Did you know that the average person has more than 6,000 individual thoughts each day? (A study from Queen’s University in Canada revealed this fascinating fact.) Think about it though...most of those thoughts are internal and never shared audibly. This leads me to think how important our thought life truly is.
Our thoughts take root in our heart and take form in our lives.
Consider that we are the result of our thoughts. Does that resonate with you? Do you feel limited or free? Do you feel weak and not good enough? Are you living with a glass ceiling over you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, no worries!! You are in good company. I myself have struggled with similar thoughts.
The beauty though is that we can replace those negative thoughts with positive ones. I get it! It sound much easier than it is, however, taking one baby step at a time can be a game changer. It involves exchanging habits and behaviors for new ones. It's being aware of those thoughts that swirl in our hearts and then become part of our language.
I will never forget the moment when my Pastor pointed out to me that every time I was asked something my immediate response was "I can't." "I can't lead prayer because I don't sound like everyone else" "I can't lead this effort because I am too young and who would listen to me?"
I did not realize how much my language was limiting me.
The more aware I became, the more opportunities I found to correct my internal language, It is no longer a default response for me. This change didn't happen overnight. It took years of heartwork.
Take a moment to be still, to self reflect. What thoughts come up for you? Write them down. What barrier do you see in your own life? Write it down. Tears may flow and that is totally fine. It is part of the cleansing.
Whatever negative thoughts threaten to clamor, choose to change the narrative.
We have to police our thoughts and take authority. Be mindful of the conversations you are having with yourself and fuel your soul with words that bring life.
It starts with one step. Darling, take that baby step! You got this.
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