Happy Monday! Great stuff on the blog yesterday...your comments are truly inspired and insightful, and I'm glad that we're up and running again. And thanks for the encouraging feedback from the sermon. I always love talking about vision.
Speaking of which, my plan last week to use excerpts from 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things here through the 20th got a little sidetracked, but here's some more from the book that I think will be a word for someone today.
The new look, BTW, is just experimental...
Today I will expect good things
to happen to me.
Hope is the effectual combination of expectation and desire. Literally, it is the manifestation of a confident and favorable expectation in your life. To create an atmosphere of hopeful expectancy each day that you live is to prepare yourself for miracles. Hope is attractive and, on some level, you only get what you expect to get out of your circumstances. The sheer power of expectation causes things to move toward you, and the force of your desire dictates many of the events that occur around you. It could be argued that you really do have what you want in life and that if you wanted more you would have more. It just may be as simple as that.
It is possible to condition your mind in much the same way that athletes condition their bodies through strength-training. You can increase your brain power by disciplining yourself to spend time every day thinking and talking about nothing but the positive. Your trained attitude can actually become so mentally muscular that you begin living absolutely free of disappointment. If you learn how to see things correctly, the whole concept of disappointment can become irrelevant to you. Expecting good things to happen is a healthy habit that can easily be developed and can elevate the quality of your life. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life” (Proverb 13:12).
Perhaps the most important part of expecting good things to come to you is to talk about good things coming to you. Whatever you regularly and consistently talk about gets stronger in your life, so when you speak your hope and your faith – when you verbalize your optimism – you locate the good things that are swirling all around you in the invisible realm and you invite and order them into your material world. Talk about the happy ending to your story, even when you are in the middle of the worst part of its plotline. Talk about the part of the glass that you see as being half full. Talk about your dreams and visions, because the more you speak of them, the more real they become.
When a door closes, expect another one to open for you somewhere else. When the thing that you wanted or prayed for doesn’t manifest in the way that you visualized, expect something better to come along. Always expect things to turn out for the best, even when everything around you looks like it is in total chaos. No matter what happens, keep hope alive. Don’t dread anything! Just face forward and keep going. God is good and He wants to give you good things. As long as you keep moving in a positive direction, those good things will find you. Open your eyes today and see all the beauty around you. You can change your life by changing the way you see things.
My thinking today will cause me
to be at total peace with myself.
If you want to live in the kind of peace that prevents you from developing a stomach ulcer or hypertension – the peace that allows you to really sleep well at night – you must learn how to properly see yourself. Developing the proper self-image includes learning to forgive yourself and making a quality decision to stop blaming yourself and mentally beating yourself up for your mistakes and perceived failures. If you constantly bombard your spirit with negative thoughts of regret and self-accusation, those thoughts will eventually mutate into a kind of self-loathing that is completely counterproductive to your having any real degree of success in your life.
Low self-esteem is a learned habit that is usually developed by believing in lies and falsehoods. Insecurity and feelings of inferiority are also merit-less mindsets that people acquire and cultivate throughout the course of their lives. The fear of rejection is the result of learned behavior, as well. But the good news is that any learned behavior can be unlearned! When you know who you are, you don’t have to waste time trying to prove to somebody else that you are valuable or talented. You can believe in yourself while being fully aware and accepting of your own limitations. Being at peace with yourself comes from a balanced estimate of your self.
The more that you are at peace with yourself, the less stress you will have in your life. Guard your heart and never let someone else’s negative words decide the direction of your life. No one should have more power over you than you, and you can determine your own stress level and how much pressure you will allow yourself to feel in a day. If you want peace, you can have peace. You are in the driver’s seat, so determine where you want to go, emotionally, and don’t waver from your intended course. Get a vision of a more confident, more centered you, and become that person. No matter what has happened to you in the past, you can get it together if you want to.
Being at peace with oneself is something that should be aspired to, treasured and protected. Your peace is stronger than your fluctuating moods or temporary thoughts of discouragement. Being at peace will positively affect your health and could even lengthen your life in the long run. It certainly will make you easier to live with and will condition you to have better relationships and live a more successful life. When your mind is at peace, you see things more clearly and with better perspective; you are less likely to become overwhelmed by your circumstances. You can change your life by changing the way you see things.