A Thoughtful Way To Gain Complete Control

August 10, 2013

Do you ever feel like you are losing control of the way your life is going? I believe you haven’t been living if you haven’t felt this way at one time or another. It happens to the best of us, even the most positive people.

A question is, how can you maintain control of life and prevent the situations where you feel helpless? There’s two ways to do it. One is to act on everything and try to control all of the circumstances in your life. The problem is that trying to do that doesn’t work too well. You spend all of your energy trying to control things and people that you have nothing left to give.

Another way is to simply control your thoughts and emotions. You have FULL CONTROL of the way you think and feel. Here’s the cool thing. When your thoughts and emotions are positive and aligned with God’s way of thinking, it affects all of the other circumstances automatically. If your thoughts and emotions are positive, the outcomes will be positive as well.

You may ask…”what about action? I can’t just sit back and let things happen, right”? Very true. However, when your thoughts and emotions are right, the action happens automatically. And it will barely feel like your are doing anything because the actions you take will be natural and productive.

Remember again, no one can control your thoughts and emotions besides you. You have absolute control. It’s not that you have to fight to keep every single thought positive. However, make sure that a majority of the thoughts you have are good and positive. In fact, your emotional state is an exact indicator of the quality of thoughts you are thinking, as the two go hand in hand.

The key is to spend time maintaining your thoughts. Even if it’s just a few minutes at some points throughout the day, it is valuable time well spent. If you are already feeling good, load your mind with more positive thoughts and images. If you notice that your emotional energy is low, then instead of fighting the negative thoughts, displace them with thoughts of positive outcomes, love, gratitude, or whatever beautiful thoughts you can reflect on. You will very quickly notice a difference.

The best advice my father ever gave me was to focus only on the things I can control. And I have absolute, full control of my mind and the thoughts I allow to enter it. The same is true for you. Take advantage of the full control you have of the quality of your thoughts and feelings, and watch how everything else is positively and powerfully affected. Enjoy the blessings : )


How To Change Negative Circumstances

August 9, 2013

Do you have negative circumstances in your life? Unfortunately, we all do to some extent. Even us positive, optimistic people have obstacles we must deal with. God even says in the Bible that all humans will encounter these difficult situations at some time.

One pertinent question is… how do we deal with these negative situations? You may also ask… Is there a way we can avoid them? How can we turn them into a positive? All of these are excellent questions, and I will address each one in this article.

Before I answer these questions, I will say that too many people try to handle these negative situations externally. Either they blame something or someone else, or they try to find solutions by controlling the people or situations that caused the difficulty in the first place. They are trying to solve the problem from the outside. This is NOT the correct way to turn a negative situation around.

The best way to change negative circumstances is to focus on the inside.You may be able to control the situation in some way. However, you have full control of your own thoughts. And it’s using this control wisely that changes the situation most quickly and effectively. It’s a fact, that you are what you think. When you think negatively about a person or a situation, you are only allowing more negativity to enter the picture. However, when you think positively, even about a negative situation, you are setting the process in motion to change the situation quickly.

I’m sure you are familiar with the theory of displacement. For example, if you have a glass of muddy water, how do you change it so there is clear water in the glass? You cannot just dump the water out because much of the dirt will still remain. Instead, you need to run a constant stream of clean water through the glass. Eventually, the clean water replaces the muddy water until all of the dirt is cleaned out, and the water is clean. I have read in several books how the same is true for our thoughts. It is very difficult to just dump the negative thoughts out of our minds. This is because much of the lodged into our subconscious mind. In order to be removed, the positive thoughts need to clean out the negative ones. This only happens with a steady stream of healthy, positive thoughts.

What are some ways to help displace negative thoughts with positive ones to help change the negative situation? I will mention those that have been suggested to me and have worked wonders in helping me succeed…
Prayer – If you only practiced prayer to change a negative siutation, it would be good enough. God is in control of everything. Asking Him to solve your negative situation is like someone asking you to remove a piece of dust from a table. The Bible says that God is waiting for you to ask for His help and blessing, and He is ready and willing to provide for His children. Prayer is also effective, because it provides peace and a sense of power to you. To know completely that the negative situation is in God’s hands and control is empowering, and it helps us move on with the poise and confidence we need to do our part.

Visualization – Earlier I mentioned displacing negative thoughts from the subconscious mind. One of the most effective ways to do this is by visualization. This is because the subconscious cannot tell the difference between a real or imagined event. When you visualize a situation in the ideal, as you want it to be, your mind takes a hold of it, and you begin to think and act according to the picture that you hold. Knowing this, take time whenever you can through the day, and visualize the situations in your life as you want them to be, and as you think they should be. Hold this picture in your mind as often as possible. Experience it with all five senses in as much detail as you can. Ultimately, you start becoming that picture. Your actions work together with your new-found faith. This not only results in finding solutions, but allows you to a act in a confident, positive manner that effects all aspects of your life in an unbelievable way.

Positive Emotion – This step goes hand in hand with the previous ones.Even a negative situation can be changed if you demonstrate love, joy, peace, and all of the other fruits of the Spirit. Keep your emotions high, and you will magnetically attract the positive outcomes you are seeking. You will also be a positive light for others, and will make negative situations difficult to occur in the first place.

Take Inspired Action – I touched upon this already, but when your faith is strong, your thoughts are confident and positive, and your emotions are high, your actions automatically follow in the same manner. Just be sure to take those actions whenever you see the opportunity. Also, you’ve heard that the best defense is a great offense? When you practice these steps above, you are doing all you can do to prevent negative situations from happening. In fact, you are causing the opposite effects. You are instead setting yourself for blessings and miracles.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, negative situations cannot be completely avoided. The sooner they are dealt with, the sooner they disappear. The best way to deal with them is to avoid fighting them, and instead by changing your thinking to alter the situation. When you follow the steps above, you will be able to quickly resolve negative situations in your life, and create many more positive ones. Enjoy the blessings!


How To Get Fast Results

August 8, 2013

In my previous post, I discussed a powerful prayer by Nehemiah in his book in the Bible. It is very powerful because if you use this method of prayer, you are incorporating praise, thanksgiving, supplication, and positive and powerful focus on what you want. If you would like to view the article, here’s the link…https://powerofpies.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/a-powerful-and-effective-prayer-that-works/

I have always been intrigued by this story of Nehemiah. If you are not familiar, I will provide a quick review. After Jerusalem was destroyed, exiles remained in Babylon/Persia for many years. After a while, some were permitted to return. The city remained in ruins for all of these years. Several years earlier, they had the holy temple rebuilt, but that was it. Nehemiah felt the need to go and rebuild the city walls. At the time, he had a prominent position working for the Persian king. However, he felt the calling to go. This is when he prays the powerful prayer that is written. He prays that he can convince the king to let him go, and for the strength and power to rebuild the walls.

Several awesome lessons are presented as the story continues. He easily receives permission from the king. As he arrives, he continues to pray through everything, and acts upon whatever inspiration he receives. As a result, a project that could have taken several months or even years is completed in 52 days.

I don’t know about you, but this is the type of example I want to follow. This was a man who simply knew how to get things done. Luckily, everything went smoothly, right? Wrong! During this process, Nehemiah encountered much resistance. Several plots were formed against him, and even his life was threatened. However, he remained focused and completed the project in just 52 days.

What are some of the lessons from this and how was he so successful? I present some reasons now:

  1. Prayer – As mentioned, Nehemiah prayed before every situation and during the time he worked as well. For more results on the power of prayer, please check out my previous post.
  2. He was an excellent example – Not only was he in charge of the project, but he dug in with everyone else and did the work as well. Not only was he a leader, but he was a server as well.
  3. Focus – This is the key…he knew what had to get done, and remained focused solely on the goal. He faced many obstacles, but always prayed and found solutions to overcome them.
  4. Action – As soon as he knew what to do, he acted immediately. The word procrastination was not in his vocabulary!

Every time I read this story, I am inspired. You may have something that you want accomplished like yesterday, but it seems like it’s a long way off. If you are looking to accomplish a goal sooner than later, I strongly recommend you follow these guidelines above. There is no reason you should have to wait to receive what you want. The only reason would be that God has something better for you in the meantime.

What is it you want to accomplish? Determine a clear answer, pray about it, and stay focused, doing all you can and letting God do His part to let it happen. And know that it will happen. Enjoy the blessings : )


A Powerful And Effective Prayer That Works

August 7, 2013

You’ve heard the statement…”there is power in prayer”. Most people believe it. However, even though many believe in prayer’s awesome power, they fail to spend significant time in prayer.

Why is that? I believe there are several reasons. One big  one is that people have busy schedules and try to cram as many things in a day as they can. Unfortunately, they don’t leave time for prayer. I believe one of the biggest reasons people don’t pray often is that they simply don’t know how. And because they don’t know how, they feel intimidated and believe that if they don’t have an all-out fancy prayer to offer, then it’s not good enough.

Please know that nothing can be further from truth. Even a one minute, on the fly prayer is better than no prayer. God is thrilled any time you make an honest effort to pray. However, if you are still looking for a formal, strong prayer that will bring results, I have one to offer.

Most of you are familiar with the Lord’s prayer. It is very effective, especially because Jesus Himself preached it. The prayer I am talking about goes back even before that one. It is the prayer of Nehemiah. It is found in Nehemiah 1:5-11. I take this from an excerpt from my e-book “30 Days To A More Powerful Life” You can get it here at…http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/30-days-to-a-more-powerful-life/13987192

Here is how the prayer breaks down. Your prayer will be very powerful and effective if it has these elements:

1. Praise/Thanksgiving – Before anything is said or asked for, Nehemiah is praising and thanking God simply for who he is.

2. Forgiveness – I believe God is much more likely to hear and answer our prayer if
we are coming to Him with a humble heart, asking for forgiveness.

3. Specific request – Once his heart is right, it is then that Nehemiah presents his
case before the Lord. He is also specific and detailed in his prayer.

4. Expect the answer and blessing – As the prayer ends it is apparent to me that
Nehemiah expects success and blessing. It is inspiration for us to expect the same. It may not happen the way we might think, but it will.

I have found this to be an extremely helpful prayer formula. It works because you are going into prayer with a pure and positive mind and heart before you ask for what you want. You are able to focus in faith on your desired outcome, and when you expect God to answer in His way, you can move on with confidence after the prayer.

This type of prayer brings results. I will share more detail about that in my next post. In the meantime, I recommend you use this excellent formula for prayer, and watch how the blessings show up. Have an excellent day!


No Such Thing As Miracles?

August 5, 2013

“There is no such thing as supernatural or miracle, just something that is still beyond logic of the observer.” – Toby Beta

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I often talk about miracles and how you can see more of them in your life. So why would I all of a sudden share something like this?

For God and those with the the highest amounts of faith, a “miracle” is just another ordinary event. It’s just business as usual. The key is in the last line of the quote…It only seems like supernatural to those who deem these incredible events as beyond logic.

Here is the challenge I present today…bring your faith to such a level that extraordinary events are just business as usual. Make it so that they present no surprises. Still be thankful for them and awestruck by them. However, the less you are surprised by these extraordinary events, the more you will look for them and see them in your own life.

I would be lying if I said I was at a point where all miracles were expected. However, I have a come to a point in my life where I expect them a lot more, and these miracle events are not so illogical any more. It’s an indicator that my faith has grown a great deal.

I recommend you use this same indicator in your own life. Should you believe in miracles? Of course you should. However, the challenge is to grow your faith to a level that these “miracles” soon become regular occurrences. Although we never take them for granted, they become business as usual, as I mentioned earlier.

How do I develop this faith, you ask? The best way I’ve found is to visualize. See them happen regularly in your mind. Then when they happen for real, you are not surprised. This practice also develops the positive thoughts and emotions it takes to succeed in all endeavors of life.

Please know there is such a thing as miracles. Please believe it. But also know that all things are possible with God, and in His eyes nothing is a miracle. It’s just business as usual. If you walk around with that kind of faith, you will have the whole world in your hands just as He does. Enjoy the blessings : )


Life Is Ironic…Don’t You Think?

August 2, 2013

Yes, I’m stealing part of a line from the Alanis Morissette song. It’s one of my favorite songs ever, and I hum it often, especially as I live through the ironies that this life brings us.

What’s the irony for me now? I’m a teacher on summer vacation. This is the time I dream about all year. It’s the time I have the freedom to focus more on my passions that I can’t do as much during the school year, like this blog for example. I am so happy with how this blog has grown and the positive impacts it has had on people (thank you for sharing those impacts, by the way). So with this time, I can take it to a totally higher level, right?

It hasn’t worked out that way. In fact, I’ve spent less time here and doing other hobbies in these past few weeks than I have during my busiest times of school. I will say that, as good it has been to have this free time, this summer vacation has been a struggle. I won’t get into detail, but things have caused a strain with my wife, finances, etc, and I have felt an unusual level of frustration.

At this point, my regular readers are saying…but wait a minute…don’t you preach positive thinking, mind power, high emotion, faith, etc on this site? How can you be talking about difficulty and frustration? I will say that those things happen to the best of us, even the most positive optimistic people. God says ALL of us WILL have trials and obstacles in life. I’ve had a period where I’ve had to face a few more.

Here is where the irony lies….even though I am struggling and have been down and frustrated at times, IT’S ALL GOOD! As things things are happening, I am seeing how some of the pieces are starting to fit together. I am seeing that these obstacles are taking me closer to my goals instead of bringing me away from them. That’s where positive thinking and faith come in.

If you are struggling now and feel like the accomplishment of your goals is nowhere in sight, I challenge you to have faith. Try and see how the obstacles now are actually setting you up for success. Something that helps me is to think of past obstacles or difficult situations. Think of how you got through them, and how certain events were actually setting you up for the success you were looking for. Then have the faith of knowing that the same thing is happening for you now.

I apologize to my regular readers who have come here looking for uplifting information lately, only to find another blank each day. It is my goal to write here most days, but the other distractions have taken me away from that. However, I hope this inspires you today. Obstacles are unavoidable, but if you maintain positive thoughts and demonstrate faith, you will know that it is all for your good, and actually taking you where you want to go if you simply allow it. I look forward to writing again soon. Have an excellent day!