Often times, we have to keep pressing when life gets challenging. Life often brings stress, pressure, uncertainty and worry. How do we avoid having our buttons pushed under pressure? How do we stay focused and keep the course?
Consider the different ways you think about the challenges you face. Do you sometimes consider a multitude of terrifying “what-if” scenarios? “What if I don’t get the job?” “What if I embarrass myself?” “What if they don’t like me?” “What if I fail?”
If so, consider changing your way of thinking to what you prefer: “I would like to have that job.” “I want to make a good impression.” “I prefer that they like me.” “I would like to be successful.”
Worst-case scenario thinking leaves us vulnerable to having our buttons pushed and can cause us to shrink like grasshoppers!
In Numbers 13, a selected few went to check out the promise land and reported what they saw. A majority of the spies held on to a terrified way of thinking and became like grasshoppers in their own eyes:
Numbers 13:31-32 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”… “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.
On the other hand Caleb had another opinion on the matter:
Numbers 13:30 “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
So as you face challenges in your life consider your mindset:
· Avoid “what-if” perspective or other worst case scenario mindsets
· Maintain a realistic and neutral perspective
o “I want…”
o “I would like…”
o “I prefer…”
What mindset do you maintain when faced with various challenges? Please share your comments.