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EP. 124 The #1 Way to Change Your Life


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SHOW NOTES


Welcome to a new week of the Hope Rescue Podcast. Last week we wrapped up our short series on grief, and this week we are talking about the number one way to change your life. We break down some common myths regarding behavior change, and end the podcast by discussing the only real way to create permanent change in your life. Keep reading to find out more.


Probably the most common myth about change is that by modifying our behavior, we will be permanently changed. We are not discouraging anyone from modifying their behavior, because it can be healthy and beneficial. Modifying one’s behavior can be hard work and incredibly rewarding. But, if you have a serious habitual problem that needs addressed, simply modifying your behavior is not enough to change you.


Another common myth about change is that by replacing one behavior with another behavior, the problem will go away. Kimberly says, “If it's not dealt with from the inside, you will spend the rest of your life trying to modify behavior that is a direct result of an unresolved inward pain.” Tim gives the example of people who have eating disorders and think they are healed by focusing on exercise. They then become so obsessed with exercise, that it just becomes their new, unhealthy addiction. Replacing one addiction with another addiction doesn’t solve the problem inside. We have to change from the inside out or our modifications will not be permanent solutions.


Another common myth about change is that by changing out emotions, we will fix the internal problem. Kimberly explains that that can’t be a possible solution because your emotions are a result of what's going on inside your heart. If you try to change your emotions with emotions, it’s going to be a dead end attempt at permanent change.


Tim explains that the number one way to create permanent change in your life is to start with your beliefs. Don’t start with your behavior or your emotions or your thoughts. Our behavior ultimately stems from what we believe to be true about our lives. So if we want to change, it has to start internally. We are what we believe. Every thought we have releases brain chemicals that have different functions depending on the attitude of the thought. Positive thinking generates and reinforces new synapses in the brain which affects our emotions and behaviors. Focused, repetitive thoughts can change our brain's structure, wiring, and capabilities. We can literally retrain and refocus our brains to be more positive.


Romans 12:1-2 says, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Our whole lives and perspectives can be transformed by renewing our minds.


Join us next week as we continue the conversation. We love you guys and thank you for checking out our little corner of the web.


QUOTES


“If it's not dealt with from the inside, you will spend the rest of your life trying to modify behavior that is a direct result of an unresolved inward pain.” -Kimberly


“We have to change from the inside out because behavior modifications are not permanent solutions.” -Tim


“Our behavior ultimately stems from what we believe to be true about our lives.” -Tim


REFERENCED SCRIPTURE


Romans 12:1-2 "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”



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