Out with the Old – In with the New!
It’s about transforming you into a new person by changing the way you think’.
- faith instead of fear,
- assurance instead of anxiety
- and joy instead of negativity.
Once you ‘set your mind on what your Spirit desires’, your life will begin to change for the better.
Let’s use the analogy of a skunk.
Now your feelings are the odours, and your thoughts are the skunk!
To change your feelings, you must go to the source and deal with the thing that produced them – how you think.
Thoughts produce feelings, not the other way around.
Worried people tend to think anxious thoughts, and eventually those thoughts become so automatic that, like a lingering skunk odour, you stop noticing and learn to live with them.
You get used to ‘stinking thinking’! Your thought patterns become as habitual as brushing your teeth.
You get so accustomed to thinking bitter, anxious, selfish thoughts that you stop paying attention to them.
Once you give in to ‘stinking thinking,’
- your mood dips,
- you lose energy,
- everyone seems distant,
- doing stuff seems pointless,
- bad things look tempting and your outlook in life becomes bleak.
- When that happens, you become so focused on how you feel, you don’t realise it’s your thinking that’s causing you to feel that way.
And It happens to the best of us.
Look at Elijah the prophet.
The high point in his career was when he called down fire from Heaven and defeated the prophets of Baal.
It was a World Cup-sized victory!
Then word came from Queen Jezebel: ‘You killed my prophets. Well, guess what? Now I’m going to kill you.’
As a result, Elijah plunged headlong into fear.
He felt worthless: ‘I am no better than my ancestors’ (1 Kings 19:4);
He felt hopeless: ‘He ran for his life’ (1 Kings 19:3);
He felt isolated: ‘I am the only one left’ (1 Kings 19:10);
He felt unable to cope: ‘I have had enough’ (1 Kings 19:4);
He wanted to die: ‘Take my life’ (1 Kings 19:4).
So how did God respond to Elijah?
In four simple ways:
- He helped him to start eating right and get proper rest.
- He spoke to him in ‘a still small voice’ (1 Kings 19:12 NKJV), reassuring him and giving him courage.
- He assured Elijah that he was not alone: God was with him.
- He gave him another mission to fulfil. There will always be a ‘Jezebel’ threatening to undo your best efforts and bring you down. The key is learning to control your thinking!
If you treat a person as he is, he’ll stay that way.
But if you treat him as what he ought to be, he’ll become what he ought to be, and could be.Some thoughts
What you become is a direct result of what your mind dwells on.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘Life consists of what a man [or woman] is thinking about all day.’
John Locke said, ‘The actions of men [or women] are the greatest interpreters of their thoughts.’
James Allen said, ‘You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.’
How can this affect your work and your employees then.
Organisations who have the right mindset coming from the top, who deliver the best service have a culture where employees are valued, listened to and cared for.
In turn these employees value, care for and serve their customers…
If you model great service, your people will share it.
If you want your team to serve, serve them.
If you want your people to care, care about them.
If you want your team to love their work, love them.
If you want your employees to be their best, give them your best.’
Help them have the best mindset and positive thoughts they possibly can.