IT'S TIME TO LIVE AWAKE.
Don't put your life on hold - seize your life today! We have all been guilty of hearing the alarm go off, telling us it’s time to rise up, yet have found ourselves hitting the snooze button and falling back to sleep. Waking up later, we rush to our appointments, running behind, wishing we would have woken up earlier. For many of us, this has become a lifestyle. We’ve allowed ourselves to be rocked to sleep by routines, disappointments, and challenges. We’ve become accustomed to hitting the snooze button – saying, in essence, I’ll get up “Later.” “Later” is the theme of every person who has put their life on hold. But no matter where you’ve been, or where in life you currently find yourself, it’s never too late to wake up and reclaim the life you were meant to live. The life wherein you take advantage of the relationships, skills, opportunities, and body you have right where you are. To wake up, we must access the single force that shapes our lives. You see, “It is not what happens to us, but what happens in us,” that determines the quality of our life. What power do we have that can change things right now? It’s the power of choice. During the last 14 years, I’ve had the privilege of speaking to millions of people from all walks of life. During that time I’ve observed one constant, that it is our Decisions – not our conditions – that determine the quality of our life. Take a look at your own life. Are you where you want to be? Are you as healthy and happy in your relationships as you want to be? Or if things are going well, are you looking for new ways to take advantage of your life and go to the next level? Where you are today is a result of the decisions that you have made or failed to make – decisions about what to believe, what to focus on, where to place priorities, and what to do. For example, if your relationships have suffered because of over commitment to work, what will you do about it now? Will you realign your priorities? We all face challenges that we can't control, whether it's the economy, environment, or having someone we love leave us. We can allow the stress of these events to overwhelm us and send us into a place of disappointment and defeat, or we can rise up and transform our lives by making different decisions. No matter what we have experienced in the past, our history is not our destiny. We have the power to make new decisions today and different decisions determine different results. Decide today how you will live the next three years of your life. It’s smart to decide what results you will be committed to. Ask yourself how these results will improve and transform your life. It's equally important to decide what kind of person you’re committed to becoming. Living awake means being clear about who you must be. Will you stay asleep and accept life as it is, or will you wake up and live your life on the highest level? See your life as it is, but not worse than it is. If you want to be effective, you’ve got to be honest. This is the first key to living your life awake and seizing your day. See whatever it is that you want to see changed – your body, relationships, career – as it is, but don't make it worse than it is. When you make it worse than it is, you’ll find it easy to give yourself an excuse not to try. You were made in the image of God. God is a dreamer. It’s time to envision the life you want to live – the relationships, career, and body you want to have. Take 10 minutes every day for the next few days and imagine what your life can be. All things are possible for him who believes. At some point you have to take action – not just any action, but purposeful action. Think of the benefits to be gained: more enjoyment of life, healthier relationships with better communication, a healthier body, a closer relationship with God. Let this moment be the one where you decide I am more than what I'm living. It’s time to do different!
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