7 steps to joy

Your 7 Step Program For Positive Thinking

So many negative people

Lately, I have noticed how negative people are. It started with myself, of course. I have had to repent of the Grumpy McGrumpster in me. I have even felt that I was somehow being righteous through my negative thinking.

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Gifts as curses

Perhaps you have a gift for discerning things. Maybe you can see the pain points in a situation more clearly than others. Perhaps you can be useful to warn others of things they don’t notice. If this is the case, sometimes we turn our gift into a burden. The burden can be on ourselves as well as others.

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Positive = Success

I have been impressed by the people who can walk tall no matter what. I have observed men and women who do not act out of defensiveness or an outward negativity. Through observing others, I came to a place where I realized I needed to watch. I needed to step back and observe. As a result, I saw myself for the cranky dude that I was. Over time, I developed a prayer and proclamation routine designed to turn that around. Through that process, I now look at goals in a different way.

It makes sense.

Why would I start my day in a defeated mode? Why would I do so at the starting gate? What are the chances that I would win… or even finish? A correct and positive attitude in whatever you do will make things easier, and even enjoyable. Who doesn’t like “enjoyable?”.

Having a bit of positive thinking can help you realize things that you never thought possible before. Thinking big is indeed the American Way and that what made our country prosperous. Here are some tips to make it through the week with a positive advantage

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1. Take passionate action towards living your life by design.

You and I are uniquely designed. It can take quite a process to figure out what that purpose is. I could never do this without God, the grand designer. Most of us can find it with intentional prayer and introspection. Seek out the help of a mentor or friends who can tell you what strengths they see. In most of us, there is a intuitive drive toward a specific goal. We often tell ourselves that “surely it is just a pipedream” or that it is not practical. I say, If you are supposed to do something, you are supposed to do something. Chances are, you already know.

2. Commit to yourself as well as those you love to create a positive a life you can love.

Instead of reacting to life, commit to creating from your heart and soul, out of love rather than fear. The American Dream will always be there, but a dream will still be a dream without motion. Be amazed as the transformation begins.

3. Recognize and embrace the thought that each moment is a blessing regardless of its outcome.

Each moment is also an opportunity to bless others. The disciples, immediately after Yeshua left earth, went about healing. They even healed occasionally by walking by and casting a shadow on the sick. Even if we never ride the rocket to the moon, we can go about healing the earth by our very presence, if the Spirit is working in us.

4. Dwell completely in a place of gratitude.

Learn to utilize the gifts and resources that you have been given and make use of them in the most constructive way. Speak out loud what you are grateful for, every morning and every night. You will be amazed at the positive changes that take place in your life. Your outlook will definitely impact your output.

5. Use a Passion Formula of Recognize/Reevaluate/Restore in place of the Shoulda/Woulda/Coulda trap.

The former is based in increased knowledge and abundance while the latter focuses on scarcity and lack. As you face people or tasks that may seem harder than scaling the summit of the Himalayas, allow yourself to realize that the tasks (the steps of the journey) are just as important as the destination. Without the positive passion for the journey, you may never reach the joyful goal of your project.

6. Make someone smile and start with yourself.

“A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Prov. 17:22 WEB) There you go. The medicine that everyone needs is cheer. Life has so much to offer and you will miss the best treats if you to mope around in self pity. Humor is very attractive, very passionate: life-giving.

7. Believe that you have the key to your destiny.

Many of my fellow Christians would disagree with me with statements about God being our master. I do not disagree. But one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is “self control.” There is too much language in the Bible of choice, obedience, service, and just plain action. I can’t believe that Abba does not want us to be empowered with our own choices. I believe this shows exactly how powerful He is. He can give us the ability and the option to mess up, yet He can see everything through to His sovereign will.

As long as there’s still breath in your body, there is no end to how much you can accomplish in a lifetime. The concept of thinking big is all about enjoying your work, the mission that is in your hands. Seek first Yahweh’s Kingdom and His Righteousness. Take intentional actions and speak living words of truth. Watch everything flow into place with perfect, passionate precision.

So instead of subjecting yourself to what I did (a negative criticism on life), make your path by taking the first step with a positive attitude.

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