We often hear the term ‘self sabotage’. Self sabotage is saying we want something positive or good to happen in our lives and then we go in the opposite direction of making that good thing happen. Self sabotage is a deep problem, but I think mental sabotage is an even deeper problem.
Everything we want, say, or do begins with a thought or idea in our conscious, and sometimes, subconscious, mind. What we create in our minds will either make us a success or make us a failure.
Many people often do not accomplish much in life because they listen to the unfortunate voice in their mind that tells them, “You’re no good.” “What makes you think you can do that?” “You don’t deserve this good thing.” “You’re not good enough.” When we listen to these enemies and believe what they tell us, we are mentally sabotaging ourselves. We impair our cognitive abilities when we allow negative, self-defeating voices to invade our lives.
Let’s say, for example, that you need to get out of debt. All of your close friends give you tips on how to get out of debt. Your parents even offer to help you. You are so encouraged that you slowly move towards doing what needs to be done. But soon a little voice pops into your head and tells you, “You’re never going to get out of debt. You’ve got yourself fooled.” Outside of that voice, you can really get out of debt. But by listening to that voice, you are already defeated. You’ve mentally sabotaged your own success.
So, here are three ways to avoid mental sabotage and begin to think positively and successfully:
1. Find out where the negative thoughts are coming from. Ask yourself questions. Do you rehearse what people have told you in the past? Are you currently listening to negative people? Do the internal voices in your head tell you things that discourage you? Or do you talk negatively to yourself? You may say, “Oh, I would never do that.” But you will be surprised at what people tell themselves. What we say about ourselves and to ourselves always begins with what we think about ourselves. If you think you can’t do something, then you can’t do it because you’ve already sabotaged your chances at doing what you think you can’t do.
2. Choose to think positive thoughts. Many things run through our minds everyday. From work,to family, to friends, to school, to recreation, to even what we are going to eat, we have to think about what we are going to do. If we let our minds aimlessly wander through life, we open up our minds for anything to enter it and plant itself there. We leave the door to our minds wide open for any little voice to begin talking to us. More than likely, a bad voice is going to seem louder than a good voice. To avoid that, we must choose what we think about. Think about what we can do, what we can say, how we should behave. Nothing or nobody outside of yourself can hinder you from succeeding. If you think you can accomplish something, you will. If you think you can get out of debt, you can. If you think you will lose weight, go to college, start a business, or get married, you will. The way you think will determine whether good things or bad things come to you.
3. Reprogram your mind, redirect your life. Go against the grain of ordinary thoughts. If you change the way you think, you can change the direction of your life. Water travels wherever the path is carved out. It has no choice in where it lands. If the path is carved over a cliff, that is where the water will flow. You are not water. You can decide what to think, when to think it, and how to think. Declutter your mind. Focus on the good, face the bad, and follow your dreams. Stop dwelling on things that don’t move you forward. Fix your mind to think on the facts, the truth, the good, the noble, the right, the pure, the lovely, the admirable, the excellent, the praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). You are not a robot. You can and will go wherever your mind takes you.
Your mind is an open canvas. Take charge of the paint. How will you think?
God Bless You!