Change your State of Mind

“When you begin to worry, go find something to do. Get busy being a blessing to someone; do something fruitful. Talking about your problem or sitting alone, thinking about it, does no good; it serves only to make you miserable. Above all else, remember that worrying is totally useless. Worrying will not solve your problem.”–Joyce Meyer

This is a struggle for everyone.  When everything in your life is something to worry about. So how do we get through that?

When you begin to realize that no matter what you’re going through in life, it’s temporary. If you get flustered stifling any sort of progress the situation stalls or gets worse.

Begin to look at trials and tribulations as a coaching exercise. Learn to realize God is coaching you to become a world-class you! What do coaches do? They train you to go beyond what you believe you can do. Stretch yourself beyond your limiting beliefs.

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This was life changing for me. I don’t look at difficulties as a problem, but a learning experience preparing me to handle anything life can throw at me. Yes, at times, you can feel alone, lost, and defeated. At this moment I think of myself as running dead last in a race. I can choose to fail, or I can run my heart out and win.

God is merely working all of us out. He is training us to handle anything the enemy can throw to disrupt our life. Why can’t God just fix my life? He is trying by letting you work through the pain to strengthen your resolve.

It hurts I can’t do it! God never puts more on our plate than we can handle. Hard to understand, but here is the skinny. Get through this because on the other side of pain is your destiny. Bigger and brighter than you can imagine.

Change the way you look at problems. They’re not happening at you they’re happing for you!

Here are some exercises you can do to change your state-of-mind:

  1. Crank up some music that gets you dancing. Music can immediately improve your state and put a smile on your face. 
  2. Breathe. Take 60 seconds or so and just breathe. In through the nose and out through the mouth, beautiful and relaxing. 
  3. Pray. Nothing like a good prayer. You can hand God the garbage he is ready to be a blessing to you and carry it out. 
  4. Meditate. Find the right place to meditate and relax your mind and body.
  5. Take a walk. Get outdoors and walk to help relieve muscle stress. Throw on some headphones and good music. 

Okay, five things to help you change your state-of-mind. The rest is up to you. Don’t wait, don’t procrastinate, GO, DO, START, BEGIN, NOW!!! 🙂

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Beginners Guide to Yoga & Meditation

Many different places offer yoga classes– gyms, wellness centers, even the local YMCA. But you don’t have to join a class to practice yoga. It is just as easily done in your home or even at your desk while at work. Yoga can help bring you inner peace when you are stressed out. It can also help relieve the pain of headaches, backaches, and menstrual cramps.

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Kick Horrors of Fear in the Gut, Strength, Courage is Yours NOW!

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You can say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”–Eleanor Roosevelt

Facing fear comes in many forms. It also is indoctrinated into our psyche over years and years. We play into it when difficulties overtake our life. When the bombardment of “I can’t” “this is too hard” become so overwhelming in our minds.

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Just as the quote states, we live through a horror.

The excellent news is the strength you need is within you. It’s not hard to tap into when you discipline yourself to overcome the challenge. Here are some daily rituals I do that help me get through:

  • Stop and just breathe. Take sixty seconds and breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Breathing will relieve tension in your body. This makes a measurable change in your body. 
  • Walk. Just get out and walk for a bit. Again relieving stress in your muscles will clear your mind. It’s incredible how this works. Walk up to a flight of stairs, walk down the street, just get out and walk.
  • Meditate. Learn to quiet your mind. Meditation can help you focus your mind on positive. There is a reason it’s called a meditation practice. Do this often, set designated times to practice your meditation. 
  • Grateful. Be grateful for what you have and for what is coming. Thank God for the blessing he is moving into your life. 
  • Pray. Don’t beg, pray. “Please God get me through this, please” NO! Give to God what you need, what he needs to guide you. Show him you’re grateful for it and let him do the rest. 

You can overcome adversity, fear, you name it you can overcome. It takes work, it takes some pain, it takes real desire. You can do it! I have to push every day to overcome huge fears. Someday’s the journey seems too much. That’s the time take one more step, do one more thing forward. This makes all the difference.

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You’re Not A Tree, change can Happen

“If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”–Jim Rohn

When you dissect most obstacles in our lives, chances are the solution is simple, change!

Our problem with this simple solution is ourselves. We’re going to overthink, stress, doubt, fear, procrastinate, and run scared. Why??? Because we’ve conditioned ourselves to accept the bad.

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Changing old paradigms is a struggle that is worth every bit of pain you may or may not experience. Condition yourself that life will be remarkable, even when NOTHING is suggesting that. Hold onto faith AWESOME LIFE.

Faith in a positive outcome will carry you through to success. Learn to believe in the face of adversity, and you will win!

You can change, you’re not a tree!!!

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Why Challenges are More Tempting than a Cinnabon

Yes, friends, I can hear you saying, “have you ever had a Cinnabon?” Of course, I have who hasn’t but and this is a big but, challenges mean HUGE change is coming!

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You can say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”–Eleanor Roosevelt
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Challenges have to drug me through change that feels like rolling down a briar patch hill at full speed. Bruises, cuts, stickers and a BIG owe damnit. If you’re like me, sometimes we fight change because of old habits and paradigms we need to shed like a snakeskin.

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A Challenge, Quit or Win it’s your Choice!

When you learn to embrace challenges, life opens up in a whole new way. An easy analogy would be beginning a diet. At first, it’s a real challenge to put down a Soda, put down the ice cream bowl, put down a big juicy hamburger. It takes a reconditioning of our mindset to conquer this challenge. Willpower is tested to the nth degree.

Often we cave into temptation because of the pain of change at that moment is too high. Until we overcome that challenge to our will, we continue to struggle.

Here is how I overcome challenges that, in the beginning, maybe painful. Most change for a brief time is painful, just saying!

  • Resolve yourself to the fact that on the other side of this change, is that which you truly desire. Meditate on the end result daily, multiple times if needed.
  • Keep faith in your heart. Hope that you can do that which you desire.
  • Any discomfort is temporary. Change does not take the balance of your life to achieve. Really, you can’t take a month or two to make a notable lasting difference in your life? Come on!
  • No matter how dim it looks, how challenging it becomes never lose hope.
  • Make time every day to focus solely on the challenge and overcome fears that surround it.

Some will say easier said than done. Agreed!

If you don’t overcome fear, overcome pain, then nothing will change. You have to want it bad enough, the discomfort is temporary.

When challenge rears its head, you can be sure the enemy is behind this. The enemy does not want you to win. Don’t cave in! On the other side of this is the life God has for you. Nothing worth having comes without a price.

The price you pay when you successfully navigate to the other side of the challenge you will tell yourself, “I would have endured a thousand times more to have what I have achieved today.”

Giving up is a bad habit for a temporary problem. Make a choice with me today, that giving up or giving in is no longer an option in your life! God bless.

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Stop Kicking Your Own Ass

Do you kick your own ass?

You’ve thrown in the towel before the fight even starts because your head says you cannot achieve anything. Friends and family say, no there is no way you can do that. So you just don’t even start.

Why??? Because you kicked your own ass!

You whipped yourself into submission. Don’t kick your own ass. For sure don’t listen to naysayers who say you can’t. THEY CANNOT, BUT YOU CAN! Are you really going to throw in the towel without even taking a step?

You have a chance to climb Mt. Everest all expenses paid, once in a lifetime opportunity. Just because today you’re out of shape you say NO. Without even trying to get into shape to do the climb, you merely say I’m 20 lbs. Overweight there is no way in hell I will ever do the hill. Are you kidding me???

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Last year when I got kicked in the gut as hard as I have in my lifetime, wanted to know nothing from nothing. I was finally able to say NO MORE. I am not kicking my own ass. This time I survive and win. This time I don’t fall flat on my face, ruin my life over something temporary.

Pain is temporary; fear is momentary if you believe that. If you don’t, then you just whipped your own ass. A good country ass whipping! Take a step back and say NO more!

Once you become laser focused that this time is your time to win. You will be amazed at the shift your life will make. When it does not seem that anything is moving your way, this is where you dig in and dig in hard. The enemy will fight with everything in his arsenal to get you to quit. Give up inches from the finish line because the darkness is such that you cannot see you’re mere inches from success. One step away, you’re there.

Imagine you’re in a battle alone. About to be overrun by the enemy. Would you not throw everything you had at the enemy to save your life? Same principal. When you feel overwhelmed to the point, you can’t do anymore. Find yourself and throw every damn thing you can pick up and throw. Let the enemy know that God is the reinforcements that are coming over the horizon.

Don’t settle anymore. Have faith in yourself even when those around you don’t. We can love our family and friends, but they’re not you. They’re not the new you. The person that wins this time. Why, because you’re not going to kick your own ass.

Pour your heart and faith into a new life. What the hell do you have to lose? Nothing! Gain, however, a life with meaning, an experience that with Gods help you design. When sitting on your rocking chair looking at the sunset, do you want to say “Wow, I did that,” or “Damn I WISH I had done that.”

You decide.

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