Have you ever given someone a compliment only to have her respond with a negative statement about herself? I have learned that it doesn’t always matter how much good someone else sees in me; if I don’t see good in myself, it will always be difficult to grow and overcome adversity. Someone can rave about my singing ability all day long, but if I don’t see my talent or potential, nothing will ever come of it.
What are you feeding your mind? Are you feeding your mind positive or negative thoughts? The Bible tells us, “As a man thinketh, so is he.” We must be careful about what kind of thoughts we entertain. I love Marianne Williamson’s quote on our deepest fears. We can be our own worst enemy when we poison our minds with irrational thoughts and fears regarding our untapped potential.
How can we change? The change must come from within. We have to change our perspective. We must learn to speak life into our situation. Even when things look bleak, we need to search for something positive in the situation. If we lose our job, as hard as it may be, we could think about it as a way to try something new we’ve always wanted to do. Life can be as horrible or as great as our mind allows us to believe. So, as we head into a new year, remember, “We are what we think.”