The importance of being the steward of your own thoughts is vital for success and happiness.
That was the overall message from Steve Harvey, who on Friday, Dec. 6, shared a throwback clip on Twitter. It showed him talking to the audience of his talk show “Steve” about controlling one’s own mind and avoiding negative thoughts from creeping in.
“You have control of this. This belongs to you,” said Harvey, pointing to his head. “This is yours. You’re the captain, you’re the foreman, you’re the general, you’re the head. Don’t give control of this to nobody. Especially the devil.”
“Do not let Satan function and operate,” he added. “Because he has one mission, to keep you off course. … To make you think that God don’t hear you. … To make sure you don’t become what God intended you to become.”
The 62-year-old then said he was only talking to the people who are spiritually based and believe in God and the devil.
Harvey pointed to three books which helped him as well, the Bible, “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale and the “Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz.
The comedian admitted, however, the only book of the Bible he’s fully read is Proverbs. And he said although some have read a lot more of the Bible than he has, they aren’t better off for it because they haven’t applied the principles.
Toward the end of his talk, Harvey said there’s a consistent way people can protect themselves from having negative thoughts.
“The way you can put a coating around your mind is with one simple thing, gratitude,” he explained. “Gratitude erases negativity.”
From there, he said whenever you’re having a bad day, remember all of the things in your life that you do have and then be thankful for them — whether it’s being thankful for any measure of health you have, waking up in the morning, having a place to live or having the ability to think and reason.
“I’m just talking to you and I don’t even know you. I could give you 50 things you oughta be grateful for right now,” he told the audience.
Plenty of folks said they appreciated Harvey’s message and it truly hit home for them.
“Appropriate message always at the right time thank you,” one of his fans tweeted.
“You’re onto something great,” wrote someone else. “Short but powerful words. Thanks for the morning inspiration.”
“I live for your motivation! You changed my life!” another Twitter user wrote.
“I felt that. I felt that real deep just now,” a fourth person tweeted.