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EP. 163 Five Signs Your Life Is Off Balance

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Welcome to a new week of the Hope Rescue Podcast. This week we are starting a new, eight-part series on the topic of finding balance in your life. Tim and Kimberly start by introducing the new series and then cover the first of the eight categories: the mind.

Imagine that your life is like a wheel with eight spokes. A wheel will keep moving if one of your spokes is broken, but if multiple spokes are not balanced, your wheel will collapse. In a balanced life, each spoke supports one another. They work together to create a balanced life. Tim and Kimberly go on to cover the eight categories they recommend balancing in our lives: our minds, our emotions, our spirits, our bodies, our social lives, our finances, our unique purposes, and our homes.

5 Signs of Unbalanced Thinking

You think in extremes. Extreme thinking will lead to extreme outcomes. Black and white thinking is a dangerous mindset because if people don’t meet your perfect standards, you are quicker to reject them. To balance our thinking, we have to be okay with some gray areas in our lives.

You are unable to be present in the moment. Sometimes we spend so much time thinking of our past regrets or too much time planning and dreaming for the future that we forget to be present in the moment. It’s important to find balance in this area. It’s okay to look back and reminisce and it’s okay to plan for the future, but don’t forget to live in the here and now.

You focus on the worst case scenarios. When our thinking becomes stuck on imagining all the possible what-ifs that could occur, we fail to make any moves at all.

You struggle to connect meaningfully with others. The online world especially has made it easy to start shallow relationships, but now deep, face-to-face conversations are less common.

You can’t handle any negative situations. Toxic positivity is when a person is so positive that it’s actually damaging and unhealthy because it prevents him or her from facing reality. When we have balance in our minds, we are able to process positive and negative situations.

Three Ways to Balance our Minds:

Direct your thinking. We are personally in charge of our thoughts and can change our thinking process by being mindful of this fact.

Have a grateful heart. This concept cannot be overstated. Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Understand the power of positive thinking. Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Join us next week as we continue the conversation on finding balance in your life.

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