Being a Christian doesn't prohibit us from embracing unhealthy thinking patterns. You know, the thinking patterns that cause us to eat the donut instead of the fruit or cause us to respond in anger instead of turning the other cheek.
We are all on a constant journey of renewing our mind. When certain behaviors aren't working for us anymore or causing us to lose grip of our truest desires, it's time for a mental overhaul. Instead of telling you NOT to think about not eating the donut or NOT responding in anger, I'd prefer to help you plant new thoughts into your mind. Thoughts that cause you to be the person you really want to be.
For example, if you want to be slender, focusing on all the food you can't eat only reinforces eating badly. If you want to be successful, you want to plant success thoughts in your mind like "whatever good thing I touch prospers." If you want to be confident, think confident thoughts like "I'm confident and self assured."
I want you to AFFIRM what you WANT, not what you don't have!
The first step is to do some reflecting. You need to decide what areas in your life needs changing. Where are you succumbing to faulty mindsets? Reflect upon your life as it compares to the scriptures. Where are falling below Godly standards? The exercise in lesson 3 of recording your thoughts should give you a hint, but some of our problems are very subtle and we don't always recognize them. Asking a close friend can also help. For years I was very shy. I didn't think I was articulate or that I didn't have anything to say that people would want to hear." I was very self-conscious and insecure. This behavior had just become a part of who I was. I had no ideas I could change. But changing my thoughts about myself and then taking baby steps to assert myself increased my confidence and how I saw myself. Changing your thoughts will do the same.
Write your own affirmation story. This will be a one to two page story about your ideal life. I mean, what do you really, really, really want? What kind of person do you really, really, really want to be? I repeated really 3 times because I want this to be your truest desires. Now in this story, I want you to illustrate either your ideal life and/or your ideal characteristics. Don't just write a list of adjectives, tell a real story. It might say something like,
"I love my life. Every morning I wake up and put on my athletic wear and run down to the local gym. I am the slender weight of 120 and I pride myself with my flat, tight abscontinue to tell about how your day would unfold, the people in your life, your career, what you do for fun, your love life, etc.
Once the story is complete, put it away for a day or two and then come back and revisit it. Make any necessary changes to the story, edit, add, or delete. Now it's time to create your life affirmations. You are going to write positive statements based upon your ideal life. Based on my story above my affirmations would be:
I love my life.
Everyday, I workout at the gym.
I weight 120 pounds.
I have a flat, tight stomach.
Once you have a list of affirmations, you have several options. You can put them on index cards and read through them daily or you can record your affirmations and listen to them while driving, working, or even sleeping. When you read or record your affirmations repeat them at least 3 times each. The more you listen to them the more they will get into your heart and actually change your thoughts. It really does work. But you must be consistent because you've been thinking your old thoughts for 20, 30, or 40 or more years and it will take more that several reads to make a dent in your head.
If you have specific behaviors you need to overcome consider purchasing a topic specific, pre-recorded Christian Affirmation CD. Christian affirmation Cds are available for overcoming procrastination, successful marriage, children, healthy eating and weight-loss, building confidence, abundance, joy, faith, protection, giving, business success, and more.
They will help you to keep the same biblically-based affirmations playing over and over in your mind until they begin to take root and grow. When you find yourself dwelling on the same troublesome thoughts, and depression, anxiety, or other toxic emotions begin to alter your mood, repeating or listening to Christian Affirmations will attack and displace fiery darts of doubt and fear.
You can play the CDs in the background at a low volume while you're getting ready for work in the morning, at the office, driving in your car, doing your housework, and falling asleep. Before long, the affirmations will become a part of your new mental dialogue. When a destructive or negative thought tries to surface, your mind will automatically affirm God's word and it will override your old conditioning. With Christian affirmations, you're not focusing on your old thoughts, you're planting new thoughts that will eventually displace them.
Rhonda Jones is the creator of over 25 Christian meditation and affirmation Cds and the author of the Christian makeover program, Help Me God Change My Life and A Date with God. Learn more at http://www.thechristianmeditator.com and http://www.holyandhealthyliving.com.
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