Life! It can chew you up, spit you out and stomp on you. But life can also give you pure joy, innocent love, peace-filled days and unexpected happiness. The key is to enjoy more of the latter than the former.
How do we experience more good stuff in our daily grind? Anybody can experience a few days scattered here or there that are okay, or decent. Maybe even delightful. The goal? Far more days that are awesome, not miserable.
Here are Three sure-fire ways to succeed in that goal:
- Take the initiative to be peace-filled, determined and accomplished. People that are consistently happy and fulfilled are people that take the first step. They take the initiative rather than waiting for an opportunity to come to them. One year ago, today I wanted to become a writer. So I took the initiative to write 20 minutes each day. This is my 268th BLOG post. That initiative has netted me more joy, a greater opportunity to instigate BETTER and experience the creative accomplishment every weekday. And now, seven days a week. These ramblings have helped prepare me as I launch two books that will be available soon and have been a far greater encouragement to me than the thousands that read it.
- Take the highest road. When we take the high road, we intentionally look for good, seek peace and encourage others. The high road is never crowded, so it has plenty of room. When we take the high road, we aren’t sticking our proverbial head in the sand, we are choosing to find good in every person and take the highest biblical ground. The high ground includes forgiveness, empathy, honesty and hope. Take the high road and you’ll be a far happier person by the time you get home. But it’s a choice and it often finds itself on trial. Win the day by taking the high road.
- Take the lowest position. When we choose to intentionally serve others, we are taking on the lowest position. Like everything Jesus teaches, this is counterintuitive to our nature. He said that if we serve, we are great. That being said, serving others is an action that requires effort. It requires doing something. Assume the position of a servent, and if you are wondering how you are doing in the servent category, think how you responded when someone asked you to serve. Now you know!
It’s not that hard, but it does require some intentional efforting to:
- Take the Initiative.
- Take the High Road.
- Take the Lowest Position.
Have a great Monday!