As a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Just as seeds grow into plants, our thoughts flower into actions and behaviors. It is my responsibility to school my thinking, to replace negative thoughts with positive, uplifting ones. I can’t help an occasional negative thought entering my mind, but I can shoo it away as if it were a bird landing on my head; I don’t need to let it build a nest there. Bad thoughts can be replaced by many forms of positive self-talk. If your bad thoughts involve another, be an advocate for that person. Try to see the problem through another’s eyes or from a different point of view. Busy yourself (quickly) in some type of positive activity. Look up, not down. Pray. Express gratitude. “A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favor or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with Godlike thoughts. An ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is the result of the continued harboring of groveling thoughts” (James Allen).