Have you ever paid attention to how your positive thoughts can even make a sticky situation much easier to handle? Easier said that done, I know, but it’s no less than the truth.
This week I’ve been reading Joyce Meyer’s “Battlefield of the Mind”. It’s a little over a decade old, but many of the teachings within the book reign to be THE TRUTH. It reveals concepts you’ve heard all your life probably, but it definitely made me become more insightful about my thought patterns and how they affected what I did, how I accepted different situations, and the potential for my future. You are what you think and your outcomes follow as such.
So many times in my life, I allowed they way I thought restrict me from moving forward. In one of my previous posts I talked about my defeatist attitude towards being able to self-publish my first novel, “Enough Time”. I literally spent five, almost six years, thinking or anticipating failing at being able to publish, when all the while I just needed to be more positive about the way I viewed the opportunity. Once I changed my thought process, the more I began to speak positivity into publishing my book, the more doors opened and the easier it became.
The point was as simple as, I wasn’t moving forward because I didn’t think forward. Following and living out your passion is no different. To find the trail to living out your passion a little more smooth than it has to be is to believe it can be smooth. Now… I say that not to exclude the potential for challenges to arise, but to know that your thought process will determine how quickly you’re able to jump over those challenges. A more recent example of negative thinking and seeing its outcome was when I had the opportunity to publicly sing for the first time in many years. I’d call singing a sub-passion. I love it, but it takes a back seat when it comes to my writing. There I was two months before my performance pumped about the opportunity, but almost sure I wouldn’t do as well as I wanted to. “You’ve been out of the game so long, you’re going to be a little shaky.” “The other women on the line up are beasts in comparison to you, Christin. They’ve been doing this so long and consistently.” “You shouldn’t even be on the stage with some of the women you’re performing with.” I spoke these negative thoughts to myself and low and behold I didn’t do as well as I could have. I didn’t bomb, but I spoke enough negative energy into the process that it manifested in my performance. When it was all over, I knew what I had done. I’d defeated myself before I even gave myself a chance.
Negativity never fostered good outcomes, but nurtured strongholds. Positivity has and always will reign. Choose it as you continue PASSION LIVING OUT LOUD!