Get Out of Your Way!

Written by Rev. Saundra L. Washington D.D.

We hear a lot these days about accepting responsibility for our actions and it is about time we did. Time is out for casting blame and pointing righteous fingers at others to cover up for our own inappropriate behaviors. We have got to “nip it, nip it, nip it inrepparttar bud” if for no other reason than our own mental health.

So, let’s begin by taking a look atrepparttar 137261 process that ultimately leads to outlandish, out of control behaviors exhibited by otherwise “normal” individuals.

We begin withrepparttar 137262 premise that our thoughts trigger our emotions; our emotions stir up our desires; and then our desires produce our actions. So if we could catch our negative thoughts when they first occur, we could stoprepparttar 137263 whole chain reaction before it even begins and we would be able to prevent things from getting out of hand.

Negative thoughts arerepparttar 137264 culprit. Thus, to get out ofrepparttar 137265 way of yourself, you need to take a good, long, hard look at your negative, growth stunting, crippling, self-defeating thoughts.

Getting out ofrepparttar 137266 way of yourself is not simply changing your thoughts, but actually deleting all old, negative thoughts and replacing them with new positive ones. Asrepparttar 137267 Apostle Paul asserted, you must “renew your mind.” You must be willing to sacrifice our own self-centered thinking. Hal Lindsey points out that “to renew” means to exchange one thing for another. In other words, when we delete and replace, we’re exchanging our thoughts. If we’re not willing to yield, set aside and relinquish our own thoughts however, then our thinking process will remain negative, our lives un-transformed, and our behavior undisciplined.

There are many reasons why “mind renewal” is critical. It is within our power to discern everything that happens to us from a spiritual vantage point and not get bogged down and buried by our own negative thoughts and feelings or by what we can “see” going on around us. If we can see with spiritual eyes, then we’ll be able to "soar" above our circumstances, our problems, and our trials and not get buried under them.

From a realistic and practical perspective, it takes constant discipline to not give in torepparttar 137268 negative thoughts and emotions that are trying to crush and drown us. Often, it seems like it would just be easier to give in and let our own feelings rule. But, you know what happens if we do that? Negativity is spawned and we become negatively toxic. And, like any toxin, if not immediately treated can have devastating effects.

Everyone Needs a BAG (Big Audacious Goal)

Written by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, PhD

A Big Audacious Goal (BAG) is a clear and compelling catalyst that serves as a focal point for effort. Unlike smaller goals,repparttar BAG is something that is huge. It is challenging and in some ways seems impossible - but a BAG is also inspiring, compelling, and motivating.

Everyone needs a BAG. BAGs challenge us to be more than we are right now, and to tap into all of our resources. BAGs bring outrepparttar 137169 best in you by bringing all your talents torepparttar 137170 forefront. Goals are wonderful to have, but having that one Big Audacious Goal will makerepparttar 137171 biggest difference in helping you become who you were meant to be.

Throughout life we will have different BAGs. I have had several BAGs in my life; my most recent one was to complete my doctorate degree. It took me seven years, butrepparttar 137172 goal of achieving it was so compelling that I couldn't give up. According to Robert G. Allen a BAG, "Scares you, because you know you can't do it by yourself. It forces you to pushrepparttar 137173 envelope of your own beliefs and get massively creative."

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