TRANSFORMATION STARTS WITH A PARADIGM SHIFT
I have a passion for change because life never remains static. We are either growing or we are dying. Period!
The last minute is gone, never to come back, that’s it. Every day the mind processes about 60,000 thoughts. Think about this; on the average every day,
- you engage the same thought lines;
- you sleep and wake at about the same time;
- you dress more or less according to the same routine;
- you travel the same route to work;
- you talk to the same people about the same time;
- you eat about the same time and
- do virtually the same things.
Any surprises therefore that your life turns out the same?
“We take decisions based either on the promise of a gain or the fear of a loss”.
Check periodically what motivates your decisions and actions. The clearer you are on this, the better the quality of your decisions will be. At the end, your actions are a direct path to making your default future come about and a default future is too strong a force to be undone by good intentions alone. It requires a new set of rules you live by, with a commitment to being complete with everyone you are involved with, inspiring actions, fulfilling concerns and compelling; once said.
It is a conscious decision and it’s best done by wiping your canvass. Your canvass may be characterized by fear, worry, hate, envy, jealousy, scarcity, disappointment or depression at this time. When you are ready for a shift, it begins with a simple momentary declaration of intent. Yes, you will always come back to an ‘operating system’ but the components must change if you’re expecting to have a different set of results.
“You don’t drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there”.
Re-writing your future alters how situations will occur in the present. In confronting change, especially a life-transformation, it’s good to examine your expectations, your fears, your hopes and predictions. It’s easy to focus on what’s wrong in life; what we don’t have; how big our obstacles are; losing sight of all the things God has done, the opportunities we’ve been blessed with. We get so busy and so stressed out that we don’t appreciate the gift of today.
There’s therefore the need to have a ‘paradigm shift’, the perspectives with which we see major situations in life. Business may be slow, the economy may be down, your job may be a dead-end one, your marriage may be on hold or your child may be doing poorly at school, your mum may be permanently on your case to marry…however, the wrong perspectives will never get you out of the pit let alone move you on the right track.
Now that I’ve got your attention up to this time, let’s begin to break things down. Here are typical practical situations to consider for stimulating your thinking: Put into the exact same circumstances, you will have choices to make, sometimes instantaneously:
“I’ll never make it; it’s just too much” versus
“God’s going to supply all of my needs”
“I should have known this was going to happen, I never get things right, just my luck” versus
“When one door closes, I know other doors are going to open for me”
“I’m messed up, how will I recover, where will I start from”? versus
“What was made for my harm I know God will use to my advantage”
“What’s there to be happy about in this chaos, anyway” versus
“No matter what happens, I choose to be happy, grateful and faithful”.
You’ll notice that the basic difference is in how we choose to see the situation in which we find ourselves.
I have been taught that ‘the seeds of discouragement cannot take root in a grateful heart’. If you are for any reason not happy today and you have lost your enthusiasm for life, you’re not alone. You can make an immediate shift by starting to be more grateful. Instead of habitually looking for what’s wrong, thank your creator for what’s going right for you. They are always there.
Instead of complaining about what you don’t have, be thankful for what you do have and what’s to come. Instead of dwelling on how far you’ve got to go, take a look back and be grateful for how far He’s already brought you. Hopefully, you’ve got the picture?
We all go through disappointments;
- maybe you’ve lost your job;
- your relationship has gone sour;
- you are dealing with health issues;
- you’ve been on the same grade for 8 years;
- you may indeed be tempted to think there’s no reason to be grateful.
Really it’s all about perspectives.
If you think you are poor because you have not been able to have a change of shoes in 6 months, wait until you meet with someone without legs and tell me if you’ll still feel the same. Your car may look like scrap-yard bound or you’re burning up because the air-conditioning isn’t working; your apartment has become choked-up; your spouse has suddenly become an enemy in the house or that medical report says you’re not going to make it, I guarantee you that someone would gladly trade places with you, bad as it may appear to you. Believe it or not, someone in another part of the globe is simply looking to simply breathe freely like you do; right now!
“If all you do is complaining about where you are, you are not likely to ever get to where you’d wish to be”.
What about the fact that you have loving parents, healthy kids, or even a roof over your head. Making the change in your life starts with the perspective of the goodness of God, which releases your faith and thus activates the power of the most High, who’s always there to give you more things to add to your list in amazing ways.
“Every day is a gift from God”.
On my next post on #SuccessCode I will share FIVE principles that will help catalyze this change process irrespective of your profession, occupation or current situation in life:
To your dream life!
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