In life we all should desire to grow and evolve into the person we were created to be. Transformation can be a tough process because it requires reprogramming as well as transition.
On yesterday, I taught from this topic on my Women of Standard platform during our weekly book club discussion and I shared that to experience personal transformation it will require us to rid ourselves of…
- Poor mindset
- Limiting beliefs
- Self-sabotaging behaviors
- Poor habits
To experience lasting change it will require a new mindset. One way I do this as a Christian is by committing to personal study of God’s word on a daily basis. Studying God’s word must become as natural as breathing, for it is the only thing that is going to sustain us in all that we experience on our individual journey.
Have you ever thought a certain way but then after attending a worship service, watching a movie, taking a class, reading a book or even talking to a friend, your mindset began to change about a particular subject matter?
The same applies in life. In order to rid ourselves of a poor mindset we must pay attention and change what we feed it.
To accomplish this in my own life I have committed to..
- Daily study of the Word of God
- Listening to inspirational messages on you tube/podcasts
- Practicing what I read and listen to
Next, to change our limiting beliefs it’s necessary to expose ourselves to a better way of living. This is why it’s necessary to monitor who you follow on social media, converse with on a daily basis, what you watch on television;etc.
I remember when I was on a mission to believing bigger I would listen to motivational messages by Les Brown, ET the Hip Hop Preacher, Lisa Nichols and Joyce Meyer (just to name a few). One common theme I noticed among each of them was “mindset.”
How we think is how we will perform.
If you tell yourself, “I can’t,” then you won’t.
If you allow fear to lead then you’ll never move forward with courage.
To accomplish anything in life you must believe that you can and commit to doing your very best and no matter what always be kind to yourself and others.
Next, to experience personal transformation you must also rid yourself of self-sabotaging behaviors. This can vary from your personal to professional life and the importance is identifying how you tend to get in the way of your own success.
For me, one self-sabotaging behavior I previously suffered from was replaying a negative narrative from my childhood and allowing it to affect the present moment I was in. My abandonment and rejection issues were so deep that I noticed I would cling to people without getting to know them first which led to continual heartbreak.
After noticing this pattern, I had to make the necessary adjustments to rid myself of this self-sabotaging behavior. Yours may be different from mine. It may be the way you think, your actions or the lack thereof that have led to your current circumstance. The great thing is nothing is permanent and you can make a decision today to shift your focus, realign with purpose and incorporate positive self-talk along your journey.
Lastly, to experience personal transformation it is important that we pay attention to our daily habits. Author and Leadership Coach, John Maxwell says, “Success is found in our daily habits.” That means what you do on a daily basis determines whether you will be successful or unsuccessful in life.
Establishing a morning and night routine is healthy in accomplishing personal and professional goals and also helps provide direction for each day. Whatever you set out to do, be intentional and determined to see it to completion.
LET’S WALK IT OUT:
Take a few moments and reflect over your life.
Identify what is working well and what is not working out too well for you.
Place yourself in the “Responsibility Chair.”
Meaning do not blame anyone else for your current outcome but identify the part you’ve played.
Next, grab your journal or a pen and pad and create a list of things you know you need to change
Be gentle with yourself and don’t allow this process to overwhelm you.
The intention of this exercise is to cause you to self-reflect and commit to doing the necessary work that will lead to personal transformation.
Lastly, commit to working on them daily.
***For more on this topic, head over to Women of Standard Network’s Facebook page and watch the book club discussion from last night that covers this topic. I think you’ll actually enjoy it!
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