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This is the main focus of the challenge…paying close attention to what your mind is telling you is possible (or not possible). As you work on recognizing & stopping the old programs you have running through your mind, you can begin to replace them with ANYTHING YOU WANT. There is NO LIMIT when it comes to your mind & all creation begins as a thought. Also, pay attention to what you are “feeding” your mind. Your thoughts are very easily influenced by the people you interact with, by the entertainment you watch, & by the things you read. Get in the habit of asking yourself: Does _______ inspire me to be my best self?

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During this challenge, pay close attention to your thoughts about your body. If they are negative, turn them around & say something positive. Tell yourself that, for the next 30 days, you are going to truly appreciate the body that God has given you. Take a walk, drink more water, go to bed early & get up early so you have some time to yourself. The better care you take of your body, the better you’ll feel about yourself.

I love these quotes on the connection between the mind & the body…

“When a person makes their thoughts pure, they no longer desire impure food.”  – James Allen, As A Man Thinketh

“If you would perfect your body, guard your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind.” – James Allen, As A Man Thinketh

“There is no question that the health of the body affects the spirit…that which affects our bodies also affects our souls.” – Ezra Taft Benson

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Are you nourishing your spirit on a daily basis? Do you have a daily connection with your Heavenly Father? What are your thoughts about God? How do you think He feels about you? One of the best ways to lift your thoughts is to feel connected to your Creator. I love this quote about what a relationship with God can do for you…

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He can deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, and pour out peace… Give God your best & His best will come back to you.”  – Ezra Taft Benson

Commit to take time during this challenge to connect with your Heavenly Father. He loves you & wants to help you succeed…

“Never assume that you can make it alone. You need the help of the Lord. Never hesitate to get on your knees in some private place and speak with Him. What a marvelous and wonderful thing is prayer. Think of it. We can actually speak with our Father in Heaven. He will hear and respond, but we need to listen to that response. Nothing is too serious and nothing too unimportant to share with Him.”  – Gordon B. Hinckley

 

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Take 10-15 minutes to read the daily blog posts, consider your own life, & journal about your experience.

 

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I believe that KNOWLEDGE IS POWER & so I just want you to soak up the knowledge about how your thoughts affect you & how to lift your thoughts to a higher place.

By choosing higher thoughts every day, for thirty days, you can develop a new & powerful habit that will help you in every area of your life.

 

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– Wear a rubberband for the next 30 days. Every time you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, pop yourself on the wrist. This will help you become more aware of the thoughts that are running through your mind.

– Keep a tally on a piece of paper. Put a mark every time you think something negative.

*I’ve changed things up a bit! See the UPDATE below!

 

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I’d like to tell you about something that has changed my perspective when it comes to creating new habits, why the number THIRTY is important, & how it can help you.

Years ago, NASA conducted an experiment & made a surprising discovery. They were trying to determine what kind of effect being in a weightless environment for long periods of time would have on astronauts. So they created goggles that literally flipped their world upside down. The astronauts were required to wear these goggles 24/7. For 25 days, nothing changed, and then, on day 26, one of the astronauts had an amazing thing happen…his world turned right-side up again…even though he was still wearing the goggles! Within the next several days, the same thing happened to the others!

NASA was fascinated by the surprising results & realized that they had discovered an amazing thing…the brain had rewired itself by creating new neural pathways in order to adapt to the new input that was coming in.

They decided to continue this experiment, only this time they allowed the goggles to come off for short periods of time during the 30 days. In these experiments, the neural adaptation did not happen! In other words, it took approximately 30 days of constant, consistent, uninterrupted input of new ideas in order for the brain to create new neural pathways & accept it as normal.

 

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Choose to be consistent over the next 30 days by not missing a day. By doing this, you will be re-wiring your brain to pay more attention to your negative thoughts. You will also be training yourself to turn those negative thoughts into more powerful, positive ones. SO, are you committed?

 

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I’m changing up the challenge! One of my good friends, Alisa Hancock, left a comment below with a link to a video about “catching our thoughts”.  After watching it, I’ve decided to change what I told you to do above. Instead of “catching your negative thoughts”, I’m going to have you focus on “counting your positive ones”. Watch THIS VIDEO & you’ll see why…(seriously, go watch it, it’ll make you smile)…CLICKING CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.