person or your speech to others.

Photo Credit: Dreamstime | Hugo Felix

She is a Brand Management & Marketing Communications executive with focus on MSME's, she also has a strong foundation in emotional intelligence and behavioral change. She transforms businesses and builds brands via storytelling, brand audit, market research and strategy implementation to ensure results. She holds an MBA in Marketing from Covenant University, Integrated Brand Experience training from Orange Academy and a diploma from IBM Institute, Berlin, Germany.She helps people to be their best self, live a purposeful life and achieve greatness through her online platform


  1. Shay

    December 27, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Nice article

  2. bolanle

    December 27, 2015 at 9:35 pm


  3. Fabulous B

    December 27, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for the reminder , dear. GOD continue to enrich you.

  4. Grace Abena

    December 27, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    i enjoyed reading this article , will definately put it to practice .

  5. Aliu

    December 28, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Nice Article i really enjoy reading it..

  6. anonymous

    December 28, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this a break from all the negativities ….baby dust to all ttc in 2016

  7. Drknite

    December 28, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Damn, I have a power tool for Uju. LOL

  8. Blessing

    December 28, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    You are so right, I had to stop reading about Nigerian Politics to avoid worrying about dis country, I did same for Irish, I could not bear to see d brutality metted on humans, it was weighing me down. Also, this wedding stories get me thinking seriously on when I’ll get married. I am seriously practicing learning how to ignore may tins. Our minds affects every aspect of our lives, also what we listen to, a deliberate act of rebuking a negative fellow around you goes a long way, also correct some dat are prone to corrections.

  9. 'Diddie

    December 28, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks… I m kinda expressive and it has landed me in trouble. Got cue from u to put my thoughts in check and then think before speaking….thanks I needed this

  10. Ajayi Olubiyi

    December 28, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    I love your article UJU.
    Please email me,i have something important to talk to you about.Thanks

  11. The real dee gan gan

    December 29, 2015 at 4:46 am

    Very inspiring article. For me, it came at the right time. My eyes have been seeing some things in my church that are giving me serious concerns and I got just the right step to take from this article; “Sometimes, you play deaf or better still avoid it completely”. In my own case, I’ll be playing blind, deaf, dumb and avoid everything completely so I can maintain my spiritual sanity.

    Also thanks for introducing me to ‘Awesomenesstv”. I never knew that existed until I read your article. I also stopped watching TV frequently, I avoided some shows and stuck to News. But realised that is even more depressing. The Local news where I live only broadcasts crimes, deaths, and of course Donald Trumps misguided statements, in fact i started getting paranoid at the former and getting angry at the latter. Not very good emotions.

    Back to watching Awesomeness fest on Youtube.

    • Uju Chukwu

      Uju Chukwu

      December 29, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Compliments of the season.
      You are most welcome, awesomeness fest, yaaaaay! It’s a plus. Hope to get feedback on your progress with awesomeness fest,.

  12. Chi

    December 29, 2015 at 10:52 am

    So true! This has affected me times without number. Its recently i learnt to be more careful about what i feed my mind on.

  13. Agboola Emmanuel

    December 29, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    What a life transforming Article… I am blessed this day.

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