Yesterday, during my quiet time I came across some very interesting quotes about how to go about changing ourselves.
Self awareness is the first step to self improvement.
A change in behavior begins with a change in heart.
We defeat ourselves or gain victories by the thoughts we think.
Become addicted to constant and never-ending self improvement.
Never neglect an opportunity for self improvement.
When you look in the mirror see more than your face…see your self.
Put off your old self….to be made new in the attitudes of your minds. (Ephesians 4:22,23)
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)
How many of us have had this sentence pronounced on us after disclosing a thought or ailment. Well, it turns out it is true, whatever it is is all in our mind.
Many books convey information on the subconscious mind and I, for one, find it fascinating. More than once I have read that the subconscious mind is an obedient servant and whatever we tell it, it obeys. I gleaned this from a book in 1984 “…the subconscious mind has no sense of humor. It cannot take a joke. It does not chuckle in amusement if we make such statements as , ‘That’s a real pain in the neck!’ On the contrary, to the subconscious mind, an order has been given and, like any good servant, it goes about its business to achieve the goal to which it has been assigned…in this case, a pain in the neck.”
My late husband constantly complained about everything being a pain in the neck and he suffered from chronic neck pain. I read the above passage to him one evening and suggested he try to stop telling himself that everything was a pain in the neck.
Well, he really tried to heed this advice and it took some time but his neck pain was gone.
Someone else constantly complained that everything was a pain in the — (backside). This person died of painful colorectal cancer.
Our minds are truly an amazing part of our being, and learning more about our subconscious mind can be extremely helpful in living life to a fuller extent.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 NIV
Somewhere like this would be a good place to start. Happy Sunday.
This quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe was in part responsible for me writing my book, My Precious Life. Procrastination had prolonged my beginning it until I read this quote for the umpteenth time, and along with the encouragement from my family, finally sat down and seized the very minute on December 26, 2012.
Here then is Goethe’s famous quote:
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute.
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Only engage and then the mind grows heated;
Begin and then the work will be completed.
I am pleased to say the work has been completed and My Precious Life is the result of finally seizing the minute.
I love learning from the best.