How do you focus in a world of noise and unbury the dreams that God has placed in your hearts?
You master the obstacles and overcome the distractions.
It is called the MOOD tune-up process. It helps determine the difference between your calling and something pulling you away from what you need to do.
We learned previously in Digging Up Buried Dreams Part 1 the first two steps – how to have mastery over obstacles. Now it’s time to build on our knowledge and learn the other two parts of the MOOD tune-up.
Overcome means to conquer, gain control of, and defeat.
What you think about determines your feelings and affects your mood. You can control your thoughts and defeat them by limiting what you allow in your mind.
As you go through your day, pay attention to what you are thinking about and write it down. This process slows down your mind. It also reveals what triggered your mind to think negative thoughts and cause your feelings to change.
I used to have racing thoughts and suffered from anxiety and depression as a teenager and young adult. Later in life, I learned how to take every thought captive and not allow my feelings to overwhelm me. I did this by memorizing scriptures and bringing them up every time I had a negative thought. One scripture in particular that I learned is in the second chapter of the book of Corinthians in the bible.
2 Cor. 10:5 (KJV) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
You can prevail over negative thoughts and feelings too. Memorize verses like this and say them out loud every time the negative thought tries to creep into your mind. Cast down every thought that does not line up with the path that God has set before you. Mastery comes with practice and repetition.
We looked at the M, O, O (Master our Obstacles and Overcome) parts of the MOOD tune-up process. Finally, let’s look at the last step, overcoming distractions.
Distractions tempt us from doing what we need to do. If it does not line up with our calling in the season that we are in, it is a distraction. We cannot hear the prompting of the Holy Spirit if we don’t stay focused.
Distractions come in many forms. People and information are a few of my favorite and most challenging examples.
People – People are sometimes beautiful distractions and keep us from what God has put in our hearts to accomplish. We either need to walk away from the relationship or limit the interaction.
Information – Every day hundreds of bits of information compete to get our attention. We must decipher if the data we receive is going to add value to our lives. If it doesn’t, remove it.
We learned in Part 1, that our physical environment and ourselves can also be obstacles stopping us from reaching our God appointed goals. Eliminating distractions helps us stay focused on the vision that God has for our lives. It helps unbury our dreams (what God has called us to do in this season of life).
In this season, I am a daughter, wife, sister, aunt, life coach and a friend.
What titles or callings do you have on your list?
You have a purpose, calling, and dreams inside your heart. Be the ruler of your thoughts and your heart will follow. Take the time to do a checkup on your emotional and mental health. Do a MOOD tune-up.
MASTER the OBSTACLES and OVERCOME the DISTRACTIONS.
We all have dreams inside of our hearts, dare to live out yours.
I would love to hear how you are mastering obstacles and overcoming distractions. Comment below.
We cannot unbury and dig up our dreams if we don’t know what they are.
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