1. The WorrierDo you scare yourself with your thoughts?

  • Are you high anxiety?
  • Do you imagine the worst?
  • Is your common question, “What if . . . happens?”

Get a Grip: Change the “What if’s” to “What would I do?” or “So what?  I can manage.”   Ask yourself what the odds are of this really happening.  Are you overestimating the fear rather than putting your trust in God?

2. The Self-Critic Do you tear yourself down?

  • Do you call yourself an idiot?
  • Do you constantly judge and evaluate yourself and come out pretty bruised?

Get a Grip: Write down positive statements people have made to you.  Rehearse these out loud, addressing yourself.  Notice when you are berating and putting yourself down and STOP!  Ask yourself: what is the evidence for this? Is this always true?  Make counter-statements based on truth and God’s words to you.

3. The Victim Do you  feel sorry for yourself?

  • Do you think others have it better?
  • Do you feel passed  over, unloved and unappreciated? Do you envy others and feel life and God are  unfair?
  • Do you say, “I can’t. I will never be able to succeed”?

Get a  Grip:           Instead of rehearsing your sorrows, rehearse what you have going for you.  Change your focus from what you don’t have to what God has given you.           Instead of hopelessness,  say what is true: “I can continue to improve my life. It’s never too late  for new friendships, skills, or interests. God will guide and bless me.”

4. The PerfectionistIs  your standard so high so you set yourself up for failure?

  • Do you condemn  yourself when you fail?
  • Is your self-talk harsh and hurtful?
  • Do you feel God  can’t love you, and nor would others if they knew you?

Get a Grip:           Pray persistently for God to change your  thinking and understanding from lies to truth: He accepts you on the basis of  Christ’s merits, not your own. You are saved by grace, God’s free gift, and you  don’t maintain it by being perfect. Doing good things for God is an expression  of your love, not an effort to maintain your relationship with Him. Learn to  transform your mind by thinking through these statements:

  1. It’s okay to make mistakes.
  2. I don’t have to always be perfect or the best
  3. Setbacks are part of the process and an important  learning tool

I hope identifying these four types of negative thinking  has been helpful. I’d encourage you to ask the Lord what other lies might have  you in bondage. Remember, these aren’t from the Lord. He came to bring us freedom  from this kind of mental misery so we can go through life enjoying emotional  and spiritual victory. Our weapons are prayer, faith, and the Word of God. (Ephesians 6)

Meet Poppy Smith:With her fun personality and passion for communicating lifechanging truths, Poppy Smith inspires believers to thrive spiritually and personally. Poppy’s practical how-to messages (in print or in person) uses colorful examples from her own struggles and inspires many to see how change can occur.

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2 replies on “Get a Grip On Your Thinking- by Guest Blogger, Poppy Smith”

  • October 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks Poppy for the reminder that we can Get a Grip on our Thinking! Love your fun personality, and helping you anyway I can. Glad you are a team member at “Simply” Sue Speaks!

  • October 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Love your post Poppy! Thank you for reminding me that I don’t have to be perfect. The older I get the more I’m learning this.