How long have you been talking about making major changes in your life? You don’t have to tell me. Many of you have been talking about making changes in your life for weeks, months, years and maybe even decades. You have prepared for your change by researching and planning. Some of you have actually started trying to achieve your goals this year, and you find yourself falling short. You’ve tried new diets, new relationships, new career paths, new saving plans, and the list continues. You’re looking for a healthier body, a fulfilling career, financial freedom, which is ultimately a better life. How do you get there? The answer is not to try something new again. The answer is to get your mind right!
Some of you think that you’re more positive than you really are. You may be known to your friends and family as one of the most positive people that they know. However, if your life does not look how you want it to look, there must be something in your thought process that needs to change. The ancient text tells us that, “as a man thinketh in his heart so is he (Psalm 23:7).” Your life is a reflection of your thoughts and feelings.
What are you thinking about the majority of the time? Better yet, how are you thinking and feeling about it? Are you thinking about how hard it is to lose weight? Are you thinking about how bad your body feels? Have you ever thought that if it’s not one thing it’s another or you can’t win for losing? Have you spent time thinking about how hard it is to get ahead? If you said yes to any of those things, you need to get your mind right.
Getting your mind right takes time and effort. You have been having the same negative thoughts for years and they have crept into your subconscious mind. In other words, you are automatically thinking negatively. You need to get rid of all of the ANTS (automatic negative thoughts) that are running your life. You have more power than you think you do. If you don’t like something in your life, you can change it. The first step to change is by renewing your mind. The Bible tells us to renew our minds daily (Rom. 12:2). Since it takes 21 days to change a habit, you need to take 21 days to focus on your changing your thoughts. Use these 21 days as a jump start to make a significant change in your life.
Are you ready to stomp out all of the ANTS and start living a better life? Challenge yourself to get your mind right. “The Get Your Mind Right Challenge” begins on February 1st-21st. For 21 days choose an area of your life that you would like to change which can include but are not limited to: Health, Finances, Career, and Relationships. You will get better results if you focus on one area at a time. However, it is not a requirement to see results. After choosing the area of your life that you would like to change, here’s what you need to do:
Begin and end each day with prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
In order to make a significant change, you will need God’s help. God is waiting for you to invite Him into your life and help you to live life more abundantly (John 10:10). Prayer is simply having a conversation with God. Share your heart and speak the naked truth about how you feel about the issues of your life. Ask Him to help you think more like Him and see things as He sees them.
As you pray, thank God for your renewed mind (Romans 12:2). Thank God for changing your life. The key is to feel as if you already have everything that you desire and begin to thank God for it. Before you lay your head down on the pillow and close your eyes, your thoughts should be on things above. As you are sleeping, your faith is working. It is allowing you to dream bigger and better dreams. In your dreams, you are already living the good life. You can feel what it’s like to be on top of all adversity and overcome obstacles.
Watch your thoughts and redirect your thoughts deliberately (Philippians 4: 8 ).
Your thoughts determine the way you feel. It is imperative that you pay attention to the way that you are thinking. You have to catch the negative thoughts running through your mind. When you catch those negative thoughts, it’s your job to change them. Notice how you are feeling after a negative thought. After thinking certain thoughts, you may feel sad, discouraged, or frustrated. If you’re thinking, “I can’t do this anymore,” cast that thought down and say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Replace each negative thought with a positive thought. You can do this by using affirmations daily. Notice how you feel as you recite your affirmations. For example, say to yourself, “I have everything I need and I am exactly where I need to be right now.” After saying that, reflect on how you feel. Do you feel energized, motivated, happy, sad, or angry? Write about your feelings in your journal, talk to a spiritual mentor, and most of all pray about your feelings. Your feelings must be in alignment with your affirmations, or your life will not change.
Renew your mind (Romans 12:2).
The Bible instructs us to renew our mind daily (Romans 12:2). You renew your mind by meditating on the word of God. One simple way to meditate on the word is to commit to memorizing the word of God. Search through the Bible and choose those scriptures that apply to your situation. In many cases, your negative beliefs have been passed down to you unintentionally by people who sincerely love you. Your mother may have thought that it’s hard to make a living and take care of the family. Your father may have thought that it’s hard to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. So after hearing those things over and over again, it’s easy to start to believe them.
Now, that you are aware of how this kind of thinking affects your life, you must deliberately reflect on positive things to change it (Philipians 4: 8 ). Instead of thinking about how hard it is to make a living, you need to think about how God supplies all your needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). Instead of thinking about how hard it is to make ends meet, think about how Jesus took five loaves and two fish to feed thousands of people (Mark 6:41). Reflecting on the miracles of God will help you to flush out those negative thoughts and renew your mind.
The “Get Your Mind Right Challenge” will not be easy, but it is worth the results. You may feel like it’s not working at times, but remember to combat those negative thoughts with the word of God. There is a process to change. Don’t give up before you see results of feeling better and experiencing better things.
During this challenge, journal about your experience daily. Identify your ANTS (automatic negative thoughts), and challenge your ANTS in your journal. You will find examples of affirmations and scriptures to reflect on during the challenge on our Facebook page. During the challenge, feel free to send an e-mail to email@example.com for more detailed direction. You may also order the book, There’s More in You and the companion God & Me Journal to help you along the way.
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There’s more in you because God is in you.
Your Life Coach,
Detra D. Wilson
Detra D. Wilson, M.Ed
Certified Christian Life Coach