“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed.” Proverbs 28:18 The Message Bible
I have to admit that there are times I find it hard to “see” what God is doing. When I focus on the world and the things happening in it I tend to get overwhelmed. When those times come, as they have done off and on all of my life, I have to push myself to focus on the good things of life. For my own physical and mental health I have to get my eyes off of the negative things and draw closer to God.
I went to a Like It Matters leadership training a few months ago. I have taken many leadership training’s. I have been called on to be a leader, quite to my surprise, many times in the past. However, up until now I did not have the tools to get past myself and be a true leader. I did not always see myself as a leader even when others saw that in me.
When I can not see myself doing something or doing it well, I don’t. I am a visual person in many respects. So when I can not see it, no matter what it is, I tend to fall short and back off. I lose my drive to push forward and accomplish my goal. “Without a vision my people perish” (That being said, there must be something extraordinarily wonderful about my relationship with my Lord & Savior for me to not “see Him”, yet I believe He is real and cherish my relationship with Him. (That was a cool revelation!))
What I have learned to do to help me is to keep my goals and visions where I can see them all the time. Keep them in front of me. Let them remind me What I Want. One process at Like It Matters was to find out “What Do You Want!” We were forced to drop our preconceived thoughts from our conscious mind and think of what was truly in our hearts. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. It’s the things we say without thinking of them that ate in the depths of our hearts. Ponder that one.
If I am saying negative things about myself or others, that’s what is embedded in my subconscious. It is my belief, and I have read research to say I am close to being right on, “What we believe in our hearts (subconscious) we will unconsciously strive to make sure happens in our life.” Therefore, we continue to bring the cycle into effect by focusing on it and unconsciously doing things to bring us to the outcome we expect. Now, that does not mean we continue to say “I’m such an idiot!” and then do stupid things. My thought is that we think we are an idiot so we try something different and it does not work out, we can reinforce the opinion that “we are truly an idiot” for trying something new. On the flip side, when it does work out we assume we were “lucky”, instead of thinking we were smart for trying something new.
If I want to get past the barriers in my mind I have to “Re-Set” our thinking. I do this by posting pictures of what I want around me. I love beaches, therefore I have 2 paintings of beaches on the mantel in front of me. My sister was going to paint over them, so I saved them. (-: I have taken my picture with a certificate of an achievement I am striving for with me looking and feeling like I Passed! Then post it so I can visualize my passing a test or getting a job or finding something lost. I am re-setting my subconscious to believe I have already accomplished this. Then I unconsciously do whatever it takes to get this done, because my subconscious mind needs it to be so so that I can feel comfortable.
Without a vision My people perish. Do you know “What You Want”? Do you feel the pangs of the desire to have something you know is good for you, yet you have not attained it yet? Try putting the vision out there, placing it at the feet of our Heavenly Father, and put reminders of what you want all around you. You might just find yourself reaching for your goal and attaining the prize.
Think about it. Ponder it. Pray about it. Post pictures about it. Keep the positive in the forefront of your mind. You may be pleasantly surprised. Until we talk again, may your life be filled with all the good things of God!