Mining Out Your Limiting Thoughts

shutterstock_422678236It’s a new year and many people are gearing up to forge a new “me.”

Goals are set, promises made, club memberships purchased and the god of best intentions is beckoned.

Unknown, unearthed, subconscious, limiting beliefs are perhaps the biggest destroyer of good intentions and goals. You also might call them life commandments, or subconscious beliefs, either way, there are limiting beliefs within that tend to sabotage’ our best efforts.

Often these negative beliefs are formed through pain, disappointment, unmet expectations or even betrayal. For example, if you have ever experienced marriage betrayal, you might have declared in your soul “I will never allow myself to be hurt like that again.” This internal statement become a subconscious life commandment that can keep that person from entering into a new relationship out of fear of being hurt once again.

You will have greater success moving towards your goals and desires when you first invest the time discovering the limiting beliefs that you have. This will give you the opportunity to identify and then “Flip the Script” as you transform limiting beliefs into positive and dynamic beliefs.

Here are some key questions to ask yourself to mine out the limiting beliefs that potentially dwell within your soul:

  • When under pressure I ……………………….……………………….
  • I often feel guilty about ……………………………………………………….
  • When …………. happens I stress out and feel like …………….
  • My Achilles’ heel (greatest weakness) is ……………………….
  • I am always trying to stop …………………………. from happening.
  • When the unexpected happens I ……………………………………
  • I always try to ………………………………………………………..
  • The biggest obstacle that stops me loving and approving of myself is …………………
  • What drives most of my behavior is ……………………………………….
  • I am afraid of ………………………………………………………..
  • I seek my ……………’s approval (always / mostly / usually / occasionally)
  • My most frequent negative / uncomfortable emotion is feeling ……………………….
  • The feeling I dislike the most is ……………………….
  • I need to learn to ………………………………………………………..

As you honestly and ruthlessly answer questions like these, you will become aware of which beliefs are really driving your choices and behaviors.

Once the beliefs have been identified, it’s time to flip the script, rewording these life destroyers into positive, life creating beliefs, for example:

  • I’m just not wired that way…can be flipped to -I can do all things through Christ!
  • I don’t have time to make the changes…can be flipped to – I will maximize the time God gives me
  • I don’t think that way…can be flipped to – I will change the way I think
  • I’m just not smart enough I guess…can be flipped to – I will have the mind of Christ
  • I never get any breaks…can be flipped to – God will deliver anything that I require
  • God has it out for me…can be flipped to – God loves me unconditionally
  • I’m just not gifted enough…can be flipped to – I am fearfully and wonderfully made

As you become more aware of the beliefs within that betray you, you are not a hostage to those limiting life commandments! In 2017 choose to flip the script and change your limiting beliefs into unlimited potential!

 

problems with political parties…

I ran across this blog post today on churchleaders.com. It is an interesting article on how young evangelicals are struggling with their particular political party affiliation, and how they seem to be at odds with their beliefs. This was true whether on the Democrat side or the Republican side.

Take a read and give me your thoughts on this issue!

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A recent study of young evangelicals sponsored by the progressive Christian agency Sojourners showed that the majority in the sample feels poorly represented by their political party at times. As reported by The Christian Post, the sample was largely Republican (54 percent vs. 26 percent Democrats), mostly male (63 percent) and college educated (95 percent). The average age of participants was 24.

Participants were asked how closely they agreed with their political party’s stance on a number of issues. When asked if their personal faith convictions ever conflicted with their preferred political party, 29 percent of Democrats answered “frequently” and 54 percent answered “sometimes.” That’s more often than the Republicans in the study: only 17 percent of Republicans answered “frequently” and 48 percent answered “sometimes.”

When asked about specific issues, 75 percent of the Republicans in the sample said they agreed with their party’s position on abortion, while only 10 percent of Democrats said they agreed with their party’s position on the issue. Asked about domestic poverty issues, only 41 percent of the Democrats surveyed said they align with their party’s position on it, while 29 percent of Republicans feel the same. The percentages were similar for the issue of international poverty.

“As a young Christian, I know no candidate or party ever lines up perfectly with my religious beliefs. But that doesn’t stop me from voting or engaging the political system,” said Tim King, a young evangelical who also works as a spokesman for Sojourners, speaking to the Religion News Service.

“Voting is always a choice between imperfect people. That’s why engaging in advocacy is so important—when politicians are missing important issues, we have the ability as voters to try and put those issues on their agendas,” King said.

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So…how is your party aligning with your christian faith??

Monty

The Best Leadership Ideas

There is alot of talk, teaching and pontificating on leadership these days. Many self-appointed leadership gurus fill the web with tips and tricks, although many of them have never really “led” much or at all. Leadership theory is one thing, and we can glean much from the masters like Maxwell, Drucker, Covey, Rohn etc, but what about the people who currently trudging through the trenches of a leadership reality which is not so glamorous.

My question today goes out to you! I am wondering what you believe is the best leadership tip, practice, or belief you have learned and how it has helped you become a better leader.

So, now it’s time for you to be the leadership guru and share what you’ve learned in order to help others on the leadership journey!

Grace & Peace,

Monty