"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Keeping up with the status quo can be a full time job. It seems that since the day were were born we've been conditioned to think in certain ways. You may think you are free to choose your own attitudes and ideas, but for most people, this isn't really the case.
That's because the status quo - a current standard of the most popular ways of doing, thinking, and living is ingrained at an early age. This mindset begins by training your eye to see the world a certain way. This leads to the vast majority of people walking around with similar mentalities. Often times, these mentalities are antiquated, limiting, and downright ridiculous.
God doesn't have this plan for us in his agenda. When Moses died, God selected Joshua to take over as leader of His people. God said to Joshua, "Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you." (Joshua 1:5) Notice he didn't say, "Joshua, you need to try to be just lie Moses, then you'll be okay." No, God said to Joshua, "Be who I made you to be, and then you'll be successful." God never planned for us to be of one mindset.
And that's all he expects of you, as well. You may have some faults, some areas you and God are refining. But remember, God is in the process of changing you. He wants you to shine!
Try the following steps this week to branch out and shine:
1. Be willing
The first step to transformation is the willingness to do and be so. Period. When you make up your mind that things are going to start going differently in your life, that in and of itself will catapult you to start taking actions aligned with your true nature. Be willing. Be open. Surrender to what’s possible.
2. Tell all your family and friends
Let everyone know. Here’s the thing: It’s easy to outsmart ourselves. By telling friends and family that you are committed to transforming yourself into the person that you know you really are, you are saying to the Universe this shall be. You are putting it out there. You are holding yourself accountable. And most importantly, you are creating the space for you to be seen and heard.
3. Create new habits
Up until this point, you have created habits that may or may not serve you. Keep the habits that do serve you. Start shifting day by day by changing up your routine and sticking with it. Remember, true transformation is consistent practice coupled with authentic action.
4. Connect to your inner guidance
Have you ever had a thought or feeling to do something or go somewhere but it didn’t make sense so you just brushed it off and ignored it? Well, this is your inner GPS, inner guidance or Holy Spirit guiding you to the answers you seek. God wants to answer your questions and give you guidance but we have to be open and aware to hear, see, feel or think the answers.
5. Acknowledge yourself and others
Acknowledging yourself is key throughout your transformational journey. In a world where perfectionism is valued and humanity is overlooked, it’s so important to take a step back and focus on what is working and what we have accomplished. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but acknowledging yourself and others is one way to instantly fill up your soul’s cup.
This week's mediation
For all your concerns this week complete this meditation daily:
Dear Lord, help me to see _______________ differently.
Opening your eyes to new horizons is the key to internal change.