Our mental state of mind affects every area of our lives. I know, I know…that on the surface appears to be a statement of the obvious. But this is especially true when it comes to what we think, reason or feel about ourselves. The images and opinions that we hold in our own mind about our self has a direct effect on how we live and interact with others and the world around us.
I have recently come to realize that I have held some options of myself that I had not been consciously aware of. Despite the fact that I was unaware of them, these unnoticed self-options have had a profound effect on my life up to this point. Some of these self -views stem from my childhood, the way in which I was raised and the manner in which I was dealt with as a child. Others came about as a result of life experiences; disappointments, failures, and mistakes just to name those that immediately come to mind.
|Where the mind goes, the man will |
follow. Joyce Meyers
Photo By Marilyn Martin
Understand me when I tell you that I did not set out to uncover these unconscious believes. I did however set out to learn how to better love myself and to grow spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically and become whole. Seeking to be healed from the disappointments, wounds, failures and mistakes of my life. I also want to learn to take these seemingly crippling and debilitating issues and find the good in them so that they work for me and no longer against me.
Now I am not suggesting that any one begin digging up past childhood issues or even past disappointments, failures or mistakes. I am however suggesting that it is a reasonable thing to take an honest look at what you truly believe about yourself.
I have come to understand that I am the only one who can change the negative beliefs about myself. In doing so I change my destiny and the way in which I deal with lives issues, people and the world around me. I now make it a point to (on a daily basis) read and listen to things that encouragement me. Again, that seems like an obvious point, but I now understand that this must be an intentional act daily, with the targeted negative belief in mind.
What negative thoughts and/or options do you hold about yourself that have unknowing kept you stuck?
Once identified what course of action do you plan to take to get unstuck and move forward?
I will share with you two of the things I do, and will elaborate on them more the next time we are together and talking about our mental health and how it effects our lives.
Until then, may you learn to think well of yourself and realize the gift God made you to be.