Monthly Archives: June 2013
HOPE MORE, FEAR LESSImagine yourself waking up every morning with a sense of excitement, hopeful expectancy of overcoming each obstacle no matter how small or big it may look like. You are a winner, a champion, an optimist, effective and efficient in all you do each day. You see all setbacks as temporary and you are calm and relaxed in potentially stressful situations! How does that make you feel as you read those words? Stop. Now think about it! Our free will, in combination with our ability to think and speak is a powerful force that can serve in moving us forward or setting us back when faced with the unexpected, or even during our so called ‘normal’ days. Since we have now approached the month of June, which marks the middle of 2013, some of us may feel stuck and unable to move forward to our DREAM 2013. We are fearful about the future as we listen to the news, and less hopeful about promises made to us by God and others. In his book, Personal Coaching for Results, Lou Tice, co-founder of The Pacific Institute in Seattle, WA says: “Less Fear, More Hope. Just four little four-letter words, but when they are vividly felt as emotion, they are behavior-changing, life-changing, world-changing. No wonder that the hope or fear we experience in our hearts and minds, changes our body chemistry. No wonder that patients who feel hopeless recover more slowly and die sooner…” Simply put, the conclusion from the author’s research is that a change in expectation and belief, changes the result in either less fear or more hope. The word “believe” is used on many occasions through out the Bible in reference to our trust and hope in God. On one occasion in Matthew 9:27-34, Jesus asked two blind men wanting to be healed, “Do you believe I can do this?” I love what happens next. Upon their quick reply, “Yes, we believe.” Jesus touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe!” What a powerful statement! One change of expectation, one change of a belief, brings forth a new life, a miracle, and a new hopeful future. Ask yourself today, who is altering your belief and how? How would a shift in your focus on Christ and His greatness influence your day? It’s time to get unstuck by willfully changing our expectations and beliefs as we focus on MORE HOPE found in Christ and LESS FEAR of the unknown. Written by Ceitci #GetUNSTUCK™
This week, we are continuing with part 4 of our series "7 Practical Ways to GET UNSTUCK." So far we have learned about: 1. Focus 2. Belief 3. Selt-Talk Today we are coming to one of the most important aspects, UPLOADING THE CORRECT PICTURE in our mind. With other words, the proper way to renew our mind through REPLACEMENT PICTURES. In order for a behavior to be corrected or a habit to be altered, it is not enough to just tell ourselves, "I am going to stop tomorrow!", or "No more, I am not going to do this any more..." (Please listen to the video I shared with you in part 3 if you have not done already). Our mind is created to seek images; those images when vivid enough (both positive and negative) create a new reality in our mind as we meditate on them. Whatever is the predominant image in our life, that is what we naturally intend to do the next time we find ourselves in a similar situation. When you find yourself in a situation that you are not performing at your best, tell yourself, "I am better than this, the next time I intend to..." and now fill in with descriptive words how exactly you intend to handle the situation next time. REMEMBER, if you want to change the old 'black and white picture,' the new one needs to be in vivid colors. Words are powerful. Choose words that create emotion, that connect to your heart and that bring vividness to how your "Next Time" in dealing with this situation will look like. Unless you have a new descriptive image of what you will do better next time, your thoughts will naturally recreate the old picture. You are the only one in control of your own thoughts - words - actions! It's time to UPLOAD A NEW REPLACEMENT PICTURE!
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Phil. 4:8-9 The Message) Written by Ceitci #GetUNSTUCK™