“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
Good morning, friends! I hope your Easter experience was wonderful. Mine was. I know it’s not Monday, but Easter Monday is the day I use every year to release the stress built up from weeks of planning, stressing, and producing for Easter. So what did I do yesterday? I worked outside all day and have the sun burned neck to prove it!
Now on to the matters at hand.
One of the certainties of my line of work is that I consistently engage with the breadth of humanity. Experience continues to teach me to be a keen observer of humanity, and in my growth I have seen that something happens when decisive moments happen to persons. I’ll bet you’ve noticed this truth about yourself.
Decisive moments can be opportunistic, tragic, or challenging, but they can never be effectively avoided. Decisive moments demand change and offer choice. Think graduating, or losing a job, or the death of a close loved one, or the confirmation of a disease. These are decisive moments when the immediate future is guaranteed to change and a plethora of choices confront you. I experience these moments, as we all do, and in my ministry I have seen these moments in other persons many, many times. What happens when you face these certain moments?
In others, and in myself, I see variations of two outcomes: misery and motivation. Or we might call these outcomes “defeat and determination”. Whatever the language, we choose to be defeated or motivated. Even in the decisive moment called death I've seen these outcomes made real. Sometimes the person takes control, making affirmative, positive decisions with actions, and other times the person feels and acts defeated, being whipsawed by the waves of un-confronted change. Which outcome has been more consistent in you?
Alas, every day can be a decisive day. If you choose to create change, instead of waiting for change to confront you, then you can make powerful, positive differences in your life and circumstances. If you choose to be constructively decisive then no moment can defeat you. Try being constructively decisive today and grow your muscles of change. Develop the daily habit of positive, affirmative choice with action that motivates you to become. And leave the moments and days of misery in the dust. You can do this. I can do this. We can do this! So let’s do it! I have faith in you; have faith in yourself. And have a wonderful week.