Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's Not "All In Your Head!"

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? Matthew 6:27

It can be all in our heads Unless we act, nothing happens. How and where we focus our thoughts and actions affects our lives, positively and negatively. For circumstances to change and improve we need to do more than just think.

Visualizing and daydreaming are not the same things. Athletes use visualization to prepare for a peak performance. They mentally rehearse what they’ve practiced. Learn something the wrong way and you’ll fail. Practice doesn’t make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect. Many professionals envision executing with precision. They engage all their senses and their imagination to create a vision of attaining their goal flawlessly. Then they replicate in reality what they’ve already seen themselves achieve through visualization.

It’s easy to dream grand and glorious dreams but that alone produces nothing. The missing ingredient is hard work. Thomas Edison said, Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work.”

Michelangelo’s Pieta and frescoes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling are legendary. A gifted artist, he spent years developing his skills. Michelangelo could look at a piece of marble and see the sculpture contained within its mass. In reference to his ability to produce masterpieces he said, “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.”

If you long for your life to count for something, stop just dreaming and do something. If you wish to see God’s kingdom come to earth, put action to your faith and engage in your world. Go until God says “Stop.” Success may not be instantaneous, that’s normal. Perfect practice makes perfect and will prove it really isn’t all in your head.

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