Three positive daily reminders help keep things simple and sometimes that's all I need to keep my mind on the right track. With a world that's constantly pushing negativity out it can be extremely hard not to get stuck in a bad mindset. Some day's I'll wake up in the best mood ever with an attitude that nothing could shake, while other days can be a struggle. I wanted to share with you babes my 3 daily reminders that I use to keep myself in the light.
1: Breathe: God has a plan.
I wish I could say this is the first thing I jump to when I find myself in a negative hole, but it's not always that easy. I'm working everyday at become closer to God. I want him to be at the very forefront of all my thoughts allowing me to bypass negativity and help ease my worrying mind, but I am very aware that this is a hard mindset to get to. I want to believe that once you get there it just sticks with you, but I don't think it's that easy. A deep relationship with God can be a lot like other relationships you have, in the sense that it takes work. You need to make the time to focus on God and you need to constantly be aware of him. I struggle a lot with trusting where I am going and how I am doing things in life. Putting a lot of pressure on the future even though there is absolutely no way I can totally prepare for it is always a part of my worry. Taking time to focus on breathing and reminding myself the God has a plan for this fun (& crazy) life of my is a simple way to bring my head back to the present. It's so important to sit back an enjoy the ride of life knowing that God has a plan.
2. Worry gets nothing done.
I spoke to this in my post Worry Less, Do More a few weeks ago, but I'm a huge believer that this can never be reminded enough. I have such issues with worry and it's something I've honestly dealt with my whole life. It would be so nice to be the person who is okay with everything in the present, and never wastes time thinking of things I can't really control. Does that person even exist though? Worry is the worst thing to let control the mind. It leaves me feeling unmotivated to do things and then later annoys me that I wasted so much time focusing on the worry rather than just doing things. This is such a negative circle of thinking that truly gets you know where.
I'm currently working on fighting these feelings every single time they hit me instead of letting them grow. I am constantly busy which is something I don't see changing anytime soon so being aware of my feelings of worry or doubt is super important. It's very apparent what feelings will hit if I let the worry build so putting myself to work and praying to focus on the amazingness in front of me helps keeps my mind in the right place. Kirby is so great. He always reminds me that if I just start doing the worry will fade away because I'll be too busy accomplishing stuff to even think about the unknown things of the future.
3. I'm Amazing
This. This right here is one of the most important reminders of all. Believing in yourself and seeing the good that you do each day is the best way to help you stay in the light. It's so easy to get into a self pity of negative thoughts and thinking that leads you to believe you just can't do it. That feeling makes it so that whatever it is you're trying to get to or trying to get accomplished is too much. I've been here and way to often to be totally honest with you. Having to remember how amazing you really are should not be that difficult. One of the simple ways I've helped myself start believing this more is by creating a list of 3 things each day I want to accomplish (however difficult or easy that list is, is up to you) and then reviewing the list at the end of the day to see what I've done. Of course, most days I can think of about 30 things I need to get done, and sometimes I actually accomplish all of them but thats not always the case. Creating a simple list and looking at the fabulous check marks next to it helps remind myself that I am amazing and that I accomplished every important thing I believed needed to get done that day.
I hope these three simple reminders can help keep you in the bright light you deserve to be in.
Above all else: PRAY.