“When you believe something is impossible, you only see what is stopping you. But when you start to believe that something can happen, you notice new possibilities and opportunities.” ~Anthony Robbins
When we take in information along with emotion, we remember it. That is why people often ask, “Where were you when X happened?” For major historical moments, be they tragedies or triumphs, people can easily recall where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news because they had strong feelings associated with that moment.
Emotions influence who we are and everything about us. People pay for emotions. They may say they are paying for a movie ticket, but in the end what they are really after is a feeling. Our emotional state drives our decisions and the most suggestible state is fear.
This is why it is so important to be grounded in something bigger than ourselves. When our focus is on minor things and only on self, fear easily creeps in and we make unresourceful decisions and believe things that may not be true.
Emotions are in our control if we learn to focus our minds. When people don’t focus is when emotions seem to flood in and pass from one state to the next seemingly on their own. When we focus and place our thoughts on empowering meaning, then we gain real control of our lives because we control our emotions.
What stops people from moving towards their dreams are their emotional state and the story they tell themselves about why they can’t reach their goals.
The same is true whether one is talking about health or finances or spiritual matters.
When Moses was called by the Lord to deliver his nation out from under the oppression of Egypt, he immediately began to tell the story about why he was the wrong person. He began to recite his list of reasons; he had a speaking problem, no one would listen to him, and he was being sent to a people who may not listen to the voice of God. (You can learn more about Moses at Cleveland's Saint Colman Church.)
When Jesus encountered a man by a pool and asked him if he wanted to get well, the man began to tell his story about why it couldn’t happen; he had no friends to help him and others always got in his way.
Both of these men in a state of fear stopped themselves because of the story they began to tell themselves about themselves. Once they were able to see past the story, miracles happened.
Here is the good news, just as their story changed before their circumstances changed, your story can change as well. In a moment you can change your focus, find an empowering emotional state and rewrite your story. When you do, your faith can move mountains.