In many ways, life is a battlefield…of the mind. What we think and the attitudes and understandings that accompany those thoughts determine the quality of our lives in very real ways.
Seven Life Changing Concepts
1. WIN THE MOMENT
Winning a whole day is too hard. Think of your life as a series of crisis moments where you could do the right or the wrong thing. Turn each crisis into a prayer and receive God’s strength for victory! String wins together and get on a roll!
2. DEAL WITH CONFLICT
The more effectively you deal with conflict, the more functional your life becomes. Very few things are as bad as we imagine they are going to be. Handle difficult things directly with an attitude of reconciliation if possible and an attitude of closure regardless. Talk to people, not about people. Run toward your fears and not away from them. Eradicate dread by taking decisive action. Be proactive.
3. CONTROL YOUR INPUTS
The better your inputs, the better your outcomes. Fill your life with healthy, worthwhile and beautiful things. Log off of Social Media and log on the Bible. We are all full of something and we all leak. Get full of Jesus and leak good stuff!
4. FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN
When we forgive, it is us who is set free. Forgiveness breaks the power of those who have hurt us. We finally get them out of our heads! Jesus reminds us that when we forgive others, we are in position to be forgiven ourselves. Ask God to forgive you. Make restitution where you can. Forgive yourself. Move on.
5. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE
Learn to see the good in people and celebrate the bright side of life. What we focus our attention upon is illuminated in our lives. Focus on problems and they are illuminated. Focus on solutions and they are illuminated. Focus on the negative and it is illuminated. Focus on the positive and it is illuminated.
6. RAISE YOUR BAR
As we incorporate healthy ways of seeing the world, our potential is unlocked! The glass ceiling shatters! Changing what we focus upon changes how we think. Changing how we think changes what we do. Changing what we do changes everything!
7. LIVE A LIFE OF PURPOSE
Pursue happiness and it will elude you. Pursue purpose and you will find happiness! Life is a gift and we get one shot at it. Why not choose to live a life that matters? Think significance rather than success.
We can always change but some changes come too late and life does come with an expiration date. By putting these things into play before the sun goes down, we can anticipate a restful night and a bright “soul weather” forecast for tomorrow!
-Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois