Inside-Out

The process of change, first on the inside and then on the outside, internals before externals; mental changes before physical changes.

Change your thoughts and you change your world.  Norman Vincent Peale

The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.  James Allen.

 

   Each of us is constantly undergoing change. From the moment of our conception to the moment we die, we are changing. A new version of us is constantly be produced by our internal design team. We are either, new and improved, continue to be less than our best, or degrade to worse than we were. Everything going on in our lives influences us and has a cumulative and changing effect upon us.

    Automotive designers spend time and effort continuously upgrading. They do research, sort and process tremendous amounts of data, always seeking to improve existing models. Continuous improvement is a matter of necessity. We should seek to improve ourselves as well. Our process for improvement may be slow, but nonetheless it should be occurring. Our intellect and mental abilities equip us to adapt, learn, experience, and change for the better. It is an inside-out process and is dynamic and ongoing. Someone needs to be minding our change process; internal change is always occurring. If we do not control our change, the change may not be for the good. It is in our best interests to get involved and pay attention.

    We can be responsible and actively manage our change process or be passive and be a helpless pawn or victim. We should be on top of change, taking control and actively working to produce a new and improved us. Our sensory inputs, mental processes and our experiences are constantly integrated and mixed in with all the old stuff that has made us what we are. It is one big pot of soup, constantly being brewed. Out of this brew comes a new batch of ‘us’ that is a little different from the previous batch. The better the ingredients, the better the recipe, the more we pay attention to the brewing process, the better the result. We should be aware of the brewing process and how it works. It is how we work out our kinks, faults and deficiencies. We should always strive to work out the “bugs” and implement positive upgrades. It is a continuous, never-ending, work-in-progress.

     If we put our best effort into this brewing process, we will get new and improved versions of ourselves. Our “inside-out” design team will do its best to work with what it has. Personal growth and development and becoming the best we can become should always be our modus operandi.  

Challenge:  On a scale of 1 to 10, how proactive are you in your internal change process? Are you managing this change process, or is change occurring without your being involved? If you want to become a better you, it requires you committing to take charge. You have enormous potential to make improvements and upgrades that will enhance your life. You are worth your best efforts. Take charge; become the best person you can become.

Wisdom: The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. William James

Spiritual: (NIV)

Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous.  Proverbs 12:2

 

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33

God knows everything about us. He is our heavenly father and has made us in his image. He knows the good, the bad, what we can do, what we cannot do and what we can become. He wants us to become the beautiful creation we were intended to be. He will help us become all we are capable of becoming. We need him on our design team. He is there to help if we will ask for his help. We are free creatures. It is our responsibility and our choice.

Prayer:  Make me and mold me into that which you would have me to be!                          

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