Personal Development

Joel Osteen published a book entitled Every Day A Friday Journal: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week.  I’ve been working my way through the book, and it really has helped me to be more insightful.  I love Osteen’s many scriptures, inspirational quotes, stories, prayers, and points for reflection.

Osteen writes many passages he calls “Key Truth”.  In one he states, “God will always bring the right people into your life, but you have to let the wrong people walk away.  The right people will never show up if you don’t clear out the wrong.”  Think about that passage for a while and see how or if it fits into your life.  Most of us have had people come and go in our lives.  Sometimes the parting might be painful.  At other times, the separation may bring relief.  Either way, always focus on God and his word.  He will bring what is right and good into your life.  Keep that thought in your mind and say it aloud when praying alone.   Pray daily to God and meditate on his word.  He will hear you.

Osteen goes on to remind us what Steve Jobs said. “Time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”  Osteen reminds everyone to “Follow your heart and your intuition”.  Seek and find truth in your life.  Everyday is the only day you are really given, and I believe God wants us to make the most of it.  Climb for the top, but don’t forget to stop and help others alone the way.

Keep a journal, and see how to can make every day count.  Write down your thoughts either in the morning or prior to going to bed.  You may be amazed at what comes to you.  Or, purchase Osteen’s book.  He provides places to journal in each chapter.

Shirleen Sando



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Limiting Beliefs

Do you have limiting beliefs that are stopping you from getting what you desire from life?  When we harbor limiting beliefs in our subconscious mind, we are placing limits on ourselves.  If you feel fear, your Amygdala in the brain actually releases chemicals of fear, doubt, and anxiety.  These chemicals can be released simply by you FEELING fear.  The fear may be real or it may be imagined.  The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined.  It holds all thoughts, words, images, and feelings as real.  You can easily see why it is so important to take control of your subconscious mind-to plant only positive thoughts, words, feelings, and images in it. The old saying, “you are what you think about” is as true as “you are what you eat”.

Think about that for a moment.  If you desire to be successful, and you believe that success is for others and not for you, then what do you think your chances of being successful are?  Slim to none.  Sometimes negative childhood memories are buried in our subconscious and unknowingly keep us from realizing our life’s purpose and dreams.  You may not be aware of these negative images, but they are affecting you, regardless.  You see, we all grew up with some negativity in our lives.  Our parents, teachers, and friends weren’t mean.   They just didn’t understand that their words were sometimes hurtful and that sometimes those words or actions would influence us for the rest of our lives, that is, if we fail to rid ourselves of them.   Sometimes, people said things to us when we were younger to protect us, or at least the people who said them saw it that way.  Did anyone ever tell you that you weren’t smart enough to do something or all rich people are out for themselves or any dozen of other words parents, friends, teachers or others might have said?  Maybe the person thought you were dreaming too big.  Well, dream big.

To achieve your heart’s desire, you simply must work to get those old buried programs out of your subconscious mind and replace them with new, positive ones.  You can fulfill your life’s purpose.   You can reach any goal.  I’m not saying, a fairy godmother is going to wave a wane over you and give you what you desire or that you instantly materialize anything you think.  If that were true, if you thought about a two headed monster, it could come forth and eat your lunch.  Thankfully, it doesn’t work that way.  But, I am saying that your subconscious will give you what it has buried inside.  Place positive words, thoughts, feelings, and images deep inside your subconscious and receive positive energy from God’s glorious Universe.  Repetition is the key.

Once you harness the power of the subconscious mind and start to change the programming of the subconscious mind, your life will change.  You will start manifesting your heart’s desires.  It is, however, important to deal with the root of the problems and to eliminate limiting beliefs.  Pay attention to your every thought, word, action, feeling, and image.  You may have to be quiet for a few moments and listen to yourself.  If a negative thought, word, action, feeling, or image pops into your mind, immediately push it away.  Say out loud, if possible, “Go away,” and really mean it.  Then replace the negativity with something positive.  Over time, your subconscious will be full of powerful positive words, thoughts, and images.

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Shirleen Sando, Author, Biblical Educator, and Essential Oil Business Builder

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