At times we can feel completely stuck in our normal, daily routine of life. In today's blog I am sharing practical steps on GETTING UNSTUCK by UPLOADING THE CORRECT PICTURE in our minds. In other words, there is a proper way to renew our minds 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 anymore..." Our minds are created to seek images; when those images are vivid enough (both positive and negative), they create a new reality in our mind as we meditate on them. Whatever the predominant image is in our life is what we naturally tend to do the next time we find ourselves in a similar situation.
When you find yourself in a situation where you are not performing at your best, tell yourself, "I am better than this; next time I intend to..." and then fill in the blanks with descriptive words describing exactly how 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. 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)