Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 - Commit

Commit to LESS – Less griping.  Less whining.  Less eating.  Less television.  Less Facebook.  Less spending.  Less time with toxic people.  

Commit to MORE – More reading.  More exercise.  More laughing.  More margin.  More time working on things that matter.  More time with safe people.

Commit to BUDGETING – Making a budget is simple.  Some people think it’s hard.  Sorry, it’s not.  The hard part is exercising self-restraint in spending.   Shopping isn’t essential.  Food, shelter, and bills, those are essential. 

Commit to NOT BEING A VICTIM – Bullying is all over the news.  It’s really a shame that there are bullies in the world.  It’s even more tragic that bullied people sometimes choose to end it all with an act of deadly violence against themselves. 

Bullies have always been with us.  Not much you can do about that.  On the other hand, there is something you can do about yourself.  Refuse to be a victim.  A bully can’t bully someone who refuses to take it.  Teach yourself and your children to not be victims.

Commit to DISCIPLINE – Being lazy is easy. That’s right, it is. 

It’s easier to listen to your favorite political pundits and news anchors (conservative or liberal) and swallow their words hook-line-and-sinker than it is to study, read, and search to discover the truth yourself. 

It’s easier to down a pill or have surgery to lose pounds than it is to exert some self-discipline by beginning to eat right and exercise.    

It’s easier to “charge it” with money you don’t have than it is to pay cash.

Lazy people take the easy way out.  It’s easier to blame Obama or Bush for everything.  It’s easier to blame Wall Street for their financial irresponsibility than it is for a lazy person to admit that they overspent and never saved anything eihter.  Lazy people would rather criticize their employer than acknowledge they missed too much work – called in sick when they weren’t – came in late – took long breaks – and gave less than 100% performance on the job.  They would rather blame the school system for their child’s inability to read when they never spent any time tutoring their child at home.  They would rather blame the government for squandering tax dollars when they themselves cheat on their taxes and rob God of the tithe.

Bottom line:  It’s just easier to be that way.

Smart people, on the other hand, take responsibility for their lives. They require a lot from themselves and don’t let themselves off the hook so easily.  They pay their own bills.  They work hard.  They are exemplary employees.  They would rather earn their own way than rely on a handout.  They have a conscience and sense of honor.  They are good parents.  Smart people are concerned about their health and the health of their family. They are self-disciplined and get out of bed in the morning.

Commit to WISDOM.  Proverbs 29:11 (KJV) says it all, “A fool utters all his mind:  but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards.”  In other words, just because you think it doesn’t mean you’re supposed to say it.  Only a fool would do that.  Don’t jump into trouble mouth first.  Always speak less than you know.  The human tongue is only a few inches from the brain, but when you listen to some people talk, they seem miles apart.  The tongue runs the fastest when the brain is in neutral. 

Commit to a RIGHT ATTITUDE.  Is the glass half full or half empty?  Who cares!  The only thing that matters is whether or not you can drink it.  In other words, does it work?

There are literally thousands of motivational speaks and self-help therapists who spout pious platitudes that do nothing more than make you feel good for the moment, but have no lasting effect.  They sound good, but they don’t work.

Commit to GOOD FRIENDS.  Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you where you’re headed.  The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.  If you run with wolves, you’ll learn how to howl.  If you associate with good people, your life will be enriched.  The simple but true fact of life is that we become like those whom we most closely associate with – good or bad.

Never become friends with someone because you both agree on negatives.  Rather, find friends who agree with you on positives.  “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17).

1 comment:

Jewel Christian said...

Great Advice.