My aunt thought it would be a great idea if we did a family challenge, and of course, we had to go all in! My family and I recently completed the “No Negativity Challenge." The purpose of this challenge is to monitor what comes out of your mouth. In this case, monitor and take note of what is positive and what is negative.
The rules were: for every negative word that you say aloud, or via text, you have to tally it up and those tallies equate to dollar amounts. Of course, we had to make it interesting! So, by the end of the challenge whoever has the least amount of tallies will receive all of the money!
Aside from the monetary award, there's so much more to gain during this challenge.
Here are a few things I gained and learned by doing this challenge:
1. Recognizing Thought Patterns
2. Mind Rewal
This challenge has been fun, but it's also been eye-opening. This challenge has allowed me to recognize my thought patterns. I asked myself a few questions: What are my triggers? Why do I feel this way? And how can I stop thinking this way?
Once I narrowed down what was causing negative thoughts I had to come up with a game plan of how I needed to produce more positive thought patterns so when I speak to people my tone and attitude are more receiving.
I had to renew my mind. I had to consciously be attentive and be intentional about my thoughts. By recognizing my thought patterns and renewing my mind, a transformation occurred. There has been a transformation within my thoughts, within how I carry myself, and how I treat and speak to others.
I honestly believe that if this challenge had not occurred then I would still be operating in those same thought patterns that produced negative results. But I am grateful that I was able to experience this challenge. It really opened my eyes to how often a negative word comes out of my mouth, whether it's intentional or not.
So, how are your thoughts?
Do you have any triggers that produce a negative thought pattern? Or better yet, maybe you have a system that helps you reframe from negative thinking?
Whichever the case, it's a learning process. As we continue to grow and develop in Christ we learn new things about ourselves daily. Learning is how we develop into the best versions of ourselves that God has called us to be.
Meditate: Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.