New Year, New Mind

by | Jan 7, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last year I wrote a piece entitled, “New year, New you? Nah, Same You” needless to say, many people make a New Year resolution to change and, well, stay the same. We continue year after year, screaming the upcoming year is our year, but then end the year with lessons learned and almost in the same place the previous year. What happened? To be honest, life happens. Things you couldn’t possibly have imagined nor planned for happened, and what did you do? Rolled with the punches. You bobbed and weaved and rolled with the punches of life so you wouldn’t get knocked on your butt. Undoubtedly we cannot plan for the unexpected things in life, but we can make adjustments to the things in life we can control. The two common things many of us deal with in life are money and relationships. 

Year after year, we settle in jobs, avoid taking chances in our businesses, or complain about positions that bring us no joy. If we can be honest, some of us could be in many different positions if we would make some adjustments in how we move. For example, you could train to move up in positions for the company you work for, thus eliminating the need to complain about your job. For entrepreneurs, you can discipline yourself to operate your business more efficiently to start seeing the results you desire. Lastly, quitting the dead-end job, you’ve been afraid to leave. Still, you’ve allowed fear to hold you back in a constant black hole of “what if.” Well, what if you have something better waiting for you on the other side of your decision?

Furthermore, many of you have been unhappy and unsatisfied in terms of relationships but have been waiting for things to change. Change requires actions. What actions are you taking? For those of you who hear God, what is He saying concerning your situation? Sometimes we will stay in or do nothing to fix unfruitful relationships because we are too afraid or too comfortable in dysfunction.

Change your mind. Hear me, CHANGE YOUR MIND. When you change your mindset, you’ll change your attitude concerning areas in your life that have been unfruitful and frustrating. A limiting mindset will stunt your growth and freedom in just about every area of your life. There are a lot of things you can not control in this life…2020 showed us that. The one thing I have accepted, I can undoubtedly control is how I view life and my actions stemming from those views. It may have taken me going through a divorce, laying down my marriage, leaving two good-paying jobs, and becoming a mom raising five children on her own to learn how to change my mind, but I have! 

The freedom, abundance, and love I desired to see in my life required me to take action. It required me to do things I’d never done. For me, the writing was a part of my process. God used writing and my voice, two areas of my life where I felt insecure, to move me into a place of fruitfulness in Him.

Do you want to know what the real blessing is? The real blessing is now I am in a position to help others. I have the privilege to serve and encourage those who are where I was. It all started with the decision to change my mind concerning how I viewed my life and actually doing what God instructed me to do, even when it didn’t make sense.

Now ask yourself, what’s holding me back from where I want to be and what I desire to see in my life.

James 1:23-25 AMP

23 For if anyone only listens to the word [a]without obeying it, he is like a man who looks very carefully at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets [b]what he looked like. 25 But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but [c]an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience].