The mind is a beautiful thing.
And inside of it holds the keys to the world.
In someone’s mind is the dream to find a cure for cancer.
In someone’s mind is an organization to kill world hunger.
In someone’s mind is the courage to break the cycle of their family’s dysfunction.
In someone’s mind, God has downloaded a solution to many of the problems we face.
But, in our reality, we still see hurt.
We still see the pain in the world.
We still see negative patterns repeat themselves.
In our mind, we secretly dream of victory.
But, in our world, we still see defeat and tell ourselves that’s what we deserve.
We secretly want to believe that we’re redeemed, but we still live chained.
Chained to our dysfunction.
Chained to inaction.
Chained to our limiting beliefs about ourselves.
& the negativity of those thoughts seeps into the way we live our everyday life.
Sometimes, in my mind, I see myself as this sleeping giant just waiting for the chance to show everyone what she can do.
But, then sometimes I choose to stay sleep.
Sometimes, I’ll wake up to dream again… & to take another attempt at the impossible.
But then, fear comes in. Intimidation creeps up.
A mean look sends me running back to my hiding place.
A lack of support sends me questioning what has already been confirmed by Him.
A mistake causes my mind to spiral out of control.
& there I am back again, sleep. Sleep on myself. Sleep on my purpose. While the world continues to wait.
& that’s what we do when we live in our heads.
That’s what we do when we lay in our mess.
That’s what we do when we don’t stand firm in our foundation.
That’s what happens when the business plan stays in draft stage, last edited Dec 2014.
That’s what happens when we go to the same job we hate out of comfort, & resume hasn’t been updated since college.
Many times, we think there’s a disconnect between our mind and our body.
But that’s not true.
Our mind and our body are definitely connected.
& as many times as we want to say “man I dream about doing xyz but I just can’t seem to find the time”…
We’re really in denial… refusing to admit that behind all of those dreams are limiting thoughts that block us from putting the pen to the paper and taking action…
You know you should apply for the job
You can see yourself leveling up
But then, there’s the memory of what happened the last time you applied.
There’s the memory of the rejection.
& instead of calling it what it is…
We say, ah man I’m busy
We all of a sudden need to call our friend we haven’t talked to in forever & see what she’s doing
We all of a sudden get hungry and start planning out what’s for dinner
& really what happened was our body began to live out that limiting belief we left unchecked in our minds…
& so how do we get out of our heads into action??
By addressing what we do with the thoughts that come in our head.
How do we do this? Glad you asked!
1 Acknowledge it for what it is.
Acknowledge the limiting belief.
Acknowledge where you feel you fall short.
Acknowledge the set back that felt more like an end, and you can’t seem to figure out how to press play again.
Acknowledge that what your dad said to you at 9, you still hold onto today at 29.
Acknowledge that you don’t commit because you don’t really believe it could actually happen.
I have to acknowledge that I’m not as whole as I think I am.
I have to acknowledge that there are still some broken parts in there.
I have to acknowledge that I’m really not as ready as I portray myself to be.
I acknowledge that I allow every little thing to set me back because that’s easier than acknowledging that I actually may have been in the wrong. That I actually do have to live up to the responsibility of my purpose.
I acknowledge that it’s not that I don’t dislike her, I’m really jealous of her.
I acknowledge that although I show up every day, in my heart I’m actually resentful.
Once you become real and bring those hidden thoughts to the light, then they can actually be addressed.
2 Address where it came from.
WHY do I think this about myself?
WHY do I always compare myself to her?
WHY do I always come up with an excuse to not work out?
WHY can’t I commit?
WHO told me that it wouldn’t work out?
WHERE did that fear come from?
WHERE did that bitterness start?
It doesn’t even have to be deep, but it can be.
It can be as simple as I compare myself to her because I have the same dream as her, and I wish I could have pulled it off as good as she did.
Is that a bad thought? No. That’s a legit desire you have. But when it’s not addressed and put into the right context, what should be inspiration turns into resentment. Who you should be collaborating and connecting with, you start competing against.
& that’s why the enemy wants us to suppress those thoughts. Because when we bring them to the light, we find that sometimes the meaning behind it can be good, it just got a little twisted along the way.
3 Create a plan of action
I could sell you a fairy tale and say that the feeling of rejection is never going to come back.
That once you acknowledge it and address it, you’re going to conquer the world.
Yes, You will conquer the world….once you learn to conquer the daily battle. The daily battle in your mind.
I will conquer the world tomorrow when I have a plan of action for today.
When the thought comes, how will I handle it?
When a mistake tells me to give it all up… how will I bounce back?
Who will I call to help me through it?
When I start to get overwhelmed about the resources I don’t have about TRD or how many people have already done it…
I acknowledge that I’m discouraged in the moment.
I address that the feeling came when I started scrolling on social media or overloaded myself on information.
& so my plan of action is to log out of my trigger (social media), turn off the podcasts, close the laptop…
& I start to do what I know I can do in the moment…..Write.
When I start to dwell in my rejection and think that everyone is against me…
I acknowledge it, I address it, and then sometimes, God will give me the verse I needed, the text I needed, the phone call I needed, the compliment I needed to hear to combat that thought.
& no, that one thing didn’t win the war.
But it won the battle for today. Which gets me closer to taking the next step in the right direction tomorrow.
So, get out of your head by getting it out in the open!
Develop a plan for what you’re going to do when the thought arises again.
Develop an activity for what you’re going to do when you get stuck again.
& know that even when you can’t take that first step, He’ll intervene to step in and assure you that you’re doing just fine. You just have to let Him in. 🙂
Until next time!