WHAT relationships in your life can you do with or without?
Relationships can be between lovers, friends, family, co-workers, the workplace, an organization, or God. As an individual, you must decide which relationships are important to nurture and enhance. Then get rid of the relationships that add no value. Start thinking now of the relationships to keep or delete.
Open your circle to those you can depend on for comfort, truth, and love. Keep in touch with those who can affirm and confirm what you are experiencing or witnessing. Close your circle to those who represent gossip, lies, and drama.
I must re-post this July goal year after year, after year! Because if you don’t put yourself or your priorities first . . . no one else will! Some may not like it or comprehend it, but in order to move yourself forward and grow mentally . . . it is a necessity!
Priority Number One – Put God First!
Putting this priority first will help with all other priorities. Okay! Well, you ask … How?
- Daily Prayers (supplications) – Be humble to your Creator.
- Obligatory Prayers – Recite prayers based on your faith or religion.
- Fixed Requirements and Holy Days – Perform the necessary actions of your faith or religion.
Prayer and supplication are the very water of life. They are the cause of existence, the refining of the soul, and attainment to the utmost of joy. Know that in every word and movement in prayer . . . there are allusions, mysteries, and a wisdom that we are unable to comprehend.
Priority Number Two – Love Yourself!!
Without this priority, no other priority matters! Okay! Well, you ask . . . How?
- Believe in yourself – If you don’t believe in you . . . who else will?
- Never stop learning and seeking the truth – NEVER!!!!
- Check your belief system from time to time – you can’t always be right!
- Take care of important things to you – health, family, friends, nature, income, future, etc.
Always remember that worldly attachments and vain desires impede the soul’s closeness to God. Don’t be surprised when things are not the way you expect. All things, whether good or bad, are ordained by God.
Priority Number Three – Repeat Priorities One and Two!!!
This priority will help you to remember your top two priorities! Without this priority, you may mistakenly make someone else’s priorities your priority without noticing!
WHAT do you make a priority in your prayers?
When you pray . . . you are having a conversation with your Spiritual Adviser.
You need to understand that the life you are living has a higher purpose. You are seeking the answers to questions you hope will guide you to your destiny. What you pray and how you pray is a unique opportunity to build faith, hope, and love.
Practice these daily for spiritual growth:
PRAY – You talk to God!
READ YOUR HOLY BOOK – God talks to you!
TESTIFY – You talk for God!
The days of stuffing your money under the mattress or saving jars of coins to keep your money safe are fading away. The days of using cash for transactions will be scrutinized except for a few gas stations that give a five-cent per gallon discount. Writing, sending, or receiving a personal check will soon be a distant memory . . . experienced only by those over 30. Because we no longer mail the birthday cards with the cash or check inside. That is replaced with gift cards, instant money transfers, and social media communication.
Technology will continue to change how we view cash. Because of technology we no longer handle, count, nor touch the cash we make and spend. It is done online electronically or with the swipe of a card. Whether paying a bill online or making an online purchase, you can pay by credit or debit card . . . but not with cash! Technology will continue to change the way you bank. If you receive pay by direct deposit, there is no need to even go to the bank or wait for the bank to open. As long as you have an online banking account, or a debit or credit card with more than a $20 balance . . . you have 24-hour access to your cash.
It is imperative to be proactive and take time to investigate and research banks, credit unions, organizations, and businesses before giving them your money. . . intentionally or unintentionally! Check for any hidden fees that may be added to your transactions. Ensure the credibility and legitimacy of any communication you receive from any company before releasing any of your personal information, to prevent identity theft. In this technological world, keeping your money safe takes on a whole new meaning!
WHAT are you doing with your money?
Many people believe that if they had millions of dollars they would be happy, but most of us cannot budget the money we are earning now. Create a workable budget and stick to it. Devise a savings plan for a desired possession. Set aside funds for emergencies and unexpected circumstances. Plan for retirement and the future. Tithe.
Don’t let your money manage you . . . manage your money! Take a class, hire a financial consultant, talk to an accountant, or research about money management. Get control of your finances and watch your resources multiply!
I recently came across my biography and paused to read it. I was impressed by my achievements, awards, and accomplishments. I was proud of my higher learning degrees, professional memberships, and community service. It acknowledged my years of service and commitment to my career.
As I think about the next phase of my journey toward retirement, I no longer desire a biography of the past. People will expect me to continue on this same path in the future. They won’t understand that all the power I gained and skills I used to build my biography . . . I want to leave behind in order to use new powers; powers of peace and contentment.
When you read my “autobiography” . . . I want you to read that I took moments for myself, traveled, smiled, and spent time with family and friends. I want you to read that I took time to reset my clock, I moved forward at my pace, and I utilized new powers! The future is just that . . . new time to leave your proven powers behind or expand them to the next level. I bet even Superman got bored from checking everyone out with his x-ray vision!
I am re-posting from February of last year as it is still so relevant this year, asking the question, what characteristics make up your power? If you read this last year, thank you for continuing to follow W.H.A.T.!™. If this is your first time . . . enjoy!
This month’s positive affirmation is about the characteristics that make up your powers. There will be times in life when outside forces can bring no help. It will be all up to you! Below are some resources within yourself to use or tap into to become even more powerful than you are today!
- Self-Love – Without love of self, it will be impossible to love others … and God for creating you. You have to see the beauty within yourself in order to appreciate all beauty.
- Self-Confidence – You must maintain belief and trust in yourself in whatever you chose to do. You must also reassure others that you can do it.
- Self Awareness – You must let go of all pride and ego. You have to “check” yourself on a regular basis. This includes your health, your attitude, and finances, etc.
- Self-Improvement – This should be a continuous process until you leave this earth . . . enough said!
- Self-Esteem –Unless you value and respect yourself . . . no one else will. Know your self-worth, and know that no one can take that from you. Your appearance and attitude will also play an important role.
A most praiseworthy characteristic of those who walk humbly is their willingness to learn and a positive attitude! Try to free yourself of self-imposed limitations in opportunities to acquire insight and knowledge. And constantly strive to develop qualities that will help your powers become increasingly effective!