See and Say (Repost)

Posted on 7+000025. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Blogs by Jim Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, perception is reality, philosophy of life, Positive Affirmations, vision | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Moses’ twelve spies were commissioned to see something and to say something – to translate the visual into the verbal, so that the others waiting back at the camp could unify themselves around a collective vision. This principle of seeing and saying is something that you practice on a regular basis, either intentionally or unintentionally, and it can be your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on how you use it. The combination of positive visualization and verbalization in your life can be a powerfully transformative force, if you are consistent in your practical application of it. You are what you see that you are. You are what you say that you are.

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I will accept the reality today that I may not be expecting enough from myself.

Posted on 1+000015. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Blogs by Jim Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Jim Earl Swilley, perception is reality, Positive Affirmations | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

clark-kent3Taking responsibility for your life is the ultimate confirmation and indicator of your own maturity.  It can certainly be sobering to recognize and have to admit to yourself that the largest part of your life is basically what you alone have made it, and that you can’t blame anyone else for what you don’t like about it.  But, it is also quite liberating and empowering to do so.  The admission of your own answerability is a testimonial to your own authority.  When you say yes to a state of mind that makes no excuses for what it has produced, you break the cycle of denial and clear the way for a greater reality and a greater expectation of yourself.

 

The bottom line is that there is much, much more in you than you have realized or have utilized up until now.  You’re bigger on the inside than you are on the outside and, as you become more keenly aware of what you have and what you can do, you will discover the strength and confidence to make a greater demand on your inner resources.  If you really think about it, you’ll realize that you’ve already triumphantly come through so many things that, at the time, seemed potentially overwhelming and impossible to survive.  But when you needed to step up to the plate, you rose to the occasion because you possessed the raw materials of success.

 

 

All that you need to do now is practice perfecting the process that develops those raw materials, namely, the process of involvement.  Real involvement in your life means getting off the sidelines and playing the game without any fear of injury.  It means taking the chance of making your own choices and refusing to limit those choices only to what seems possible at the moment.  If you don’t get in the game, it’s assured that you’ll never win.  And if your choices never challenge the boundaries of the reasonable, you have no reason to expect more from yourself and so you disconnect yourself from the true desires of your own heart.

 

 

 

Anything less than the highest expectations from your inner self is a compromise, and life is too short and precious to be compromised in any way.  The heart that willingly takes responsibility for its own quality of life knows that the most essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.  You can expect yourself not to fail and can forgive yourself even if you do.  But, more importantly, you can respect yourself for trying.  Things can start getting better for you right now if you simply start expecting more from yourself and stop waiting for something outside of yourself to improve your life.  You can change your life by changing the way you see things.

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Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things

Posted on 5+000011. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, laws of attraction, order @ www.churchinthenow.org, perception is reality, philosophy of life, Positive Affirmations, Self-esteem, self-image, vision | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

20-20-visionYou can, in fact, change your life by changing the way that you see things.  It has been theorized that there is no such thing as reality, there is only perception—a premise that can be argued, ad infinitum, by philosophers and physicists, alike.  Whether or not it is actually and completely true, the fact remains that your perception of things really does determine how you think, feel and function every single day of your life.  It is a fact that God is, but it is also a fact that God is to you how you see that He is.

 

You can determine your own happiness by learning how to properly view and discern the circumstances of your past and present.  By learning how to see yourself correctly, you can become the person you’ve always really wanted to be or, better yet, you can reveal the best “you” that you already are.  You have the ability to choose an attitude and vision for each day with the same confidence and ease that you have when choosing what to have for breakfast in the morning or what clothes to wear for the day.  The more you are able to see how inner sight creates daily realities, the better skilled you will become in using it to your advantage.

 

Free your mind, open the eyes of your heart and prepare to change your life for the better.  You can be happy. You can succeed.  You can stop second-guessing your life choices, living in regret or blaming others.  You can break all the limitations of your own mind and tap into an inner power that will enable you to do things that you never thought you could do before.  And you can do it all by simply choosing to change your viewpoint and perception of the things pertaining to your life.  As you begin to realize personal transformation, let these words take on new meaning for you: I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see!

 

[A separate 20/20 VISION Workbook is also available.]

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Peace With Yourself

Posted on 4+000002. Filed under: Books by Bishop Jim Swilley | Tags: , , , , |

Being at peace with oneself is something that should be aspired to, treasured and protected. Your peace is stronger than your fluctuating moods or temporary thoughts of discouragement. Being at peace will positively affect your health and could even lengthen your life in the long run. It certainly will make you easier to live with and will condition you to have better relationships and live a more successful life. When your mind is at peace, you see things more clearly and with better perspective; you are less likely to become overwhelmed by your circumstances. You can change your life by changing the way you see things.

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