“Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.” Hebrews 12:2
What has your FOCUS?
Whatever you focus on amplifies and grows. If you focus on your circumstances and your problems you will be distracted and disarmed, unable to fight or achieve because they will grow larger and insurmountable. If you keep your focus on your circumstances and problems you will flame out morally, emotionally and financially. Accept this---rarely are circumstances perfect, at best they're tolerable, and problems are never permanent due to the inevitability and reliability of change. That's the truth you must fix your thoughts and emotions upon in order to overcome, move forward and win in life.
Application: TURN YOUR THOUGHTS, TURN YOUR EYES
1. Change the loop. This is an inside job. Whenever I coach myself or anyone in crisis and unfavorable circumstances or problems the first thing I have to get a hold of are the thoughts running through my/their mind. Focus goes where thoughts lead. Frequently, a discouraging loop of thoughts keeps repeatedly playing inside our minds that turns our focus downward. To change the loop, stop the constant replay, and focus upward you must fill your mind with encouraging and inspirational thoughts such as the scriptures and quotes that counteract any negative. I recommend you write your encouragement and inspiration down (journal, post it notes or note cards) this engages all the senses and actually imprints the brain with an image to focus upon.
2. Shut out anything or anyone that isn't pushing or pulling you away from the crisis and unfavorable circumstances.This is an outside job. You will have to stop talking about your circumstances and problems completely. Speak only of the solutions and progress made towards that solution. You may have to isolate yourself from certain individuals, TV, radio---anything that doesn't feed your new and improved thinking has to be completely stopped (cease all motion). This is very difficult and usually the point of departure for my clients and myself. When I say NO MORE it requires vigilance to stop that negativity that feels futile at first but grows stronger as I keep shutting out and telling myself the truth...circumstances are rarely perfect (accept it) and problems are never permanent (this too shall pass) one way or the other change will occur. It is an either or choice to be happy/joyful or depressed/no hope.
Beloved, I am praying with and for you.
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