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The 5 Minute Life Coach - Never Give Up On Your Dreams
December 11, 2008

God never ceases to amaze me. 3 years ago it seemed right to me and my husband that Jason Upton should come to Derby and lead the church in prophetic worship. We didn't pray about it, but we did long to see it happen, and earlier this year it became clear that God was arranging it for us.

Earlier this week Jason and his band came to worship in Derby and they stayed in our home for two days. God did what seemed impossible to us and added to the blessing by having them stay with us. We have had an amazing time. God spoke to me clearly and He has helped me to focus again.

Let this be an encouragement to never give up on your dreams, God knows your thoughts and He does answer the deep longings of your heart.

Tell Yourself the Truth

If you are looking for a way forward, or if you have been derailed and long to get back on track, get started on clearing away the obstacles and tell yourself the truth.

Identifying the lies that you have come to believe and exchanging the lies for truth is a precious key. Once you agree with God rather than man you clear the way for getting on the right track.

This article is part of one of the modules of my 16 part self-coaching program A Renewed You

Most of what happens in your life happens because of the way you think and what you tell yourself about things. Wrong thinking produces unhelpful emotions, unhelpful reactions, unhelpful behaviour and ultimately, unhappiness. Learning how to deal with your thoughts is the first step towards renewing your mind and getting back on track.

What are you telling yourself about your circumstances?

I encourage you to tune into the things you say to yourself and monitor your self talk for the next 5 days. One of my clients calls this a thought audit. She spends time each day identifying what she’s been telling herself throughout the day and plans what she will tell herself instead. I think you'll be surprised at what you're telling yourself and the lies that you believe.

I encourage you to train yourself to catch negative thoughts before they take hold and do damage. Learn to recognize the lies you believe for what they are and replace them with the truth. When you change what you tell yourself about things you will start to change how you feel.

How you feel is a result of what you think

"As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7
The Bible clearly teaches that feelings and behaviour are a result of the way you think about things. Your feelings are caused by what you tell yourself about your circumstances. If you tell yourself that you never get anything right, you'll start to believe it. If you believe it, you'll act as though you believe it.

If you haven't already, I'd like you to think about the things you tell yourself. Take a few minutes to write them down.

If you tell yourself that your boss has it in for you, you'll believe what you tell yourself and treat your boss as though he's your enemy. When you find yourself believing something negative, ask yourself what evidence you have. Is there another possible explanation?

It's what you believe about things that makes you happy or unhappy. What you think and believe determines how you feel and what you do. You can start to change negative feelings immediately by changing what you tell yourself about things. You don't have to wait and it doesn't have to be a long process.

Just reading this article won't help you to change. Doing something about what you read will. It takes work to change the lies you believe and tell yourself the truth instead. Are you ready to do some work?

For this to be effective, you first need to believe that you can change. If you don't believe that you can change, you won't really try.

Scientists are discovering that

"What you think can actually change the chemical composition of your brain cells and the rest of your central nervous system."

"Your self talk can actually alter your glandular, muscular and neural behaviour."

"According to your faith be it unto you"

What you think and what you tell yourself is crucial. When you change what you believe it will affect your feelings and your behaviour. Once you start to eliminate unfounded, unhelpful thoughts and replace them with the truth, you will be free to lead a satisfying and fulfilling life.

"Be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
Are you ready to eliminate limiting beliefs and tell yourself the truth?

This is what I encourage you to do over the next week.

  • Listen to the words you tell yourself.
  • Start to agree with God about what He says about you.
  • Start to tell yourself the truth.
  • Thank God for what you do have.
  • Count your blessings

Here are some resources to help you

Please do follow these links and actually speak out the words you find.

Allow the truth to refresh you, and renew your thinking, then you will be free to dream new dreams, and dare to believe that you will know God's goodness while in the land of the living.

And seriously consider investing in yourself. A Renewed You is only £8.50 ($17) a month for 4 months. and it will help you to transform your life.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor. 10:5
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or admirable think about such things. Phil. 4:8

Christian Meditation Resources

If you would like additional strategies to help you control negative thoughts, Christian Meditation may be an answer. You will find some very helpful resources here.

How To Control Negative Thoughts

Prayer is a dialogue

If you would like to hear God more clearly and discover the joy of two way communication with God I have a step by step guide that will help you to hear God more clearly. Once you can hear God and are brave enough to act on what you hear, your life will never be the same.

Just click on this link How To Hear God

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