Do you find yourself having the same defeating thoughts?
So many of us can self-sabotage with our thoughts.
The Bible tells us to take our thoughts captive, make sure they are positive, life-giving, and full of faith, and, if not, to change them.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Phillippians 4:8,9
I listened to a talk by an Olympic athlete on the subject of mindset. They spoke about taking your thoughts captive and changing thoughts that were not serving you for the better.
This was the strategy she used:
1. Do a thought brain dump. Write down all the thoughts you are having or have had throughout the day. The big thoughts that constantly run through your mind. Good or bad, any thought, especially those thoughts that repeat themselves.
2. Pick out and list your top 10 negative thoughts.
3. Go through those negative thoughts and lies and replace them with a truth.
4. Write out your top 10 list of truths.
5. Put this top 10 list of truths in places that you can see them often… your bathroom mirror, office, or refrigerator door… and say the truths out loud every day.
6. Look up Bible verses and truths that will help you establish your new positive, life-giving thought.
If you use this strategy, you will have ten new positive, life-giving thoughts within 30-90 days. And these new thoughts are truths that will affect positively your life, and you will have gotten rid of 10 negative thoughts.
I have personally tried this strategy, and it is eye-opening. It’s amazing how negative we can be to ourselves.
Here is an example:
1. Identify the thought: I don’t approve of how I did that, or I wish I had said or done that differently.
2. Replace it with a truth: I did a very good job with that. I like what I did. I approve of how I handled that situation.
Doesn’t the second statement feel hopeful? But it may also feel awkward because those kinds of words can be unfamiliar.
Do you affirm yourself?
Do you ever finish a project or a talk and tell yourself, “I really nailed that.”
Do you ever say, “I love me.” “I like me.”?
Most people always put themselves down, never approving of themselves, but God tells us that He approves of us. So if He approves of us, wouldn’t we approve of ourselves? He doesn’t always approve of our actions, but he approves of us as His children.
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. Ephesians 1:4
For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Psalm149:4
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31
Remind yourself of this today: God approves of me. He loves me. He delights in me. I bring Him great joy just by being His beloved child.
Think how great you would begin to feel if you took your new thoughts and spent some time looking up verses, writing out declarations, and meditation on new words and thoughts.
So let’s do what God tells us and take every thought captive and change it.