It’s that time of year again – where people sit down and make these long lists of things that they resolve to do. Things like losing weight, spending more time with family, saving a certain amount of money, etc. I haven’t made any New Year resolutions in several years, instead I create vision boards. In 2009 and 2010 I made a physical vision board, in 2011 I created a virtual vision board using a software from Oprah.com . When I look at my boards, I can’t help but to be amazed at how so many of my dreams, goals and visions have all manifested themselves.
This year I’m doing a spin on a virtual board. Although I feel that I’m in a great place mentally, physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually – I want to go from being in a “great” place the “best” place. It’s like why settle for good, strive for the best! I know that in order to make that transition from good to better to the best, I will need to make a few tweaks and adjustments to my outlook and perspective. My resolutions, instead – are promises to myself:
26 Promises to Keep in 2012 (and beyond)
A. I promise to: Remember the promises of God. In both the good times and the not so good times, I will remember the Biblical promises of God. “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” – Numbers 23:19
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B. I promise to : Stop being lazy. I’m not talking just physically lazy, but mentally lazy as well. I have books and journals full of wonderful ideas, plans and goals that haven’t seen the light of day because I’ve been too lazy to take them from simple ideas to reality. I’m living beneath my true potential and I can only blame myself. This needs to change ASAP
C. I promise to: Always remember Galatians 6:7-9 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap” . I believe this with all of my heart. I believe that I have planted good seeds and the fruits of that are showing in my life. This is something that I will always be mindful of when making decisions and in the way I interact with and treat people. From my friends and family to my “enemies”
D. I promise to: Remember and live by the Who, What, When, Where and Why’s of life.
E. I promise to: Have an attitude of gratitude. The best attitude that anyone can have is one that is grateful and thankful. I recall another quote that I read that asked “What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” That resonated with me because there are days that I forget to be thankful for my very life itself.
F. I promise to : Continue to “know” that God has a plan for my life and that I’m living within that plan. The picture below is one of my tattoo’s. All of my body art tells a story of my journey.
G. I promise to: Stop trying to change who I am in attempts to please the people who matter the least. I’ve learned that no matter how hard you try – there will be some people who don’t and won’t like you anyway. There’s nothing that you can do to change it or them…and when you really think about it, those people really don’t matter. They don’t have a heaven or a hell to put you in, what they eat doesn’t make you shi**, so stop walking on eggshells trying to make them like you.
H. I promise to: Continue to have mustard seed faith … and remember that faith without actions in dead. My goals are depending on me to have mustard seed faith in them.
I. I promise to: Never play small. You don’t see one star trying to dim it’s light as to not outshine another! As the famous quote goes : “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
J. I promise to: Not rush through life. Relax and enjoy each day to it’s fullest.
K. I promise to: Always remember that “The grind nevah sleeps”. While some people just think about making it happen, others get up and MAKE IT HAPPEN.
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L. I promise to: Live the Linchpin Manifesto
M. I promise to: Remember that the “why” is greater than the “how”. When your reason (or your why) for doing something is so great, so powerful, so necessary – the “how” will always come. It’s like the stories of parents who developed super human strengths (how) in order to save the lives of their child (the why)
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