With the New Year 2020 upon us should we make New Year resolutions, - do they really work?
When we look at the results of our past New Year resolutions we can see we don't always follow through. The gyms are full in January but empty by March. The fad diets last for a few weeks and then our schedules and life gets in the way and we're off the plan.
If we're like most those small failures start to add up in our mind and make us believe that we can't do it. If life gets in the way at each new try at something, we are setting ourselves up to get discouraged and when we feel like something can't or won't happen for us, we are not encouraged for success.
So, how do we get encouraged towards success to a plan, a goal, or a dream we want to happen in a new day, a new month or a new year? After giving this a lot of thought, I feel I received a good answer, and that is choosing better choices on a daily basis 24/7. Will life be perfect? Will it always work out as planned? No. But, by choosing the better choice in everything, even if it isn't something we'd normally do, - then the plan is on the better choice path and that will give the plan life and a better outcome for us.
There's something about taking a moment to focus on our goal, looking at our options, and making the better choice in each situation. Each situation has a moment of choice. By not being rushed and really thinking for a moment, praying and/or asking for advice, we open the door to better choices daily.
Feeling failure and discouraged can be a thing of the past when we know we've made the best choice that we knew to do, at each moment, and accept that. With each new choice we will get better at letting our strengths rise and our insecurities fall by the wayside.
When roadblocks pop up, they are usually a good sign to stop for a moment and look at a new path to our goal. A roadblock doesn't stop us, but it's a detour that a safer and protected path for us is the better choice.
A wisdom tip here is to see the roadblocks to our vision as a new path to better. Something on the road up ahead could hurt or hinder us, even if we thought that was the right path for us. God is always looking out for us and wants the better. Listening to that small voice is a wise choice in our choosing.
Back to the New Year thinking, - any goal setting is great, but how we set our goals may set us up for failure or success. Daily choices is freedom in personal growth. We're free to choose daily the better choice. Hold in each hand the choices and then choose the better one. It's liberating to know we are consciously choosing the better. By doing this no matter how things look or happen we can be confident something is working towards the good. It may take time, patience and dedication, but we can have faith that we are being looked out for and protected, so listen to that inner voice.
This can work in most situations, -there's always the better choice! Here are some daily examples that we can put to work in other situations also.
• Fresh veggies or the piece of cake?
• 30 minute walk or the couch?
• Spend $$$ we don't have or not?
• Date a horrible person or not?
• Spew hate or keep mouth shut?
• Clean the house or let it pile up?
• Put off till tomorrow or do today?
• Drive drunk or Uber?
• Even better, get drunk or not?
• Surround with positive or negative?
The above choices are the daily ones that can be in most of our lives, at least they get us thinking and that's the idea here. Listen to your gut. Think on the choice for a minute and be open to maybe there's a better choice for you! I'd like to point out here, when we have a few choices before us, both choices may be just fine, - one of them may not be a bad choice necessarily at all, but there may be a better one for each of us individually that we should choose.
Stubborn people can get messed up in their choices, due to the fact they won't look at anything else than what they think, or believe. Being flexible and open to personal growth works better for most choices.
Daily have fun choosing the better choice for YOU! Don't be afraid of making the wrong choice, put your heart in it and choose. All things work together for the good I believe. Better choices makes a better choice all the time!
Smiles to your day, and thank you for reading,
Recommended reading, Five Star God and Separate Yourself From the Accuser. At Amazon and Finer Bookstores.