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Conquering Your Thoughts and Strongholds

By Coach Lucy DelSarto, WEC, TCOY Wellness -

Conquering Your Thoughts  and StrongholdsEvery day we battle a war. The casualties are everywhere as people suffer emotionally, physically and financially from disease, unhealthy relationships and career changes.

Often, the most significant conflict exists in our minds and is where most battles are won or lost. Could you be subconsciously holding yourself captive and fueling disease by your thoughts?

As a Wellness Coach, I work with my clients to achieve Total Wellness. Wellness is not merely the lack of disease, it is a life full of vitality and energy brought about by embracing the whole being; head, heart and body.

Often we read an amazing story about how someone overcame great odds to survive an accident, disease or a tragedy because of their spirit and will to live. As recent as May 10, 2013, a woman was found alive under the rubble of a Bangladesh factory building, 17 days after it collapsed. This is a testament to the power of human endurance in the face of extreme circumstances and almost certain death.

What are You Telling Yourself?  
The only person we live with 24/7 is ourself. Constant thoughts pass through our mind throughout the day. Studies have indicated the average person has over 60,000 thoughts per day. A person who embraces an attitude of gratitude and rebukes the negative input will find more joy and contentment in life.

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”  Wayne Dyer

The mind provides a refuge from a world that may be full of chaos and challenges. The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they simply make the best of everything. Instead of wasting energy worrying or wishing things would be different, seek to find the lesson and the good in everything. Transform your life by working on your mind and heart, not just your physical body.

A Belief is Not Necessarily the Truth
A thought repeated becomes a belief and a belief does not necessarily reflect the truth; however, it is a person’s perception of the truth. A stronghold is the result of wrong thinking or beliefs that have taken root in an area of your life. The stronghold can be purely mental, in that only you are aware of its presence, or it can present itself in a physical sense such as food disorders or behavioral issues. Strongholds take hold of your mind and reveal themselves through, not only your actions, but the manner in which you live your life. The issue is your thought life.

Beyond Willpower
Willpower is powerful; yet, can only do so much if thoughts continue to sabotage your efforts. New Year’s Resolutions are a perfect example. A person who desires to lose weight or get healthy will eventually be unsuccessful if strongholds are not addressed.

Many strongholds began in childhood and have been ingrained into our belief system. The existence of a stronghold can be recognized because it will be that area of your life in which you consistently have problems and cannot live in victory. A habitual pattern of failure or hopelessness exists in that area of your life.

Each day, our minds are bombarded with a constant stream of nagging thoughts, suspicions, doubts and fears. While any one of these can cause defeat and devastation, we are often plagued by more than one. The consequence is increased physical and mental stress, which weakens the immune system and increases our health risks.

Unless we renew our mind, we risk continuing to believe those lies and making important decisions based on deception.

Adopt a New Way of Thinking
Are you ready to adopt a new way of thinking and create behavioral changes to create a healthier way of living? Changing your
thoughts leads to a change of attitude, which changes your actions/behaviors.

Action Is Required
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