Retrain your brain to think differently!

Research in neurosciences tells us that 95% of our brain activity (thoughts, decisions, emotions) are unconscious! This means that most of what is happening in our minds is happening without our conscious knowledge. Now if our thoughts were positive and happy then this would be a great thing, but unfortunately, the opposite is true. The majority of our thoughts are running roughshod in our minds without our approval; our awareness is negative and toxic. It’s this subconscious toxic programming that keeps us bound and broken. Even with our best attempts to release weight or change any other aspect of our lives, these toxic subconscious thoughts play over and over in our heads. They remind us of our past failures, our fears, and our insecurities.

The Renewing Your Mind Challenge

This Detox and Challenge will teach you how to replace toxic thoughts with healthy, positive thoughts. It will involve 5-10 minutes of focused, conscious exercises each day to retrain your brain to think differently, however, the first 3 days will take a bit longer to identify what toxic thought you will be working on. Retraining your brain and eliminating toxic thoughts will be a 3-step process. I suggest practicing the first 2 steps first thing in the morning, maybe right after your prayer and devotion time, and then practicing the third step several times throughout the day. The 3 Steps are:

Step 1 – Pause

Step 2 – Pray

Step 3 – (Active) Practice

Step 1 – Pause

Because most of our thoughts are subconscious, logically most of our actions and behaviors will also be subconscious, thus impossible to control. However, once a thought moves from the unconscious to the conscious mind, it becomes more malleable, which means that we can change it.

The first step in this process is to pause and pay attention to your thoughts. You will do this by answering a series of questions (see below). Once you capture them by being aware of what you’re thinking, they will begin to move from your unconscious mind to your conscious mind.

To begin this process, invite the Holy Spirit to search your heart. Read this scripture in Psalm 139:23-24 and then ask yourself the following questions: Psalm 139:23-24 (AMP) tells us to:

Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. 

  1.  Close your eyes right now and tune in to God’s presence. What feelings do you experience? What do you hear God telling you? What do you see? Write it in your journal.
  2. Write down the main fears that come to mind when you think about releasing weight?
  3. As you think about this 30-Day detox, what are you afraid of?
  4. What are your biggest concerns?
  5. What are all the different thoughts floating around in your mind?

Refer to examples here if you need help coming up with some of the fears that you experience.

This exercise will be completed on Day 1 only.
Refer to some examples here: Sample Fears

Step 2 – Pray 

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor 10:5 says: The second step in the process is to replace the toxic thoughts, fears, and concerns with the Word of God.

1. Choose a scripture, declaration, confession, or phrase that you will recite whenever you notice that fear rising up in you. 2. Take some time (on Day 2) and journal what you believe God is showing you? What  does he need you to learn? What is the need you have from God, that you are seeking from food?

This exercise will be completed on Day 2 only.
Refer to some examples here: Sample Fears

Step 3 – Active Practice

So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). Jas 2:17 (AMP)

As powerful as it feels to hear a Word from God, if we don’t practice and rehearse what we’ve learned, we can easily return back to our faulty toxic ways of thinking. In this phase, called Active Practice, we will symbolically and actively DO something physical to renew our mind and replace the toxic thought with a positive one. As you go about your day, every time you experience the toxic thought, you will do your active practice. The goal of active practice is to engage as many senses as possible. Here are some examples of active practice:

  • taking a step forward
  • putting your hands over your heart
  • stomping on the toxic thought
  • exalting the name of the Lord
  • smile and visualize that God is pleased with you
  • lift your hands in surrender
  • clap your hands in victory
  • sing a verse of a related song
  • draw or sketch something
  • visualize Jesus sitting beside you

On day 3, you will decide what your ‘active practice’ will be. After day 3, you can keep the same practice or you can try a different one. What’s important is that you practice it every time you experience a toxic thought.