Saturday, August 13, 2011
Every Good Decision Starts with a Stop
More often than we like, most of us face choices that can have serious and lasting impact on our lives. Do we go along with the crowd? Do we tell someone off, quit a job, or end a relationship? Unfortunately, these decisions are not preceded by a drum roll warning us that the stakes are high. Even worse, we often don't have a lot of time to figure out what to do.
It's no surprise that most bad decisions - the ones that mess up our lives - are made impulsively or without sufficient reflection.
Ancient proverbs tell us to "count to ten when you're angry" or "think ahead." But anger and lack of preplanning are only two factors that can impede excellent decision making. Fatigue, fear, frustration, stress, impatience, and emotions also create obstacles to wise choices.
Just as we learned to look both ways before we cross the street, we can learn to analyze every important decision-making situation to allow us to arrive at conclusions that are both effective and ethical.
Each decision, therefore, should start with a stop - a forced moment of reflection to help us clarify our goal, evaluate the completeness and credibility of our information, and devise an alternate strategy, if necessary, to achieve the best possible result. Stopping also allows us to muster our moral willpower to overcome temptations and emotions that could lead to a rash, foolish, or ill-considered decision.
While it's great to have a day or two to sleep on a problem, or even a few hours, many situations don't afford us that luxury. But a pause of even a few seconds can often be enough.
This is Michael Josephson reminding you to think ahead because character counts.
source: in sight of the day
Monday, May 23, 2011
My wife shared this with me this morning. I LOVE IT so much, I had to share it!
BREAKING NEWS!!! The Pity Train has just derailed at the intersection of Suck It Up & Move On, and crashed into We All Have Problems, before coming to a complete stop at Get Over It. Any complaints about how we operate, can be forwarded to 1-800-waa-wahh with Dr. Sniffle reporting LIVE from Quitchur Barkin'. If you like this, re post it. If you don't, suck it up Buttercup, life doesn't revolve around you!!
now let's "BRING IT!!!!!"
Thursday, May 19, 2011
“Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the stream.” --1 Samuel 17:40
Before David hurled the stone at his giant, I picture him down at the stream, tossing them one at a time in his hand. See, I have a feeling he measured a few before finding just the right one for his particular overgrown nuisance. Did you notice the verse? He “chose” five stones. He made decisions based on his needs and abilities. “Too light.” Toss. “Too small.” Toss. “Ah, that’s the one!” After all, David knew what he was up against and planned accordingly.
What about you? In the area of health, you might be facing some big issues. Is it your diet? Your training consistency? Maybe you can’t find the right routine? Well, whatever the case, take a stroll down to the stream with David. Kneel down with him and gather some ammo. If the pebbles you’ve been flinging at your giant-size goals aren’t making a dent, then reload. You know what you’re up against. The key is to do like David did and find it. Remember, His fight was worth it and so is yours.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Friends and family, the time for half-measured health is over. If you’re fighting your bodyweight, blood pressure or other health issues, you’re not alone in the fire. With God, it’s possible, and we’re praying for you and applauding your heart to serve. If you’re not fighting but should be, it’s time to jump. Health takes sacrifice. Health takes guts. And in this day and age, it takes those who are willing to set themselves apart from the crowd. The phrase “God looks at the heart” can no longer be used as an excuse to abuse the body. But there is no tomorrow. If it’s right to jump, it’s right to jump today. Let the onlookers watch in amazement at just how serious you are.
Here are some ways to jump in the fire:
Turn off the TV, computer and phone and take a walk outside with your family.
Get up 10 minutes earlier each day to do bodyweight exercises in your living room.
Push away from the table just a few minutes early.
But these are merely suggestions. We have to decide what we’ll sacrifice, what we’re willing to change in order to be better stewards of the physical gifts we’ve been given. And since God looks at the heart, that’s probably the first place we need to start.
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