I recently went on a retreat with my Business Coach, Darnyelle A. Jervey. During the retreat she supported us by offering some wonderful exercises to help us renew our thinking. Our mindsets were challenged to grow and change. The one thing I was reminded of is the fact that you have to renew your mind daily, hourly, minute by minute……ALWAYS. I say this, because it is so easy to end up in a self-defeating, doubtful, discouraging position when it comes to your life or business. If you’re not careful to consider your thoughts, you will find yourself in a position that you really did not want to be in. You know……the “How did I get here?” moments of your life.
For many years I covered the truth of where I was in my life with excuses and denial rather than facing the truth and doing something about it. The more I studied the Bible I began to discover a truth that has been shaping my life ever since. The scriptures constantly remind us to “renew our minds……” “forgetting those things behind us,” “let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.” I knew then that the mind was powerful source to be reckoned with, but that I had the power to change it! I had to repent! Most people perceive that repent is about turning from sin; however, repent is the act of changing your mind.
How do you begin to renew your mind? The Bible is very clear on this. In Romans 12:2 it tells us to “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (N.I.V. Study Bible) It is imperative that we renew our minds if change is to ever take place in our life. Transformation is change. In order to get the change (transformation) you want in your life, something in your mind has to change. Everything begins with a thought. Whatever you are thinking, is what will manifest or happen in your life.
For many years I thought heavily about what I did not have in my life. I was constantly complaining about it, talking about it, whining about it, worrying about it, and asking others about it. I stayed in that situation far too long. I didn’t realize that the constant attention I gave to my problems were actually recreating my problems over and over and over. The change I needed did not happen until I began to renew my mind. Instead of focusing on the problem, I started searching for solutions. I read about it, asked about it, talked about it and thought heavily about the solutions. Immediately solutions to my problems started to come to me, and my life began to change. Everything begins with a thought. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7, KJV)
So how do you begin to change your mind. Consider what you see, think, hear, do and say. In considering these things, change came for me when I:
- Began to read the Bible and other books that taught principles in line with the God’s word. The Bible gives us a picture of who we are and how we should be thinking. Doing this changed my mind drastically. I began to say what the Bible said about me and my life, and this ushered a change of thinking which eventually led to a change in my surroundings.
- Secondly, I began to seek out people who thought differently than me, and who were living like I wanted to live. I associated myself with big thinkers who were doing things that challenged me to live differently. This was intimidating at first, because I was so accustomed to people who talked with a discouraging tone, who complained about where they were, and who focused largely on what was before them. These new associations were positive thinkers, faith walkers, prosperous and successful people who believed God and lived the principles of the Bible in a radical way.
- I then sought out people to strengthen me…..people who held me accountable for the change that I declared I wanted for my life. I found people who were not afraid to hold me accountable with tough love and honesty.
Doing these three things brought about a mindset change that literally changed my life. Everything around me began to change. I started a business that I love, became an author, and truly started living the life that I had once only dreamed about.
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Until next time……….Make it a great day!