“So too, faith by itself, if it is not complemented by action, is dead” (James 2:17 BSB). Confront neglecting truths by standing up for what is right, lest evil prevails through the act of enabling. Even inaction can be a form of acting, possibly resulting in ignorance and pain. Be willing to live through trials and tribulations, while upholding personal values, priorities, and principles. Taking initiative is the precursor toward accomplishing any worthy endeavor.
Do not wait for approval or being completely ready because dreams only happen with action. Nearly all successful individuals starting something wonderful begin and overcome uncertainty about the end. Those seemingly genius extraordinarily masterful craftsmen and craftswomen achieve aims by practicing and persevering, hoping and confidently dreaming, not seeing the end results, only believing in them with unshakeable faith and relentless consistent persistent passionate purpose-driven action. Whenever new changes or incredible beginnings emerge, doubt may creep in. Remember to feel fear and doubt, while doing good deeds in spite of those feelings or erroneous beliefs. In time, you will become whatever you set out to be and do when eternally positive peaceful motives are oozing from a willing, cooperative, and teachable heart.
Dare to be different and swim against the tide of societal norms. Passivity causes beautiful people to get tossed, turned, and plummeted into boulders, thrown from cliffs, and aimlessly submerged into oblivion. It takes diligent consistent effort and fully conscious decisions to abstain torrent currents, while climbing up dicey hammering waterfalls and freakishly antagonizing rip-roaring undercurrents by abstaining from the lure of trying to please everyone, while forgetting about what’s best for us. Attempting to appease all is futile because only some individuals can be satisfied, merely some of the time. Normal by society’s permissive, negligent or lax standards can lead to pain, poverty, struggle, and double trouble. Create and abide by your own disciplined moral codes, principles, priorities, and life philosophies, today.
Undisciplined freedom can be hazardous to ourselves and others. Too little liberty or slavery from gluing harmful acts with our identity minimizes growth opportunities, leaving us childish, immature, paralyzed, and grossly and harmfully sticky. Similar to a viscous deadly mouse trap, keeping excessive adhesive by continuously catching and propagating bad behavior from our poor surroundings allows corruptible garbage into our minds, making us terminally ill slaves being smoked and baked into the ground. The only way to remedy our sickness lies within acknowledging, owning, desiring, seeking, and doggedly doing something radically different.
Taking responsibility for our lives and completely owning all we do and who we are entails recognizing and controlling the responses we make between both our intrinsic and extrinsic environments. Infused with self-discipline, self-restraint, and temperance, boundaries and limits create boundless and limitless abundant lives. Let’s choose to fix any small problem, sooner rather than later, preventing insidious benign infections from morphing, growing, and metastasizing cyclically throughout our mind, body, spirit, and soul. Be useful to yourself by utilizing the law of replacement. Eradicating bad habits, pollution, toxicity, and corruption from our lives occurs through being strategically intentional. Embracing good routines with loving kindness empowers the ability to drown out poor rituals, one death trap at a time.
“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves” (Galatians 5:16 NLV). Now, you can live a righteous, self-disciplined, and powerful purpose-driven life with new insights, behaviors, and being hindsight is 20/20. Respect yourself totally, which encompasses mind, spirit, soul, and the beautiful one and only custom made body that is yours. Do not feel misled, guilty or judged due to slip-ups and wrong decision-making. Accepting divine grace and forgiveness covers the mistakes of being human.
Additionally, do not succumb to retail therapy as a futile coping mechanism for temporary fleeting relief because of problems, which only multiplies troubles creating additional feelings of numbness and void. The value of something is relative, although may be directly and individually linked to efficient and effective time given up acquiring it. Each moment before deciding to spend more money than you currently have, think of invaluable time that could be spent with family or working toward goals possessing expansive meaning and purpose, having potential to literally save or positively influence enhancing change in an individual’s priceless, beautiful life.
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” (Anais Nin). How we react to ourselves, people, events, circumstances, and our environments are direct reflections of the habits we practice on a daily consistent basis. Become proactive and not reactive toward both internal and external stimuli. We can change our reactions or responses to circumstances, people, and events by controlling our thoughts and attitudes, which can profoundly alter our lives in a positive, effective, and forward growing manner. Ask yourself, “How can I improve or cultivate positive mental attitudes (PMAs) today?” Our happiness depends on it.
Consider making your bed as a starting point toward creating or fortifying self-control. Practice the daily routine of being grateful for the multitudes of blessings in your life. Each day above ground is a wonderful day to be alive. Taking consistent action when we do not feel like it promotes self-restraint, reinforcing thoughts, words, and behaviors that will thrust us forward by leaps and bounds into living abundantly and full. Grow more influential and magnanimous by the thoughts you think, words you speak, and behaviors you act upon. Attitudes of self-discipline, reception, willingness, cooperation, and genuine self-expression toward god-like noble ideals creates monumentally mighty deft hope, which annihilates the most viciously inhumane seemingly unbearable despair known to mankind. The attitude of hope patiently endures all hardship, while thinking optimistically, believing ceaselessly, seeing realized dreams through darkness, and anticipating and appreciating triumphant victory around the corner. Hope perseveres on this side of ABLE.
“Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident” (Psalm 27:3 NLT). “Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17 NLT). Remember to be brave, act brave. Control your thoughts through positive mental attitudes (PMAs) and positive self-talk. Replace bad with an overwhelming amount of consistent and persistent good.
Furthermore, daily, hug your kids, kiss your spouse, and tell your family how much you love them, give genuine and sincere complements, show up, and be fully engaged. The returns are undeniably rewarding. Go forth with courage and zeal upon your exploration into uncharted terrains and discover the truly brave, adventurous, and beautiful life that awaits.
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death” (Thomas Paine). By being and doing we deliver the best example to follow, for only we can change ourselves, which is a full-time, persistent, and constant inside lifelong endeavor. Get out of your own way, while fervently pursuing your dreams and goals allowing nothing that happens stop or hinder you from moving and progressing faithfully forward. It is good to fall forward, although motivational speaker and author, Les Brown, has a saying, “If I can look up, I can get up.”¹ Even when we fall backwards, if we can look up, we can get up and press on toward our dreams.