The Importance Of Mindset

Today I’m sharing a snippet from my future eBook. This is from the chapter on the importance of thoughts and mindset.

 

The Importance of Mindset | Life, Unleashed

For years, I’ve struggled with low self-esteem. I could blame it on my parents’ divorce, or any number of things. But that wouldn’t change my situation. If anything, dwelling on blame, resentment, and/or any other negatives only adds to the problem.

What I have been coming to discover, recently, is that so much of life depends on our thoughts and our mindset. In pretty much every area of life, how you look at things determines how they are. It’s very much about perspective. Even the Bible agrees! Proverbs 23:7 {KJV} says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” And, Philippians 4:8 encourages us: “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.”

God frequently reminds us, throughout Scripture, to PAY ATTENTION… to keep alert, and to be aware. The reason for this is because we are in a constant war — not physically, but mentally and spiritually; good vs. evil; our flesh against our spirit.

Joyce Meyer tells us that our mind is the battlefield — our battles are won or lost there. Think about any temptation you’ve faced. If you kept thinking about the thing, eventually you would give in, right? But, if you don’t allow yourself to dwell on thoughts of the thing — if you dismiss these tempting thoughts right away — then you are able to stand strong and resist.

Nowhere has this been more evident to me than in my eating and my attempts to lose weight. The more I think about eating when I’m not hungry, the weaker I get. Eventually, I have made enough excuses and rationalizations in my mind that I end up giving in.

However, on the (still rare) occasions when I dismiss the tempting thoughts outright, and distract myself with other things, I find myself victorious, and moving forward!

Taking control of our thought life, then, is so extremely important! It’s a cliche now, since it is said so much, but it remains true:

YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

Something that has been helpful to me in becoming more aware of my thoughts has been to write out the negative things I think, and then — directly beneath the negatives — write out the positive alternatives. Psychologists call this exercise “reframing”. So, for example:

Negative: I cannot lose this excess weight.
Positive: I am taking baby steps toward losing my excess weight, and getting healthy

Negative: I am so stupid when it comes to this!
Positive: How can I go about learning more about this so that I feel more confident and capable?

It is important to remember that Satan will do anything and everything he can to “kill, steal, and destroy” what is good and positive in our lives. He is intent on keeping us stuck in the mediocre and mundane, so he puts negative thoughts in our minds to keep us from living in the Truth. He knows that if we get control of our thoughts, he’s going to have an awfully hard time making us miserable from that point on.

Another great way to change your mindset is to “reframe” with Scripture. Logan Wolfram, in her book, “Curious Faith”, calls this “Praying the Opposites”.

Say you’re feeling discouraged. The opposite of this would be feeling hopeful. So you would then look up verses in the Bible that talk about hope, and you’d use those verses to pray to God, asking for Him to “renew your mind” according to what His Word says.

You can do this with the negatives you are thinking about yourself, as well! For example:

Negative: I cannot do this!
Positive: Philippians 4:13 says that “I can do ALL THINGS through Christ, who strengthens me!”

Negative: I will never be able to pay my bills this month.
Positive: Philippians 4:19 tells me that “My God will supply all of {my} needs, according to His riches…”

So, don’t let the devil win! Take control of your thought life, and pray for a renewed mindset. It’s the only way to walk in victory.

Your turn... | Life, UnleashedWHAT NEGATIVE THOUGHTS DO YOU BATTLE WITH THAT YOU CAN TURN INTO POSITIVES? HOW WOULD YOU REFRAME THEM?

Health and Wellness Business Partner

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I am currently seeking a female business partner to brainstorm with, be accountable to, give/get critiques, and to share successes & challenges with.

Is this you?

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The most important element is that you MUST have a passion for health & wellness! I’m into moderation, not dieting. I love the Intuitive Eating method, so I’d preferably want someone who agrees with me in this.
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What I envision for this partnership is being able to connect (through Facebook and/or email) on a day-to-day basis, and possibly chatting via Skype or Zoom once or twice a month. I’m looking for a bit of a collaboration. You don’t have to be in the same business as me, but –again– the health & wellness thing is a must.
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It would be amazing if you are someone looking to build your own business, and to make an impact! Even better, you believe it’s your job to (sensitively) educate others about health and mindset!
Maybe you haven’t yet started your own business, and you need help in doing so … I can most certainly help you in this! I’ve been self-employed, now, for almost 4 years … and have learned what works, and what doesn’t work, for me, in business. I’d be more than happy to share the lessons I’ve learned!

If you already have your own business, though, that’s okay, too! If you’re passionate about health & wellness, and fit most of my other criteria (see image above), then I want to hear from you!
Use the form below to send me an email, and we’ll chat to see whether or not you’re the one I’m looking for. ;)
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Unfollowing

Doesn’t it drive you crazy when a friend or family member suddenly gets on a health-kick, and starts putting their running log and/or sweaty selfies all over Facebook? You think to yourself, “Well, gee, good for you… but I don’t want to see that!” So {click}… you unfollow them.

Unfollowing | Life, Unleashed

Five years ago, I did just that — I’d unfollow anyone who was working on bettering themselves and sharing their progress on social media. Why? Because it reminded me of how much I, myself, wasn’t doing in my own life. It highlighted the truth and my weaknesses, and that made me uncomfortable. So, it was easier to unfollow these people than it was to face my own issues.

Something funny happened, though. Much as I no longer followed these people, the “seed” had already been planted. While I didn’t see the connection, in the midst of things, I did go on to work on my own issues — my own health, and mindset — and got to a place where I was ready to seek out those who could push me. Now, instead of being repelled, I was being drawn to those who were working on bettering themselves because they inspired me to want more for myself.

In April 2016, I’d done a lot of work on renewing my mindset, and was ready to get my body healthy, too. So, I signed myself up for a gym membership. I told myself, “Enough is enough” — I was done being a “victim” in my life, and was ready to become the strong, confident, healthy woman I knew I was created to be.

At the same time, an acquaintance of mine –Sarah– had also been struggling to get healthy, and had made the decision to do something about it. She shared on Facebook about how she’d chosen to sign up as a health coach, so that she’d have the built-in accountability of being an example to others, and to have the possibility of making a bit of side income while doing so.

Over the course of the following year, I continued to go to the gym 2x/week to work on building up my strength, and Sarah worked out at home, using her online fitness workouts. I didn’t lose much weight (since I was still overeating how I’d always done), and Sarah was steadily dropping pounds and inches (since she’d also started clean eating, along with her workouts).

As of April 2017, Sarah had built a team of others who were now also working out and eating better consistently, and she was earning a decent amount of income from this part-time business (despite the fact that she’s a mom of 3 who was working full-time, and going to school full-time, all while managing her household!). She’d dropped 30+ pounds, too! I couldn’t just sit by any longer. If she could do it, so could I… so I became a coach, too!

Sarah’s transformation

Honestly, I’m two months in, as of this writing, but I love it! The other coaches are all so positive and upbeat, and the company’s leaders are heart-centered business people, focused on ending the trend of obesity, through helping people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. There’s a service mindset that runs throughout the entire organization, and I am proud to be a part of this.

Wanna know something funny, though? Sarah likes to tell the story of how she, herself, at one point, had unfollowed her friend, Rosa — who later became the person that inspired Sarah to become a coach! It took three years of following (and unfollowing) Rosa, for Sarah to finally be ready to make the decision to invest in her health. The seed had been planted, though.

I believe we all have to go through our own process of working on our mindset and the other inner demons that hold us back. We all have the ability to transform our lives… but we have to believe that it’s possible, and we have to find the method that works best for us.

I thought I could do it on my own. I was wrong. I needed the accountability, just as much as anyone else.

Now I’m working on paying it forward, while I continue to work on myself.

And you can do the same!

HomeNew

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I believe that we cannot effectively fulfill our purpose in life if we can’t even get our butts off the couch, and if we allow ourselves to feel like a “victim” of our circumstances — like we are stuck and can’t move forward. Therefore, I am here to bring you HOPE! I aim to show you that you are NOT stuck … and to teach you to live free!

I aim to empower you to dig into the questions, learn who you are and how you function best (how God uniquely designed you), and then to give you back your power — the mindset of strength and courage — to own who and Whose you are, without apology. We will work on leveling up your faith (in both God, and yourself), and I will teach you how to start living free — free of others’ expectations, free of the shoulds, free of the mundane and the mediocre.

You will learn to renew your mindset, take responsibility for your choices, seek God for direction, journal for clarity, and use your newfound knowledge to take action and to OWN your part in God’s greater story.

Through it all, you can expect new insights, renewed hope, and a fierce sense of purpose and belonging. You will no longer see yourself as a victim of your circumstances, but as a warrior for the Kingdom, ready to fight to become the best version of yourself, and live the life God created you for.[/cv_text_block][/cv_column][/cv_column_row][cv_spacer_row size=”small” custom=””][cv_action_box title=”Are you in?” description=””][cv_button_child text=”ABSOLUTELY!” url=”post:1456″ style=”glassy” color=”content” custom_color=”” icon_position=”before” icon=”ok”][/cv_action_box][cv_spacer_row size=”small” custom=””][cv_column_row spacing=”normal” v_align=”false” styling=”dividers” entrance=”rotateInUpLeft” layout=”1/3″ visibility=”all”][cv_column][cv_image id=”1410″ size=”cv_square_medium” width=”” align=”center” link=”post:1381″ style=”none” entrance=”none”][/cv_column][cv_column][cv_image id=”1411″ size=”cv_square_medium” width=”” align=”center” link=”post:1456″ style=”none” entrance=”none”][/cv_column][cv_column][cv_image id=”1412″ size=”cv_square_medium” width=”” align=”center” link=”post:326″ style=”none” entrance=”none”][/cv_column][/cv_column_row][cv_spacer_row size=”small” custom=””][cv_row entrance=”fadeInUp” visibility=”all”][cv_testimonial_group style=”slider” display_images=”true”][cv_testimonial author_img=”1389″ author_name=”Elizabeth H.” author_info=”Entrepreneur” company_name=”” company_url=””]Jenn has been a great, ongoing support and encouragement, as I have struggled with the challenges of growing and running my business. She is always quick to lend support, and push me toward the goals I have set for myself, even on the days when it feels impossible. Without her as my cheerleader and encourager, I may have given up long ago.[/cv_testimonial][cv_testimonial author_img=”1390″ author_name=”Kelly Porter” author_info=”Entrepreneur” company_name=”” company_url=””]When I was having frustration putting all of my ideas into my blog, logically, Jenn reached out to help me. It was like having someone take all of the clutter in my mind and make it into a neat list. Jenn’s willingness to help, and the vast array of knowledge she holds, is an incredible gift that she shares with others. I’m glad I found her through a mutual Facebook group, because otherwise I would still be totally lost.[/cv_testimonial][cv_testimonial author_img=”1391″ author_name=”Shawn Quintero” author_info=”Author” company_name=”WealthierU” company_url=””]Jenn is a human encyclopedia when it comes to literally anything and everything. I have asked her a question, and she gives me a list of ten resources to go look at. I’ve asked her for some type of resource, and she doesn’t just give you one, she gives you a ton! She gets all sides and angles. I am so appreciative of all the help Jenn has given me and the people in my community.[/cv_testimonial][cv_testimonial author_img=”1390″ author_name=”Wadeny Lockhart” author_info=”Entrepreneur” company_name=”” company_url=””]Jenn is a woman with a big heart and big dreams. In a recent conversation with her, it became very clear that she has a heart for God, and a desire to inspire women to embrace their dreams, and live a life that puts Jesus first. I highly recommend that you get to know Jenn.[/cv_testimonial][cv_testimonial author_img=”1392″ author_name=”Stan Michael” author_info=”Teacher” company_name=”” company_url=””]Jenn has a resource for just about any subject I’ve spoken with her about. She has a wide-ranging knowledge base, due to her many interests. Jenn is definitely your go-to source for information online.[/cv_testimonial][cv_testimonial author_img=”1390″ author_name=”Noemi Mate” author_info=”Small Business Owner” company_name=”” company_url=””]I am an offline entrepreneur, and I’ve wasted so much time (that could have been spent working) on trying to figure out what to do, before meeting Jenn.

Jenn helped me to find good resources for reliable information, and helped clarify my decision to follow only certain experts to avoid being overwhelmed with information. When I was totally freaked out on what to concentrate on, Jenn helped me realize that a few is sometimes better.

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Hiding

Remember playing “Hide-and-Go-Seek” as a kid? My favorite part was finding the best hiding place: As an introvert, it was even more fun, because it meant I got to be alone for a longer time before the “seeker” found me!

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Until recently, I didn’t realize it, but I’ve still been “hiding”. And, as an online entrepreneur, that’s not exactly the best practice… you actually want people to find you.

Some of the ways I’ve been hiding include:

  • not writing and publishing blog posts
  • not following my friends’ posts on Facebook
  • not commenting on others’ Facebook posts
  • not promoting my services everywhere I can

Part of the reason for all of this “hiding”, I believe, lies in the fact that showing up requires vulnerability and courage. I’ve been far too much of a perfectionist, as well — for example, I usually feel like, if I can’t get my posts to come out as “perfect” as I picture them in my head, then it’s pointless to even write them. Obviously, that’s completely false, but that’s basically how my mind works.

Thankfully, I have come across something that’s helped me to shift my perspective on this, and I’m finally working past these obstacles that have been tripping me up.

In his recently published book, “Authentic Content Marketing“, George Kao shares his three (3) stages of content creation. Stage One involves creating a ton of posts and such, without putting in too much effort. Then you publish that content — with zero expectations about how it will be received (I know… crazy, right?). George’s second stage is to go back through all of your ‘stage one’ content, after about a month, and look to see which posts got the most (if any) engagement from your ideal audience. Then you take that content, and re-do it, adding even more value to it, and you publish it again (either in the same format on a different platform, or vice versa). Later, you take the best of that ‘stage two’ content, and compile it into some kind of infoproduct (be it an eBook, eCourse, or something else)… that’s Stage Three.

That concept of pushing out a ton of content that you neither slave over creating, nor stress over its outcome, that was truly “revolutionary” to me … a mindset shift. George even went on to say that our job is to publish our message… and it’s our audience’s job (not ours!) to determine which content is worthwhile. Too often, though, we — as creators — are biased, and think that most of what we publish is awesome. We’re too close to it to be objective.

Anyway. All of that is helping me to step past my perfectionism and fears, and to just start showing up — no more hiding.

Two other things are helping me to move forward, as well.

The first being that I need to practice what I preach — if I want those I work with (via mentoring, etc.) to be vulnerable and courageous, then I need to be modelling that, myself. I need to become the best version of myself, in order to be able to genuinely encourage others to do the same.

And lastly, letting my fears keep me from sharing my message is not helping anyone! It doesn’t help me, but it also keeps my message from helping those whom I’m meant to serve!

So, that’s it. I’m done hiding. No longer am I going to let my fear or perfectionism keep me and my content locked away. Playing small serves no one. I have a message to share, and it can no longer be held back.

……………………….

Tell me… How have YOU been hiding? What could you do to become more visible?

Get Healthy

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Are you looking to improve your health, your mindset, and your life? You’ve come to the right place!

I am the founder and leader of Team Unleashed Fitness, where I teach women –through health, fun, and faith– how to become and own who they were created to be, following a path that is simple and unique to them.

Every month, I run accountability challenges, where I share tips, meal ideas, and encouragement for you to take your health to the next level.

I also offer one-on-one accountability via email.

 

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A Story of Transition

Finding one’s purpose in life is hard. Figuring out God’s calling on your life is also hard. This is something I’ve been struggling with, for years.

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When I started my self-employment journey in late 2013, I was mostly concerned with pursuing my life-long dream of being my own boss. And I chose to become a virtual author’s assistant, then, because it’s what I knew — I had gone to school for office administration, had worked in various receptionist positions since, and was an avid reader with a long list of authors with whom I’d already been building relationships. And while this niche proved profitable for a time, I came to realize that it wasn’t really bringing me joy… which is one of the reasons I was pursuing self-employment — so that I could love what I do for a living.

Next, I thought I’d pursue Life Coaching. I’ve always loved to advise, encourage, and support others, and I’m passionate about hearing of and seeing others’ transformations. Add to that my fascination with personal development, and it seemed like the perfect fit!

…That is, until I realized that getting my certification and training would cost far more money than I had or could come up with at that time. Needless to say, that idea fizzled out pretty quickly.

Around this time, God was really starting to speak to my heart about my motives. I started desiring to know what path He wanted me to take, and I agonized over the fact that it seemed like He wanted me to be a Writer.

To be honest, while I enjoy journaling, and do that for my own development on a regular basis, I have never really loved the idea of writing a book, or anything similar. I mean, sure, I participated in NaNoWriMo in 2006, and completed the goal (50K words in 30 days). But I had — and have — no desire to be a published author.

So the question, then, became, how can I fulfill this supposed “calling” to be a Writer, without actually having to write or publish a book?

Well, I’d already been blogging (as a hobby) since 2005, and had grown my following to over 1700 people. I knew others were having great success, monetarily, as “professional bloggers”, by way of sponsored posts, ads, and affiliate links. So I decided that was as good a solution as anything, and I opened up a new blog.

By this point, mind you, a lot of my previous followers were getting tired of my indecision. So they started leaving, choosing to no longer follow me. And really, I don’t blame them (I was getting frustrated with myself!).

I continued to try and figure out what God wanted me to do — what to write, who to target, etc. — and felt like the name I’d chosen (A Daily Rhythm) wasn’t the right fit; it was too mellow, and my heart was screaming for something upbeat and empowering. So, much as I hated changing things up yet again, I knew I had to — and the Life, Unleashed blog was born.

(side note: I’ve gotten several comments from new acquaintances, saying that they love the name of my site — so that has helped me to feel better about the decision!)

Shortly after opening Life, Unleashed in early 2016, I finally stumbled on what I believed was God’s plan for me… as well as my ideal reader, what I should write about, and my “niche”. I was super-stoked to finally feel I’d found it.

Through research, and through talking to various people, I realized that the best way for me to reach the most people with my message, and to have the greatest impact, was going to be through creating an eCourse. So, I did some surveys, and I started learning all I could about what would be involved in course creation. I brainstormed, and I created an outline, and I came up with some preliminary content.

I’ve always loved to share (advise, coach, teach, support, encourage), so teaching an eCourse felt like a good thing for me to do. However… as I was working on that, I was still hesitating. Partly out of fear of the unknown, sure. But part of it, I discovered, was because I have an issue with trying to teach something that I, myself, haven’t yet gotten at least somewhat of a grasp on. It’s hypocritical, and I can’t do it.

As such, when another job possibility came up that would allow me to continue working from home and still allow me to help others experience transformations in their lives, I couldn’t help but think that maybe another transition was needed … at least, for now.

healthy living

Long story short, I have decided to become a healthy living coach. Since I’ve previously had some success in this area, and since I needed the accountability that would come from continuing my own health journey alongside others who are looking to do the same, I figured this would be the best option.

What about my supposed “calling” to be a writer? Honestly, I don’t know. Maybe it’s something I still am supposed to do, eventually. Or, maybe I had it wrong all along. I don’t know, yet. But I do believe that God will show me.

In the meantime, the really awesome part about this new role is that it still fits with a lot of what I’ve already been sharing, here at Life, Unleashed. It encompasses mindset, choices, practice, and perspective… all of which are the foundational values this site is built on!

So, if you would like to join me in taking back your health, I have a free community on Facebook called Team Unleashed Fitness, where I will be sharing motivational quotes, tips, and the occasional mini-challenge to keep things exciting. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

Be Transformed

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Do you want to…?

  • Eat healthier, with a focus on more wholesome foods?
  • Have accountability to exercise more consistently?
  • Remember to include God in your healthy lifestyle pursuit?
  • Identify the essentials in your life, and eliminate the rest?
  • Be more intentional, taking steps to reach your goals, and “level up” your life?

WHY THE CHALLENGE?

I, personally, have needed to get myself healthier for quite some time, now. And, I am tired of putting it off. So, I plan to put into practice what I’ve learned in order to finally get myself to the point where I can live the abundant life I know is possible … And, that life is available not just for me, but for ALL of us!

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Each month, I will be posting an update on my progress. I will be completely honest about how I’ve done in the past month, and I invite you to comment on these posts, to join me in this challenge! Share your own progress each week, and we’ll hold each other accountable!

THE PLAN

So, my own plan is to work on the following areas of my life, in order to simplify, and live more intentionally:

  • Eating healthier, with a focus on more wholesome foods & less processed foods, plus eating intuitively at each meal
  • Exercise consistently (at least 3 times per week, for a minimum of 20 minutes each day),choosing what’s “fun” & enjoyable for me
  • Include God in my healthy lifestyle pursuit through prayer, surrender to the Spirit, and daily (M-F) personal Bible study
  • Identifying the essentials in my life, and eliminating the rest (getting rid of everything in my home & lifestyle that isn’t “essential” to where I want to go in life)
  • Intentionally working on each of my goals, in order to “level up” my life — going from mediocrity to an abundant & fulfilling life.
  • Release 65 pounds in order to be more energetic, and be able to enjoy life more

MY “WHY”

With every goal, I believe it’s important to first identify WHY you want to make the changes. This “why” serves as your motivation for the days when it’s hard to continue, and you feel like quitting. Your “why” –according to Kim Dolan Leto— should fall into one of 3 categories: Relational, Medical, or Spiritual … in order for it to be “lasting”, not fleeting.

My own “Why”, then is inspired, in part, by the Bible verse, John 10:10, which says:

“The thief {the devil} comes only to kill, to steal, and to destroy. But, I {Jesus} have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.”

I’m tired of letting the devil steal my chance at an abundant and fulfilling life! I’m tired of letting him attempt to destroy my future by keeping me stuck in my faulty mindsets and my overweight body! No more. Enough is enough!

So then, the rest of my “why” includes the fact that I want to have the energy & ability to do whatever it is God has for me… to fulfill the calling He’s given me. I cannot be effective for God’s kingdom if I’m overweight, unhealthy, and have zero energy to muster up the motivation to get ‘er done.

SOME THOUGHTS

I’ve been overweight for 18 years now. And, I’ve tried countless methods and programs to attempt to get healthy. The only thing that worked for me — for a time — was Intuitive Eating, via the Thin Within program offered by Judy & Arthur Halliday. Using the principles of “hunger & fullness”, I was able to drop 25 lbs in 6 months, while still eating the foods I enjoyed. No restrictions — just moderation.

However, when Christmas came along that year {2005}, I made exceptions and ended up gaining some of the weight I’d lost, back. This caused me to mentally kick myself, eat more, and gain more. That cycle just continued on, until eventually I’d put back on all the weight I’d lost, plus a bunch more.

Some of the things I’ve learned through that experience, and the subsequent years, are:

  1. YOUR MINDSET NEEDS TO CHANGE, FIRST. You need to have a firm “why” in place (as I mentioned above), and you need to get rid of negative thinking. Start with believing in yourself, and your ability to succeed.
  2. NO EXCUSES, NO EXCEPTIONS. As soon as you start making excuses & exceptions to your plan, you’re bound to fail. This doesn’t mean you have to be rigid about things. Be flexible about your methods, but stubborn about your goals (as the saying goes).
  3. GOD WANTS TO HELP YOU SUCCEED! As stated above, it’s the devil who tries to steal from us, and “destroy” our ability to truly LIVE. God, on the other hand, sent Jesus to give us ABUNDANT LIFE… Life to the fullest! My favorite quote (by Hunter S. Thompson) says:

quote | Life, Unleashed

Surrendering to the Holy Spirit gives us access to His power — and that means, we don’t have to try and get healthy in our own strength (which never works, in the long run, anyway). Some verses to help back this up:

2 Timothy 1:7 – “For, God has not given us  a Spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Zechariah 4:6 – “‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord.”

Philippians 2:13 – “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

2 Peter 1:3 – “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life, through our knowledge of Him who called us...”

Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

4. ARM YOURSELF WITH SCRIPTURE, & FOCUS ON GOD. I have found it super-helpful to make sure I’m putting God FIRST in my life and goals, and one way I do this is to have a bunch of Scriptures memorized that I can use to combat any lies the devil tries to throw at me. In addition to the ones above, I also like these:

1 Peter 5:8 – “Stay alert & pray! For your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

2 Chronicles 26:5b – “As long as the king sought guidance from the Lord, God gave him success.

Ephesians 5:5b – “For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Ezekiel 16:49 – “Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor & needy suffered outside her door.

Philippians 3:19 – “They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.

Titus 2:12 – “And, we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God.

BOOKS YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL:

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SO, WILL YOU JOIN ME?

Leave a comment on my monthly progress posts, if you want to participate. You will have your own goals, and your own methods. But, you’ll also have me as your online accountability partner! We’ll encourage each other, and cheer each other on!

Let’s go! It’s time to COME ALIVE and BE TRANSFORMED!

REVIEW: Moving Forward by John Siebeling

Moving Forward: Overcoming the Habits, Hangups, and Mishaps That Hold You Back” by John Siebeling

 

In Moving Forward, John Siebeling talks about the habits and mindsets that hold us back from living the abundant life that God has promised to us (John 10:10), and from moving forward.

He touches on topics like our emotions, and how we are responsible for how our lives turn out (how we react to life’s ups and downs is up to us). He talks about mindset and choices, too, which I love, as it aligns with what I teach, here on my blog!

Lastly, John also talks about dreaming big, and about our financial habits. There’s even a budget guide included in the back of the book!

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and found it to be a quick, easy read with lots of practical information. Definitely recommended.


A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by the Baker Books Blogger program.

Battling For Freedom

It was raining. A dismal, grey day in February. It made me want to curl up on the couch and ignore my priorities. I had things to do, but the Dark Side (how I refer to the devil & his minions, lately) was fighting hard to keep me down.

I’m sure you have had days like these, yourself.

And, as my newly acquired accountability partner, Anna, likes to say, the struggle is real.

Battling For Freedom | Life, Unleashed

I am thanking God for Anna, though! I’d complained to her about how I was feeling, and I tried to make excuses for why I wasn’t going to get things done. But she wouldn’t let me succumb to the Dark Side — she told me that I needed to “do it anyway” (just GO!), and that I’d feel better afterward.

I kept arguing with the Dark Side, in my mind. I was still making justifications, even after talking to Anna. But, I’ve been here before. I have fought this battle countless times, in the past year, especially, as I have been building the habit of going to the gym on a regular basis. And, each time I’ve made myself “do it anyway”, I have felt better afterward…and I’ve been able to do a little victory dance, as I’ve dealt one more blow to the enemy!

So in the end, yes, I did go to the gym, and I did get my errands run. Score: Jenn – 1, Dark Side – 0 … for the win!

For Freedom | Life, Unleashed

John 10:10 tells us about the Dark Side. It says that the enemy (the “thief”) “comes to kill, to steal, and to destroy“. He is out to KILL our dreams, to STEAL our freedom, and to DESTROY our future! And, he does it one poisonous thought at a time.

That is why we’re instructed (in 2 Corinthians 10:5) to “TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE”, and make our thoughts submit to Jesus’ ways. The battle truly does begin in our minds!

It is not easy, by any means. But then, that’s why it’s called a “battle”, right? We have to fight back against the Dark Side! Our default setting is to do what is easiest, and what feels comfortable in the moment. We’re suckers for pleasure. But that is exactly what the enemy wants — to get us comfortable so that we will forget that we’re in a war.

My goal is to level up my life, and to take back the years that the enemy has already stolen from me. And, if I have to do that one thought at a time, so be it! Like with getting myself to the gym … some days, I really have to fight my thoughts HARD! But, I usually end up telling myself that I can just do 20 minutes of cardio (on the treadmill). By the time I’m there and warming up, though, I always decide that I “may as well” do the rest of my workout. So, I win. It’s always that FIRST step that’s the hardest. And, like I read in someone else’s post, the other day, that first step is actually… SURRENDER. I know — it sounds counter-intuitive, right? Surrendering –not to the Dark Side, but to God’s will for my life– is how I win, because Jesus already fought the battle and won the victory for us! So all we have to do is CHOOSE to surrender to Him. By choosing to go against the Dark Side, by choosing to take our thoughts captive, and by choosing to fight for the abundant life and foregoing the “easy” path, we are choosing to accept Jesus’ victory, and to stand with Him against the enemy! So yes, surrender to God is how we win against the Dark Side.

This is war, friends. But we’re already victors! So, stand strong, and show the Dark Side that you won’t be falling for its schemes!

 


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