If you think you can, you can!

 

If you think you can, you can!

 

 

 

You can if you think you canMuch has been written on this subject, yet this can be one of the most difficult concepts to integrate into one’s life.  The late Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book on this exact topic. For most of us, the first thing that comes to mind is the things that we can’t do.   Isn’t it interesting how the mind always wants to go to the negative before anything else.  If we had our way we would run away from every problem in our lives.   Yet, without problems, it would be impossible to grow.

 

We must therefore begin viewing problems not as inherently bad, but rather as opportunities to grow.  I get together with a very successful entrepreneur who is in his seventies.  Whenever we get together, he always reminds me that problems are simply an opportunity to grow.  I know that he has seen his share of problems in his life, yet he chooses to view them simply as challenges that he had the privilege to overcome.

 

Life will deal you some significant blows from time to time.  It is in these times that you will see what your foundation is built on.   The Bible tells me to “count it all joy when you encounter trials of any kind, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. “James 1:2,3.    There are two important truths here that successful people in life learn.

 

The first is that challenges or obstacles are not negative but rather positive for the person who wants success in their life.  Consider the athlete who wants to make it to the Olympics.   Without out stresses, obstacles and even “walls” to break through, they would never be able to come close to achieving their goals and dreams of becoming the best.  The athlete will continually tell himself the he can.   Without that belief, he might as well give before going any further.

 

This concept is essential to “win” in life.  This essentially means that you have to want to live life “all out”.   Most of us only go so far, and then we become threatened and go no further.   When we hold out on life, then we never really get to the point to maximize our potential.  However, when we decide that there is nothing that is going to stop us, then problems only become a minor inconvenience.  They actually become exciting because they cause growth.

 

The second concept here is that everything in life that is worth having will require perseverance.  This is also a concept that every dedicated and goal oriented athlete understands.  Your perseverance will hinge on whether you think you can.  If you think you can’t, you definitely won’t perseverance to overcome the problem or obstacle in your life.  The Bible encompasses this concept in “waiting on the Lord”  Isaiah tells us that “they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength, they will mount up like Eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not faint.”

 

Our strength comes from going after God with all our heart, soul and mind.  It is this strength that will allow you to overcome even the greatest adversity that you could possibly face.  Yes, it is true,  if you think you can, YOU CAN.

 

Transforming Bad Habits into Good Habits

Transforming Bad Habits into Good Habits

Have you ever observed that you can acquire bad habits without even trying? The issue is that once you have formed the habit, it can possibly be very tough to break off. Truth be told there is a solution however, and one of the most difficult step is simply to just get under way. Once you navigate that basic step, you will very quickly find out that you will get confidence and energy.

This will call for you to have an adequate focus if you are to triumph at breaking off your bad habits. The reality is that anybody who has the absolute desire and devotion to succeed, will most definitely be capable to overcome any bad daunting habit. Right after the habit has been discontinued, it is necessary to substitute any bad habit with a one that is helpful.

You will definitely ought to substitute your bad thought patterns prior to you will can remove the bad habit. To complete this you will need to reprogram the bad thoughts with helpful ones. There is an ancient proverb that states, “As a man thinks in his heart, so it he”. What this suggests is that thought patterns will produce and impact your life. It is absolutely “your bad thoughts” that will keep you bogged down in your bad habits.

In order to succeed you first have to make a decision to change. Absolutely nothing in life occurs without having a decision being made. Even adjusting the smallest of habits will require you to make a conscious decision and adhere to it.

Then it is crucial that you don’t try to change every bad habit at the same time. Set out with something you prefer to change and begin to work on the root thought is causing you participate in the bad habit. If you begin tackling one habit and its triggering thought process at a time, you will discover it easier to obtain success in your change process.

Remember that when you slip up and fall back into old patterns, don’t judge yourself. Just simply pick your own self up and begin again. If you keep on this process, inevitably you will not longer fall into those old patterns.

After managing the negative thought process behind the habit, the next thing to get rid of the bad habit is to find one thing that is positive to replace it. Through this action, you might be able to stay away from the bad habit for a short period, but at some point you will undoubtedly fall back into old patterns.

By participating in healthy activities, you will have the greatest chance to avoid from your bad habits. Not only should you replace your bad thought with good but your bad action habits need a positive substitute. You might want to do a little soul searching if you want to find the true underlying causes for your bad habits.

Following these suggestions to help you turn bad habits into good ones may take some time and effort, but the perks of a happier and healthier lifestyle are well worth it!

The Power of a Testimony

The Power of a Testimony

 

Today I was reading the one of Bill Johnson’s books, “Release the Power of Jesus” and I was again reminded the power of the testimony.  Everyone’s story is powerful.  It is in remembering what Jesus has done in solving the challenges that come my way, so that I can be equipped to handle the next challenge that is bound to come.

Why is it that I can so quickly forget what God has done?   This seems to be a common theme among many people who would call themselves “Christian”.  In fact, this is not merely a problem common to us today.  It seems like Jesus disciples in biblical times had the very same problem.  Even after they had seen Jesus perform great miracles among them, when the storm came while they were in the boat, they were still in panic mode.

This is why throughout the bible, people were encouraged and even commanded to build memorials in the place where God had performed the miracle.   Not only were they to remember, but they were to rehearse their story of the miraculous act over and over again.  Reading this, I have been challenged to keep my own journal about what God has done and is doing in my own life.

It is in remembering and rehearsing what God has done that I am opening myself up to seeing greater works of God in the future.  What this is doing is shaping my perspective to see things that happen to me in a different way.  As I develop a God consciousness,  I am able to redefine my own perception in a  more positive light.

My prayer today is to ask God to give me eyes to see that YOU are doing in my life as well as around me.

Positive Confessions And Their Importance

Why are Positive Confessions are So Important?

 

positive confessionsWhat is it about positive confessions that is so difficult that even if people know cognitively that they ought to make positive confessions, they don’t?  Why is there such power in words and why is it so important that we learn this “truth”?

 

I have certainly had a difficult time with this concept.  For years I have read that you should speak the things you want and not what you have.  Yet, sadly, exactly because of the things I was thinking and saying (to myself), I had not had the success in my life that I was longing for.

So, I have had to explore my inner most motivations for not speaking positive confessions over my life, only to conclude that it really had only to do with “ego” and pride.   For years, the success that I wanted so desperately for my life, just seemed to pass me by.  In business, everything I touched appeared to end up in disaster and failure.  This became so acute that my personal life became quite desperate.

It was at this point I was again reminded of the words, “you are what you think you are” and God does really have a wonderful plan for your life.  The realization that I came to was that this “ plan” could never be realized if I let “ego” and “pride” rule my life.

It is absolute “truth”, that the things you think about will influence the things you say.  What you speak will influence your actions.  You actions will eventually influence you character, and your character will determine your destiny.

So it all begins with the WORDS we speak.  Are they positive confessions or are the negative?   For me the revelation was that it was really only my self-pride that was stopping my success in life.  The Bible says in Proverbs that “pride goes before the fall”.  So this was my “goliath” that I had to conquer.

If you want to become a true leader that people respect, you not only have to show results in your life, but you also have to be authentic.   It is only in this authenticity that people will really begin to identify with you.  True leader are “real”.   It is this “being real” that will make people listen to you when you do have the success they are looking for.

The question is, “Do you want people to see you as trustworthy and credible?”  Are you the kind of person that people want to follow?  If you aren’t that kind of person, then make the decision today to change.  Begin by watch what you are thinking about.  “Sinking thinking” will keep you “broke” and stop you from accomplishing your goals, dreams and desires.

Dear Reader, You are reading this page today because presumably you are looking to change your life and future.  It all begins with what you think and speak. Proverbs says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  NIV  Bring life and success into your life by beginning to speak positive confessions over your life today.

Enjoy Your Life Today

Enjoy Your Life Today

 

enjoy your lifeDo you know that if you are really going to enjoy your life, you will need to add faith as a necessary component.  This truth had been really brought home to me in recent years.   While I had passed the midpoint in my life,  I had not even remotely begun to accomplish the goals and dreams I had set out  for my life.  This lead to extreme frustration as my focus was on what I had not accomplished rather than enjoying the process.  It has been said that “life is a journey and not a destination” and  therefore we must learn to enjoy this journey.

The Bible say in Phil 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”.   This is not a suggestion but a direct  command telling us to be anxious for nothing.  As long as I was willing to live with my frustration and focus on the things that were not happening, I was stuck in life.

Do you feel stuck in your life? Is your life filled with anxiety and frustration that you are not getting where or what you think you should be or have?  Then you need to reapply this concept of having faith in God that He has the perfect plan for your life.  This is the only way that anyone can enjoy their life.  Without this perspective, you will always be looking at what you perceive are flaws in your personality and abilities.

I am old enough to remember the song Barbara Streisand sang called “Memories”.  This song talked about the good times and memories that we have from the past.  While it is good to remember the good things, we must learn to forget the bad ones.

Phil 3:12-14 tells us, “not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me………But this one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, press on toward that goal to win the prize for which God called me” NIV

Is that not a great statement?   This is the only way to enjoy life.   You know and understand that God has a plan for YOU.  When I began to understand and believe in faith that He was in the process of accomplishing that plan, then I could begin to really enjoy my life.  No longer did I have to give in to the frustration of not yet realizing the goals I had set for my life.   As I began to implement this, it required me to exercise my faith that God is a good God and I choose for Him to be in control of my future.

Begin to exercise your faith in God’s plan for your future.  Remember, we are all in “process” so it is important to begin enjoying your life today.   It is only a decision away.

 

How to Build Up Confidence in Life?

How to Build Up Confidence in Life?

 

confidenceLet me start by saying, “The answer to the question “how to build up confidence” is that there can be no true confidence outside of your confidence in God working in your life”. If you have confidence in your own ability, you can quickly discover that you will let yourself down.  Confidence as I will define it, is that power and ability to live your everyday life and make a difference.   Is that not what most people want?  People around you need to see this power in you life.

 

How to build up confidence is one of the lessons that I have had to learn in an extremely painful way. Over the years, I have realized that I cannot build up that confidence in my own strength.  God has made this extremely clear in my life, that I can do nothing outside of the power of God working in me.

 

Have you been trying to do things one your own?   If you have wondered why things may not be working out the way you had dreamed and hoped, then you need to regain that confidence in God and the work that He wants to do in your life.

 

So, what is this confidence that you need to have in order to begin to see things working in your life?  How does this relate to the everyday things that happen in your life?  Let me suggest some ways where this may have a profound impact on you.

 

How to Build up Confidence in Marriage

 

If we look at the concept of marriage, we see that divorce is becoming a greater option for people whether they profess to being Christian or not.  You need God to be working in your marriage if you are going to really be able to make it work.  You will need to have the confidence to believe that God is working even at times when things appear futile.

 

How to build up confidence in  the family

 

This is merely an extension of God working in your marriage You will quickly discover that there are things that will not be in your control.  When things don’t seem to go as you expected in your family will you still have the confidence that God is at work in your life and the life of those in your family?

 

Confidence God is directing your work. life and destiny

 

Confidence is really having faith in God to accomplish His purposes in your life.  Most people want to make a difference in their lives.  The older you get the more this will affect you as you begin to realize your mortality.

 

Not long ago at a parent’s funeral, I was again reminded of my mortality.   As your parent’s generation dies, you begin to be aware that it will not be that long until it may be your turn.  When you reach that point and you look back at your life, will you have lives your life on purpose and for a purpose?  You will need to have that confidence and faith that God is directing and orchestrating your life.

 

The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” NIV  Jeremiah tell us that God has a plan for each person.  Having confidence in this plan will require a confidence and faith in God even if you don’t see the outworking of this plan quickly.

 

 

Without this confidence or faith in God, where will you end up? Start building this confidence in your life today and begin to realize your awesome future and destiny that God has for your life.