Monday, July 28, 2014

Do Life Big: 5 Steps to Increase Your Thinking

Happy Monday!

Hope your weekend was amazing. Mine was filled with celebrating the hub's birthday and spending time with family and friends! I am beyond blessed to have him in my life and I thank Jesus for allowing him to see another beautiful year on this earth. :)

I have told you all about how I sing and the desire to show you more from me has been increasing ever since I started pursuing a relationship with Christ. (Do you remember this post?) Well, I have been so preoccupied with other things that I haven't been focusing on what I vowed to do on this blog. I wanted to bring your more of me in that way. Can I tell you a little story? When I was little, about 5 or 6, I used to sing this song, "Think Big." And it has since always been a motto in my life. I have never been able to keep my thoughts or dreams in a box or down to earth. Everything I imagine is as if I am this 5 or 6 year old thinking and dreaming for the first time. Do you know how much liberty and life there is in BIG thinking? It allows you to imagine limitless, which is what Jesus wants us to believe. If He has no limits, than why is our thinking limited? Today, I am here to inspire you to think BIG. Here's 5 steps to increasing your thoughts. 

Photo: Spring 2013 campaign by Everly shot by Stephanie Williams.

Stop worrying. 
Focusing on the negative or the chance of failure will only continue to hold you back. Fear comes from the unknown. When we are in new territory, we are unsure of what to do or how to do things - it's okay. Just like your first day on a new job, you may feel nervous of the unknown, but that feeling will leave. Feelings always change, so accept your feelings as temporary. Once you become familiar in this new territory, you will feel empowered.

Avoid the "case of tomorrows". 
How many of you were going to start your new workout regimen tomorrow? Or begin that project you've been putting off, tomorrow? Well, tomorrow will come and go again and again if you allow it. Start today, right now. Procrastination is a huge detriment to unfulfilled dreams and purposes. Do not let it get you. If you make a mistake on day one, dust yourself off and keep going. Completely throwing in the towel and saying, I'll start tomorrow will just begin a domino effect. Start now.

Don't question it. 
God puts things in us that we are inevitably made to do. You've been feeling you need to accomplish something, or you want to build something independently - there is a reason its burning in you. Don't question that fire, go with it. Embrace it.

Ignore small minds. 
There will always be people who tear down your thoughts or ideas. Many of the greatest innovations came from those that persevered into the unknown to make things happen. Do you think no one ever tried to crush their thoughts, or their dreams? Expect that it will happen, and be prepared with positive thoughts to reinforce why you are doing what you are doing. It could be something as simple as "I love photography" to as complex as "I want to challenge myself to see if this is something I can accomplish."
                - Write them down and keep them with you for times when you need encouragement.
                - Speak them out loud to yourself to gain faith. Hearing it will help you believe your words.
                -Look in the mirror when possible. Sometimes you need to talk to yourself.

Challenge your mind. 
Think of the greatest thing you want to accomplish, and think even bigger. Have you ever heard the saying "Shoot for the moon, so you land on the stars?" Well, this is using a similar concept. If you are striving for above the top, you can make sure you land on top. Don't allow your thoughts to be limited by your environment. Sometimes we place ourselves in boxes and don't want to come out because it is too different than what those around us believe. They can't see your dreams, because they are YOUR dreams. Meant for you, created for your purpose. Remember that!

Have a great Monday!

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  1. This is a fantastic post Jena! You need to take a moment during the daily grinder and put things in perspective and work for a future you want to be part of. It's very encouraging and came right in time for me. Thank you!
    xo, Bogi

  2. Love this. Really need this encouragement right now. Just discovered your blog (thanks to God Life, Happy Wife), and I'm loving what I've seen so far. Keep it up!


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