Have you ever heard the saying, “The battle is won or lost in your mind?” The more I hear and think about these words, the more I realize the truth in them. How many times do we set our minds on a goal or a dream, to later forget it or decide not to do it anymore? How much does negative self-talk, fear, false narratives, complacency, anxiety and a whole host of other things keep us from taking a step toward our goals, our dreams, our aspirations?
So, how do we win this battle in our minds?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”Philippians 4:8 NIV
The longer we feed our doubt by meditating on fear, playing the comparison game, and thinking about everything that can go wrong, the more we’re setting ourselves up to move away from our goals.
Instead, imagine if we meditated on the positive. Imagine if we believed in God so much that we knew He put our dreams and goals in our hearts for a reason. Imagine if instead of putting our energy into worrying, we put that energy into moving towards our goals.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Today, even in the midst of fear and worry and anxiety, know that with God we’re capable of reaching our wildest dreams. And besides, what’s the worst that could really happen? We literally have the Creator of the universe on our side. Even if we fail, God will be right there working things out like He always does.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”Romans 8:28 NIV