So, you woke up this morning as you have every other morning (by the grace of God) and as you head to the bathroom you glimpse yourself in the dresser mirror, but had to take a step back for another look because you didn’t recognize the person in the mirror. With a daunting look on your face and tears in your eyes, it dawns on you; something has to change. You say to yourself “I can’t keep living my life this way.”
If you are ready for change or a brand-new start on life but don’t know how? I am giving you three simple steps to take towards the road of change. Let me encourage you today, you are already on your way to making changes. Yes, that’s right; your initial step towards change is identifying a need for change. When you made that conscious decision to examine your current situation and recognize that things can be different, change has begun.
Change the way you think. The first step in bringing change to one’s life is to change the way you think of yourself and how you view your life. You have to change your mindset. Ask yourself this question; “what do I believe about myself?” If you can answer this question honestly then you will be able to identify the things you need to change. Do you believe that you merely exist to live? Or do you believe that you were created by God with a specific purpose to be accomplished here on earth? If a man thinks nothing of himself then his life will worth nothing. A life lived to pursue purpose will always be satisfied. The key is to know who you are. Know that when God created you, you were a master piece. You are an original. You must always see yourself above your circumstances, and above your environment. Don’t allow your surroundings to dictate what you believe about yourself.
What you believe about yourself has more impact on your life than what a million people believe about you. The quality of your life is based on your perception and perspective. If you believe you are “a nobody,” a million people cannot convince you otherwise. If you believe you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, not even an entire country can tell you different.
Set life goals. As your mindset changes then you will be able to accomplish step two. The second step in accomplishing change is to learn to set life goals. Setting goals, no matter how simple they are serves as a guide to take you from one stage of life to the next. These goals can be personal fitness, personal development, financial, social, or educational. It could be as simple as ensuring you eat at least three servings of healthy meals for the day; or even getting out of bed to get things done around the house. I often say “if you don’t know where you are going, you won’t know when you get there.”No matter the extent, having a plan to guide you through the day will give you a sense of accomplishment and self-worth. Setting goals serves as a guide to keep you on track. It places a visual before you. It guarantees an expected end.
Reward Yourself. Thirdly, to effect change in one's life, you must establish a reward system. On the road to change there has to be an acknowledgement of your efforts. Treat yourself for accomplishing something you never thought possible. This could be anything from relaxing in a warm bath with essential oils to hanging out with friends and celebrate. The point is just to celebrate the new you. Only you can reward you the way you want to be rewarded, so go for it. You might be wondering, what is the importance of a reward system? Simply put “encouragement sweetens labor.” It serves as a means of motivation. When you are motivated to accomplish your goals, you will look forward to what is next.
In essence, your life can change for the better but you must do the work. It might not be a dramatic change but any change in the right direction is progressive growth. God created us to grow and progress in every area of life. Your life can be great if you dear to believe that with God all things are possible.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The quality of your life is based on your perception and perspective.”
Take a moment to reflect on your life. Ask yourself these questions:
Am I truly happy with who I am? What do I believe about myself?
If you answer these questions honestly you will identify at least one thing about yourself with which you are not happy, and a false belief about yourself. Why? Because in every person life there is always room for change and growth.
Are you one of those people who is always waiting for the perfect time to do something? Let me let you in on a little secret. There is never a perfect time. Yep, that's right. I use to believe that there had to be a perfect time for me to do what I wanted to do. After years of sitting and waiting for the perfect time to accomplish my goals I realized that the people around me were out accomplish their goals because they decided to do something. I was still in the same place accomplishing nothing. As a Christian I believe that God orders our steps, however, we must keep stepping for Him to order our steps. God is not going to map out a path for you to walk on if you are not taking steps. A path can only be created when a place is walked upon.
It is never a perfect time to accomplish your goals you just have to take one step at a time and you will see the results. Stop thinking about your goals and start doing the work to accomplish them. My advice to anyone thinking about starting out on your own is to count the cost but, “throw caution to the wind.” You have to be like “Curious George” because success is accomplished through trial and error. You have to be willing to test the waters. Extraordinary things are accomplished by ordinary people who are not afraid to look crazy before others. Peter, one of Jesus' disciple was not afraid to look crazy before his peers. While they were out on a boat one night, Jesus came walking on the sea to them. When they saw him they were afraid because they thought he was a ghost. Jesus called out to them and said do not be afraid it is me. Peter was so amazed at seeing Jesus walking on the water that he said, Lord, if it's you command me come? Jesus told him to come, and Peter went walking on the water. While the other disciples stood in the boat saying to each other, where is he going, he is crazy. Peter wasn't worried about what the others were saying, he knew Jesus was doing something he had never seen before and he wanted to do it too. He didn't think about all the reasons why man cannot walk on water, he just stepped out of the boat and walked.
Although the time may never be perfect to step out maintaining an attitude of gratitude is important as you make your steps. Be thankful for your blessings no matter how small they may seem. Jesus told His disciples if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can speak to the mountain and it will move (Matthew 17:20). Don’t judge your success based on others but on your ability to accomplish your goals, dreams and plans you have implemented for your life. Never leave God behind. Keep Him at the head of all things, for when He is the head everything else will fall right into place.
Live empowered to make the right decisions and become successfully you. Extraordinary things are possible. Remain focus on your goals. Keep God as the head of all things. It's never too late to start dreaming.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Extraordinary things are accomplished by ordinary people who are not afraid to look crazy to others."
Identify one your fears. Face your fear. Step out and do something you have been afraid to do.
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
Today I am sharing with you essentials for growth and success. Personal Development is essential in being successful in life. It is imperative that you find ways to develop your skills and increase your knowledge. You must know your craft, your art and stick to it. Precisely speaking, know what you are good at and do it well. Always find ways to develop your skills and increase your knowledge. In today’s world of technology, the traditional scope of being informed has changed dramatically. A few years ago, one would have to enroll in an educational institution to acquire certain skills or knowledge in any industry, however, today with just the click of a button you can access information across the globe in various forms such as: eBooks, videos, mp3, apps, articles, and webinars.
Forthrightly, if you are serious about what you do and want to improve your skill set and knowledge base it can be accomplished at little or no cost to you if you are willing to invest the time. In knowing your craft, it is also equally important to “do you.” In the pursuit of development, it is vital not to try and imitate or remodel the personality of someone else. Remain authentic to who you are! Remember the goal is to develop you, not to remake yourself into a cheap copy of another person. This is important because there will be a wide range of others who are working in the same craft or scope as you, yet it is your personality that will cause you to standout. Your personality will make the difference among the school of fish in your sea when clients are seeking your service or product. In this scope of your life, it is OK to stick out like a “sore thumb.” Being different is what will get you that project or sale. Although you want to speak the language as fluently as others, you don’t want to lose your accent. Your accent is what makes you unique. As a Jamaican, people easily identify me by accent no matter to which country I travel. Use your “accent” (your uniqueness) to your advantage. The principle thing, here just be you!
In developing oneself you must also Know the current trends, remain accurate and relevant. No need to go about selling sunglasses during a rain storm. Don’t try to use a line to catch a barracuda when using wire is more effective. Hence, the need for personal development. It is essential to keep in the know. Trending now across the United States of America is the notion that “Black Lives Matter,” grasping even the attention of youngster such as Royce Mann (Atlanta teen) whose video has gone viral because of his ability to tap into the emotions of people with his poem “white Boy Privilege.” Our network providers have also tapped into our pockets with “unlimited data,” serving a need for more data usage and anytime, anywhere internet access. Our telecommunications companies are relevant and trendy. It would be imprudent for them not to move with the flow of technology and stand the chance of losing billions of dollars each year. No one will know what your clients need more than you; take the time to do your research, your homework, whatever you want to call it. Just do the work and you will see the results.
Personal Development and growth for success depends on the work and time that you are willing to invest in yourself. Continue to build, acquire the necessary skills and knowledge you need. Remain current, give yourself the opportunity to stand above the crowd. Master your craft and be authentically you while doing it.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Remain authentic to who you are!"
Identify the areas which you need to develop. What do you need to do in order grow? Challenge yourself to learn something new within the next five days.
Natalee Henry- Minister, Motivational Speaker, Publisher, Author, Founder and C.E.O. of Season Destiny, a ministry designed to "empower you to make right decisions in life." Her goal is to “empower you to make the right decisions in life” through the teaching of the Word of God. Her mission is to Educate, Motivate, and Transform lives for the Kingdom of God.