Last month I presented the tools that I like to use to set goals for the year. Most of that post entailed the processing of collecting thoughts after you have gained perspective. What happens if you don’t know how to gain perspective? Prospective used in this sense is defined as the state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, in having a meaningful interrelationship. Which relationship?…you may ask. The one you have with yourself. It is your mindset, or the way you think. You might ask yourself, What do you think about the facts known to you concerning your current life and the circumstances surrounding your life?
Before the current pandemics, we were surrounded by many distractions that played duel roles in our lives, preventing focus and giving us access to a host of philosophies, values, and traditions. This combination can have a huge impact on our mindset and cause us to stray away from our identity. Along with the duel pandemics (the ongoing fight for equality and a cure for Covid-19), the battle to sustain our mindset has significantly increased. With so much going on in the world, mindset is vital to the success of sustaining a life that is full of wholeness in every area. The process of developing your mindset does not come easily if we do not have a method to both manage and develop our perspective. For the believer, it begins with building an identity that comes from God and seeking wisdom from the Word to sustain that identity. Identity starts with the Word and continues to develop as you spend time along with God (what I like to call: “TAWG”). Personality, family values, traditions, and philosophies are also a part of ones identity and play a role in our mindset. It is vital that we evaluate and maintain an appropriate process to sustain our mindset as it is the driver of our life and leads us to our destiny.
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 AMP
I love the book of Proverbs because I believe it contains many jewels that can help people live life skillfully, which is essentially the definition of wisdom. It this particular scripture Solomon speaks to the importance of guarding your heart. If we examine what it the process of guarding a queen we can get a clear picture of the process of guarding your heart, which is often interchangeable with mind and spirit in Bible. In England, the Queen’s guards are handpicked and must provide protection, prevent escape, misconduct, equip with safeguards, and stay under control no matter the circumstance. This is a lot to live up to and requires a great level of discipline. Such is the matter of guarding the heart for it leads to your life decisions. It is vital that we equip our heart (mind/spirit) with the tools we deem necessary to maintain a positive perspective so that we ultimate meet our life goals.
We must also evaluate the voices, philosophies, values, and traditions that we allow to occupy space in our mind. Our process must be ongoing and appropriately fitted to our identity and goals for our lives. In guarding my heart, I am careful of the voices that I allow to speak into my life and the weight of their words in having impact in my life. I also take into account what I deem necessary to grow and develop my mindset. My learning tools varies based on what I need at the time and who I feel can challenge me to grow in a particular. Learning can be through mentorship, books, or spoken words. Guarding the heart is one of the way to gain or regain a healthy perspective for life. It is my goal to continue sharing my own process in the developing and maintaining mindset as well as many other researched mindfulness & tools which will be housed in the column, “Soul”.