Friday, July 26, 2013

Lining Up What Really Matters

Commitment means to be dedicated; engaged; a willingness to give time and energy (I also added resources) to something that you believe in; a promise or firm decision to do something; a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that guarantees that a particular thing will happen.

I have defined commitment because the other day I was assessing my goals for the remainder of the year.  I wanted to see where I was on the goals, what I needed to do to make them happen and to see if my time frames for completion of the goals were realistic.  I had to make a decision about what I was really going to be committed to.  I hate starting things and not following through.  I would rather shave the list down than keep goals on the list that would have me overwhelmed and disappointed for not finishing them.

What were the goals I would dedicate myself to? What were the goals that I would give my time, energy and resources to? What goals would I guarantee completion of?  In making my decision, the first thing I did was list what I was currently dedicated to.  This list turned out to be my personal core values.  My list included God, my husband, my children, my purpose, my church and my job.  After this list I was able to look at the goals that I set and make a decision about what would be completed before this year was out.

I had never done an assessment like this before.  Normally I start out the year so excited and ready to conquer everything and every issue. I'll get a scriptures to back me up - not realizing that I've overwhelmed myself and ended up with an unrealist to do list.  Those days are over for me.  From now on I am going to line my goals up with my core values - those things that I'm dedicated to - those things that I'm promised to - those things that I'm willing to put my time, energy and resources into.  And just like seasons change; I understand that my core values may shift - but I look forward to fruitful, productive and prosperous gains from being committed to what really matters.       

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Power of Gratitude

To be grateful/thankful is a decision that a person has to make for themself.  No one can make you be happy or appreciative which are by products of gratitude.  It's totally up to you.  It's a matter of perception.  Are you a person who sees the glass half empty or half full?  Are you always focused on what you have or what you do not have?  Are you a person who sees the good in everything or do you constantly complain and find fault? 

It's amazing but being grateful is actually good for your health.  Reseach has shown that being grateful/thankful can improve our emotional and physical well being.  Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. 

I encourage you to embrace the attitude of gratitude.  Everything may not be just the way you want, but know that your days are blessed, you are blessed and you are blessed to be a blessing.  Give thanks to God for the things that He has done.  Thank Him for what could have happened, but did not.  Look at what you have, speak positively and do not cancel your harvest with complaining.  Let gratitude have a work in your life.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Write the Vision...

Writing is so therapeutic to me.  I feel that I write better than I speak a lot of times.  Writing is also very liberating for me.  Whether it is my own or someone else's writing I love the imagery and emotions that are invoked.  Have you ever started reading a book that you did not want to put down?  Has a writing ever made you happy, surprised or angry?  If so, then you have experienced the power of the written word.

It is no wonder that I have not switched over electronically like I should have.  I refuse to let a computer, phone or ipad leave me unable to function because they refuse to recover my information.  Of course I use electronic documents, but you better bet that they were constructed from a handwritten document first.  I carry a physical journal with me everywhere I go and I love to record important happenings and vision.

Writings can impact your emotions.  They can give you images and stir you to action.  Habakuk 2:2 states, "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it."  Writing the vision is designed to empower - - excite - - and move one to action.  I have read writings that have made me feel a certain way.  I have read writings that stirred my empathy and support.  I have read writings that impacted my life and made me change my behavior. 

The written word is so powerful.  I encourage you to write the vision and make it plain.  Write the vision for your business, for your home, for your marriage, for raising your children, for your career, for your finances, etc. And if for no one else write it so that you will read it and run.  Run to God in prayer -- run in faith -- run to make it happen. 

Habakuk 2:3 begins, "For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie..."  Yes!  Let your vision speak.  Write your vision, make it plain and let it catapult you into your destiny.