I woke up early this morning ready to begin my day. I stood in the mirror going through my typical routine. During this time, I usually allow my mind to wander as it may. On this day, various thoughts ran through my mind. I thought about my soon to be published children’s book, I thought about the bloated look I want to get rid of around my torso, and I even thought about the fact that I was feeling quite happy this morning. I paused to ponder that last thought a bit more. I was HAPPY… not sure why, but I was… It wasn’t because my problems miraculously disappeared and it definitely wasn’t because I somehow found a way to put aside all rumination about my difficulties.
I was happy because it that particular moment all was well. And as long as I didn’t veer into the past or too far into the future, I could feel happy.
Isn’t it funny how HAPPINESS can be achieved by staying in the PRESENT MOMENT? I once heard a speaker say: “your mind is your most powerful tool.” He also noted that the MIND is so powerful that in the bible it is stated that we worship the Lord with our mind.
And the bible isn’t the only source that discusses the mind’s strength; take a look at a few famous quotes:
- “Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet
- “How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most” – Stephen Covey, Author
- “The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it’s a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free” Charles Swindoll, Writer
So if the mind is so powerful, why aren’t we all using our minds to its fullest potential? I believe the answer to that question points to the two infamous culprits – Fear & Doubt…
Fear will cause you to be frozen, immobilized from taking any necessary steps forward
And Doubt will cause you to question yourself so that even when you take a necessary step forward you stop in your tracks or even turn back to retreat to the familiar.
However, success, in any endeavor and towards any goal will require you to use the strength and power of your own mind to overcome fear and conquer doubt!
I leave you with these lyrics from the song Hold On by James Fortune & FIYA. I hope it encourages you on your journey –
Know that flowers bloom when rain falls
You just hold on
The tears may come, but stand to the end
Remember you CAN succeed in spite of the fear and despite the doubts!
Life According to Me,