More and more I am realizing that what goes on in our brains affects our ability to succeed. In order for us to be able to succeed at something our brain needs to be able to fully believe it, in order for us to see it become a reality. Maybe you have a dream to accomplish something, but is what you are believing in your brain holding you back?
In this blog post I want to take a look at how we can optimize our brain function so that we can be more successful in reaching our goals.
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NLT)
I love that science is now proving what the word of God already says. By changing the way we think, we we can change our future outcome! When we are allowing negative thoughts, doubts, and lies to rule our minds, it will be unlikely that we will make progress in our attempts to succeed. Many times as we take a step of faith into what we are called to do, we encounter fear and doubt. We start to question whether we have what it takes to accomplish the task before us. This is where our minds come into play! If we don’t change the way we think, we will lose the battle even before we begin.
One of the best ways to change the way we think, is to clear our minds of anything that is hindering us.
Lies we believe
John 8:44 says that Satan is a liar and the father of lies. There is no truth in him.
We must pay attention to the thoughts that we think. Our thoughts is where the enemy plants his lies, and if we are not careful they can take root and become a belief that we have about ourselves or a situation in our life.
For example: if we have a belief that we are not smart enough to learn a new skill, it will be next to impossible for us to learn that new skill. We may not realize that we believe that we are not smart enough. One way to test if we are believing a lie about something is when we feel like we have hit resistance in a certain area of our lives, we need to take the time to sit down and really take inventory of the thoughts running through our head.
If we identify that we have been believing a lie, it is as simple as repenting for believing the lie and asking God to give us a truth to replace it. Once we have the truth (it can be a scripture verse) write it down and put it somewhere you can see it. Make sure to review it frequently until you feel like you no longer believe the lie.
Do you ever find yourself fixated on a mistake you have made in the past, or recounting a time when someone criticized you? Research suggests that we need to hear between four and seven positive comments to counteract one negative one. Each one of us has an inner critic. For some of us it is stronger than others.
Here are some examples of how our inner critic can show up:
The first step to working on our inner critic is becoming aware of it. When you notice it, start using your compassionate voice to counteract it. If you are having a hard time finding your compassionate voice ask yourself, If I were talking to a friend what would I tell them?
Forgiving yourself when you make a mistake, and celebrating your successes is the best way to overcome our inner critic.
Being on the lookout for lies we believe, and paying attention to our inner critic are two simple but really effective ways to overcome barriers that are keeping us from moving forward towards our goals.
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