Inside-Out

Kodak 2010-11 115The process of change, first on the inside then on the outside, internals before externals; mental changes come 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 some kind of change. From the moment of conception to the moment we die, we are changing. A new and updated version of us is constantly be produced by our internal design team. We are either, new and improved, continue as less than our best, or degrade to even less than we were. Everything going on in our lives does influence and adds to the overall cumulative effect upon us.

    Automotive designers spend time and effort continuously upgrading. They do research, sorting and processing tremendous amounts of data, always seeking to improve existing models. Continuous improvement is a matter of necessity. We should seek to improve our existing model as well. Our process for improvement may be slower, 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, dynamic and ongoing. Our change process needs to be minded and managed; internal brewing is always bubbling and boiling. If we are not proactive, our changing may not be for the better. It is in our best interests to pay attention to what is brewing in our kitchen.

    Are we responsible and actively managing our change or passively a helpless pawn and victim? Are we really engaged, in control and carefully working to produce a better us? Sensory inputs, mental processes and all experiences are constantly integrated and mixed in with all the old batch that made us what we are. It is one big pot of soup, continuously brewing. From this brew will come the newest batch of ‘us’. Usually little is different from the previous batch. With better ingredients, a better recipe, more attention to the brewing process, we can get better results. We should be well aware of how we are always being “re-mixed”. It is upon us to improve and upgrade. It is one way we work out all our kinks, faults and deficiencies. The new design should be to work out the “bugs” and implement positive upgrades. We are a continuous, never-ending, work-in-progress.

     If we put our best efforts 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 we give it. 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 managing internal change? Are you managing this change process, or is change occurring without you being involved? If you want to become a better you, it requires committing to take charge. You have enormous potential to make improvements and upgrades that will enhance your life. You are worthy of 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 made us in his image. He knows the good, the bad, the ugly; what we can do, what we cannot do and what we can become. We can be the beautiful creation we were intended to be. He will help us become all we are capable of becoming. We need Him helping our design team. He is there to help, if we will ask for help. We are free creatures. We are responsible. It is our choice.

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

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