Resolutions can make a big difference in your life – even if you don’t do a perfect job sticking with them.
Change starts with decisions. Here are nine choices worth considering.
9 Positive Choices
1. Cut Others Some Slack
Say “yes” to being offended less and reserving your anger for issues that really matter.
2. Cut Yourself Some Slack
When you mess up, drop the ball or let people you care about down, do what you can to make it right, but be quick to move on and show yourself the same grace you extend to others.
3. Read More Good Books
No matter how much time you currently spend reading, there is even more potentially life-changing wisdom in the pages penned by some of humanity’s great minds. All you have to do is take the time to read it. Here’s my Top 26 Books to read in 2016.
4. Spend More Time in Conversations that Matter
If you’re not intentional about regularly engaging in deeper conversations — ones that challenge you intellectually, spiritually and socially — those types of talks can become increasingly rare.
5. Challenge Your Own Presuppositions More Often
Being able to take a stand for what you believe is an admirable trait. So is listening to the other side and putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Even if you don’t end up changing your position on an issue, questioning your own long-held presuppositions doesn’t just serve to challenge your beliefs—it can actually strengthen them.
6. Complain Less and Do More
Complaining about something can offer momentary relief from frustrations, but working on solutions to the problems in our world can actually fix the things that are broken.
7. Spend Less Time Worrying
Author and activist Corrie ten Boom said in The Hiding Place, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
8. Pray More
No matter how busy you become, committing to spend more time praying—even if it’s during your commute, when you’re working out or throughout your day—is a key to growing spiritually.
9. Share More Meals with People You Care About
Open your heart and your dining room and use these shared moments to build deeper relationships.
APPLICATION: Thoughts courtesy of Jesse Carey, an editor at RELEVANT, the leading platform reaching Christian twenty- and thirtysomethings. Covering faith, culture and intentional living. “RELEVANT is not about “being relevant” — it’s that God is relevant to every aspect of our lives.” Read Jesse’s complete post at RELEVANT here. What are your choices?
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