August 4, 2012
Dreams and wishes. We all have them. If only they would come true.
I regularly stress on this blog that we possess much of the power in helping bring these dreams to reality. It is important to pray and let God do His work in our lives. However, He has given us free will to use responsibly to play our part. That responsibility includes keeping our mind and heart right, and focusing on positive, faithful thoughts.
One effective way to develop and maintain a positive frame of mind is by creative visualization. When we visualize the success we are longing for, we set up an entire chain of positive events. We develop the faith necessary to make it happen; we train ourselves to believe in the possibilities; we take the positive action necessary to make it happen. These are just a few of the many positives.
The problem with visualization is that it is sometimes easier said than done. Sometimes it is difficult to focus and concentrate, while some may not know exactly what to do. I will say that there are many ways to visualize. It’s a matter of finding what works best for you. However, as I researched the internet for some helpful information, I found an excellent article that I believe is a great guide in starting the visualization process. The article outlines 5 simple steps:
- Set yourself a clear goal.
- Maintain a relaxed posture.
- Visualize your goal being achieved.
- Feel the positive feelings as if it were really happening.
- Take immediate action.
As you can see, this is not a difficult process. You don’t have to spend a long time doing it. It’s just a matter of doing it consistently. When this process is followed on a regular basis, it usually recent in noticeable results in a short period if time. I recommend you try it and see for yourself. For more information on this process, I have attatched the link to the article I obtained this information from. Have an excellent day : )
August 2, 2012
There are many words in our language that have several defintions. One such word is faith. When you ask someone to define this word, you may receive a different interpretation from each person you ask.
For most words, knowing the defintion is nice, but usually no big deal. Knowing the true definition of this faith words could be potentially life-changing. We look up most words in the dictionary. However, I believe this one is best looked up in the Bible. It is defined as the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Another translation says it makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.
Breaking this down, I see it as two things. One is confidence that what we are hoping for will come about. It is also a confidence that our desires will be realized even though we cannot yet see it. It’s a simple definition to me.
Knowing this defintion and living by it can have powerful impacts on your life. When you are confident that things will turn out your way, even if you can’t see it yet, you tend to act in a way that brings success. Also, there are countless stories in the Bible about people who were rewarded for their great faith. Please know that those stories continue in today’s world.
You may ask…can I develop my faith? If so, how? The answer…you certainly can! Besides prayer and asking for divine help in that area, you can also develop your own faith. When you visualize success in your mind, you are developing proof of it, even though you don’t see it in reality yet. This then helps create the assurance of what you hope for. Do this on a regular basis, and your faith will grow. It’s worked for me. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself. As your faith grows, you will see miracles in your own life.
Many people have dreams, but lack the faith to carry it out. Focusing on this definition for your desires can help you create that faith. Your faith will grow as your successes pile up. I can tell you in faith that it’s true : )