I’ve learned: Focus on what matters. Let go of the rest.
There are challenges to manage.
Many things are not worth our time and effort.
Consider this advice: Choose your battles.
I don’t know who originally said these three words; however, this is the best advice, especially in this era when everything and anything seems to become a battle. Of course, there will be battles worth fighting.
For example . . . when someone says or does something which appears to be against you . . . let it go immediately. In other words, be in a continual state of forgiveness. Refuse to let it become a battle. Most individuals do not intend to hurt or harm someone and have no idea their words and actions triggered a negative feeling which became a negative headline in the story of our day.
The best practice is to think and believe the best of individuals.
I can tell you for sure that this practice leads to a peace of mind, heart, and soul.
There’s freedom when we are not dragging our list of offenses with us from one day to the next.
- Determine to think and believe the best about situations and individuals.
- Remember there’s something “for” you in each and every situation, even when it seems to be the worst.
- Make a mental list of the best things about individuals . . . who they are . . . what they do for others and you. Thank God for them. Ask God to bless the individual every. single. day. (Please note this is not easy and seems impossible when the offense remains in you.)
- Meditate on the activity of God rather than on the negativity.
Best practice: Think and believe the best.
Learn to live with less problems and stress by choosing your battles. Focus on what matters. Let go of the rest.
As pastors and life-coaches, we’ve listened to the stories of many people over the years. It’s clear (more than ever) that individuals who work to develop best practices (healthy habits) and delete what’s not working (unhealthy habits) will find fulfillment and live their best.
Yes. Developing best practices is a life-time process. It requires intentionality and action.
When we keep doing what’s not working, it will continue not to work. In other words, we become our own victim when we do less than best. Best practices are an investment to the fulfillment of our best.
The thing is . . . fulfillment rises exponentially when best practices are developed . . . becoming a part of the rhythm, routine, and ritual (our three “R’s”) of our daily life.