One year from now – Part 2

Concluding our two-week series, “One Year from Now,” we delve into a critical aspect of personal development in this final installment – putting an end to negative self-talk.

Commencing with a question: When individuals engage in that internal dialogue, what thoughts dominate their minds? What repetitive conversations take place within? Recognising the power of self-talk is vital, as it shapes perceptions and influences actions.

To comprehend why we do the things we do, we can generally categorize our motivations into three key areas. Firstly, there’s a sense of obligation – doing things because we feel we have to. Secondly, there are desires or things we do because we genuinely want to. Lastly, the pursuit of acceptance, seeking validation from society, family, and friends, plays a role in our actions.

Yet, beneath these motivations lies a deeper truth – we do what we do because of who we believe we are. Our actions are anchored in our identity, shaping our perspective on work, relationships, and life. It’s crucial to understand that our core identity influences everything we undertake.

"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." This profound truth underscores the principle that our thoughts determine our reality. While some may dismiss this as 'new age' thinking, it's crucial to recognize its biblical foundation.

Proverbs 23:7

Understanding the impact of our thoughts is paramount. How we perceive ourselves, God and the world around us significantly influences our experiences. It’s not about external factors, but about our internal narrative shaping our external reality.

When confronted with challenges, we tend to ask ourselves three questions: What kind of person am I? What type of situation is this? And what would someone like me do in a situation like this? These questions reveal the direct link between our self-perception and our responses to life’s curveballs.

Consider a challenging situation – your immediate response is guided by your perception of self. If you view yourself as a failure, that belief will colour your reaction. Conversely, a positive self-perception empowers you to face challenges head-on and seek solutions.

44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me!

John 8:44-45 NLT

A distorted identity sabotages your success. A distorted identity creates destructive habits. Destructive habits reinforce our distorted identity Your Christ-centered identity creates God-honouring habits. Your God-honouring habits reinforce your Christ-centered identity

Every day Jesus went to the Temple to teach, and each evening he returned to spend the night on the Mount of Olives.

Luke 21:37 NLT

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.

Luke 22:39

The pivotal question arises: Where do you envision yourself one year from now? Will it be a continuation of the same patterns, or do you see progress and growth? The power to change lies in altering our self-perception, understanding that our thoughts shape our actions. Instead of focusing on what you want to do, focus on who you want to become.

To transform ourselves, we must change how we perceive ourselves. Henry Ford’s wisdom echoes this truth – whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right. Our thoughts dictate our abilities, successes, and failures.

21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

Ephesians 4:21-24 NLT

Acknowledging the biblical perspective, we must be aware of the enemy’s role in distorting our identity. Satan, described as the father of lies, aims to accuse and undermine our self-worth. Recognizing these lies is the first step towards breaking free from their destructive influence.

Many fall into the trap of believing these lies, hindering their potential. Distorted identity sabotages success, as the wrong beliefs create destructive habits. These destructive habits, in turn, reinforce the distorted identity, creating a detrimental cycle.

The journey to personal transformation begins with understanding the power of our thoughts and recognizing the source of destructive lies. By reshaping our identity through positive self-perception rooted in biblical truths, we can break free from the cycle of negative self-talk and pave the way for a year of progress and success. Remember, as a person thinks in their heart, so are they.


Challenge: Consider the habits to embrace and discard in 2024.

Encouragement: Focus on who you want to become rather than just what to do.

Affirmation: God has declared a new identity, and through Christ, transformation is possible.