You are the architect of your own destiny; you are the master of your own fate; you are behind the steering wheel of your life. There are no limitations to what you can do, have, or be. Except the limitations you place on yourself by your own thinking.
There’s a building on the estate I grew up in. The building has been unoccupied for about 10 years now because the ownership is being contended by the children of the deceased owner. That building looks like a haunted house now; weeds inside and outside with the windows off and the roof seems to be falling in. No one actually went in to destroy the building but this building just followed the tendency of everything in the universe to go to waste when left unattended.
We live in a busy and hectic world in which everything will keep getting busier, faster and more hectic. If we don’t take the time to tend our lives, we would become the same with the environment and just get swept up in the busyness of life.
Before we can start with the business of life, there are things we need to understand.
You are a sum total of your choices
Each day is pregnant with opportunities and decisions to be made; it is your choice that determines how the day will turn out. You have a say in your life; truth is, the buck starts and stops with you. You need to realize that every day is an opportunity to be a better version of yourself.
Decide what you want out of life
No success story happened by chance, even if it looks like someone “stumbled” into success, I can assure you they did not. And if you trace that story to the very beginning, this very successful person made a decision at a point to be successful and they defined what success meant to them.
There are 3 practical ways we can start living intentional lives.
- Look within.Examine yourself deeply; learn about your passions, your abilities, your strengths, talents and weaknesses. Devote adequate time to self-examination; pray, meditate, think deeply on the things that fulfill you to get an accurate picture of who you really are.
- Define your “why”.Identify what your life is all about. The God that created you saw a vacuum that your exact combination of your talents, abilities, genes and weaknesses would fill and He caused you to be born for the time you are in; the fact that you were not born 400 years ago is not a matter of chance but a matter of purpose. And your purpose is directly linked to who you are. Your “why” can only be found in God.
- Develop a growth strategy.The problem I’ve always had with New Year Resolutions is that I see them as what people wish would happen in the course of the year; because most of the time when you start asking questions you’ll see that these resolutions are just wishful thinking.
Over the remaining days of the year, take out just 10 minutes every day to reflect on this year and on areas where you need to improve. Get a piece of paper and start writing. This will help fine-tune your plans for next year.
The New Year is just a few days away and I honestly want next year to be my best year ever because my path shines brighter and brighter. The greatest disservice would be to live by the que sera sera mantra next year. Let every day count.
What are your plans for the New Year?
Please share with me in the comments.