Chapter 7, part 4: Declutter Your Mind from A Book in Time

Published on 23 September 2022 at 17:52

According to Tiffany:

Words of affirmation can heal the soul. Positivity is the aid in overcoming your inner critic and decluttering your mind.


Tiffany's Positive Affirmations You Can Use

1.)  "I am enough."  You give yourself the love no one else can provide you with. You truly are enough.


2.)  "I have everything I need to be successful and optimistic right now."  You have everything you need right now to choose to stay positive.


3.)  "I will follow my dreams because I am confident."  Forget everything that has brought you to this moment, and remember everything you have ever done for yourself. Close your eyes for a moment and identify your life and everyone who has ever influenced you, and center your focus on yourself.


4.)  "I have the power, and no one can take that away from me."  No one can force you to think, feel or act, as you have the power to determine your own beliefs and values.


5.)  "My future is a choice, and my choice is happiness."  Everyone has a choice; not everyone chooses to be happy. It takes an awareness of this decision to make it a reality.


Optimism isn't what you do; it's what you think.

Pessimism isn't how you act but how you think.


A Book in Time's Commentary:



Professionally:  Rather than Tiffany's suggestion to forget everything that has ever brought you to this moment, my perspective is to recall everything that has brought you to this moment.


A person can only become successful if they take action…MASSIVE action. You have assuredly heard about the qualities, characteristics, and obstacles outlined in the previous blogs. Reminders like this are imperative to help move you to action. You are armed with every weapon you need in your arsenal for success; now, you must make a new blueprint for your journey, as your old one may not have been as effective as you would have liked. That’s what this journey is all about. Discovery. You’ve discovered some helpful ideas from your past and found some that weren’t a good fit for you. All of this is valuable information. Do not disregard any of it. It’s all about trying something, implementing, observing, adjusting, learning what doesn’t work, then modifying and discovering new ways that better fit your personality and goals. What works for someone else may not be your best approach, or vice versa. The more information you have and the more action you take to find additional data, the more probable it will be that you design the appropriate building blocks to thrust you down the pathway to success.


The past is your past, and the only time that matters is when you can make a difference: the now and the future. I choose to learn from my past mistakes and grow from these obstacles rather than live in regret. There is no justification for regret if you learn from your experiences and use them positively to energize and motivate you to further MASSIVE action.


Be grateful for your past experiences. Praise God for all that you have experienced. Everything from your past has led you to today, this very moment, with a new and powerful desire to succeed.  This is not despite your past experiences, but BECAUSE OF them. You are right where you are supposed to be at this moment. Get excited about the possibilities.



Contentment and Gratitude

Contentment and gratitude are inseparable. The simple discipline of focusing on the good things in your life will undoubtedly lead to gratitude and appreciation. Gratitude helps to reprogram your mind for positivity and seeing the beauty in the world. You are bombarded with so much negativity daily from numerous sources, which diminishes your capacity to feel appreciation readily. Gratitude is an effective way to train your mind to see goodness throughout the day. Perhaps you could keep a daily journal of people and things you are grateful for to rediscover all the blessings surrounding you that may be overlooked. Happiness is based solely on your decision to be happy. It is a choice. Yet never become so content that you cannot find room for improvement. Personally, I have learned to be happy with what I have. Godliness with contentment is great gain 1 Timothy 6:6. I am fully content with where I am and all I have. However, that does not mean it wouldn’t be fun or exciting for continued growth in all aspects of my life. In other words, I cannot be disappointed if I made all the effort possible and tried my best. At that point, I am content with the outcome and am at peace with my efforts. When one door closes, another opens. And possibly one more aligned with your goals. There will always be new opportunities.


Being content with what you already have is an art form that leads to a peace that cannot be replaced by anything else.  Elizabeth Gilbert


I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” 

Philippians 4:12


Spiritually:  Regarding Tiffany's statement, "I am enough," I would add, rather than "self-reliance," it comes "through Him who gives me strength," just as in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."What a heavy load it would be if I took on life and all of its heaviness within my own strength.  I would be crushed, and that wouldn't take long to happen. Praise God; He takes my burdens and carries me through the tough times. By placing trust in His promises and goodness, I no longer have to attempt to attain anything in my own strength.


"Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light."  

Matthew 11:28-30

 Through Him only, I am enough. 


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