“Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World” Summer Challenge 2015 – Truth Vs. Lies

On Monday, I told you that a focus of this challenge is to learn from our negative thoughts. In fact, if we can look at them as a gift, rather than a curse, we will realize what a blessing they are! Today’s tool is something that everyone has access to, it’s super cheap, & it’s powerful beyond words. So what is it?  It’s a piece of paper & a pen. Did you know that one of the best ways to deal with your negative thoughts is on paper & NOT in your head? In fact, your head is the worst place to deal with your negative thoughts! This quote explains why…

The mind will outsmart you. Before you are even aware of it, it will be off and running into another story to prove yourself right. The mind can justify itself faster than the speed of light. BUT it can be stopped through the act of writing. – Byron Katie

Stop & think about it. How often do you find yourself rationalizing, judging, worrying, criticizing, blaming, etc.? Your mind is on autopilot all the time. Those thoughts need a place to go. They want to be heard & dealt with, otherwise, they will continue to play out as a broken record.

So how do you deal with them?  Well, there are several variations of journaling that I’m going to introduce you to. We’ll go through them one at a time over the course of the challenge. Today’s journaling tool will help you to decipher truth from lies. A couple years ago I read this quote & it really hit home with me…

ChangeYourThoughts_2015SummerChallenge_TruthVsLies_02 It’s time to start recognizing the lies & replace them with the truth. Get out a piece of paper & write down a negative thought about yourself that has been on constant replay. Did you do it? It only takes a minute. If at all possible, do it right now because you may not get to it later. Next, you’re going to look at what you wrote & then ask yourself the following question…

- Does this thought lift me up or bring me down?

By answering this simple question, you are uncovering the truth and it’s source.  If this thought about yourself does not contribute to your life in a positive way, then you can know that it comes from Satan.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE A TRUTH…

- Truth comes from our Heavenly Father.

- It gives us a good feeling & leaves us feeling uplifted.

- It encourages us to always strive for the best within us.

- It fills us with gratitude & gives us energy & hope.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE A LIE…

- All lies come from Satan, the “Father of Lies”.

- Lies make you question your sense of self-worth.

- They drain you of your energy & make you feel hopeless.

- They make you believe you’ll never be good enough.

 

Now take your piece of paper & cross out the negative thought. Earlier I mentioned that we can look at these negative thoughts as “gifts” & this is why: Satan always tells us the opposite of the truth. So, in reality, he has also “gifted” you with a very important understanding of who you really are & how God sees you. For example, if Satan wants you to see yourself as worthless, it’s because he knows of your value. If he tells you things are hopeless, it’s because he knows that, with God, there is always hope.

Take the lie & turn it into truth. Write it down & put it somewhere where you can read it EVERY DAY until you no longer doubt it. Ask Heavenly Father to help you let go of this “entrenched habit of belief” & replace it with the understanding of who you really are & what you are capable of with His help.

Remember to use this tool as often as you can to catch your negative thoughts & turn them around. The more you do this, the sooner you’ll realize what an amazing person you really are!!!  I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s post. You can either share your experience below or over on our private Facebook group.

“Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World” Summer Challenge 2015 – Let’s Begin!

Welcome to the first day of an incredible journey! I am so grateful you showed up & are ready to take yourself on! I hope you are as excited about the next ninety days as I am! I will be posting every Monday & Thursday for the next three months. If you are new to the challenge, you can find out more about the logistics of it (how to form a team, the contest rules, how to get downloads, how to join our private Facebook group, etc.) by going HERE.

If you are sharing the challenge via your blog, Facebook, pinterest, twitter, instagram, etc. please include a link back to the post & use our official hashtag: #changeyourthoughts90daychallenge

I know your time is valuable, so let’s jump right in!  Today’s quote is…

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As you go throughout your day, you either have thoughts that uplift you or thoughts that bring you down…there really is no neutral ground. During this challenge, we are going to do a couple of things with those thoughts…

  1. We are going to focus on tipping the scales in a positive direction, thereby naturally attracting more positive than negative thoughts into your life. Once you do this, your life will shift & you will be amazed at the results! Today’s tool will show you just how easy this is to do!
  2. We are going to learn from the negative thoughts that seem to be on constant replay in our minds. The more you try to ignore these thoughts, the stronger they become. These thoughts are there for a reason. They want to teach you something. Once you learn what they are trying to teach you, they will go away on their own. I will be giving you an amazing tool for working with these negative thoughts on Thursday.
  3. We are going to work on our relationship with God. He loves you, He knows you personally, & He’s waiting for the invitation to work miracles in your life. One of my all-time favorite quotes is from Jeffrey R. Holland…“God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can’t if you don’t pray, and He can’t if you don’t dream. In short, He can’t if you don’t believe.” Ask for your Heavenly Father’s help every day & as often as is needed throughout the day as you work on improving your thoughts.

So, what’s the plan? As I mentioned in my previous post, we will be studying five different areas throughout this challenge that will dramatically shift your thinking & change your life for the better. They are…

  1. Meaningful Prayer
  2. Personal Study Time
  3. Gratitude: Past, Present, & Future
  4. Soul Journaling
  5. Powerful Affirmation Statements
  6. Daily Humor (Did I say five? Well, I added one more today!)

I also said that during the first month of the challenge, I would be giving you “tools” to help you succeed in each of these areas. So today I want to give you your first tool…

This tool is super fun to use & makes it easier to focus on feeling gratitude throughout your day. But don’t take my word for it. Watch the video below & get ready to smile…

I love supporting people with great ideas & I think this is one of the best ideas I’ve ever come across for focusing on positive thoughts. You can visit her website HERE to watch another cute video that explains this idea even more clearly & you can purchase a clicker for super cheap HERE. Of course, if you already have one then you’re good to go! I am not an affiliate for this product, nor do I know Hillary personally, but I absolutely LOVE her outlook on life & her sense of humor cracks me up! I’m sure I’ll be linking to more of her YouTube videos throughout this challenge.

For those of you who are going to be participating in the contest part of this challenge (see details on this post), whether by yourself or on a team, you’ll need to buy a clicker as it counts towards your daily points. If you’re just following the challenge for free, I still HIGHLY recommend you get yourself a clicker if you want to get the most out of this challenge! As I said before, it makes it super easy & fun to focus on positive thinking!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s post & what you think of the first tool of the challenge!  Also include: who you are, where you’re from, & why you’re joining the challenge! I can’t wait to get to know you better!

“Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World” Summer Challenge 2015

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During the 90-day summer challenge, we will be going into depth about the following five topics & how each of them plays a role in raising your thoughts…

  1. Meaningful Prayer
  2. Personal Study Time
  3. Gratitude: Past, Present, & Future
  4. Soul Journaling
  5. Powerful Affirmation Statements

MONTH 1: Tools for Lifting Your Thoughts 

During the month of June, we are going to study what tools you can use to help you be more successful in each of these five areas.  I’ve spent years reading, studying, & taking classes in the field of personal development. I’m excited to share with you the tools that I have found to be incredibly valuable.

I’ve also decided to wait until July to start counting points because I feel like you will be far more successful & motivated once we’ve gone into depth about how each of these tools will help you. So consider the first month a great chance to practice what you’re learning without the pressure. This is also a great time to recruit your team if you don’t have one already.

MONTHS 2 & 3: The Work Begins

Over the next two months, we will go into even greater depth about these five topics & how they influence your thoughts. It’s one thing to know WHAT you should do, but it’s so much more powerful to truly understand WHY you should be doing it. This is also when you will start keeping track of points. I’ve included a list below that shows how you can earn points…

Daily Points:

  • Morning & Evening Prayers = 5 pts each
  • Journaling (10+ Minutes) = 10 pts
  • Spiritual Study Time (15+ Minutes) = 10 pts
  • Gratitude Journal = 10 pts
  • Recording Clicks (you’ll learn about this in month 1) = 10 pts
  • Personal Affirmations = 10 pts

Once a Week:

  • Reading the Weekly Blog Posts = 25 pts
  • Sharing a thought and/or experience from that week on our private Facebook group. = 25 pts
  • Teaching someone else about something you’ve learned. This could be in person, on your blog, on Facebook, etc. = 30 pts

*Each week, you can earn up to a total of 500 points.

PRIZES: At the end of the challenge, the members of the winning team will each receive a “Life Vision Coaching Package” with me. This is a $350 value!  The coaching package includes: online access to the “Life Vision Program”, a 2-hour group coaching call with me,  & a one-on-one phone call to personally go over your life vision.

There will also be a grand-prize winner. This will be the person with the most personal points at the end of the challenge. You can be eligible for this prize whether or not you’re on a team.  If you’re on the winning team, you can also be eligible for this prize. The grand-prize winner will get a personal one-on-one coaching call with me, once a month, for an entire year!!!  This is a $3000 value ($250/coaching call)!!!

So, by now, I’m sure you’re wondering how you join the challenge!  There are two different ways to participate…

1.  You can follow along with my blog posts for free.

2.  For only $33, you will have access to the following:

  • All the Quotes & Info from the Challenge in PDF format
  • Weekly Emails with Links to the Challenge Posts & Downloads
  • My Brand New “Daily Gratitude Journal” in PDF format
  • My “Put God First Journal” in PDF format
  • Access to our Private Facebook Group
  • A Chance to Win One of the Prizes

You can sign up for the challenge below!  Anyone can sign up to participate in the challenge during the month of June.  Once your entire team has signed up (three per team), choose a team captain.  The team captain will need to email me the name you’ve chosen for your team & the names and emails of your team members.

What if you don’t have a team? Sign up anyway & you can either participate solo -OR- find people to be on your team through our private Facebook page! I’ve already received several emails from people needing team members!

The challenge begins THIS Monday, June 1, 2015!

 

SIGN UP HERE

 

 

The 30-Day Challenge is Being Delayed & Why That’s a GREAT Thing!

So today is the day our thirty-day challenge was to begin! But, during the past week, I’ve been thinking, praying & pondering about ways to make this challenge even more meaningful for everyone involved. I’ve learned a lot since the last time I did this & I knew there had to be ways to help you not only get more out of it, but actually see it through to the end!

These are the questions I’ve been asking myself…

  1. How can I help you stay motivated to keep going & not give up?
  2. How do I keep you from getting “information overload”?
  3. How can I bring the thoughts & experiences of others to this challenge?
  4. What things can you do BEFORE the challenge starts to make it more successful?

I’ve been brainstorming & this is what I’ve come up with…

1.  Everyone knows that you are  more likely to give up on something when you do it by yourself. You are much more likely to keep going when you have a support group, and you are even more likely to not give up when someone is counting on you. Right?  So here’s my solution: We do this challenge in teams of three! And we have a reward for the winning team! I’m still working on the rules & the reward, but believe me, it will keep you motivated!!

2.  When you experience information overload, it’s hard to let things sink in & really make an impact. One thing I’ve heard in past challenges is that there’s a lot of great information but not enough time to digest it because we’re moving so quickly.  I get it…our lives are busy! Most of us don’t have time to sit & read & think & then write down our thoughts…every single day, for thirty days. My solution: We turn this into a 90-day challenge, so you have three days to soak in the information instead of one! Basically, it will be just like the regular challenge except I’ll be posting a new quote & thought every three days.  So you’ll read the blog post the first day & then have two days to process & apply it to your life.

3.  It’s so inspiring for me to receive emails about someone’s life-changing experience or “ah-ha moment” that came from participating in the challenge. I’ve always wanted a way to be able to share these stories with my readers, but didn’t have time to fit them into the challenge. Now that we’ll have two days in-between,my solution is: to use one of those days to share your stories. If you have one of those moments during the challenge, I would love for you to email me & I’ll share your experience on my blog. If it’s too personal, I can always keep you anonymous. It is SO powerful to learn from & be inspired by one another!

4.  I tend to not give my readers enough heads up when it comes to starting one of these challenges. I feel like a lot more people would participate if they heard about it sooner. Also, there are a couple of things that, if you had time to gather, could make this challenge a lot more powerful. So my solution for that is: we will start this 90-day challenge on June 1st, giving you two weeks to prepare. On Tuesday, May 19th, I will outline everything you’ll need to make this the best challenge ever! This will include how to put together teams, the rules of the contest, & other things I find extremely helpful to get the most out of your experience.

If you have any questions (or if you have a testimonial you’d like to share from participating in a past challenge), please email me over the weekend at crystal@crystalwilkerson.com. I’ll do my best to answer your questions in my post on Tuesday & I’d love to share some of your testimonials!

Thanks for being so awesome! I truly love & appreciate my readers!

We’ll talk again soon,

Crystal

P.S.Here’s another sneak peek of one of the quotes…

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To Blog or Not to Blog? That is the Question.

As you may have noticed, I’ve been absent from my blog for the past four months. I had a baby back in September & didn’t realize what a huge adjustment that would be for me. My three other kids are in school, so it’s like starting all over again with this new little one. I have to admit, it’s been really nice to take a break from all things work-related. I could have been on here, pushing myself to create content & staying up-to-date, but something inside me knew that I needed a break from the stress of deadlines.

That being said, there were days when I would ask myself, “Should I blog again? Or should this be my exit strategy?”.  I couldn’t decide if I really wanted to get back on-line. I struggled with what I should do moving forward, but there was always something inside of me that knew I would miss this too much if I turned it off completely. I enjoy connecting with others. I enjoy creating new things. I love having my own little place on the web to share my thoughts & creativity.

And so I’ve decided it’s finally time to come back. And what better way to do that then with my super popular “Thirty-day Challenge on Thoughts”?! The last time I hosted this challenge was back in October of 2013.  I had numerous requests to turn it into a printable format & I’m happy to say that you will finally be able to purchase a new & improved version of the challenge! I’ve redone the quotes & formatted them to fit an 8.5×11 piece of paper. So not only can you print them out for the challenge, but you can also frame your favorites & put them up in your home!  I’ve included a preview of one of the quotes below…

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The challenge will begin in one week, on Friday, May 15th. I’ll be back before then with more details about where & how to purchase the challenge in printable format. I’ll also give you some fun suggestions on how to make the most of this challenge! In the meantime, spread the word and invite your friends & family to join you as you work on improving your thoughts…one quote at a time. ;)