10 Easy Things You Can Do To Improve Your Life Today

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Changing or improving your life doesn’t have to be a long, frustrating, drawn-out process. I’m always in search of the smallest changes that yield the biggest returns, and below is my collection of quick tips that can make your life easier, more fulfilling, or just less of a pain in the ass.

Try one or two of these and tell me how great they worked.

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Are You Covered?

We need to be covered spiritually, physically and economically in the new year.

In good organisations, staff have insurance, financial packages to cover for losses arising from unavoidable exposure to hazards. Legal representatives are also in place to defend the organisation and staff in the event of litigation arising from work related activities.

I remember being involved in a disastrous incident at work years ago, I found it difficult to understand why it happen at all and also why me. The organisation, colleagues and particularly my boss were very understanding, luckily for me, I followed the standard operating procedures(SOP) and work Instructions provided(WI). I subsequently explained in writing, providing full details of the events that lead to the accident, the precautions I took to prevent it and how I got my immediate supervisor informed about these. The legal team/administration saw to the conclusion of the case without it ruining my life. I learnt my lesson and grow to become more efficient and productive in the organisation.

Our day-to-day living is a job our loving father has given to us, God intends us to see it as an enjoyable gift , not a miserable chore. it is a well-known fact that if you do what you are passionate about, it is no longer a job/work but a pleasurable activity you look forward to. Our life is very personal, God has prepared us spiritually,mentally, biologically and environmentally to be able to do what he want us to do here on earth.

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We have also been provided with an extensive cover in Jesus Christ. He is our mediator, advocate and above all bears all our punishment, if we must be punished for any wrong doing.  All we have to do is sign up to this package, first by becoming a member of the organisation of the children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit then bears witness with our spirit that we are a child of God.

From my experience, to be successfully represented by the legal team,  I had to know and practice the Standard Operating Procedures(SOP) and Work Instructions (WI) provided for the work I do. Christians get acquainted with SOP and WI of  life by reading the bible and praying everyday. we must not forsake the assembly of other believers ( fellowship, church), for they are our colleagues and come very useful in times of trial. We need to finally practice what we know and in the event of any mishap,call on God and he will surely cover us.

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Knowing we are covered, banishes fear and lack of resources and makes us more confident, progressive and successful in life.

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Defining Your Purpose

Consciously or subconsciously choices in life is defined by our objectives, targets or ambitions. The point is, how do we arrive at the philosophy that so define our purpose in life? The society has a way of dictating to us it’s definition of success, which happens to be a life filled with material acquisition and fame irrespective of how it is achieved.

There is no one size fits all kind of approach to life goals and objective, it is not like pass is success and fail is failure in life, it’s all about growing where you are planted, making the best of your circumstances in full, conscious and deliberate knowledge of who you are and why God created you.

Fear of tomorrow and anxiety determine the direction a lot of people choose. However, some choose nothing, in which case they are driven by the wind to where ever it takes them (they are unstable in all their ways).Note of caution; those who stand for nothing, fall for nothing.

Discovering your purpose

We must search and find our creator, just like the owner of a new gadget looks into and fully understands a manufacturer’s manual before operating the gadget.

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Many books and psychologist offer coaching lessons on finding your personal purpose in life as a means of getting rich in the eye of the world, these are empty approaches, your purpose can only be found in God by searching the Scriptures, in it you find life. “Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life “(John 14:6). By the way, you are your best teacher, no one understands you like you do.

Ephesians 1:4-6  – Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intension of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the beloved.

Ephesians 1:9  – He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him.

Ephesians 4:14-15 – As a result, we are no longer to be children, toss here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but by the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspect unto Him, who is the head even Christ.

Living life to the fullest

when we discover our personal purpose we need to follow its lead or direction by living the life of our divine calling then and any then can we find peace in the midst of life’s challenges/chaos. Our sanity is a proof of Christ in us the hope of glory(Colossians 1:27-29)

2 Timothy 2:15 – Be diligent  (King James Version uses the word study here) to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

The Usefulness of Trash

Recently, I was overwhelmed  at Grace Girls’ Dream conference 2011. The trash from construction work on the new  church building was converted to beautiful decorations, creating a unique, warm and cosy venue.

Simple But Stylish

Before today’s financial problems, wise people knew most things were useful beyond their best before or display until dates.Creative artists make a living out of these materials. Exemplary creativity was displayed by the people who decorated Grace Fellowship church, Dundalk, for the Dream Girls‘ weekend conference.

Use what you have to get what you want

Life experiences are like trash, we can convert them to strong foundation for growth and development. No experience, no matter how hurtful, is a waste of time. We need practical exposures to progress in life. These experiences are basis for better things to come.

Before throwing anything away, always think of other possible uses.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Generally, the more rags we’ve had, the better the quality of our wardrobe. One man’s trash can be another’s treasure, depending on the skills of the craftsman.

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http://notsoperfectpw.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/trash-or-treasure/

http://www.monicaricci.net/2011/09/the-200-trash-solution.html

Personal Fulfillment

These are some of the issues I had to deal with recently to achieve my present state of tranquility in spite the surrounding turmoil.

Self acceptance: You are the best you.

Smile because you deserve to

Time alone/Self appraisal: Preferably daily to congratulate or encourage yourself on your effort so far.  Re-define goals and objectives if need be and always envision a better tomorrow.

Define self-worth: Values and interests determines what you do, how, when and with whom it is done. Avoid the fast and easy way which inevitably leads to destruction. Take pride in the dignity of honest labour. Blow your trumpet, if nobody does.

Spirit of entitlement: This often produce selfish greedy people, who expect so much of others and never see why they should sacrifice for the society.  It also leads to ingratitude, making it more difficult for others to help them in the future. It is good practice to see everyone positive effort as a favour worthy of appreciation.

Morality: Everyone needs to obey laws – God, state, work ethics, family, relationships and so on.

Empowerment: Empower your self through education – watch educational programmes on television/radio, listen to news and current affairs, participate in community enlightening programmes, read books and learn new skills. Gradually expand your horizon and ability; this will boost your moral and self-esteem. Always challenge yourself and be happy with the result, if not for anything at least for trying.

Ask for help: In this life, everybody needs somebody at one point or another. When ever you reach a dead-end, asks for help – it is never over until it is over. Use tried and trusted sources starting with approved help lines and your family doctor/general practitioner (GP), try impersonal approaches, and use organizations. Remember we have being failed by trusted people such as clergy, family, teachers and respected members of the society; most people are potential abusers when they know your vulnerability (use link icon to blog). Needless to say, using your intuition and proper channels, these institutions are still very useful.

You may need help if you experience any of these:

  • Exhaustion combined with extreme stress and anxiety, or you feel you can not cope any more.
  • Always avoiding people or uncomfortable in the midst of others
  • Need stimulants or depressant in any form to face each day or sleep.