“Having hit a wall, the next logical step is not to bang our heads against it.”- Stephen Harper.
Whether the wall is a physical one(visible) or an emotional one(invisible) we all are facing a wall of some kind. These walls separate us from our goals, desires, forward movement, and even other people. It is interesting to note that thenon-physical can literally stop us in our tracks. Among the lies we tell ourselvesare fear and worry. These two things have an especially good knack for stopping us from what we really want. Because of these negative emotions and their mind games wetend to lose the ability to move ina forward direction. Beyondthis wall is a more positive self image that will spurn us upward and onward! To changethe circumstance, we need to change our self image. Thetrifecta of anger, complaints, and ungratefulness is a sure road to failure. It iswith a positive self image and thankfulness that we’ll find the keys to success. However, this is more then just positive thinking, we literally must change our self image in order to succeed. This is not an easy feat, especially when you’re caught in the midst of circumstances you hate. The trick is, by finding things you are grateful for inthe middle oflife’s storms, they will hold less power over you andtheir effects won’t be so devastating. This in turn will open up an in road beyond the wall that you face.By recognizing your strength rather then weakness, the good over the bad, and taking a reflective moment each day to see these things, you’ll be well on your way beyond the wall that is stopping you. Be the victor rather then the victim, and the healed rather then the sick!
“Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.”
― Rick Warren.
You might as well stop trying to fit in now, because you were never supposed to. Wehave spent so much time in our lives trying to “fit in,”but no one was told that were not actually meantto. The world was not to be riddled with strife, wars,poverty ,sicknesses, and spiritual darkness were not to have a place in it. Many times if not all, we’re our own worst enemy.Asan example think of the disease of cancer, it has been studied and traced back to some foods(processed,GMO) and chemicals. Who created all that food andmade the chemicals(usually for profit)? If youguessed people(us) you are correct ! In havingself centered desires and the lust for money, people voluntarily choose to harm each other. The very act of tryingto fit in brings about the bullying, but who’s doing it? Other people, or are we doing it to ourselves? In fact it’s better not to conform to the majority of this world, because more often then not averageis becoming thestatus quo. Just as children are slowly bullied into becoming like everyone else, so are we by the world and its systems. However, there is an inherent problem in being like everyone else, not only is it boring, but it has a way of dimmingthe lightwe originally entered the world with. Each of us are born bright with optimism, drive, imagination, anda lack of awareness of other people. As we grow, the ebb and flow of society slowly encourages us to join the crowd, heightens our awareness of others causing comparisons, andworks out the wild and free spirits we’re born with. Ifwere able to protect and retain these spirits from the world that wants to steal them we become conquerers. We overcome the petty preoccupations and can’t be bothered by what other people think. Therefore, don’t be afraid ofbeingamused and wondered like a child or hiding your quirks. Those are the very things that theworldis jealous of and sets out to steal. Your childlike spirit is a precious gem to be protected and valued, so enjoy it and don’t be afraid to show it!
“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
Why me!? Well, why not me? This is the question and answer manygive themselves, who have suffered a catastrophic event or injury. It’s undoubtedly understandable to be angry in suchbad circumstances. However, it’s not always helpful or healing. While anger can help you break out of something(depression)or help you overcome it,itcan also hold you back. Anger can anchor you in the past, or create unrest in your heart and mind. What you believe in is very powerful andwill dictate the direction in which your lifegoes. Therefore, playthe right mental movies for yourself. Films that portray you as the victor, times of happiness, andpositive plot lines. Thesemental movies can stir upcourage, hope, and strengthor place fear and doubt in your heart. When the movies that you play yourself are the opposite of fear and doubt, it opens the door for peace to enter your mind and heart. “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body”(Prov. 14:30nlt). If you find yourself in a hospital bed don’t take the situation lying down. Instead,screen films in your mental movie theatre ofimproving health, happy moments, and the day of your eventual discharge. Also, when dealing with a sickness be careful not to get anchored in the past for too long. Instead, keep your thoughts positive, the movies victorious, and your eyes forward.Your dreams can and will become a realitywith a positive, and strong attitude. Not to mention, dreams don’t have to remain in thethought realm, dreams and life are meantto be experienced!
“Don’t let your fear of what could happen, make nothing happen.” -unknown
How likely is it that what you fear will come true? It’s good to ask yourself these questions. Is this true? Is it factual? Do I know what the future holds? By asking yourself these questions, your fear will soon hold little weight in your mind. Because, many of our fears have no real power and many aren’t steeped in reality. The likelihood that your fear will come true is slim to none. In the movies that you play in your mind are you the victim or the victor? Decide to see yourself healthy, wealthy, and victorious.Not to mention, you can control your fear, it doesn’t control you nor dictate your future. In 2016 we will have 365 days and 8,760 hours of time to fill as we choose, don’t let fear cause you to waste any of it! This new year signifies a fresh startfor all of us around the world. It holds new goals, newpossibilities, new opportunities, and new horizons!Among these things, in the United States, manyset for themselves New Year’s resolutions. However,many resolutions while they have strong beginnings eventuallytaper off into the dust bin of forgotten.So many people are pre-occupied with body image and health, they forget abouttheir mental health. Rather then resolveto eat healthier, why not resolve to think healthier? Part of that is to shed the thoughts and feelings preventing you from your full potential. Not enough of us are told that we can setour own limits, as well asbreak them. One of the biggestoffenders is fearand his sidekick doubt. These two combined haveparalyzed many ideasin theirinfancy as well as the people who originated them. Too often they plant the seeds of failure in your mind, that then bloom into invisible walls. It’s the fearless whofind ways over the walls and meet their dreams on the other side. What ever it is you’d like to do, or the goal that you wish to meet, you can achieve it. Choose to shed fear rather then pounds at the gym. Without the weight of it holding you down, you’ll be so light, that reaching the stars willnaturally become possible.