New Mindset New Realities
It’s that time of the year again when people typically make new year resolutions calling out the things they want to stop, change, improve on, or exceed. In my experience of speaking with people about the things they want to change, I have found that their focus have been on the symptoms and not the root causes. For example, someone wants to kick a bad temper in the new year but has not considered the combination of factors that actually trigger such behaviour that they find unpleasant.
In the majority of cases, the root causes can be traced back to a mindset. Simply put, a mindset is a way of thinking or an attitude of the mind that has been shaped by a person’s life experiences, the society, and the belief systems that surround them.
The book of Proverbs 23:7 (AMPC) says:
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he......”.
In other words, your thoughts or mindset determine who you are and how you’re perceived by other people. While a positive-minded person will be perceived as a strong, reliable, and dependable individual, a negative-minded person will be seen as unhelpful and discouraging.
In this new year, you will do yourself good by assessing the state of your mind. You’ve got to be honest about what you really believe and how you actually perceive yourself. You have to check if your view of yourself is in line with what the Bible says about you. You’ve got to decide if you are getting any good from holding on to past mistakes, disappointments, or failures.
I encourage you to have the mindset of one of the great Apostles of the Bible that was known as Paul. He said in the book of Philippians 3:13-14 (ERV):
“Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me. I keep running hard toward the finish line to get the prize that is mine because God has called me through Christ Jesus to life up there in heaven.”
If you must reach your goals this new year, then you must wipe clean the slate of your mind and open it up to fresh opportunities. God knows your future much better than you are conversant with your past, and He can work with you this year to create memories that you will live to cherish.
So, ditch the past and embrace the new because YOU ARE BETTER THAN YOU ACTUALLY THINK!