Are you willing to stay true to your vision, even when it looks like the odds are stacked against you? There are times when life will throw you a curve ball that makes you feel as though you are just plain unlucky. You might be saying to yourself, I’m a nice person, I don’t steal, I am always willing to lend others a helping had, so why aren’t things working in my favor? Well, I have certainly been there. In fact, I have had some days when I didn’t think that I had another tear left to cry. I literally wanted to run away from my life. I was tired of getting my hopes up, just to be let down again. It actually seemed more reasonable to quit than to keep going.

However, I see now, that replaying those negative thoughts over and over in my mind were more harmful than helpful. The truth is that we often think ourselves into a state of anxiety. Did you know that anxiety, fear and worry are tactics used to take your eyes off of your vision? Think about it, any time spent focusing on the negative is time wasted. It is time wasted, because you are not spending that time building the vision that God has given you. I know that life can get rough at times. However, I also know that God has an amazing plan for your life.

Today I want you to think about what you are grateful for. Our minds are wired to focus on the negative, but imagine what would happen if you intentionally reframed the way that you talk to yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, ask yourself if that particular thought will take you down a path of confidence and hope or down a path of self-doubt and fear. Now, you can choose to remain bitter about everything that has not gone exactly the way that you had planned. Just know that you cannot be happy and bitter at the same time. You have to make a choice. My hope is that you will immediately dismantle the negative chatter that WE ALL battle. You have a destiny to fulfill, so get focused and stay true to the vision that God has given you. Until next time……

Dr. Jessica Houston, LMSW