A "Go-To" State Of MindWhen events begin to unfold around you and you find yourself in a stressful, frustrating or scary situation we need a mechanism and thought process that we can lean on. A true "go-to" state of mind to set us up to react appropriately and powerfully when we need it most.
Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. - Romans 12:2 KJV
We may find ourselves angry before we know it. When that happens we want to "throw a switch" and move to a calm, cool, peaceful demeanor.
If we find ourselves angry, we shift to cool. If we get scared, we shift to poised. If we get frustrated, we shift to calm. We are not talking about removing or suppressing the negative emotion that is coursing through us. Those feelings are not our enemy until we submit to them. What we want to do is put them in their proper place which is to give way to our mind.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." - John 14:27 NASB
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What are the top 2 emotions that get the best of you?
Write them down and list 3 reasons how shifting to a calm, cool, peaceful demeanor are a much better way to go. List the reasons why it's a better way to live.
Then follow up with prayer and mental reps of being in the situation that triggers the emotion and step through shifting your emotions to the background and begin to think first. A little practice will go a long way.
Even while the emotions are in place and you are thinking, you will still feel them. That's OK! We are not trying to suppress them.
We are training them to conform to our thinking, so they are going to fight back at first. Each encounter your feelings will emulate your thinking more and more.
Please, add your thoughts in the comment section.