Saturday, May 3, 2014

How Powerful Is Your View?

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.-Emerson
The way we view life has more power in our everyday experiences, and ultimately in our outcomes than anything else.

If we view obstacles as merely necessary steps to our  prizes, then  we will take them in good stride, knowing that they are part of the package and journey toward our goals, realizing that our eventual arrival is inevitable. The energy that we expend on them will match our view of them.
If we view them as stumbling blocks, then we’ll probably summon the energy, if we have it, necessary to deal with stumbling blocks.
Of course, the mental and emotional energy that we would expend on overcoming a stumbling block would most likely be more than we would expend on routine stair climbing. Our view is the power that fuels all of these activities and interactions.
Obstacles are inevitable. They are always there, part of our everyday existence. Sometimes they are great, but as I like to say, so is my need and desire to overcome them. Our  need and desire to overcome an obstacle can be greater enough that, if joined together, can defeat any obstacle. Our need to overcome something is also based upon our view. Our desire to overcome an obstacle is totally based upon and fueled by our view of it.
Our view is power.
Whatever view we decide to adopt as our own is power, and either empowers us, or causes us to defeat ourselves. Remember, since it is our view that we’ve adopted, then if it is a destructive view, it is we who have invited it into our mindset and gave it permission by our mere alliance with it, to bring destruction and misery into our lives.

How powerful is our view?
It is all powerful in shaping the course of our lives.

We must be vigilant in standing guard over our heart and mindsets, to make sure that the way we are viewing life is conducive to what we want to produce with our life.
We must be hard on ourselves in this area, like an armed security officer, and like a disinfectant. Guarding, eliminating, and cleansing views from our mindset that are incongruent with our passion in life.
Life is going to be hard on us anyway, so we may as well be hard on ourselves, to produce our desired outcomes.
Harry Truman once said that a pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
Let us keep in mind that the glass is never half empty, but always half full. Armed with that conviction, you’re always the overcomer.
The glass is always half full if we decide it to be. It is our view that holds the power.

Keep(guard) thy heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life.-Proverbs 4:23

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