Daily and in moments of choice, seek answers for these two questions:
- God, what would you have me do?
- Now, what would my best-self do?
If you write your callings and choices in your plan for life, and review them daily, you will find yourself benefiting from better decisions, inspiration, and focus.
My suggestion for the universal mission statement:
To live a spiritual journey–faithfully;
love and serve others–meaningfully;
and do my best–joyously.
This can be part of your Life Mission Statement or the three main parts may encourage you to write your statement.
Man’s mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimension.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes
When we push ourselves to expand beyond routine, we expand our capacities. Significant events, experiences, education can change us–over time, so can seemingly small improvements in attitude, fitness, and use of time.
You likely know people who went on a mission trip and came back changed–at least with a different view of themselves, often with changed priorities. Veterans and civilians alike who experience trauma and/or injury can grow from it and become stronger than before.
We can plan to (intentionally) expand our minds, bodies, and spirits, for example:
- Outlining a plan for life and investing a few minutes daily to review and improve usually adds inspiration and focus that leads to better action.
- People who follow through on goals to improve or achieve often prove something to themselves (earning a college degree, running a race, or just sticking to a resolution…) and expand courage for the next challenge.
- Spending time with or reading books about people of courage and example (people who have done what you want to do) can inspire thinking to form healthier beliefs and habits.
- Reviewing how we spend our time invested in what we say are priorities almost always inspires improvement, especially when we set appointments with ourselves and others to help us live our priorities.
When something happens to us, our responses can change how we think and behave–for the worse or for the better. We can lead our lives better if we have a positive planned response for how we will react to ambushes, challenges, and disappointments, as well as daily opportunities for joy. We also can intentionally stretch ourselves through plans and actions that lead to better mental, physical, and spiritual fitness. -David
Part of the mission for Life Leaders is to help people PLAN and LEAD in LIFE to flourish at our callings and choices.
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“Rule your mind or it will rule you.” –Horace
“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” –Vince Lombardi
“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” –Lao Tzu
“The first and best victory is to conquer self.” –Plato
We should focus our minds and plans on positive thoughts and actions aimed at desired attitudes and results–especially when fears and unwanted results cloud our visions–to increase our chances of confident action toward our callings. -David
“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those, which fail.” -Napoleon Hill
“It’s essential to distinguish between events that are really beyond your control and events you caused yourself.” -Barbara Sher