As children we tend to absorb labels. Our parents should be the ones who brand us with good words, calling us up into our destinies. In many cases our parents carried negative labels themselves and had no clue how to brand us or that it was even part of their job description.
Some common labels are:
- below average
- accident prone
Maybe a doctor or other "professional" labeled you with:
- PTSD or some other series of letters
These labels do not have the power to define you forever unless you let them.
- You can move beyond your childhood and be a powerful adult.
- You were a child then. You are not now. You are an adult.
- You really can throw off all of those old labels from when you were a child and embrace new labels.
- You have generations of ancestors cheering you on!
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1 NASB)
Key idea: You do not have to be who you have always been.
Key strategy: Who do you need to be in order to do what you want to do? Put it into one sentence. Put it in your reminders in your phone and set the alarm to go off at a certain time each day. Read it out loud each day. Do it until it feels true and natural.
When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:11)