Making Better Decisions (2014)

Decision

Your daily decisions shape your destiny. Make up your mind that your thoughts, words and actions will break cycles of frustrations and failure.  Make up your mind that you will invest in your success, health, faith, abundance, relationships and purpose.

Train your mind to SEEK opportunities.  SEE opportunities.  SEIZE opportunities.  SEE that you are worthy, willing and courageous.

There are no guarantees. Certainly you can never know in advance whether a decision will be correct, therefore, you must be prepared to take risks.  The more courage you show in making decisions, the more you improve your skill.

Look for the opportunities. If you make a mistake, view it as an opportunity to learn what didn’t work and why. Many times decisions are reversible and you can change your mind.

Hindsight is 20/20.  You might discover in hindsight situations that may have affected your decision had you known about them earlier.  This is normal and typical but should not stall your decision-making process.

Don’t make hasty and emotional decisions especially when you just received a large amount of money from gambling, the lottery, job bonus, family inheritance, insurance settlement or when you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired.

The habit of avoidance and procrastination is costly (financially, physically, your relationships and your peace of mind).  Listen to my CD on Procrastination to learn the power of making decisions and taking action.

Do not get stuck and do nothing. If you’ve done everything you can to make a good decision and still can’t make up your mind, do not delay making an important decision for fear that you don’t know enough or will make the wrong choice.  Make decisions with confidence and courage.

Don’t let fear stop you. Sometimes people become so paralyzed with the fear of making a wrong decision that they panic and lose sight of what they’re trying to accomplish.  This hinders making any decision.  Don’t assume the worst or allow other people’s opinions to cloud your judgement and faith.  Don’t second-guess yourself and talk yourself out of action, momentum, breakthroughs and peace of mind.

When all is said and done, all you can do is the best with what you have to work with. Do not underestimate the power of intuition, intelligence, ideas and instincts.

Scripture suggestions about making decisions:

Proverbs 3:5-6, James 1:5, Jeremiah 33:3

Woulda Coulda Shoulda

would could shouldIt never fails that after every speech, sermon or session…I begin to have regrets about what I forgot to say.

I critique and beat myself up at times thinking I could have presented my message better or in a different way.
Together let’s commit to living our lives with a minimum of regrets.

 

We don’t get a “do over” in life. Let’s not get to the end of our lives with a woulda, coulda or shoulda.
If there is something you want to do…start. If there is something you want to say…say it. If there is something you need to stop and end…stop today. If there is some place you want to go…start planning today. If you know you could do better in your relationships, church, job, studies, self-care, spending/eating/exercise habits…start today. If you realize you could give more, do more, forgive more, experience more, let go of more and believe more in God’s promises for your life…start now. If you are procrastinating and live in fear about opportunities you have right now…get busy living.  Fear and procrastination are thieves. Do something today that you will thank yourself for a year from now. Instead of regrets, live your life with results.

A nurse who takes care of dying patients shared the five regrets that she heard most frequently from her patients:

1. “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

2. “I wish I didn’t work so hard.”

3. “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”

4. “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”

5. “I wish that I had let myself be happier.”

~ Jewel Diamond Taylor, http://www.DoNotGiveUp.net

God’s Perfect Ways

“During troubled times you can have blessed assurance, perfect peace and a strong faith. If you can feel and really understand the words of Psalm 23, you will know why I say, “I am too blessed to be stressed” 

The Lord is my Shepherd (perfect salvation).

I shall not want (perfect satisfaction)

He maketh to lie down in green pastures (perfect rest)

He leadeth beside still waters (perfect refreshment)

He restoreth my soul (perfect restoration)

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness (perfect guidance)

I will fear no evil (perfect protection)

Thou art with me (perfect companionship)

Thy rod and Thy staff (perfect comfort)

Thou preparest a table (perfect provision)

Thy anoinest my head (perfect consecration)

My cup runneth over (perfect joy)

Surely, surely (perfect confidence)

Goodness and mercy shall follow me (perfect care)

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (perfect destiny)

 

If you have my book SISTERFRIENDS, this above message is on page 82.

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