It happens every year. New years resolutions, dream boards/vision lists, gratitude jars, and planners. We are bombarded with ways to make the new year count. “New year new me” is a popular headline. Social media timelines are inundated with new looks and haircuts and matching pajama sets. We sync into the idea of needing a “fresh start.”
How necessary is this?
If you simply don’t snooze the alarm and you answer the alerts the Creator is giving you daily, can’t you make the most out of every day? Can’t you make each day productive and prosperous and consequently become a new version of yourself? My 5 year old has a habit of saying, “I trust my promise.” We used to correct her. Now we’ve adapted to it. We all say it now. It means, I’m giving you my word and I know you’re trusting in me to keep it. We have to teach our children the importance of responsibility. There are times when there is no one to blame and no one to point a finger at. You are responsible for the way you respond to situations and you are responsible for doing what you say you will do.
Lets be really REAL for a moment. You know there are about 5 things you could have responded to differently this week. There are at least 5 times you could have ignored the trolls and the nuisances. There are at least 5 times you could have stayed focused on your goals. There are at least 5 customer acquisitions you could have made. There were 5 new followers you could have had in the grocery store or the nail salon this week. Each day could have been “new day, new you.”
You fail all the time but you aren’t a failure until you start blaming someone else.-Bum Phillips (football coach)
I posted on Instagram in December that I will be posting on ShaunLiriano.com once a week and/or releasing a new YouTube video once a week. Why?
Calling: The intentional use of our specific gifts to influence God’s kingdom.-Mike Todd
What you do is bigger than you! Every person you come in contact with is an opportunity to make an impact. Furthermore, I do not delete old posts. Why? Transparency is important! Yes, you used to curse like a sailor. Yes, you used to drink like a fish Sis! Bruh, you were “sexually free” allllllllll through college! Share your story and stop letting the devil delight in exposing the things you keep trying to hide so you can seem self righteous.
Finally, humble yourself. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do. Realize that you are flawed. If you didn’t get that raise, what could you have done better? If your child isn’t flourishing academically, what can you implement at home to strengthen their scholastic confidence? This one is good -> -> -> -> If there are aspects of your life that you skimmed through and you half-assed, can you revisit them and do them right? Can you be more mature? Can you submit in your marriage more? Can you submit in your Faith more? When’s the last time you read a book?
Discern the difference between daily goals and annual goals and Don’t Snooze the Alarm!
By: Shaun Liriano
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