Many of us have heard the saying “the sky is the limit”. It is said to be an encouragement to aim high in life and not let ceilings cause us to shrink in our dreams and vision. While this statement is true it leaves out the true reason we shrink or play small in life, our mindset.
Simply put, our mindset is our beliefs that effect how we think, feel, and act. It is developed by exposure and experience. For example, a child born into a wealthy family is exposed to and experiences many different things than someone born into an impoverished family. A child growing up in an impoverished household may frequently hear phrases like “we don’t have enough money for that” or “now you know that is too much money”. They may have traumatic experiences of losing housing or lack of food and clothing. This can create a lack mentality causing fear and anxiety surrounding finances. If not corrected the child may grow into an adult who continues this cycle because of the mental barriers they have created surrounding money.
The same is true for someone born into a family that holds toxic secrets and does not allow for healing. Many families have experienced molestation and other heinous acts from a relative, but the family does not confront the abuser or validate the victims; often the blame is placed on the victim. These experiences have a major effect on mental barriers that cause fear and anxiety, as well as the inability to trust those around us. These examples share how our past exposure and experiences create mindsets that can limit our success in all areas of life. Pushing past these barriers suggest another popular quote “if you think you can do a thing or think you
can’t do a thing, you’re right” Henry Ford.
So how do you change your mindset? Here are a couple of tips.
Practical Ways To Renew Your Mind
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." - Romans 12:2
Meditate- Meditating on the truth of what God says about you will retrain your brain to think, pray, and operate from a kingdom perspective. Choose a scripture to combat whatever struggle you may be in.
Affirm- Speak Over Yourself- Proverb 18:21 tells us that the power of life and death is in your tongue so use it to create life! Embrace the truth that you have the power to allow or stop anything!
"Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
- Matthew 18: 18
Consistent mediation and affirmation will break down the limits we place on ourselves allowing us to play BIG in life!