Simple Wisdom Meets Life’s Complexity
To overcome negativity is a huge challenge. Do you struggle with an inner voice that tells you that you are not good enough? When you feel frustrated, overwhelmed and stressed out – what habits do you have in place to get through? Do you vent to anyone and everyone who will listen? Is it helpful? Do your friends and family help you through it in a healthy way? Or do you stay in a spiral of negativity?
Overcome Negativity With these 7 Reminders:
#7 There’s More Right With You Than Wrong!
Overcome negativity by acknowledging that which is right. It sounds simple enough, but it’s too common to focus on the flaws. Everything that is wrong overshadows everything which is right! So next time you are feeling overly flawed, make time to be intentional about that which is right.
1 Thessalonians 5 : 16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
#6 Your Mind Can Be A Liar!
This month I am hosting Facebook Lives on ways we often lie to ourselves which result in over-eating. Facebook: Narrow Road Fitness Your mind is great at convincing you something that is simply to not true. Don’t always believe everything your mind says! Thoughts are just thoughts. It can be exhausting to listen to all the negative ones!
Proverbs 17: 22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
#5 The People You Compare Yourself To Compare Themselves To Others, Too!
Pastor Steven Furtick said “One reason we struggle with insecurity: we are comparing our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” Those that you compare yourself to are comparing themselves to others, too. If everyone looked at each other through a lens of compassion and understanding rather than judgment and jealousy, we’d all be better able to see them for what they are—human beings.
Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'”
#4 You Must Accept “Now” Before You Conquer “Later”
To overcome negativity you must first accept the now before you set your sights on what is to come later. This is especially true in health and fitness. We often focus on the later without really acknowledging the now – and how we got here.
This is the root of Christianity. Repent. Confess. Accept and begin a relationship with Jesus. That relationship, like any relationship, is one that ebbs and flows and grows stronger and deeper over time. The more you invest in that relationship, the more it will grow and thrive.
Ephesians 4: 22-24 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness”
#3 No Amount Of Self Deprecation Will Lead You To Love Yourself
This sounds simple, but it’s so true. The only way to be kind to yourself and positive is to love yourself and practice being positive. To overcome negativity you must practice strategies to overcome negativity! Bad habits simply lead to bad habits.
Romans 12: 2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
#2 Progress Over Perfection
If you seek perfection, you will always fall short. Perfection is an illusion. Shift your focus on improvement or progress. Not every day will be progress – but seek a net gain over time. At Narrow Road Fitness we constantly remind our community that clean eating does not mean perfect eating. Fitness is good for us, but perfection doesn’t exist. Only Jesus was perfect. We are imperfect because we need God.
James 3: 2-5 “We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”
#1 You Need Love The Most When You Feel You Deserve It The Least
When you are sad, angry, feeling shame or anxiety it is especially difficult to feel love or understanding from others. Although in those times, it is when you need to be loved the most.
Love is indescribable between a parent and a child. You are God’s child. God loves His children – true, sincere, deep love like a parent and a child! His love is there for you – you only need to ask Him for a relationship. When you invest in Him, he will answer! The most well known Bible verse shares this message:
John 3:16 “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
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