All of the self-help guru’s talk about how getting up from failures is what makes a person successful. It sounds a lot sexier than it is. I offer practical steps to help you “stand up” again, in the midst of failure.
I have been doing some research on the benefits of going vegan. I have to be honest, it’s not about the animals or the environment, it’s all about my health. So now, I’m trying it. I’d love to do this until Thanksgiving, but I decided to do a two week test and see how I feel. So far, I have had some shocking results. Read on for my thoughts, as I begin week 2.
A promise is something that elicits a strong emotional response. Your promise enables people to believe in you, only to have their hopes shattered when you fall short. During the sermon on the mount, Jesus reminds us that we should not make promises at all, for any reason. Simply because we have no idea if we will be able to keep them.
I wrote an article here about recovering from mistakes. In it, I gave 5 ways to recover from your mistakes. In this series, I will look at each one a little deeper.
1. Accept the mistake.
2. Don’t beat yourself up.
3. Find value.
4. Have a main goal to shift back to.
5. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Today we’re on #2. Don’t beat yourself up.
I attended a training class last week where we received a fresh perspective on accountability.
I just had a funny thing happen to me last night. I typed a lie because it sounded more sexy than the truth. Before I even completed the sentence, I said to myself, “c’mon, get honest”. Truth is, I want to “keep it real and be totally honest”, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to show weakness. I gotta get over that quick.
So I fessed up and told the truth.
My final thought, if your not being totally honest, your lying. If you’re going to lie on your blog when you say you’re being honest, what’s the point?
I have to be honest. I have been living very well lately. Very clean. It’s almost scary what can happen when you decide to stop destructive behavior and focus on positivity and health. It doesn’t take that long and it’s pretty simple. Here’s what that looks like for me. (No, I’m not the guy in the picture, but I feel how he looks)
Do you and your friends help each other, like James 5:16 suggests? This takes a level of trust and honesty that develops over time.
As a “boss in the middle” you should surround yourself with people that add to your life and you should be adding to others.
Came across this verse as I was reading tonight. I wanted to write an article that was short and spiritual. Something like this:
It is a very rare thing for me to make promises. I simply don’t want to break them. I don’t want my words to be taken lightly. I say something and I’m sincere about it. As a boss in the middle, we should all follow this model.
That, however, is an irresponsible and untrue representation of the truth. Let me explain who I really am and what I learned tonight.
Christians pray and ask God for help with problems. Some people think that means sitting back and doing nothing, waiting for God to magically work it all out. That sort of faith will get you nowhere. The Bible clearly teaches in James 2:17 that faith without works is dead.
There is no big secret. There is no magic pill. Things in this life worth having require counsel with the Most High, dedication and hard work. That’s it.
Sometimes, we are our biggest opponent to completing the mission. We are blinded by temporary obstacles, unable to see the potential within ourselves. Having faith means that we tie a knot and hold on at the end of our rope. This mindset becomes habitual and success, inevitable.
Getting started isn’t enough. As I recently heard Kai Greene put it, one must string together consecutive days of efficient action on a basic level, in order to achieve desired results. This implies the need for consistent action steps toward your goals, everyday. Personal accountability and follow through are vital.
No matter how big the obstacle, you can surpass it. By the Lord’s grace and mercy, you are a creature made with a spirit of power and not one of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). You just need to talk to God, find your purpose within your spiritual gift and be ready to work.
No weapon formed against you will prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)
Get your shovel ready, God’s waiting.