I have been reflecting on my life of late,the decisions i made up to this point and man oh man there were some really bad ones (I cringe when i even think of them) but there were also some pretty good ones, ones i will stick with and improve on, and , on the bad ones,well, today is a new day! 🙂
A good friend of mine and I started this challenge where we are writing 30 things you want to BE, 30 things you want to HAVE and 30 things you want to DO in your lifetime. At the first mention of this challenge i was like this is going to be a breeze, but alas, it is actually challenging. It’s got me thinking deeper about the things i actually really want to do and why. To make these goals a reality we also decided to put a time frame (where possible) on them.
One of the best way to get yourself on track to achieving your goals is to turn your bad habits into good ones. As I learnt from a book I read by James Clear “Transform your habits”, this does not happen overnight, it is a process. He suggests a key principle that instead of focusing on the result we should rather focus on having better habits.
“It’s natural to think that we need the result, the transformation, the overnight
success. But that’s not what you need. You need better habits.
It’s so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and
underestimate the value of making better decisions on a daily basis.”
This was such a rhema word for me as someone who had been for all her life just focused on writing down many goals at the beginning of each year, which often by March i’d have forgotten, causing a lot of disappointment and a feeling of failure.
Every habit i have, good or bad, is a result of many small decisions i have made over time. So as James suggests, why not use the same approach to achieve greatness- small decisions daily to change your life and become the person you were destined to be.
It is good to have goals written down, but it is better to have them engrossed in your day to day system. For example, if you want to lose weight, instead of focusing on just the losing weight part, make it a point each day to do a workout session, reduce your food portions or eat healthier so that it becomes part of what you do and who you are and also with that will come the weight loss. Catch my drift?
I have started by creating “Sam’s daily system” based on my goals. I am yet to follow the system for 7 consecutive days to make it a habit, but I WILL make it a habit. This is an exciting journey on becoming a better me, if it’s God’s will, life is going to be lit. I will update y’all soon with the progress made with becoming a better me (part 2).
Remember to pursue your dreams each day, there’s no expiry date on your dreams, you can start today. Know this, “You can do all things through him who strengthens you.” (Philippians 4:13) and to start now“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 LB)”
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)