Making changes in any area of life takes discipline, decision and determination! And every change begins with your thinking. Changing a long-held thought, attitude or belief takes that and something more.
Anytime you need to make a soul-change (you know, change the way you think, feel or choose) it takes something extra because each part of your soul is so interconnected to the other parts. Your mind/thinking affects your emotions/feelings and they both powerfully impact the choices/decisions you make.
The first step to changing any long held belief, thought pattern or emotional response is to decide exactly what change you want to make. If you are beginning a fitness program and you constantly think and tell yourself it’s going to be hard and you will fail – again, upload a new program!
Find a couple of scriptures like Philippians 3:13 and 4:13 and write them on a 3×5 card into a present tense positive faith confession like this:
The past is over and I look toward the future knowing Christ gives me strength to accomplish whatever I need to, including sticking to my fitness program, so I can do it with ease!
Read it several times a day – out loud. It is important to hear yourself saying it. Pull the card out whenever you slip into your old way of thinking about it. Soon you’ll have it committed to memory and can recite it without even looking at the card. Say it enough and you reprogram your thinking, which impacts how you feel and what you choose to do.
This is what is commonly referred to as “renewing your mind” and “meditating on the Word.” See, it isn’t nearly as difficult and complicated as we like to make it!