The Proverb tells us “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverb 23:7, KJV). Colossians 3:2 encourages us to “set our minds on things above” (NIV). Romans 12:2 makes a powerful statement when it says to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”.
Did you know that as we continually and habitually think on certain things or in certain ways, our brain forms neural networks that make that thought easier and easier? Our Creator certainly knew this! That is why the renewing of our mind is so important. In order to break old neural network bonds in our brain, we have to continually and habitually think new thoughts. Over time, new neural networks begin to form, making it easier to think the new thoughts, leaving the old pattern of thinking behind.
Scripture also encourages us to stand by the words that come out of our mouth. Jesus taught to simply “let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’ because anything beyond this comes from the evil one”; Jesus’ brother James taught us that “a double-minded man is unstable in all he does”.
Proverb 29:18 makes the observation that people perish (spiritually, physically, emotionally) where there is no vision. So let us begin to have vision, even if it is using baby steps!
There are many tools that will help us create a new reality. Using more than one tool is better; using as many tools as possible in conjunction with each other is the best.
• Create a Vision Board. On this board you will put pictures & attributes of who you want to be and what you want your life to reflect. As goals are achieved, move these items to a Victory Board and continue to add new items to your Vision Board.
• Put your intent in writing. Make positive affirmations about your life, your vision, your goals. Read through your intent and affirmations at least once a day; try to speak it out loud.
• Live with intention. Start each day making the conscious effort to live your intentions, to live in the present moment.
• Change the way you think. I once read somewhere that we need to “move out of therapy thinking and into forward thinking”.
• Change the words of your mouth. Make sure your language reflects your vision and intent. Instead of complaining, let us accept what comes into our lives as challenges that help us grow!
• Be accountable! Have a friend encourage you when you move away from good thinking and good language.
• Persistence! Remember, it takes approximately 21 days to change a habit, so don’t give up on day 10!
• Continually ask God/dess for spiritual guidance. Proverb 16:9 tells us “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps”. This is great encouragement to let us know that Divine Help is available every step of the way!
Scientific proof is available to show that intention, simply what we think and project in our way of thinking, creates a new reality. Two of my favorite websites for interesting reading is
1. The Intention Experiment (www.theintentionexperiment.com) where anyone can join in on experiments with documented evidence
2. Intentional Chocolate (www.intentionalchocolate.com) where chocolate blessed by monks is scientifically proven to increase health benefits
Let us all be blessed as we go forward in 2010 and live with intention!