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Powerful Truths that Transform Our Thinking

Anna Light

“I’m just average.” 

“There’s really nothing special about me.” 

“I’m not as thin as her.” 

“I’ll never reach my potential.” 

“I should be farther along in life.”

“I have no friends.” 

“I’m not doing enough for God.” 

These thoughts and more used to plague my mind, and sometimes they still do. The enemy is raging war against our thoughts and whispers lies in our minds that feel close to the truth, we end up believing they are true. 

My dark thoughts and the lies I believed, spiraled me down a path I never thought I’d find myself. I started thinking of ways I might end my life. Contemplating suicide seemed logical. How else could I escape? I felt trapped. It was a personal prison that I allowed, isolating myself from others, believing the lie I was alone. 

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I think many people struggling with negative thoughts find themselves in the same situation. The pain we see in the world, the suicides we hear about, all point to this war of the mind. If we’re not careful we confine ourselves in this invisible prison with no one to help us out. From the outside, we look normal. We try to smile, try to be strong, try to fit in… but inside we are worried, hurting, frightened, and fragile. 

But we do not have to stay that way. 

One of the most powerful things I learned during this dark time was how important it was to bring negative thoughts to the light. The enemy works in darkness and it is in an atmosphere of darkness where lies and deception do their best growth. But when we bring our thoughts to the light they begin to lose their power. 

How did I do this? I began to write down the thoughts that plagued me, out of my head and on paper. Now that I had them in the front of my mind I could do the next thing: Replace those lies with powerful truths. 

If believing lies keep us in pain and darkness than believing the truth is the key that sets us free.

Jesus is the Truth and a relationship with Him is the only way we will ever know true freedom. He’s given us weapons in this battle for our minds and the number one weapon is the Word of God. There’s a reason it’s called the Sword of the Spirit. (Eph. 6:17) It is there for us to pick up and do battle against the lies of the enemy.

How did I do this? Using God’s Word, I found scriptures that countered each of the lies I wrote down. Think of these scriptures as separate keys that unlock the chains of your negative thoughts. When these powerful truths transform your thinking you will walk this life with confident passion, firmly grounded, and unstoppable. 

Are you ready to do this? Here a few to get you started: 

I’ll never amount to anything. — “‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11

I’m damaged because of my past. — “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” Revelation 21:5

No one could ever love me. — “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

I’m not good enough. — “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

I’m a failure. — “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

Learn How to Learn and You Can Do Anything

Anna Light

“I think we could install the metal roof ourselves, and save a lot of money.” When he said it I knew he had already made up his mind to do it himself. Except for laying the concrete, we had already done everything else to build this house ourselves. Why would the roof be any different? Had I known at the time what it would require to install a standing seam metal roof I would have gladly paid double the amount to have someone else do it. But of course, I would’ve missed out on the character-shaping lessons that came out of that agonizing two months we spent doing something we had no business doing.

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After putting the kids down for the night, we spent our evenings sitting in our bed watching YouTube videos on how to install a metal roof. We learned the proper cuts, folds, and fasteners needed to ensure water would flow naturally off the roof without leaking underneath. We learned about protective membranes that had to be laid before the metal, and the hundreds of yards of sticky tape needed to secure each panel to the other. It was overwhelming, but little, by little we added to our knowledge, purchased the proper tools and materials, and got started on a cold Saturday morning in February. 

We had extra hands for the first couple weekends, which helped us get a head start on the project, but after the top gable was complete, the job was left to just the two of us. I was in charge of organizing the panels which came in different lengths and bringing them to Cody who would prep the panel by cutting the edges, bending it in on itself and/or trimming off any unneeded metal so that it lined up perfectly with the lines of the roof. In the beginning, the prep for each panel took us twelve minutes from start to finish, but by the end of the two-month project we had brought down the prep time to just six minutes per panel. The roof took hundreds of panels to complete, but by the end of the project, we had invested eleven thousand dollars of sweat equity into the house. 

Technology today has changed everything. Even ten years ago, it wasn’t the normal practice to look up a tutorial on YouTube to teach you how to do something. If you wanted to learn a new skill or find out more about something you took a class, apprenticed under someone, or checked out books from the library and spent hours studying. (Or hire the professional.) And while those things may still be part of your learning process, we can’t forget that today, all the information we could ever wish to have is literally at our fingertips. It just takes a willingness to put in the work to teach ourselves what we want to learn. 

I grew up homeschooled. And though there are many misconceptions about homeschoolers one of the most important lessons I gained in schooling at home was how to learn. 

For Cody, the Marine Corp pushed him to become that self-propelled learner and troubleshooter, living by the motto that if there is a problem or obstacle there is a solution, even if it takes all day to figure out. Having the patience and fortitude to stick with something until it is complete or becomes a new skill is a dying art in today’s world. We want an app for this and an app for that, and while I’m all for using technology to become more productive, we can’t forget the importance of self-propelled learning and plain hard work. 

So what skill stands in the way of your dream or goal? What do you need to learn to make that dream a reality? Are you a self-propelled learner? It may take you longer than you want, but— 

If you learn how to learn, you can do anything.

The Path to Your Greatest Impact

Anna Light

Insecurity. 

The word alone elicits feelings close to shame, self-doubt, and embarrassment. Feelings we like to pretend aren’t there. But over the last several years, as I have observed, researched, and uncovered all I could about this word Insecurity, for my book In_Security: Break Free from what Holds You Back, I’ve discovered everyone struggles with some form of insecurity or another. It is not gendered specific, age specific, or career specific. It is a human problem, manifesting itself in as many different ways as the individuals it infects. 

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It is fascinating to me, really. All the different facets that come from such a universal feeling that most are unwilling to talk about. And why are we unwilling to discuss it? Because of insecurity. We don’t want to look weak. We don’t want to admit that, we too, have moments of doubt, fear, and uncertainty. This might ruin our reputation. People might not take us seriously. After all, we’re taught that “positive thoughts breed positive action” and while that may be true, complete avoidance of our insecurities may not be the answer. Through much of my research, I have discovered a surprising, yet helpful fact about our greatest insecurities. 

“The path to your greatest impact is often through your greatest insecurity.” 

I’ll share from my own journey. I’ve struggled for years feeling insecure about writing. Not just writing, but sharing my writing with others. Putting myself out there for acceptance or for ridicule. Because of this, I remained in a state of apathetic complacency, swatting away the gentle reminders to use the gift I had been given, convinced it was worthless. I knew for ten years I was supposed to write a book—not only a book—but a book about overcoming insecurity. The ironic thing is I was insecure about writing a book about insecurity! So I put it off. For ten years. Doing nothing also left me empty. Not only empty, but feelings of self-contempt continued to increase for the constant procrastination and waste of precious time and talent. I didn’t know what was worse: Facing the fear of completing, publishing and marketing the book, or living with regret. I finally started writing, and I can tell you from experience, facing the fear is the way to go. 

Along with this journey, many others have confirmed the same feelings as they've shared their insecurities with me. Is it possible that the very thing holding us back could be the launchpad of a great calling we’re too afraid to step into? Could our insecurities be an indicator of the path we need to take? 

We could say it like this: insecurity is the neon sign that points to a life of purpose, freedom, and fulfillment. The more insecure and fearful you are about that path reveals just how important it is that you take it. We just have to fight our way past the insecurity that threatens to leave us stagnant. 

Here are three things to watch for as you embark on your own fight to overcome the insecurity holding you back from your greatest impact. 

Self Regard

    Your personal self-regard will reflect in every interaction you have. The way you think about yourself will teach, inform, and direct others to think about you the same way. The problem with this is oftentimes, we are riddled with self-doubt, fear, and insecurity when faced with a risk we want to take. We want others to believe in us, but we first must believe in ourselves. Do you want to know a great way to have a better self-regard? Do the things you say you’re going to do. Not just the promises you make to others. Keep the promises you make to yourself. That’s where the real test of self-integrity is given and where positive self-regard will grow. Have a phone call you need to make? Put it on your calendar and make it. That idea you’ve been sitting on? Get the prototype going. The thing on your list you are most afraid of? Do it first. Taking small steps to keep the promises you make to yourself will help foster personal trust. If you can trust yourself that you’ll do what you know you need to do, you’ll be unstoppable.  

What Will People Think? 

    This fear is deep-rooted in our human desire to be accepted and most of the time we tend to avoid moving forward if there is a chance of rejection or judgment. What if I fail? What if this idea doesn’t work? What if they say no? What will people think if…? The great news is: people don’t think about you. Do you want to know why? They are too worried about themselves to put any real emotional energy into thinking about you. And even if they do think or speak negatively about you, it’s most likely because you’re doing something they aren’t doing and they misplace personal resentment into negative jealousy. Holding yourself back based on a fear of what others think is a waste of time and a trap designed to keep you from moving forward. Recognize it, and walk through it. 

The Resistance

    Whether we agree or not on the existence of a Higher Being, a Master Creator, Mother Earth, the Power Within, or God, I know we can all agree that we have an enemy working against us. I call it a spiritual enemy because I believe in God and the spiritual realm that’s waging war in the unseen. Steven Pressfield simply calls it Resistance—the enemy within, who,  by the way “is always lying and always full of shit.” If you have ever dreamed of becoming more than you are, you have experienced Resistance. It’s that little voice inside (or big voice, depending on how good we’ve gotten at ignoring it) that wants to take us out. 

What insecurity holds you back? What is keeping you from taking the next step in your journey, business, dream or life? Is it any wonder you feel uncertain, cautious, or doubtful in your approach to this sensitive issue? There is so much working against you. Our enemy knows your potential and fears what could happen if you not only knew your greatest calling, but walked in it confidently. Why do you think he works so hard to make you feel incompetent, unqualified, fearful, or even undeserving? So you'll avoid the work.

So, maybe you don’t believe in the devil, but you know the Resistance I’m talking about. Think about it. Oftentimes, it is the unknown that makes us feel unsure or insecure. It is the risk that makes us fearful. Most of the time when we're faced with insecure feelings our instinct is to back-track or avoid those situations or talk ourselves out of what we know we need to do. If we but understood the path to our greatest calling is often through our greatest insecurity, we could plunge headfirst into that destiny, knowing that great blessing is waiting on the other side.