How To Transform Your Mind
The mind is the strongest weapon known to mankind yet most of us never develop the the skills needed to become the person we were meant to be. When challenges arrive, will you be ready to face them head on or will you cower away in fear for lack of confidence?
This is where personal transformation takes over. The idea of personal transformation starts with change at it's core but to transform one's self is to have a total metamorphosis of both body, mind and soul.
We are talking about making a change that will propel us to where we want to go in life. This propulsion that we use starts with the mind for we cannot change anything if we cannot change our thoughts. You've probably heard and seen individuals who have done some incredible physical feats that defy explanation but the body follows where the mind takes it.
This is true of anything we set our minds to do. Look back over your own life and think back to something you wanted to accomplish. Did you think you could do it at the start? Probably not but you forged on, gaining confidence in your abilities to make things happen. You didn't realize it then but you were going through a personal transformation that was set in motion by your mind.
Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, used to say this about our thoughts, "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." What did he mean by that? Our thoughts determine where we go in life. If we think we can accomplish something, our thoughts are put in gear and the mind works to make it happen but when we say we can't, our mind stops completely. It has been told there's no reason to go on so it shuts down and goes on to others things.
This is why some people are successful and others can't get out of their own way. It all has to do with the condition of their mind. Even if these people fail, they continue on, struggling to find the answers while others quit at the first sign of trouble and don't believe they can do it.
Remember, the scene in "The Empire Strikes Back" where Luke Skywalker tries to levitate his X-wing fighter out of the bog? He fails miserably and uses the excuse that moving stones around is one thing, but the fighter is too big. Yoda reminds him that size doesn't matter. "Look at me" says Yoda, "Judge me by my size?" Luke has already given up but Yoda is able to lift the fighter out of the bog and onto the nearby ground. Yoda responds by stating, "No! No different! Only different in your mind."
Isn't that how most of us think. We give up before we even start? But what if there were no excuses? What if we could change those thoughts from negative to positive and act on them? Do you think you could transform your mind to do great things in this world?
That's the key here. It's not some radical, all-encompassing change that turns you into a superhero. No. Instead, it is a systematic approach to how you think, feel and ultimately act on the events going on in our lives.
Personal Transformations That Change Your Life
Tony Robbins, the world's greatest Peak Performance Coach, is a master motivator. If you have never gone to one of his seminars, you really are missing something extraordinary. He has the incredible ability to get to the heart of a person's problem and find what's really holding you back. For those who attend his "Unleash The Power Within" seminar, he has been able to motivate people to accomplish crazy things such as walking over burning coals.
It's all about mind over matter. That's what life's all about. Take Thomas Edison, for instance. He has so much trouble finding a way to harness electricity for the incandescent lamp that he failed over a thousand times but he didn't give up. His most famous quote, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
He had a burning desire for success that most people could not match. He learned the intricacies of nurturing the mind to get the most out of what he did. This is the hallmark of personal transformation.
Most of us are not born rich, or have all the luxuries of life but we use excuses to limit the impact we could have on the world. We have to work hard, earn our keep, and make a life for ourselves and our family but if you constantly complain, get jealous of others and remain unfocused, you can never reach your potential for greatness.
What kind of personal transformation can transform your life?
1- Learn from the masters - Master motivators such Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, and Stephen Covey know exactly what it takes to transform your mind to transform your life. Listen to them, learn from them and put into action what they teach.
2- Find the recipe for your life - Have you ever tried to bake a cake without a recipe. Unless you're a master chef, your cake will not turn out very well. This is why you need the right recipe for you to work with. As great as those master motivators are, you must find what works for you. Take the information they give and write it down. Find what works for you and work on it until you perfect it.
3- Stop living in the prison of your mind - Sean Stephenson, the self-help author and motivational speaker who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta and stands 3 feet tall yet that doesn't stop him from helping those who are stuck in life. He stays that we should "Never believe a prediction that doesn't empower you." If you believe all the things people say about you how will you ever reach your full potential. people are jealous and don't like to see others succeed so they try to bring us down. Sean has had to deal with that kind of thinking all his life but he never let it get him down. He succeeded despite what others said he could do. He goes on to say, "If you believe predictions that do not empower you, you will whither away and die, either physically die or your spirit will die as you just walk around the world like a carcass that is just following the masses." You must always be learning, always be growing and always be your biggest supporter. If not, then you'll be watching from the sidelines as others get the things you want for yourself. You'll be stuck in the prison of your own mind and will never get out.
How Do You Transform Your Mind To The Word Of God?
No transformation would be complete without God. But no matter how much you change your mind, your ways or your beliefs, without God, it will be all for nothing. You see, God is always in our corner, giving us the chance to change both our hearts and souls for the betterment of mankind.
To complete the change, we must give up ourselves for the Lord so that He can transform us to the likeness of the Father in heaven. We read this in Romans 12:2: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
What does this mean? It means submitting to the will of God and transforming our minds and hearts to living and knowing the wisdom of God. It is one thing to change from bad to good, from angry to loving and from hating to loving but if we do not know god's will for us then that change is only temporary. Your personal transformation depends on the renewal of your mind. As Pastor John Piper puts it, "Transformation is a profound, blood-bought, Spirit-wrought change from the inside out." It is a change that literally brings us to our knees at the cross of Jesus Christ.
Pastor John goes on to say that transformation is freedom. "And that’s what transformation means: When you are transformed in Christ you love to do what you ought to do. That’s freedom."
When transformed, our minds are freed to enjoy God's unconditional love. But it goes further than that. We are fallen beings who need to transform our minds. In Ephesians 4:17-18, we are told, "Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart."
Our hardness of heart starts in the mind and if we don't transform our minds we will be alienated from God. In order to transform our hearts we must allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. It works from outside in by exposing our minds to God's truth through the gospel by reading the Bible and seeing the light of Christ. And through the inside out by making us humble to the point of allowing God's truth to live inside of us.
Many people are still battling the demons in their mind, hoping the transformational promise of 2 Corinthians 5:17 comes true: " Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
So how do we access the power of personal transformation?
Accessing The Full Power Of Personal Transformation
Transformation is not just for individuals who have hit rock bottom or need a change of scenery but for everyone who wants to be the best version of themselves. In 2 Timothy 1:7, we find the answer: "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." That's where we start!
According to David Batty, "First, you must accept responsibility for renewing your mind. After all, it is your mind! So what does it mean to renew your mind? We need to learn to think like God thinks. We need to get rid of our sinful attitudes, our negative, critical ways of thinking, our selfish thoughts."
You must make the attempt to access God's love. We are told in James 1:5, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." When we humbly come to God and ask for forgiveness, He is there waiting for us. He gives us the wisdom we need to travail the potholes of life and opens up our hearts so that we can learn His ways and His thoughts.
Ephesians 4:22-25 gives us the recipe for this: "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body."
Our transformation depends on avoiding those things that cause us to sin. You cannot transform your mind if you fill it with garbage. You must learn to nourish the mind as you do your body so that you do not allow satan to corrupt you.
Making The Leap From Transforming Your Mind To Transforming Your Life
Once we are able to transform our minds we are well on our way to transforming our lives. The problem is, most people forget this step. They think that once they change their minds, everything is set but that's not the case.
According to Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's book, "How to Transform Your Life", the buddhist monk writes, "When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind.
The state of mind determines how far our transformation takes us. It will be a very brief one if we continue on the journey with a negative mindset. We must allow the seeds of transformation to take root and grow and then nurture them in a loving way. If we beat ourselves us every time we fail, we'd never get anywhere in life.
Personal transformation is a process that we all go through and is different for everyone. My transformation will be different than yours but we determine how much of an impact our transformation will have.
What will your impact have?
Will you do amazing things in your life? Will you stay behind the scenes and make a difference in the lives that need your help or will you get out in the forefront and be a recognizable leader in your field? Either way, personal transformation is a real-world affair that that changes more than just your life.
The Final Step To Transforming Your Mind That Transforms Your Life
You can do everything you possibly can to transform your life but there are things you must do in order to complete the transformation. These things are often missed in our quest to transform our lives.
1- Are You Putting The Needs Of Others Before Your Own Needs? - This journey that you've been on has been all about you but the most successful people have already learned how to put the needs of others first. They are the type of people who make others feel special and loved. The more you transform your personality, your thoughts, your words, and your actions, the less they should end up being totally about yourself. Your day is filled with endless opportunities to connect with others and show unconditional love. This is the hallmark of a truly enlightened being.
Here's a few powerful examples of this type of attitude.
- On June 9, 2017, a young women by the name of Casey Spelman saw a blind man, Yusef Dale, struggling to hail a cab after a game a Wrigley Field in Chicago without much luck. She noticed that no one would help the man so she came over to offer assistance. While they waited for the cab to arrive, they chatted about baseball and how crowded it was after a saturday afternoon game. Once the cab arrived, she helped him in, gave him a hug goodbye and went off not knowing that someone captured the whole episode in pictures.
- Josiah Duncan, a 5 year old boy was eating out a The Waffle House in Prattville, Alabama when he asked his mother who the disheveled man was in the corner that everyone ignored. His mother explained to him that he was homeless and the boy did something no one expected . He asked him mom to buy the man dinner and before the homeless man could eat his burger, little Josiah said the blessing over the food. He brought the entire restaurant to tears including the homeless man. His Mother Ava said "You never know who is an angel on Earth, and then when the opportunity comes at you you should never walk away from it,"
2- Are You Leading By Example? - The world is full of followers who never get anywhere in life. Are you the type of person who leads by example? How you treat others, how and what you say about others as well as how you act around others can have a powerful impact on the world around you you.
Here's a few powerful examples of this type of demeanor.
- In Ephesians 4:29-32, we are told, "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." It's not about how strong you are but the inner strength to do what is right when everyone around you thinks differently.
- In 1 Peter 3:8-12, we read this power verse: "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” We see evil everyday but most of us are not strong enough to speak out or even worry about it but there will always be consequences for our inaction. Personal development cannot happen if do not posses a kind and loving heart.
3- Are You A Beacon Of Integrity Wherever You Go? - To have integrity means being true to your own moral and ethical beliefs and doing nothing to dishonor them. You must recognize that you are a model for others to follow.
Here are a few ways that integrity plays a key role in your personal transformation.
- Always keep your promise no matter how difficult
- Never betray a person's trust
- Do not gossip or say unkind words about someone
- Be consistent in your thoughts, words, and actions
- Speak out when others are in trouble
- Do not let others take blame for your mistakes
Personal transformation can a be a long and gruelling process but when your heart and mind are in the right place you will transform both your life and the lives of others. That is why you were put here on this earth.
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