Going From Thinking to Doing

Going from thinking to doing

I had a short conversation with a friend today. He is facing some challenging circumstances that will require him to get out of his comfort zone, possibly change an attitude and set new goals.

His comments and attitude were quite natural but just the opposite of what he needed. He was looking back, fearing change and looking for someone or something to bail him out.

When we face new challenges, hardships or other situations, there is a tendency to get bogged down with several attitudes or behaviors. We "know" intellectually what to do but our attitudes and habits have never adopted the right practices, so we really don't know at all.

When you are facing difficulties or other challenges do you:

1) Listen to yourself or specifically talk to yourself? We tend to listen to all our fears, every negative possibility that could possibly happen. We tend to protect ourselves in our thoughts and attitudes. To overcome obstacles and change attitudes, we don't need to listen to ourselves; we need to specifically talk to ourselves. We need to put the positive, proactive, "can do" thoughts in our mind. We need to focus (affirmations are invaluable) on what we want to accomplish and make THAT the dominant thoughts of our mind. Take control of your mind!

2) Do you look back and yearn or look forward and plan? Most, when faced with a potential lost, look at the past or look at what others have and covet. Life leaders look to the future and plan. A plan, even when it has to be changed, is better than winging it every time. Is your plan written down? Have you discussed your plan with others? Have you identified the obstacles you will face and how to overcome them?

3) How you talk to others - Do you speak in terms of wishes or regrets? Do you speak negatively of another? All this is in the past. Nothing changes in the past. Your speak should be filled with positive statements of what you are planning for the future, not on all the negative stuff that has happened or is even happening!

4) Do you sit down and pout or do you assume responsibility to make changes? Do you ask for others to help you or do you seek help from others such as "Help me for I can't or won't help myself?" Are you seeking others to bail you out when you need to take responsibility?

5) Do you worry? When we worry, we feel like we are "doing" something but in reality we are doing nothing. Worrying not only does nothing but actually takes away from what could actually be done. If you are worrying, then you are not working on a solution. If you are worrying about tomorrow, you are borrowing from what could be done today. If you are worrying about what happened in the past, you are stealing from today and tomorrow. Worrying steals time away from productive thinking, hurts our health and demotivates us.

The summary of all this is that many talk and say "I know all that" but few actually put it into practice. Those who claim to "know all that" but don't do it, really just see the truth from afar. It is not their's. They have never crossed the river to experience it. Are you sitting on one side of the river hoping someone might bring you a boat? Are you waiting for someone to deliver you? Take action, nothing changes until YOU change!

We live in America. There is no other country in the world where, if you don't like your circumstances, you can work to change them. We have all the freedom in the world but few are really willing to take it.

Faith

Philippians 3:12-14

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


When I struggle with an attitude or behavior, I find a Bible verse that addresses the issue. I write it down a 3x5 card and place it on my car dashboard. I typically will read that verse between 5-10 times per week until my attitude begins to change.

Are you pressing on or just sitting down?

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