Develop a System that Works

I know what I will write will not apply to certain personality types, but it might help someone. 

If you are a person who longs to improve your life, either physically or spiritually or both, let me give you a piece of advice from my journey. 

The first thing to do is develop goals.  Decide where you want to go and who you want to be? Once you have goals, then you need to build a plan to achieve those desires.  How do you get from here to there?  My suggestion is that you create a system that works for you. 

For example, I wanted to lose weight last year.  So I set a system in place to achieve what I dreamed.  For me, that meant getting up at the same time every day.  I had to get up earlier than usual because it was the only way to find time to do it.  Going for a walk and eventually running during the exact same time frame every morning was the best system for me to do the exercise needed to change my body. 

The same type of routine is true for my spiritual life.  I started a habit 13 years ago in which I start at the same time and follow a regular plan of action, including praying for the same basic things each day.  I have a system for praying, reading the Bible, keeping a thankful journal, and having a few moments of meditation to start my days.    

You can apply this type of thinking to almost anything.  Do you want a better marriage? Develop a plan and systematize it to meet your needs.  Plan out mealtimes, no phone or tv times, date nights, and go to bed together.  Do you want to know God more?  Then develop a plan to make it happen and apply it to your life.  Do you want a better relationship with your parent or children?  Then there are steps you can take to make it happen.  The list is long of the things you can do to change your life for the better.  If your mind is anything like mine, then you can make a system to see it happen – the same actions day after day and week after week. 

My simple advice is to develop patterns and rituals that will help you improve.  Waiting for inspiration will never happen.  It is the routines that will make you a better follower of Jesus.

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