You are a master negotiator. You can negotiate yourself out of any good decision. And what’s somewhat ironic for me is that any bad decision in my life has one constant—I was there. Feel that way, too?
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The great golf instructor Harvey Penick was asked by one of his students, “Help me to get out of the sandtraps.” Harvey replied, “I’ll eventually teach you that. But first, I’ll teach you how to stay out of the sandtraps.”
Life is full of traps. Some we see, and still walk into them, others are unseen and we are surprised when we are captured by them. Regardless of whether we are caught or not, they are all around us every day.
The first trap right now is making New Year’s resolutions.
Here’s why. We all negotiate deals with ourselves and give ourselves reasons to quit. We are master negotiators, making ourselves feel better about not accomplishing a goal by accepting the reason we didn’t.
Here’s how to accomplish your goals: Make decisions against yourself.
That’s right—don’t take your own excuses. Just get up and do what you need to do to accomplish your ideas. Adjust your mindset when you’re strong to undergird you when you’re weak.
What one action could you take today, that will move you further toward your goal? Make the decision today for what you need to do tomorrow.
Last year I started using You Version Bible reading programs for my early morning workout routine. I do two things. The Bible and pushups.
Some days I get up with a lot to accomplish, a huge “to do” list, urgencies, or I just feel tired. There’s “reasons” that I can’t read the Word or move my body. But, I already made the decision, so now I have to decide against myself. Refusing to take my own excuses, I just do it. It has become part of my daily regimen and ritual. And, it has strengthened my life.
What are your large goals? What small thing could you do today to move closer to it? Moving closer to God will keep you out of the sandtraps of life. Having godly wisdom and resolve will keep you from falling into the traps of self negotiation and self-justification.
God’s strength will sustain you and rescue you from the traps, but not falling into them in the first place is wiser. “Wisdom is the principle thing.” we read in Proverbs.
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I am expecting to hear from you, because you’re going to have a tremendous 2020!