#8- You can do anything you set your mind to do, good or bad

Growing up, there were a few cliché’s that became pretty popular in my household.  I grew up in a home where the phrase "I can't" was not accepted. Mom would always reply, "you can do anything you set your mind to do". As a child, I did not quite understand what she meant. In my mind I wanted to do things but those things did not happen the way I imagined. So I would give up. I guess my mind was not exactly set on those things then.

Set can be defined in several ways but ones I am particularly fond of are to become firm, solid, or permanent, deliberately composed; resolved or determined; habitually or stubbornly fixed.

28 showed me that I thought about a lot of things but my mind was not set.  No my thoughts we not deliberate and the follow-up was not habitual or resolved.  Oh I planned thousands of things, thousands of times but, I did not stand firm in those things.

I am learning that being set on something requires work. Effort is required to see things through. It’s kind of like the whole “knowledge is power” saying. In reality knowledge is just knowledge. The ability to apply that knowledge is where the actual power lies. So we can plan all we want, for our whole lives, but it’s what we deliberately set our minds to accomplish that actually will come forth.

On the flip side of all of this, the concept is the same for ill thoughts or thoughts that can harm yourself in the long run. If we choose to set our minds on the negative we are bound to experience the negative outcomes and who wants that? The beginning of 28 was full of negativity. I intentionally focused on the negative but then I have the nerve to wonder why was everything so downbeat. Stupid me! Hey, I am learning.

One of my favorite scriptures reminds me what to think about on the daily basis, “whatever is noble whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”

Once I readjusted my focus and set my mind on things that were pure, noble and true. 28 took a turn for the better.

I am so grateful for the lesson.