Key Concepts: Psychology, Affirmations, Self Discovery, Transformation, Overcome Evil with Good, Success
The Bible admonishes: "Overcome Evil with Good." (Romans 12:2)
How does this apply to your personal life?
Stick with me as I explain.
you grow and mature, you may discover there are things about yourself
that are less than desirable. Such as: Negative attitudes, lack of
responsibility, feeling lackadaisical and uncaring, being depressed and
anxious and much more. These states of being do not help you build a
happy and successful life.
If you care enough to want a successful life, you will try to change what doesn't work in your life.
Your first try at transforming may be to apply will power.
I was about 15 years old, I became aware that I wasn't the happy social
creature I wanted to be everyday. While some days I was social and
interactive, others days I felt grumpy and less talkative.
like that about myself and I decided one day that I would no longer be
this way. I remember the very moment that I decided I would no longer
allow this gloomy side of me to appear. I was going to be socially adept
all the time!
next day I seemed brighter but in a few days was back to my usual mood
swings. How disappointed I was that my intention did not produce the
results I wanted.
When you rally your will power, you think, I am not
going to be "depressed," "anxious," "negative" anymore. While a few
people actually manage to use will power to their advantage, most don't
and feel worse as they discover that will power has its limits.
Lots of Questions
angle at changing might be to ask yourself, "Why am I this way?" While
these types of questions can be useful, you may find that discovering
the answers may mire you in a downward spiral as you involve yourself in
the dark side of your psyche.
does this happen? Because what we focus on we expand. If we are
focusing negatively or darkly, then we are growing that part of
ourselves. Our life might get pretty dark and that is not useful.
Not Your Fault?
this point, whether you are reading books, going to a therapist,or just
a genius, you may begin to understand that the bad qualities you
possess may not be your fault but have been visited on you, developed
via poor parenting skills and even worse by abusive caretakers -- by
people who did not understand the importance of developing positive self
esteem and value in their children. Instead, they ignored their kids,
mistreated and devalued them.
whatever reasons you acquired these undesirable traits, you can
overcome these by applying the Bible's formula: "Overcome Evil with
So how do you apply this formula?
you look at the problem from this vantage point, you will see a number
of ways to help yourself. For instance, you can make a conscious effort
to love, accept and care for ourselves in ways that are healing. You can
decide to become the good parent to yourself you didn't have in one or
this way you are using good to overcome the wrong that put you in the
position of not having the successful qualities you needed to succeed in
life. You are essentially replacing the evil with good. You are also
using the best resource for getting the job done by expanding the good
so that the evil is literally pushed out, recorded over, similar to a
computer disk's program.
The Beauty of Affirmations
way to fast track yourself into a more positive state and develop
attitudes and habits that will facilitate your happiness and success is
to make daily affirmative statements. The words you create are meant to
counter whatever is not going right in your life.
if you are uncaring and lazy, you could say, "I care about myself and
others. I show others I care. I care about my life and I take care of
you repeat this statement to yourself several times, you will begin to
sense a shift in your mental attitude. Your conscious and unconscious
minds will begin to believe what you are saying and start to replace the
old bad tapes that have been interrupting your happiness and success.
beware that affirmations may also cause you to have to look at what is
causing you to be the opposite that you desire. And that's okay because
the positive power of affirmations may push out the negative right into
the open for you to look at and explore.
may suddenly say, "Oh, I see that's why I've been this way. My father
kept telling me how lazy and selfish I was. He made me believe it. Well,
I don't have to believe it anymore. I am now empowered to change my
life and I take up this challenge."
you don't deal with this counter aspect, you may find yourself deciding
not to continue to do the daily affirmations as your discomfort grows.
Self communication is essential for overcoming obstacles such as those
described in this article.
Keep on Keeping on.